Each person and horse comes with their own unique relationship, strengths and goals. Diana strives to develop a strong and ethical relationship between horse, rider and coach. Each horse and rider are always treated with the utmost care and respect, and lessons are tailored to their needs.
Diana is highly skilled at recognising and correcting faults in position, synchronisation and application of aids. She develops the horse’s training using the French school, which develops balance and lightness at a slow pace first. Both the horse and rider are corrected gently and precisely with clear and simple explanations. Diana can break down common riding faults and correct their underlying causes. This means that her students really improve, and are never subjected to the traditional shouts of “Heels down!” or other much-repeated phrases!
The rider, now in perfect synchronisation with the horse, sits quietly and elegantly. The horse, now light and balanced, moves gracefully and responds instantly to invisible aids. Riding is a joyous experience for both horse and rider. From here, the pair can excel in their chosen discipline, whatever that may be.
What to Expect
Diana teaches riders of all abilities on their own horses. As well as ridden work , she can assist with in-hand work, unmounted rider training sessions, remedial clicker training and general training advice.
Diana teaches with a problem solving approach, and investigates the cause of the problem in either the horse or the rider (or both).
She has a wealth of accessible exercises to overcome specific problems with horse balance and suppleness, rider synchronisation, straightness and aids. In this way, she works with you to overcome the cause of the problem. This removes the need for endless frustrating and tiring repetitions of an exercise. A focus on quality rather than quantity maintains the energy and interest of horse and rider and prevents problems from becoming entrenched.
Diana strongly believes that both the horse and rider need frequent breaks to relax muscles, absorb information and to maintain the highest quality in their work.
Diana offers 45 minute sessions on your premises, with the emphasis being on quality rather than quantity. This means that the horse will get variety and frequent breaks ,and the rider will receive detailed explanations and have multiple opportunities for questioning during these breaks. A nervous or green horse may require shorter sessions at first, and in line with her ethics, Diana always works to the needs of the horse rather than the clock. However, if you agree to finish a session earlier, the remaining time will be spent in meaningful activities, such as in-hand work, development of a training plan, unmounted practice in correct application of aids, or whatever the rider feels would be the most useful.
Diana offers group lessons for children on their own horses, aimed at nurturing confidence, enjoyment and fun, whilst promoting ethical treatment of horses. Your child will be taught to ride beautifully without using force – no kicking, harsh whipping, spurring or pulling. The naturally caring and sensitive nature of children is nurtured and encouraged, so that they are taught always to think of their pony or horse as a sentient being worthy of their love and respect. They are taught the important skills of having fun without asking too much of the horse.
Diana is fully qualified and up to date with First Aid and Working With Children Clearance. She has over 20 years' teaching experience.