Hannah & Buster
I sent my new 5 year old Percheron, Hannah to Kay and also our Shire, Buster, to be re-backed. Hannah was unbroken when we bought her and had been handled very little. Buster had been driven more than ridden and just needed to be re-educated to understand riding aids again. Hannah was delivered straight to Kay's yard to begin her training and Buster shortly after. I would regularly go to Kay's to see Hannah and Buster and to work with them both. Kay has been fantastic and I have learned a great deal from her about my horse's behaviour and why they do what they do. It has been a most brilliant, informative, enjoyable and confidence giving learning journey for both myself, Hannah and Buster.
Kay still comes to work with us at home with Buster and Hannah and I have found the training quite addictive, particularly when you see what a positive influence you can have with your horse and what you can get them to do! Kay is a very approachable person who explains things in a very easy and non-assuming way. This in turn not only helps you to understand the training but also to understand what you are doing and why you are doing it. I cannot thank Kay enough for all her help and support as I now have two easy going horses, who are a pleasure to ride and to be around. I also know if that if there is ever a problem, Kay is always at the end of the phone with helpful advice and reassurance.
Christine & Pip
I first met Kay last May, when she came to assess my 8 year old homebred Part bred Arab, Pip. I was at the end of my tether with him, he wouldn’t load, he was a nightmare to lead and if I rode him he would suddenly stop and buck on the spot. As I bred him, I felt responsible to either get him right or have him put down. He went over to Kay’s in May for two weeks and the second week I went over and worked him under Kay’s instruction in hand, going through the fundamental movements. He then came home and I did these movements everyday.
He was by this time, easy to lead in and out of his paddock. He went back for another two weeks and again I went over and had instruction from Kay. He steadily progressed and by July Kay was riding him and I went over and rode him. I took him to Trec Training which Kay runs at World Horse Welfare. I took him to Kay’s camping weekend over at Wideham Farm, where I had my first canter on him since he came back into work. I can’t thank Kay enough for what she did with Pip, he turned from a nightmare to a well mannered friend.
Ron, Jo & Rosie
Ron had not ridden Rosie for nearly a year due to osteomylitis of the Patella. Rosie has never been the easiest of horses at certain times and we needed help before getting back on after a long time of mainly being left in the field. Kay, with her common sense ways put us and the horse back on the right track.
Ron and Rosie went to two western camps last year and for coffee at Kay's new place even with his dodgy knee. She is a confidence giver to both horse and rider which she does with patience and good humour.
Verity & Oliver
Oliver used to have a bad loading problem, until Kay came to rescue. Over a course of four sessions she retrained him and regained his confidence with the trailer and taught us a lot of groundwork exercises for me to do between sessions. Kay got me involved in retraining him and got me to do a lot of the training which allowed me to learn a lot!
Oliver now loads himself on to the trailer which is a much easier way. With the respect he now has for me, with help from Kay I was able to clip him for the first time with out sedation which was very impressive! I can now do so much more with him and we have a much better bond and feel we can go a lot further together. I never thought I would be able to travel him again, so I am very thankful for Kay's work!
Debbie & Chulo
I first met Kay when I went to see one of her demos in September 2010. One word, WOW! I had never seen anyone have such a bond with a horse and booked her straight away to help me with my new Andalusian, Chulo. I didn’t have any bad problems with him, although I see now without the knowledge she has given me I may well have had with such a fiery and clever breed, but I wanted a little of what Kay and Perry had for us.
Our first session was 3 hours long! (Mainly spent talking) where I had to forget all I already knew and start again. I learnt more in that 3 hours than in all the 42 years I have been riding and the 20 years I’ve owned horses. Mind blowing! I was so inspired that when my family asked me what I wanted for my 50th birthday, I didn’t want jewellery or any of the normal things, I wanted a round pen and more sessions with Kay. I can’t thank Kay enough for all the things she’s taught me. I am one of her biggest fans!
Annie & Beans
I called Kay as I was having problems with my three year old warmblood. Along with his growth spurt in the spring came alot of attitude. Having spent the previous year on ground work, I felt I had very little to show for my hard work other than a rude, stroppy 16.2. Picking up his back feet often resulted in bruises. Kay came to the rescue, after having a couple of sessions in the school at home I decided it was best to send Beans to stay with Kay as I was getting totally over horsed and disheartened.
I frequently went over to watch Kay work and to have a go myself, using her methods. After a couple of months I was on board and my monster had turned into an angel. Beans is now well mannered, respectful and affectionate. We still have along way to go, but hacking out alone on a three year old warmblood is pretty good and the farrier has said that he is the best youngster he has ever shod. We will be calling Kay up in Spring to have a bit of a refresher. Beans and I now look forward to developing a long lasting relationship. Thank you Kay.
