Things People Say
Here are some words from our clients and clinic participants.
I first experienced working with Andrew and AMT’s approach when I attended a horsemanship playground clinic. After that, I audited a clinic at AMT with John St Ryan, attended a young horse ground work day and participated in AMT’s 3 month online foundation program, which included a private lesson with Andrew.
The main factor influencing me to choose learning with AMT Equestrian is the integration of classical/bio-mechanical conditioning and equine psychology (gleaned and distilled from mentors in a wide range of disciplines) into an approach that helps me learn to dance with my horses.
Three benefits I have gained from working with the AMT team are 1) an awareness of how crucial it is to develop a horse with an integrated bio-mechanical and psychological approach; 2) how to integrate these two into every stage of training; 3) sage, supportive and insightful feedback. The thing I most appreciate about Andrew's teaching is his ability to communicate how to improve lightness, focus and confidence in me and my horses.
AMT Equestrian provides a comprehensive range of learning opportunities to advance you and your horse both physically and emotionally in a very supported way. Safety and the welfare of the horse are always the top priorities. The opportunities provided to access learning from world-renown master trainers and anatomists is also fantastic. I can recommend AMT Equestrian very highly! I am very happy with the range of clinics, services and Online learning AMT Equestrian offers. I love how proactive AMT is in developing new ways to support my learning.
owner of 3 horses, carer for a total of 9
I have worked with AMT Equestrian for just over 2 years now and have taken several horses to them for training. I've also attended a number of clinics. There is never a forced approach to training and my horses are treated with respect and understanding. I've learned a much better approach to training. You develop a goal to interact with your horse in a partnership and never from dominance. This attitude has resulted in my relationship/bonding with my Arab mare over the past 2 years I've had her to be really special. It truly makes a huge difference! We have a very trusting relationship now and she is willing to give any new ventures a go - it's been a real eye opener.
I attended a Hackamore (Bitless) riding clinic at AMT. I learnt about the bosal, tying a mecate and techniques for riding in a bosal. The chance to start to ride in a Bosel was great so I left with enough skill and knowledge to continue our riding at home. Andrew is very clear and checks in on each person to make sure they are getting what they need out of the clinic. The clinic was definitely worthwhile to gain knowledge about hackamores and technique of riding in them. It was a great clinic and I was so happy to see my horse relaxing in the bosal so I definitely feel like we’re on the right path.
Horse owner & clinic participant
I would always recommend AMT for any lessons and horse training because the combination of Andrew and Maike is not something you will get anywhere else. AMT is putting all facets of horse training together and making sure the rider understands so that they build a fantastic relationship together. I think everything you are offering is fantastic. (A pony club would be amazing ????)
The AMT philosophy resonated with me straight away. I had been looking for a while for the right trainer to appear. When I took part in the 5 day challenge I was convinced I had found the right people for me and my mare. I really appreciate AMT's in depth understanding of our equine friends and commend them for putting in so much effort to gain such deep insight.
Three key things I learnt from AMT are 1)Becoming a much clearer communicator. 2) Setting boundaries and 3) Unblocking my horse's mind. I like that AMT adapt their training to each individual horse and owner and that they always train with so much patience & understanding.
AMT work with so much integrity and have the best interest at heart for both horse and human. A highly experienced team!! I really appreciate AMT's vast knowledge, experience and way of teaching. I cannot recommend AMT highly enough and look forward to continuing our training in the future .
I currently have a horse being trained under saddle at AMT . I visited AMT before I made my final decision to send my horse to AMT. I really like the way they work with the horses. The way they allow your horse to learn at his or her own pace. The horse is allowed to learn and feel comfortable before they move on no matter how long it takes. I like the way Andrew explains in detail exactly what he is doing with your horse and he likes you to come and be part of the training. I would like to reiterate that Andrew is extremely patient with your horse. He will give them the time it takes so they can be comfortable with their surroundings and learn the correct way. He will set them up for a lifetime of correct learning. Im very impressed with AMTs commitment to the horse's well being. I also like their honesty with the client. It may take longer then you first thought but AMT are working for the horse's well being.
I really enjoyed my lesson with Andrew. He is clearly a kind, knowledgeable and experienced horseman. I need help with my confidence in the saddle.
My lesson was in a calm environment and Andrew’s guidance and interaction was at the right level and pace for me and my horse. I feel more positive already and intend to have more lessons with AMT.
