Photo credit - Winnfarms Spanish Stud, Ridge Road, Greenpark
I (Abi Ricketts) am the owner and main instructor at Abi's Natural Horsemanship and Riding School.
I started being around horses as well as riding when I was 6 years old (1984) so have had many years of experience with these amazing animals. I have competed on my own as well as other people's horses/ponies, ridden in riding schools in England also in New Zealand (traditional style of English riding) and helped to break in a pony at the English riding school I attended. I discovered Natural Horsemanship after going to a Jackie Chant demonstration, this was around 1999, and learnt there was a huge amount of opportunity to extend my knowledge and skills in a different way taking a look at life from a horses/ponies point of view in turn gaining a deeper understanding of the equine world in its natural form and how we can relate it to the domestic lives we ask them to live. I have found in doing this it has been a way of being, as well as communicating, with them that enhances respect, safety and leadership from both the human and the animal enabling a fun filling long lasting partnership to occur.
In my teaching I aim to combine everything I have learnt over the years from all I have experienced with horses and ponies both from the traditional method I began with to all I have learnt the Natural way.
I have National Certificates in Horse Trek Guiding (Level 3), Animal Care as well as Veterinary Nursing. I also hold Australian Natural Horsemanship (ANH) Certificate 1 and 2 and Parelli Natural Horsemanship (PNH) Level 1.