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Enjoy playing with Highland ponies? I am usually looking for one or two young people to help with my herd over the summer. At the moment, all dates are open. Long or short stay with a minimum of two weeks.

This could be something of interest to vet, animal behaviour students, or those doing equine studies, but open to anyone interested in getting hands on experience with training horses is welcome to apply.

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Due to long experience training working dogs and hawks for falconry my methods are sometimes unconventional and basically 'natural' but they do work. Most of my helpers say they have enjoyed coming here and have learnt a lot.

Work is flexi-hours and we do jobs as needed, certainly not 9 - 5! Mucking out and poo is handled by machine, so plenty of time off to explore. I am retired and train horses for fun. Mostly, I have got things organised so hard work is avoided!

Remuneration is subject to negotiation according to experience and qualifications but you'll get free accommodation for up to two in a caravan with facilities shared with the house and some of your meals.

Lef t: Me getting a home bred goshawk used to dogs. I no longer have the dogs or the hawks, just the ponies and three German shepherds.



The stud is two miles from Tain. There are regular bus services and a main line railway station at Tain.There is an airport at Inverness, about 40 miles away. Your own transport is recommended but not essential. Tain is an excellent base for touring the north and west of Scotland.

If you are interested, please email me stating your age, height, weight, experience, a recent photograph, and anything else you think I should know. Messages by text, telephone, etc. will probably not be answered, so please email!


What's on for 2018?

Well, Grace and Molly seem to be in foal, and maybe Bell too. When are they due? Haven't a clue as Josethene runs with his mares and everything is left as natural as possible.

I train in fits and starts and believe a lesson well learnt when ponies are young should be fun, short, and enjoyable as it will probably be something they will remember for the rest of their lives.

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Most of my ponies self load and they will be leant over or sat on at least from an early age. Backing is usually straight forward and bucks and rears virtually unhread of!

Then there is Rowan, last year's filly out of Grace. She has been handled every day but hasn't been led yet. She is very friendly and should be easy. I tried a different technique after weaning with her and it seems to have worked.










Tara and Annie are both backed and need more gentle experience. Annie should be hacking out later in the summer, Tara is still very young.

General ("Fergs"), Alder, and Aspen will get the prelininaries to being sat on and the usual desensitisatio. This is always an interesting stage in training.










Then there's Taverner who has improved a lot since last year.

Josethdene is of course a ridden champion, so if you ride, he will enjoy getting out and about.