Saddling Services Offered
- BALANCE Saddling Consultations
- Saddle and remedial pad checks and help for people who have previously bought BALANCE saddles.
- Coaching and support from children to adults of all abilities, wanting to improve their balance and helping horses through the BALANCE remedial process.
- Lecture-Demos/Courses, Clinics
I am based at a yard in Lancaster which has great facilitates for carrying out BALANCE Saddle consultations. This includes an indoor arena and stabling if necessary.
History with BALANCE
I was first introduced to BALANCE saddles in 2005. At the time I had a particularly ‘difficult’ mare, who was very talented but was very tense, and extremely unpredictable to handle. I was struggling to find a saddle to do the job. I met Carol Brett through a friend and whilst taking part in one of Carol’s ‘Constuctional/Functional Riding’ courses. The difference in my mare’s way of going was unbelievable. It was after that, I bought my first Zenith BALANCE saddle.
I was very lucky
to have met Carol at a young age and at such an influential time in my
career. She helped me develop a great depth of understanding with;
correct training of horses, balanced riding, coaching, biomechanics of
both rider and horse, rehabilitation and constructive saddling.
From then on, I continued to train with Carol Brett as often as I could, with competition horses, young horses, and horses needing to go back to basics and go through a remedial process up to 2017.
Through The Pony Club, I was awarded the ‘Jeffries Scholarship’ for training. I used most of this training with Carol to gain the BHSII. After this I went on to do the BALANCE Test Ride Facilitator training with Carol in 2014. Since then I have continued to work with lots of horses and riders helping them with their saddles and general all-round balance. I have also had over 14 years coaching experience in a riding school, coaching all levels and ages of riders. This has meant I’ve had a lot of hours working with all the different BALANCE trees/Pony BALANCE saddles to suit all different shapes and sizes of horse and rider.
I am now a registered BALANCE Saddle Consultant.
I started riding at a young age and was an enthusiastic member of the Lancaster and District Branch of The Pony Club. I competed in all disciplines and worked my way up to achieving The Pony Club AH Test. When I was 18, I started my professional Equine career. I am now an Accredited Pony Club coach and still involved with coaching lots of children, having fun in BALANCE with their ponies!
I am a BHS
Accredited Professional Level 4 Coach in Complete Horsemanship (BHSII)
and hold the UKCC level2. I train riders up to BHS Stage 4, and also run
the BHS Challenge Awards.
I have 14 years coaching experience,
inc Riding Schools and freelance with children and adults, from
grassroots to professionals and competition riders. I run training days
and courses and have coached at different The Pony Club and BHS Camps.
I regularly school horses for clients locally and take horses for backing and rehabilitation programmes.
have loved competing over the years with many different horses and have
successfully competed BD and BS up to Foxhunter level, but I’m
currently taking a break whilst bringing up my young family.
am very passionate about developing the straightness and balance of the
horse and rider, helping people achieve their goals, gain confidence
and making horses happy and comfortable.