Hi my name is Rebecca and I have been keeping animals for as long as I can remember.
It all started about a month before I was born when my parents had to hand rear a litter of Boxer puppies. There was no hope for me after that! I loved growing up with Boxer dogs then a small flock of sheep was introduced and eventually cats, small animals and ponies. The ponies were a bit trickier as due to a series of small incidents I built up a fear of horses. It took me 10 years to want to go near one again, let alone work with them.
The Dales Ponies first entered my life when I found Zana Jackson at the Yorkshire Dales Trekking Centre. It was here where I rediscovered my love of ponies and finally started to gain my confidence and willingness to ride. My first horse, not counting the two minis Japer and Ginger, was one of Zana's retired trekking ponies. It was a sad day when Zana closed the center and moved out of the area. I kept going to local riding schools but my confidence was starting to slip again and I was on the verge of wanting to walk away when I found Lynn Henry and Think Like A Pony in Leeds.
Since finding Think Like A Pony and training to be one of their instructors I have been able to take back control. It has given me a way to safely and confidently work with horses and ponies and be the best version of myself.
Through Think Like A Pony you can learn about every aspect of horsemanship. From understanding why horses behave the way they do, how to exercise and help your horse develop and improve both on the ground and in the saddle. How to work in harmony and as one with your horse through balanced riding.
Through good body language, the use of phases and being consistent we start to build a good relationship with our horses and ponies. This combined with good health and diet helps the horses and ponies to gradually build up their confidence with a good physical and psychological attitude to being ridden.
The ethos of Think Like A Pony is to empower children through riding.
This simple holistic approach to our horses and ponies helps us to work on building a relationship based on trust. It is effective in helping all ages to excel as riders and trainers.
Since completing my instructor training I have worked at Think Like A Pony in Leeds. I now offer freelance riding and groundwork lessons.
The cost of travel within a 10 mile radius of me is included in the price of a lesson. A contribution towards fuel is required for distances over 10 miles.
Cost of lessons:
1 hour (private) lesson: £25.00
1 hour joint (2 people) lesson: £15.00 each (£30 in total)