We are not in the business of selling equipment or advocating equipment that somehow makes it 'natural horsemanship'. Fad equipment such as sticks are not necessary. However, there are some basic recommendations for both yours and the horses safety, comfort and control . Some or all of this equipment may need to be a part of your equipment depending on your needs. Our trainers will advise on what may be necessary.

 

Rope Halter

halter

The so-called rope halter is these days, usually made of a synthetic material/composition, which is ok but check the softness and go for as soft as possible. Some synthetics are very rough.

Watch the horsemanship tip below on how to tie a rope halter.

 

Long Lead Ropes

lead rope

Avoid lunge lines that a thin and lack 'feel'. Yacht braid type rope is best. A 3m to 3.7m length (10 foot - 12foot) is extremely useful. The preferred clip is a bull snap (heavy duty clip).

Also, a 6.1m to 6.7m length (20 foot - 22 foot) is fantastic for float training and other vigorous exercises. It keeps you out of the kicking range and makes dealing with excited horses much safer.

 

Gloves

When handling ropes during vigorous exercises, wool lined rigger gloves are highly recommended to avoid rope burn, enhance your grip and thereby increase safety and control.

 

Dressage Whip

whip

A 110cm (approximate) dressage whip, cheapest version with woven perlon cover (nylon braided) outer sheath protection is preferred. Avoid fibreglass only, which does not have an outer nylon braided sheath as they splinter and can be hazardous for you and the horse. Oh and by the way, a whip is not "un-natural or cruel". A whip is simply to be used as an extension of your arm and is much more effective due to its lightness and ease of control than a stick or rope spinning. It is the way a whip, stick or rope is used that determines whether it is cruel or not! We teach emotional control of the handler, not just for the horse.

Fear of whips? I often hear people say “ my horse is scared of whips”. This is actually all the more reason to use one and train it not to be scared. However, we agree that it must be used in the correct manner and that's what we will teach you.

 

WTP Horse Bit - Snaffle Bit

wtp bits - full cheek snaffle WTP Bits - D Egg butt snaffle


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WTP Bits - the Worlds Kindest and Softest Horse Bit

Yes, despite a lot of marketing hype of naural horsemanship, we do use bits. In part because most people do have to use them and also because they offer great control and safety. However, we do train people how to use them properly for safety, comfort and control. A bit does not mean that things need to be harsh and somehow is in appropriate for natural horsemanship.

Now we have that out of the way, it is best to have a WTP full cheek snaffle bit as without question, it is soft and kind to the horse whilst offering you maximum control and potential for improved performance from your horse. read more...

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Sports Medicine Boots

boots

Sports medicine boots are recommended. This is to protect the horses legs during training. We prefer the "Professionals Choice" brand but you may find another brand that satisfies you. During float training, float boots are not suitable as they usually slip down and under the hoof, thereby interfering with the training.

 

Lariat

lariat

A 9m (30') soft lariat is a useful tool in some training, especially for round-yard or spook control work. The main benefit is its relative stiffness compared to say a lunge line. It also does not tangle or knot up as easily as a lunge line while working.