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 and small animals.
It would be amazing if I could say that I have always loved horses and ponies and that they have always been a part of my life but I can't, that is not part of my story. As a child I was always very tall for my age, very unconfident and also hated heights (still do!). It always felt like I was being put on the biggest horses in the world and they were always a bit 'cheeky' or 'quirky'. Due to a series of small incidents I built up a fear and unfortunately many years passed me by.
Thankfully the Dales Ponies 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.
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 inspire, educate and empower young people through riding.
This holistic approach to our horses and ponies helps us to work on developing leadership skills that enable us to build a relationship based on trust. Through good body language, the use of phases and being consistent and predictable we start to build a good relationship with our horses and ponies as well as teaching us why clear rules and boundaries are important. It is only then when we can start to develop confidence, empathy, responsibilty and respect for not only ourselves but those around us.
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 from 1st August 2019:
1 hour (private) lesson: £30.00
1 hour joint (2 people) lesson: £17.50 each (£35 in total)