I attended AMT's Cattle Working Clinic. It was a great confidence builder for my horse. Andrew was slow and methodical. We had a 50min discussion - then went straight into working with the cows. It was great to see Charmaine demonstrate & see in action as Andrew talked it through. We all got a chance helping the main rider block the cow when needed, cutting out the cow from the pen and individually working the cow up the fence line. The clinic catered for all levels of horse and rider confidence. It was a brilliant day - I'm looking forward to participating again. Great for building both horse & rider confidence in a controlled & safe way.
As a relative novice to the horse world after many years away from horses I found myself the owner of an OTTB and in need of a support base.
Friends told me about AMT and how they have a refreshing approach to the training clinics they facilitate at their property. Since then I have attended three clinics at AMT and have thoroughly enjoyed them all but more importantly came away with some great learning outcomes. The vibe is relaxed and family like and Andrew and Maike are perfect hosts who really do everything they can to make you and your horses comfortable.
They have great ethics underpinning the choice of trainers they choose for their clinics. Plus they try to match your needs and style with the trainer they think will be best for you.
The facilities are great and the food awesome on group nights. If you are an experienced horse person or a novice AMT is a great place to go and learn good horsemanship.
Andrew has done an excellent job with my young colt. Patient and firm, just what he needed. Love the way these guys have built on their knowledge and skills with really good mentors.
I've attended AMT's Young horse and groundwork clinic as well as foundation ridden clinic. I learnt how to be more in tune with my horse. I really enjoyed the positive encouraging atmosphere and not having an agenda. Being a very task oriented person I need to be reminded of that frequently. I feel encouraged to go on a journey with practical obtainable steps. I found a place where all the things that are important to me in the development of my horse come together. That is, horsemanship, building relationship and trust with my mare and knowledge and emphasis on biomechanics and long term wellness by incorporating classical principles.
Owner of Aviator - Waler x Andalusian mare
I attended my first Cattle clinic with Andrew and enjoyed it to the max.
Great instruction, very supportive, encouraging and learned everything that I went there for. Looking forward to the next one.
I attended AMT's Cattle working clinic. I like learning more about my horse every time I ride her. I felt no pressure during the clinic and Andrew worked to the horse and rider's ability and comfort level. It was great fun and a good way to bond with your horse.
Cow clinic participant
I recently attended AMT Equestrian's Foundation Ground Work clinic. The best thing I learnt were techniques on building a better connection with my horse, particularly when she is anxious or stressed. I like the fact that Andrew puts connecting with the horse and having them in a happy and sound place at the top of his training priorities. Also how friendly and down to earth he is. It was a fantastic clinic for young or green horses to build their confidence. It's very refreshing to find a trainer who puts the horse first. It was the perfect first outing for my OTTB and I also thoroughly enjoyed it and learnt a lot.
Maike and Andrew are the most friendly,supportive, approachable team. I’m a beginner rider who has been welcomed into the horse community with open arms thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and resources.
Very proud to know Andrew and Maike Turnbull. Having attended several work shops with Andrew teaching and spent 6 days at Legacy of Legends sharing a house listening and watching both of them share their knowledge and journey.
I love their commitment to horses and riders each other and continued learning and personal growth. Horsemanship is not about a trick to get the horse to do whats wanted its about addressing what goes on between the human and the horse.
Supporting those who are able to ask the question in a safe non-judgemental relaxed environment. My horse and I are blossoming. Thank you guys cant wait to see what the future brings.
I recently took my young horse to a horsemanship day. AMT were fantastic and I highly recommend. It was my horses first outing ever and the support and welcoming atmosphere was great for her and I. Such a well set up business, property and extremely knowledgeable team of people!
Horse Owner & Competitor
I have attended clinics and lessons and participated in AMT’s online Foundation Training Program. I love that the horse’s needs and health come first and AMT aim to produce long term sound horses.
I have learnt from AMT that it always takes the time it takes and shortcuts are at the detriment of the horse and the relationship.
No one else offers what AMT can and do in regards to training from Andrew and support from Maike’s vet knowledge. I like how Andrew explains things simply and in multiple ways if needed and can then demonstrate it as well. I also like that Andrew and Maike will tell the truth, for example if a horse is unsound. I can't recommend them enough.