Kay and her parents came to me approximately nine years ago after watching me perform a demonstration of Controlling Horses. Her then horse, Jazz, was a real challenge for her and probably a very good learning horse. I spotted something in Kay, probably something to do with the insescant questioning, so many whys, how do you do that, when do you do that, all this leaves the impression of a keen and interested person which is always a pleasure to teach.
Every horse that we handle teaches us so much and Kay has handled some pretty rough horses in her short career; she is always searching for the answer to control and communicate with some horses and also the odd difficult horse. Some people never strive to truly understand the horse and what he is saying to us and it is only when we seek the answer to the horse our search will be rewarded, and Kay certainly is a researcher and has proven over the time I have known her and had the pleasure of teaching her that she is willing to put the hard work in and strive for the 'lightness' that all horse people should strive for. For without 'lightness' there is nothing.
Frances & Solo
I sent Solo, an American Saddlebred X part bred Arab, to Kay for training as he is a very intelligent and dominant horse and I was having handling issues with him. He was never nasty just a bit full on and in your face, he also seemed to suffer with high levels of stress when he felt under pressure. I tried all of the techniques that I knew to work things out with him but he was in full livery and was not getting on very well. Kay has used her techniques in natural horsemanship to teach him to be more respectful around humans, he has improved tremendously and is now much better to handle.
Kay has a tremendous rapport with Solo and he is very respectful of her, she understands the psychology and instincts of horses and uses both to her advantage. Kay is teaching me how to apply her techniques so that I also gain his respect. I am very grateful that I was recommended to go to Kay for help. She could not have been more honest and straight forward in her approach to dealing with Solo and the 4 weeks training that he had was money well spent. I will continue to use Kay to help me train Solo as he has the potential to be a very safe fun riding horse as thanks to Kay he is learning to relax and take things more in his stride.
Alison & Sylvie
I feel very lucky to have found you. I can’t thank you enough for last week. We are both incredibly impressed with what you do, the lightness is evident everywhere around your yard, and with Catherine and Freddy, who are lucky to be with you: you have taught them well. Especially Freddy and Laurie in the demonstration, that was so illustrative of how much a horse can learn in 15 minutes. Amazing! After a week intensive course.
Fay & Finn
I was having issues with my 7 year old connemara, Finn, such as napping and spooking when out hacking on his own, refusing to lunge, being very stubborn to school and difficult to get into canter. I had his back, saddle and teeth checked, changed his food and had lessons, yet despite being an experienced horse owner for over 30 years, I couldn’t seem to get any further forward!
I heard of Kay through a friend and went to see her demo at Talent of the Horse. I was so impressed I asked her to come and have a look at Finn. She came to assess him and we decided it would be best if he went to Kay for a few weeks. I was a bit apprehensive about having someone ‘fix’ my horse, in case he became well behaved with Kay, but still difficult with me! However I needn’t have worried. Kay and her staff made us feel completely at ease, and I went over to her once a week to see what Finn had done that week and to work with him. I also got to work with Kay’s own horses, so I could feel how it should be when things are going right!
Kay answered all my questions, explained things clearly and was happy for me to repeat lessons until I was confident. Finn has a much better attitude to work since he has been home. I am now able to lunge him, hack out happily on our own, and he is much more forward going in the school, we have even managed a dressage test with canter in it! Kay has been very supportive and has stayed in touch to monitor his progress. I can highly recommend Kay to anyone having problems with their horse, or to start their youngster.
Lisa & Kracker
Disabilities changed my equine career/goals and worse I was struggling to stay riding, so to get back into the saddle and to keep my last bred foal: Kracker, I needed to find a very special trainer, someone I could trust with what was going to be a massive ask, especially for the horse – I wanted to train Kracker to be a “Support Disability Horse” - A horse that, could learn to respond to aids that would turn even basic riding on its head, cope with trick training not for showmanship but to “assist” me safely and be to confidently desensitised to things, that might upset even the calmest of horses. Kracker needed to be 110% safe but he’s a cheeky and often quirky lad but I didn’t want to train that out of him so I ended up with a soulless and heavy horse.
I looked for 12 months and had all but given up when I met Kay. She totally got it and could think outside the box in a way that would keep me safe but still put the horse first and not lose his character or confidence. I think Kay initially questioned my sanity when my totally untouched and just a bit wild youngster arrived at the yard, but 18 months on and I’m “safely” back in the saddle, got a taste for Trec and even done some showing!
Kracker is still very much a baby with lots more maturing and learning to do but with Kay’s ongoing support and training of us both the journey will continue. Kay is one very special and talented lady, who has genuine empathy and truly understands the horse’s mind, body and soul.