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Kate & Geoff Pannell, Inman Valley, South Australia
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Lanyon Philosophy

On Teaching

The number one focus is, of course, the safety of the rider and at Lanyon we work hard to minimize the risk of harm.  All our gear is fitted carefully and checked regularly.  Our school horses are special horses and ponies with many years of teaching under their girths'.

Coming a very close second to safety is a focus on having fun, something that we take VERY SERIOUSLY at Lanyon. We figure that riding horses is about as good as it gets so Geoff like to throw plenty of humour around during a lesson and have some fun with his clients young or old.

 

On Training

We aim to ride our horses with understanding and sense of harmony.  We think it ...and the horse does it.  Sounds like magic doesn’t it.  Our horses are trained using methods which we have found work as a result of handling and riding many hundreds of horses over the years.  We freely admit to picking the brains of other experts and adopting the things we find to be useful.  Our greatest teachers though have been the horses we have met.

We firstly tune into the horses body language which gives us all the information we need about how he feels ,what he may do next and how we fit into his world.

We then find a common form of communication ie pressure release (whatever works.)  Then we can train using that communication method.  Stop, go,  turn,  through to advanced performance .

 We like to use quiet insistence and find that by using this method we keep our lines of communication open with our four legged friend.

 

On Riders

One thing has become clear to us over the years. Horses are incredibly patient with us humans and will usually put up with a great deal of inconsistent behaviour from us before developing coping responses or “behavioural problems” in an attempt to escape from their confusion.  So to that end after we rehabilitate or train a horse we then need to train the rider (that’s definitely the hard bit.).

 

At Lanyon we welcome all riders, beginners to advanced and we have immensely enjoyed meeting great people who share our passion for  horses and riding.