Events and Training

This is just a tiny selection of the huge amount of training that is on offer. I have limited it to courses run by people I have met personally or I have trained with.


Jane Bury, Friarshawmuir Horsemanship

Jane Bury: Friarshawmuir Horsemanship, Scottish Borders.

On the 4th of October 2014 Friarshawmuir will be running an open day explaining their philosophy and approach to horsemanship from 10:00hrs until 15:00hrs. The focus is as much on human thinking as horse thinking. We shall give an introduction to the FSM approach to developing you and your horse in ways you never thought possible.

Breaking News!! Steve Leigh from Natures Way Natural Hoof care will be at FSM for our open day on the 4th October. Steve is a diamond mine of knowledge when it comes to hooves, conformation, movement and biomechanics not to mention the soundness challenges that we can all face from time to time with our horses. Steve will be presenting and demonstrating on the FSM herd on the day. Be sure to join us at FSM on the 4th October (10a.m till 3p.m) and bring a friend.

Lunch will be provided to all attendees and unlimited coffee or tea throughout the day. A charge of £25 per person will be made to cover the day. A warm welcome, good humour and an inspiring day awaits you…did I mention cake too! Please email us to book your spot.

If interested please email  Places are limited so please book.

To learn more about Jane and her philosophy to horsemanship you can read her blog here. or visit them on Facebook.



Australian Natural Horsemanship

Australian Natural Horsemanship


Ken Faulkner: Australian Natural Horsemanship and 2012 winner of the Way of The Horse competition will again be back in the UK this summer from 11th July to 9th August 2014. I attend his courses every year and think he is an unsung hero of the horsemanship world, he has a lot to offer, so I’d highly recommend seeing him in person if you get a chance. He runs courses in Buckingham, Devon, Cornwall and North Wales. For more details visit his website.




Sarah Braithwaite at ForagePlus seems to be a genius at attracting some of the world’s best horseman and practitioners and convincing them to come to the UK to run events. This year she has lined up:

Klaus Schoneich

Klaus Schoneich


  • Klaus Schoneich: Author of “Correct Movement in Horses – improving straightness and balance”. He believes 95% of all movement problems, resulting pain and discomfort can be attributed to the horses natural born crookedness and consequent heaviness on the forehand. Through using his methods the crookedness can be corrected and the horse strengthen in a relatively short time. Learn more at ForagePlus




  • Manolo Mendez dressage: training for wellness. This is his first visit to the UK, on the 4th, 5th June 2014 and you can find out more information here ForagePlus

    Manolo Mendez

    Manolo Mendez

Manolo Mendez was one of six founding members of the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art and was its very first Head Rider. Based in Jerez, Spain, the school is one of the four classical schools of riding, which include the Cadre Noir in Saumur, the Spanish Riding School in Vienna and the Portuguese School of Equestrian Art in Lisbon. Over the years, Manolo has become sought after by riders, veterinarians, chiropractors and other equine wellness practitioners for his holistic approach to training, and developing as well as rehabbing horses. It incorporates his unique brand of bodywork, in-hand work and riding.

Manolo Mendez’ Fundamental Principles of Training for Wellness

1. That the horse is not damaged in the body or mind by his training;
2. That the training is a partnership between horse and rider, with horse and rider equally willing to learn from one another;
3. That each horse is trained according to his strengths and weaknesses as an individual, and never pushed beyond what he is physically and mentally capable of;
4. That the horse’s beauty and strength increases, not diminishes, over the years of training, so that at fifteen he is better and fitter than he was at five.

  • Dr Kerry Ridgeway with Manolo Mendez, running an equine wellness symposium. 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th June 2014.
Equine Wellness Symposium

Equine Wellness Symposium

Kerry J. Ridgway DVM is a US based “Integrative Medicine” specialized veterinarian, competitor, author, judge, and instructor who lectures around the world teaching veterinarians, trainers, and riders about issues that compromise equine health such as laterality, high and low heel syndrome and ulcers.

Dr. Ridgway’s “whole horse health” approach marries conventional medicine and alternative treatment modalities such as acupuncture, chiropractic, hoof care, saddle fit, kinesiology, neuromuscular and myofascial therapies, as well as dental health and nutrition. Most recently Dr. Ridgway contributed a chapter to Pete Ramey’s new book “Care and Rehabilitation of the Equine Foot,” and studied for the last several years in the USA and Germany with Klaus Schoneich, author of “Straightening the Crooked Horse: Correct Imbalance, Relieve Strain, and Encourage Free Movement with an Innovative System of Straightness Training.”

Designed to teach those interested and involved in whole horse health about the causes of equine laterality (crookedness & unevenness) and its consequences on equine soundness and performance, this symposium will take attendees through the real-life assessment and treatment of a number of sports horses suffering from common sports horse ailments including ulcers, tendon and ligament injuries, sacro-illiac and lumbar pain, TMJ, hyoid, atlanto-occiptal pain, and more.

Attendees will learn to assess horses and develop a better understanding of how to straighten and rebalance horses using Dr Ridgways highly effective integrative medicine approach, in tandem with  the in-hand and ridden corrective work practised by Manolo Mendez.

For More information visit the ForagePlus Website


Allan Savoury: Holistic Management 

Savoury Institute International Conference 2014

Savoury Institute International Conference 2014

Savoury Institute International Conference London 2014

Grasslands are some of the most important landscapes on the planet that when managed properly play a tremendous role in sequestering atmospheric carbon, increasing water quality and availability, producing healthy abundant  sustainable food, and restoring biodiversity. Come celebrate solutions with us and let’s put grasslands to work.

Whether you’re a farmer, rancher, gaucho, shepherd, conservationist, permaculturalist, new to owning land, or just interested in making the world a better place we invite you to join the conversation.

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