Brilliant Melanie Watson get Your Horse deputy editor Imogen buzzing with ideas for the magazine!
By Imogen Johnson
04 July 2012 12:42
I hope you’re all well. Sorry the old blogs haven’t been too regular recently – it’s busy, busy, busy here at Your Horse HQ and I’ve not had a minute to spare. Anyway, I’ve got a free fifteen minutes and I’m keen to let you all know what I’ve been up to.
Last weekend I made my way to a fab demonstration held by horse trainer Melanie Watson of Instinctive Horse Training in East Yorkshire – if you weren’t there, you missed out.
Your Horse has been working with Melanie for many years but this is the first time I’ve personally been in the front row at one of her demos.
First of all, it has to be said that despite torrential rain throughout most of the UK on this particular day we were all shocked, amazed and overall thankful that the sun came out for the entire demonstration – in fact it was positively glorious.
Melanie and her team had done a great job of setting up the venue with plenty of seating, tea, coffee and refreshments on tap and some excellent case studies to work though as the day got going.
We watched as Melanie worked with three horses she’d never worked with before including a nervous ex-racer, a switched off and bolshy gelding plus an unhandled pony in need of some basic handling experience.
While each case was really interesting in itself the day was made by Melanie’s use of humour and anecdotes to explain to us how she was working with each horse and why. It was certainly one of the more interesting demos I’ve been to recently and overall the atmosphere was relaxed, fun and friendly.
Melanie took questions from the audience throughout and even got some of us involved at different points which all added to the day. Then at lunch we were all treated to a gorgeous BBQ and another chance to chat amongst ourselves or ask Melanie any questions we might have.
I learnt a huge amount at this demo – some of which will be featuring in Your Horse so keep your eyes peeled for it – and I’d definitely recommend getting to one of Melanie’s demos or clinics if you can. The tickets for this particular demo were just £30 – covering a day-long demo and lovely BBQ lunch (a bargain if you ask me!). There was even prize draw to win loads of horsey products from the event sponsors Osmonds.
If you’ve not seen Melanie at work and would like to find out more about her just head to her website www.instinctivehorsetraining.co.uk and as she always says ‘she’s at other end of the phone should you need her advice’.
Melanie is an experienced trainer who knows her stuff and never fails to put you at ease. If you’re struggling with an aspect of your horse’s behavior or training she’s one expert you should definitely consider!