G.C. Natural Horsemanship aims to:
Change the perception of Australian Heritage Brumbies (the wild horses of Australia) -
These wonderful horses deserve a chance at a good life, just the same as all horses do. We are aiming to help bring Brumbies into the mainstream horse world to aid in reducing the number of Brumbies which are sent to the slaughter house each year. Brumbies make fantastic domestic horses when treated with respect and patience, they have proven themselves to be adaptable to any discipline and will be your friend for life.
Training horses involves time, patience and understanding. We want to help people to be able to work with their horses and achieve a successful partnership based on trust, understanding and good horsemanship.
Our Training Methods-
We believe that everything you do with a horse should involve respect, relaxation and understanding so that you can work with your horse to achieve a successful partnership. Our methods take aspects from a range of proven training methods from trainers and programs around the world, with foundation training based on the methods of Ken Faulkner, Warwick Schiller and Double Dan Horsemanship, as well as trick training with the use of clicker training. The methods that we use are based on the psychology of how a horse thinks and learns, with an emphasis on relaxation and positive reinforcement used successfully in conjunction with negative reinforcement. We aim to create thinking horses who can cope with a vast array of situations in a calm and sensible manner, allowing the rider/handler to be safe and enjoy spending time with their equine partner. We want to set up the horse for success, so that you can achieve things with your horse, not just on your horse!
We are always trying to improve our horsemanship knowledge and skills, and we have been really enjoying learning from our mentor and good friend Steve Burke who is based in Perth, Western Australia, but travels to us for clinics a few times a year. Steve offers a wealth of knowledge and experience, his teachings combine the principles of horsemanship taught by Tom and Bill Dorrance and Ray Hunt, with the teachings of the Classical Dressage Masters. He also brings a lifetime of practical experience from his work in the top end of Australia on cattle stations, where he has worked extensively over the years in a hands on roll as well as his current work where he conducts horsemanship clinics and schools as well as colt starting schools on these stations sharing his skills and knowledge for producing confident willing horses who are ready to do a job and do it well!
Obstacles and trail riding are also a big part of what we offer our clients when we train horses from our facility. A horse coming for starting or further training, will not just be trained in an arena. We establish the foundations in the roundyard and the arena and then as soon as we can we get the horses out into the obstacle course for confidence building. We also ride out around our property and then down the road and in the State Forest as well which is important for developing a solid all rounder who is confident and willing in different situations.