Animal Education

Horse Training

Kate uses horse training methods based on natural horsemanship from both modern and ancient techniques. Kate has been handling her own horses and riding since she was 7 years old. As an adult, Kate has studied the methods of both Australian and overseas trainers such as Merv Kildey, JD Wilton, Steve Bradey, Tom Dorrance, and the more well-known natural horseman Pat Parelli, Monty Roberts and John Lyons.

Keeping the animal calm, thinking logically and in the left side of it's brain is the key to communicating with horses. Herd psychology is the basis for this ongoing communication which will make your horse want to be with you. If you want your horse to be different from all the rest, Kate will teach you how.


Equine training includes:

Animal Education Stables
A new stable complex of eight large bays is currently under construction. We currently have a round yard lined with deep sand, stock yards and a large sand riding arena.

Basic Education for Riding

Horses are trained for riding using calm methods based on 'inducement' (making the horse want to do it for you) and herd psychology.

Any fear the horse may initially have is dissolved and changed to confidence well before a rider is placed on its back. Proper 'ground work' is essential so the horse has complete faith in you.

Most commands are taught with the handler off the horse. Once again, training the handler is equally as important as educating the horse.

Float Loading Problems

Horses that give trouble when loading onto floats usually have some sort of emotionally based problem. A previous bad experience or inconsistent handler can often be tracked back to the source of the problem.

Re-educating the memory of this experience in the horse's mind by practical exercises of yielding to forward pressure and gaining emotional release always cures this, generally within a few hours.

Once the horse knows the lesson, the handler must also be re-educated otherwise the problems will return.

Trick Training

Kate learnt the majority of her trick training from Tony Jablonski who is the ex-horsemaster from the Movie World Wild West Show, several feature movies such as Flipper, and now The Aussie Outback Spectacular on the Gold Coast, Queensland.

Kate's main horse, Mango the Appaloosa, gives four types of kisses, counts, tells his age, answers small arithmetic questions, bows, lays down, rears on command, heels like a dog and can be ridden without equipment.

Mango and Kate have given demonstrations at several SE Queensland Shows. Mango also knows more practical lessons such as picking his feet up when asked, and coming when called from anywhere on a 200-acre property.

Kate is currently working on tricks with a large Friesian mare and a part Arab.

Foal Imprinting and Young Horse Education

This involves building permanent confidence in the subconcious of your horse. At a young age, horses will retain the memory of all experiences forever throughout their life.

Kate teaches you lessons to ensure all these experiences are positive and how to avoid the negative.

Behaviour Problems

Some horses may have gone sour or may have rank issues with their handler. This can be anything from biting to bucking, or may simply be hard to catch.

Generally, an approach from the herd psychology school of thought will allow the horse to understand its mistakes in the way that a superior horse would teach it.

Many young horses that are brought up as a pet and are unintentionally spoilt will have issues in this area. Human kindness is often mis-understood by horses as submission and the horse gets an inflated ego, which leads to bad manners.

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