Question: If I take up riding will I fit in with horsey people?
Answer: Horse riding is a sport /hobby for all regardless of age, race, colour or creed, it not an elitist sport and offers people from all genres to mix on an equal basis
Here at Halsall Riding and Livery Centre we pride ourselves on treating all of our clients from whatever background as equals and we work together for the welfare of the horses and riders.
Question: What Are Hunters?
Answer: English Hunter classes require a horse be even, steady, flowing, cooperative. A picture study of form over fences. Usually only natural obstacle type of fences.
Question: what is Dressage?
Answer: The word "dressage" is derived from a French term that means to train. Dressage is not only a method of how to school, but also a competitive equestrian sport.
Question: What is meant by "breaking a horse"?
Answer: Horseman from years gone by believed that a horse had to be dominated, to be controlled; and since horses´ use force with one another, these trainers believed that force was necessary with mankind towards horses as well; in order to earn/deserve a horses´ respect. You will note that horses in a herd will sniff nostrils, and "talk" to one another. If one disagrees with the leadership of another, he will "snort" "squeal" and generally be quite vocal with his disagreement. That is where the conflict ensues between them. Usually the newcomer is the one challenging the hierarchy of the other. The established horse will usually use a)charging, b)biting, c)kicking to reinforce his position within the herd. It is from this behavioural pattern that "old tyme horsemen" believed that horse´s would only submit, respect, obey if you could prove to the horse that you were more aggessive or dominent. This method worked most of the time, and with most of the trainers. But, what if you were not an aggressive, bold, or dominent personality? I am sure you can see that you would hate horses for forcing you to behave as they do in order to influence their minds and hearts into believing that you were the one to follow, that they could trust you to take care of them~?! Thus came development of "Natural Horsemanship".