Horse owner and Senior Animal Welfare compliance inspector
I first met Maike and Andrew Turnbull in March 2014 at a Martin Black Cow working clinic that they had organised. This was to be the first ‘away’ trip for my little horse Link by himself. He was no trouble whatsoever and I could have sworn he had done it before! The clinic was a great success and I met some lovely people, some of whom have become very special friends.
I have since had the pleasure of riding at two Jeff Sanders clinics at AMT. I have found his way of teaching, based on the skills of the California Vaquero both beneficial to the horse and rider. His ease of explaining and breaking down instructions for a variety of movements, including lateral work to further the training of myself, and my horses in working towards self-collection to be easily understood.
I have noticed a significant improvement in my horse and horsemanship skills. I was also present at a Lameness and Pain Workshop in August 2015 consisting of lectures and practical demonstrations conducted by two veterinarians and an equine sports masseur. I found the workshop very informative. When the opportunity arises again I highly recommend you attending.
Thank you so much to AMT your place has a lovely friendly atmosphere with great facilities. You are both fabulous people!
Thanks Andrew and Maike for putting the 5-day challenge together and this video to address questions and flesh things out. I didn't watch live but have found it really interesting and instructive.
Love your horse-centred approach, which is balanced, kind and practical - teaching them and us in a gentle, clear manner.
I love 'reward the try' and 'do as little as possible and as much as necessary'. When I'm fully present, it's apparent that I'm 'better' and more attuned, so doing less is possible and more is given. Rocky is a fabulous co-creator and contributor in helping me learn our dance steps!
Horse Owner & Emmett Practitioner
I attended AMT's Cattle working clinic which I found safe for young/ inexperienced horses (and riders). It was fun and it gave purpose . Plus we were extremely lucky that we only had a small group on the day I attended. There was no pressure. Andrew was very encouraging and it was great to use all the lateral work we teach young horses in a real environment. I recommend it! It's fun and horses love it! I'm glad I went along and look forward to participating again.
I chose AMT for my horse's training because of their ethics and holistic approach to training. I gained a better understanding and connection with my horse and a better understanding of who I am. I appreciate the fact that Kingdom was never pressured into anything and every stage of training was respectful and stress free. If you really care about the best outcome for your horse choose AMT. Their passion and dedication to help horses is absolutely inspiring.
I highly recommend Andrew and Maike, they are amazing people. I am very fortunate that I have had Andrew at my place in Bali two times to progress my partnership with my horses. Andrew’s manner in which he helps humans better understand horses is something that Andrew is exceptional at. I am so thankful for both Maike and Andrew’s support is my horsemanship journey. Thank you Maike and Andrew.
Horse Owner in Bali
AMT can provide a gentle, kind and knowledgeable approach to horse training. They are able to asses and give both horse and rider exactly what is needed in each moment. They have a deep understanding of horse health & biomechanics. The opportunities they are able to provide to help both horse and rider learn, connect and grow are almost endless. Andrew has a gentle and soft approach with a wealth of patience for every individual and situation making each horse and rider feel safe and supported. AMT have given me the confidence and knowledge I didn't know I was seeking for so many years. They made me feel safe and included to learn and grow as an individual. AMT have surrounded me with like minded people and a growing community of people also seeking a more natural way of horsemanship.
I recently attended AMT Equestrian's Ground work and foundation ridden clinics. The best thing I learnt was how important it is to get things right before moving on and to slow down my horse's whole approach. Andrew's teaching style is fair and kind. Everyone at AMT was so nice and welcoming. Having little (2-legged!) ones I always feel like I can’t go to a lot of things as they are an issue. Andrew and Maike didn’t make me feel they where a problem which was really nice.
With a suggestion from AMT Equestrian I made the best decision of my equine life to date – to participate in a Steve Halfpenny clinic. To use a cliche “it changed my life”! The patience and understanding of Steve, along with his techniques, gave me the tools to give my horse confidence, and better educate him on his journey from racetrack to riding.
The difference in my horse in just a few days with Steve was indescribable! The potential for my horse, the blossoming horse and rider bond, and the grounded approach of his clinic opened a window into my personal psyche highlighting some areas that could benefit from a review! My appreciation of both Steve Halfpenny, and Andrew and Maike from AMT Equestrian is enormous, and I look forward to the new direction of my equine future.
I attended a Horsemanship Development clinic, and it was absolutely amazing with what knowledge I came home with! Thank you Andrew and Maike for a wonderful day!
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