Hannah Dawson once told me that most of her clients are middle aged women – and that’s when the horrible reality hit me that that’s exactly what I am!  A middle aged woman who’s now in the lucky position to be able to (just about) afford to have horses in my life.

I first sat on a horse when I was about 3 years old, and I was smitten.  I begged and begged and begged and begged and finally got riding lessons as my 6th birthday present.

I carried on with weekly lessons until about age 10, then at 12 I was offered the chance to ride a horse belonging to a friend of my mother’s who’d had a bad fall and lost her confidence – I was lucky enough to take part in lots of local competitions on this horse and at 13 I bought my own horse who I had until boys and studies and life took over at age 15/16.  From 18-20 I worked for a private family looking after and excercising their 2 horses.  Then I had a long gap, with only occassional riding friend’s horses or trekking on holidays, until 5 years ago when we started going for weekly treks and ended up buying 2 of the horses when the yard closed, and another (Maurice) from the same people a year later.

Hannah came to stay to do Equine Touch in 2009 and introduced me to clicker training, which at the time I didn’t see as relevant to me or my horses – they were well behaved and I wasn’t particularly interested in teaching them tricks …


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  1. lol, I’ve just seen this!!! I didn’t mean it to be a ‘horrible reality’!!!! I don’t remember the conversation but I doubt I was talking about you!! 🙂 It’s true, though, that generally that’s the market who are interested in taking a relationship further with their horse, much more important to them than winning competitions etc, so are bound to be drawn to clicker training… I do have some kids I teach now, though, who are skewing the average 🙂

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