Bitless Horse riding, Transitioning to Bitless, Considerate Horsemanship, Horse Training, Groundwork - $70 per hour
I come to you and your horse for your lesson on your property, horses not provided. Servicing Lismore and the surrounding areas in Northern NSW. If you have a bitless bridle great, if not, you can borrow or buy one of mine or use your halter.
Horse Care – $70 per hour - Learn how to look after your horses health and environmental needs from an Equine Scientist. Great for people just getting their first horse and for those experiencing difficulties. Also available to visit your horse/s while you are away to do horse maintenance and checks.
Pre-Purchase Check - $70 per hour - The most important decision you will make is which horse to buy. A professional pre-purchase assessment can help find a good match for you and your skill level.
Fees include the cost of travel if within the Lismore zone, travel outside this area will incur a travel fee. Longer lessons and group lessons are available by request. Half day and full day workshops also available by request, call to discuss your needs.
Online Consulting – $50 per hour
This is a great chance to ask any questions you have and discuss areas of horsemanship, riding or training that you would like to develop further. Sessions are conducted via Zoom or Skype.
To check out what students are saying go to Testimonials.
My teaching is based on the Considerate Horsemanship principles of the development of mutual trust and improved relationship and connection between horse and rider. I believe a good relationship between human and horse provides the groundwork for everything you do, as without it you are merely imposing your will on another. I work intuitively and act as an ‘interpreter’ between horse and human. Students learn how to understand horse body language and how to decipher what the horse is thinking. During lessons the student learns to be present and fully open to their horse, to truly ‘listen’ with their whole body and mind. The development of light, soft aids is paramount to the development of the skill to communicate with your horse in a freely flowing conversation. Allowing an ongoing conversation based on feel enables horse and human to move as one.
Groundwork is an integral part of my teaching. Students explore the concepts of mindfullness, soft yielding, circles and liberty. Everything you do in the saddle can first be done on the ground. This makes it safer for you and easier for your horse to suceed. If you do not desire to ride, groundwork is a wonderful way to spend quality time with your horse, developing connection and ensuring your horse retains the necessary skills to navigate in a domestic environment.
I am a traditionally trained riding instructor so I have the ‘eye’ to find what may be holding the rider back from achieving their full potential. My background is in showjumping and dressage and I bring elements of Classical riding into the riding skills I teach. Students learn how to ride in a ‘balanced’ manner which improves their safety, effectiveness and communication with the horse. Both rider AND horse are assisted during the lesson, so they both move forward together.
Relationship, connection, trust, balance, feel and that all important ingredient – heart.
I have been instructing for over 20 years giving both private and group lessons at riding schools. I trained with the Equestrian Federation of Australia as a riding coach. At riding schools I have given single and group lessons and run school holiday camps and competitions (dressage, showjumping and eventing). For a number of years I was a Pony Club instructor. I have worked as a trail guide for over 15 years. I am currently an RDA (Riding for the Disabled) Coach and Chief Instructor at Happy Horses Bitless. Years of experience have assisted me to develop an eye for how to best help people get the most from their riding and improve their skills. Over the years I have taught all ages and levels and am happy to assist anyone who is looking for a kinder way to be with horses. I bring you the knowledge I have gained from a degree in Equine Science and a lifetime living and working with horses. For the past 15 years I have been teaching students in bitless bridles. I specialize in transitioning to bitless bridles and bitless riding, as this is where my heart is. I now work exclusively with people who want to ride without bits, spurs or crops.
Suzy Maloney B.Eq.Sc.