Me, Myself, and my two boys.
Updated: May 14, 2020
Hello everyone, welcome to my new blog and thank you for taking the time to read.
For those that don't know me, my names Paige, and I am working under the business name of PH equestrian. I'm a classically trained dressage instructor, a HM saddler fitter and work with ridden simulators and positive reinforcement training (+R). I'm also on the boards of directors for not for profit group, Helping Hooves Derby C.I.C, working with children and adults with mental health problems and more.
I've been wanting to start a blog to create an easily accessible place for all equestrians. I want to take away the myths behind classical training, and dressage training entirely. I want your standard Joe Bloggs and Bob the cob to feel confident in themselves to learn new skills without feeling daunted.
I want people to be able to read a dressage and training blog that is on the level they understand. I don't want to patronize and I don't want to assume previous knowledge. I want others to walk away inspired and feeling confident that they can apply new knowledge to their horses.
I say all this because I've been there - I don't own the standard dressage horses. I have a Dales cross who's a nightmare to tack up, and a New forest X Thoroughbred with the biggest sense of humor I've ever seen in a horse.
Yet my dales can do a wonderful half pas under saddle, and my NF can execute a lovely shoulder in on the long reins.
Neither were bought special. Heck, I went to the gate of the field my NF was kept in and said, "Yeah, he'll do"
But through perseverance, trainers that have helped me through the years to break ideas down simply and easily, I've gotten to where I am today.
It's taken a lot to wade through years of elongated sentences and jargon. So many times I've read passages of books and had to take a moment to process. And I want to save you, the readers, the hassle of this.
During this blog, I hope to cover many things, from terminology, basic positioning, simple exercises, all the way through to introducing lateral work and pole work.
They'll be stories of my times teaching, stories of my two mischief makers, and various other pieces.
The only thing I ask is you forgive my lack of intelligence that comes with the IT sides of things, but I'm trying!
Your friends, Paige and The Boys.