We offer a range of horsemanship services to suit your needs. We are committed and passionate and deeply care about horses and people. Being able to help horses lead a happier, healthier life and helping people find joy and fulfilment with their horses is what gets us jumping out of bed every morning. We believe every person and horse is on their own journey and there is no ‘system’ or ‘one size fits all’ approach that is suited to everyone. You will therefore be greeted by an individualised approach if you choose to work with us. Whether you would like some support to clarify your goals and dreams with your horse or you are seeking specific help and advice, we are happy to take the time to discuss your needs.
We offer private, shared and group lessons. Whether you want to work on your groundwork skills, work through problems you are having with your horse or advance your riding to a higher level - we'll find a way to help you. Lessons are available on our property in Gidgegannup or we can travel to you.
Private lessons are a great way to receive the support and structure required to succeed on your horsemanship journey. We don’t just teach horsemanship, we care about what is important to you and your horse and an important part of private coaching includes goal setting and identifying any blocks that may be holding you back from achieving your dreams with your horse.
Group lessons are a fun and supportive environment in which to build your confidence and skills. Invite your friends to join you for a horsemanship lesson and receive a group discount. Groups are kept to a maximum of 3 people to ensure that every horse and rider receive plenty of attention.
We're happy to travel to regional areas for multiple lessons. Contact us if you'd like to get friends and local riders together in your area to arrange for us to travel to you. By being the organiser you receive your lesson FREE. Send us a message to find out what's involved.
We offer a variety of horse training services, tailored to your needs. We keep you closely involved to ensure long term benefits and learning for both you and your horse. If you'd like to enquire about sending your horse to us for training, you can find more info HERE.
Many riders have big dreams for their young horses. It's important to understand that a horse who has been started under saddle will not become a reliable schoolmaster overnight. The start is exactly as the name suggests, a ‘start’ to the horse’s learning under saddle. Having a horse accept saddle and rider and basic aids is generally the easy part. Doing this with the horse being relaxed and confident is more challenging. It is the consistent and clear training that follows that will build on the foundation and understanding by the horse to become willing and soft under saddle.
Having a horse that leads well and has good ground manners is paramount for safety and to build a quality relationship with your horse. Most problems start on the ground and having a solid foundation on the ground with your horse will allow you to progress much more safely and easier under saddle. Groundwork not only builds a horse’s confidence and softness it is also vital to help the horse to use its body in a bio-mechanically correct way in order to encourage self-collection and lifetime soundness.
Once a horse has a basic groundwork education established, that is, it can softly follow a feel, it is important to now focus on building the horse’s core strength and fitness for soundness. Poor body posture, tension and incorrect motion sets a horse up for a lifetime of soundness problems and pain that often result in behaviour and training problems later on. We care about a horse’s long-term welfare and soundness and incorporate in-hand training for all of our horses. It is also a fun way to work with your horse.
The ‘Start’ is the most important aspect of a horses “working” life. How the start is presented will influence a horse’s attitude, trust and willingness to learn and ‘try’ throughout its life and ridden career. The building of a strong foundation is pivotal to having a responsive, connected horse that is willing to learn. Early education involves everything from leading, tying up, float loading and being used to different environments to eventually saddling and riding. A lot of preparation can be accomplished before the first ride to ensure the horse is happy and confident.
How your horse is started under saddle will affect and impact him for life. It's therefore one of the most important decisions that you can make as a horse owner. A solid foundation under saddle is essential whatever discipline or riding style you ultimately choose with your horse. A key focus that differentiates us from many other trainers is our focus on ensuring that horses carry themselves in a healthy posture right from the start of their ridden career. And we place more emphasis on relaxation and positive experience for the horse than speed of advancement.
The reality is that horses need to get along with their owners in a domestic environment to avoid being passed on from home to home, or end up at the knackery. It is not unusual to come across an issue with your horse. By seeking assistance to determine both the cause and possible solutions to the problem you often avoid developing negative ingrained behaviours in your horse (which are much harder to ‘fix’ in the long term). Not only does resolving behaviour problems help your horse, it also helps to keep you safe.
On the ground and ridden - 1 to 3 Days
Andrew teaches several horsemanship clinics throughout the year, catering for beginners to advanced riders. Clinic themes range from ground and in-hand work, learning footfalls and lateral work under saddle to mechanical cow practice. Andrew is available to travel so if you are interested in hosting a clinic with Andrew at your own property contact us to discuss.
Young Horse & Groundwork
Building a solid foundation 1 or 2 Day workshops
Our groundwork days build a solid foundation on the ground with your horse which allows you to progress more safely and easier under saddle. Groundwork builds a horse’s confidence and softness and is also vital to help the horse to use its body in a way that contributes to lifetime soundness. We also play fun games with the horses and get them used to ‘scary’ objects.
Hackamore and Bitless Riding
Developing soft communication
The traditional hackamore (made from a rawhide ‘bosal’ and ‘mecate’ (aka reins) is an amazing tool to improve and soften communication. Many horses who struggle to be happy and forward in a bridle, undergo an amazing transformation in the hackamore. Like any tool, it requires knowledge and skill to use correctly. Our hackamore days are a great way to determine if it's a useful and safe option for your horse. We also cover other styles of bitless bridles and discuss their pros and cons.
