What We Offer

Starting Horses Under Saddle.

Over the years, Fred has started horses of every age and breed under saddle. From untouched 10 year old brumbys, to nine year old Warmbloods and a few enormous, ‘out of their box’ two and a half year olds! With the mouthing system Fred uses, age is not an issue. All of Fred’s methods apply to any horse, as every horse understands and responds to them. We are able to take on any horse 14hh and over for starting or training.

Re-mouthing

It is possible to successfully re-mouth any horse using John O’Leary’s mouthing system, as Fred does. Re-mouthing is fantastic for horses whose mouths have deteriorated in lightness. It is also an essential part in rehabilitating any ’problem’ horse that has developed behavioural issues such as bucking. Having a very good lateral mouth, or One Rein Stop, is the most powerful tool for safety and control in riding any horse. It’s also the only way to truly retain lightness in a horse’s mouth, in our opinion.

Fred has re-mouthed many horses and it is a highly successful technique in any breed or age of horse. However, it is essential for the owner to understand how to retain the horse’s mouth after re-mouthing, hence why we ask for owners to be involved in the process.

Leg Restraint Training

Fred has leg restraint trained many of the horses he has started or re-educated and we strongly feel that it can be the best ‘insurance policy’ you can buy for your horse. In our opinion it is a highly effective and safe way to help a horse learn to give to pressure in many situations.

Fred has saved so many horses’ lives through being able to use leg restraints with sophistication and would challenge anybody who claims they are a cruel training method when used in a safe environment by a professional like himself.

We often have horses arrive that have issues with being handled, particularly with handling of their feet and legs. This can be a fear response, an evasion technique, a lack of balance or purely a lack of confident, correct handling. With leg restraint training these issues can and will be resolved.

We have started many ’feral’ and untouched wild horses under saddle and have found leg restraint training to be an essential part of their training, especially as a method to reduce much trauma in these types of horses.

Leg restraint training is also highly effective in re-training horses that rush off floats or scramble in the float. Please see our ‘Testimonials’ section for some thankyou letters from clients whose horses who have come to us for leg restraint training. There are also some individual stories about our training methods in our 'Some Special Stories' section.

Training Horses to Tie Up Solid

Training horses to tie up solid is usually a non event if it’s something that’s taught to the foal from around one week or less of age. We also find that most young horses that haven’t been handled much and haven’t been tied up solidly before coming to us, don’t normally have an issue with learning to tie up solid and will breeze through this part of their education.

However, we often have horses come to us specifically because they don’t tie up solid and have become unreliable and a danger to themselves and others. I cannot stress enough how important good professional facilities are in re-training these horses. We offer re-training in tying up with excellent facilities, and so far have had a great success rate in re-educating horses to tie up solid.

We also use re-educating in solid tying to re-habilitate horses that are head shy or who have been ear twitched, and have so far had a 100% success rate with re-habilitating these problems in horses. Please see our 'Some Special Stories' section for an example of this.

Float Training and Re-education

As part of our horse starting process, Fred teaches all our clients’ horses to load onto the float and self load where applicable. Fred also likes all owners to be able to load their horses confidently before their horse leaves our property.

Fred also has many years experience dealing with ’problem’ floaters and helping re-educate owners in floating their horses. Unfortunately, running a fulltime business doesn’t allow time for Fred to make house calls, however many clients are happy to use a horse transport company to bring their horse to us. Then, once Fred has worked with their horse, we ask owners to bring their float up and be available for some lessons themselves. We have found this to be a most successful system in achieving long term floating success!

General Handling and Groundwork Training

We offer general handling for all horses. General handling includes halter breaking, leading, leading off another horse, tying up solid, lunging, leg restraint training and float training.

Consistent handling of any horse is the best way to prepare them for starting under saddle and will reduce the stress in any horse being started.

Retraining Standardbred Horses.

Fred has retrained many Standardbred horses over the years. Generally, owners contact us about their Standardbred horses because their horses are having trouble with trotting and cantering. Fred finds this is normally because of a lack of balance under saddle, mostly due to always being hobbled to produce pacing, an unnatural gait, and also a lack of correct muscle development to support learning to trot and canter.

Fred re-mouths these horses and teaches them to work in the correct frame, starting to engage their hindquarters. He then teaches them leg yielding to assist with the engagement of their hindquarters and to give them more suppleness and control. Fred then establishes the correct transitions and gives the horse confidence with trot and canter. This is a long term process for the owner but Fred has had much success beginning the re-training process with these wonderful horses.


Roy leading Yarra


Tom Thumb


Millie


Roy and Oscar


The Chief


Murphy


Flynn


Roadwork

Apollo the standardbred stallion

Bonnie