This is the story of my quest to train my three Dales Ponies for classical dressage, primarily by using Alexandra Kurland's clicker training methods, with a touch of others such as Philippe Karl and Anja Beran thrown in. I turned to clicker training because I had come up against some issues that I didn't know how to fix and because I wanted to inspire them to become enthusiatic partners. Bella and Jack are all my own work and have never been ridden by anyone else.

Bella, Grace and Jack

Bella aged 6

Bella aged 6

Treat Delivery

Jack aged 7


Saturday, 21 March 2009

In Memory.

I don't know if I can continue this blog as my life has changed forever in the last week. My ponies still look the same but I no longer recognise myself from those photographs. I am so much older, sadder and wiser now, but I'm also a kinder, stronger, more sociable person too, than I was a few weeks ago.

I have moved mountains in the last fortnight and found that there is not much I can't make happen if I care enough and am motivated enough. Unfortunately the one thing that I wanted the most was impossible to achieve but it was never for want of trying.

I was lucky enough to be able to say, and to hear said, the things that many never have the chance to say before their journey together comes to an end, especially when it's been a long one.

I have been far more lucky for the last twenty eight years than I ever deserved and only realised it when it was nearly too late.

In memory of one of the kindest, sweetest, most generous and friendly people ever born. He had no idea how devastating the loss of his friendship would be to so many.


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I am a clicker training addict and there is no cure - thank goodness!!!