Cattle Working Clinics and Training Days
Introduction to cattle through to advanced training
Working with cattle is a fantastic way to train your horse. It gives your riding and training a purpose and horses become very focused on the task. The way we work with cattle is very different to what you have probably seen in most modern disciplines like cutting, campdrafting and team penning where there is an emphasis on high energy and speed. The way we work with cattle is much more aligned to the traditional California Vaquero way of working which focuses on calmness, low stress, flow and finesse. Cattle are valued and treated with great respect. Worked in this way, the cattle provide amazing training opportunities to practise movements such as shoulder-in, travers and renvers, half-pass, turn backs, transitions and more. All horses are able to participate in our cattle working clinics. It's great exposure for young horses and many older horses find a new enthusiasm for training when cows are involved.
Developing self-carriage and finesse
Once a horse has a basic foundation established, it's time to introduce lateral movements such as shoulder-fore, shoulder-in, haunches-in (travers), haunches-out (renvers), leg yield, side-pass and half-pass. These help to develop self-carriage, healthy posture and suppleness in the horse.
Other movements that we introduce as horses advance in their training include spanish walk, piaffe, passage and levade to increase the horse's strength and stability through the haunches.
As part of our advanced training, we carefully select tack and training tools that work best for individual horses based on their conformation and preferences. Tools we use include the Cavesson (for in-hand and under saddle), the California-style Hackamore (Bosal and mecate) and a variety of different bridles and bits if required to find the most comfortable tool that facilitates soft communication between horse and rider.
We use various styles of saddles including traditional Baroque, Vaquero and Dressage saddles, again depending on what works best for the individual horse.
Advanced training includes not only schooling but also plenty of trail riding and exposure to experiences such as working with cattle, mechanical cow and attending clinics and Working Equitation training days.
Andrew coaches a variety of classes for Adult Rider Clubs, Natural Horsemanship Clubs and Groups and Working Equitation Clubs. One of the keys of Andrew’s coaching is weaving in solid horsemanship principles and healthy bio-mechanics for the horse into any discipline. Classes range from groundwork, in-hand work and lateral movements, to green and advanced pole classes, learning footfalls, trail riding confidence and mechanical cow. See below for more info or contact us to discuss your needs.
Groundwork is the foundation of a rider’s relationship with their horse. It helps improve communication and timing of communication between horse and handler, builds trust and confidence and helps mental relaxation. Groundwork should have a direct correlation to riding and help the horse move in a biomechanically healthy posture that benefits long-term soundness. All horses can benefit from groundwork and it is especially important for young and green horses. We often incorporate obstacles into our groundwork.
Ridden classes focus on communication between horse and rider using horsemanship principles under saddle. Emphasis is placed on the rider’s seat and legs to direct and influence the horse’s movement, rather than relying on the reins. Riders will improve their feel, timing and balance to help develop softness in their horses. Each horse and rider combination is given exercises and assistance specific to their individual needs and goals.
Learning Footfalls – being able to feel where each of your horse's feet are at any given moment is vital to become a skillful rider. Having the ability to feel and influence the horse’s feet from the saddle is the foundation to building effortless communication and softness.
Trail riding confidence – This class provides information and exercises to prepare horses and riders for trail riding by incorporating horsemanship principles, rider safety and confidence building.
Garrocha classes – The Garrocha, is a long pole that is traditionally used by the Doma Vaquera (Spanish Riders) who have developed it into an art form. Riding with the Garrocha is useful for improving horsemanship skills and improve the harmony between horse and rider.
Working Equitation is a great and fun way to build the horse and rider’s partnership. Andrew regularly coaches Mechanical Cow classes for beginners to advanced riders as well as one day Cattle Working Clinics where riders can safely introduce their horses to working with real cows and advanced riders can hone their skills.
Maike is a passionate horse owner and Veterinarian who is always studying and searching for better ways to keep horses happy and healthy. Over the years Maike has developed a keen interest in natural based therapies and how these can be used to fill the gaps when modern medicine doesn’t have all the answers. From this has grown a holistic approach that taps into the wisdom that the traditional natural therapies such as Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, Herbal Medicine and Homeopathy have to offer the modern world. In recent years, Maike has also been exploring the world of quantum physics and energy based healing modalities. In order for true healing to take place, there must be balance and harmony on the physical, emotional, mental (mind) and spiritual (energetic) levels. Only through a holistic approach that takes into account the whole being, can all these levels of health be addressed.
Maike is taking on a small number of new clients in 2020. More info will be available soon.
Maike also teaches Holistic First Aid to horse owners and looks after all the horses who come for training at AMT.
Good quality equipment that is safe, effective and long lasting is an important asset on your horsemanship journey. Investing in quality products saves money in the long run and greatly enhances the comfort and communication with your horse. We have gone through many trials and errors over the years to find quality products. Some of our favourite equipment and products are unfortunately not made in and difficult to source in Australia.
As we are often asked about the equipment and products that we use, we started importing some of these items in order to make them available to our clients. You can find out about our equipment and products HERE. Everything that we sell are items that we personally use and recommend. We are also able to source custom made equipment, so if you have something specific in mind, give us a call.
Since commencing our journey together in 2007, we have ridden and trained with many horsemanship trainers and clinicians from Australia and internationally to raise our awareness and skills. In order to meet and ride with some of these great horsemen and women, we began hosting clinics in Western Australia in 2010. The clinicians that we host are not discipline specific, but instead share a like-minded philosophy that is based on the relationship, empathy and long term health and soundness of the horse. The emphasis is on the journey and long term positive outcomes, not on quick-fixes. Clinics are a fantastic way to immerse yourself in new learning experiences, make new friends and build your relationship with your horse.