3 OR 5 DAY EE "BRING YOUR OWN HORSE" COURSES
with Heather Moffett at East Leigh Farm, near Totnes, South Devon
Heather offers 3 and 5 day courses where you bring your own horse to East Leigh Farm, Heather’s yard in South Devon. Arrive usually on the Sunday afternoon for the 5 day courses and Tuesday afternoon for the 3 day courses. You will have one lesson daily with Heather, on your own horse, plus work on the Equisimulators, in hand training with your own horse, and if desired, a long reining lesson with yard manager Kay Brown, who is expert in this work. Students are welcome to stay and watch the other horses being worked, or if wished, take time out to go to the beaches some 10 miles away, or to Dartmoor, only 4 miles from the nearest entrance.
Accommodation and food for the rider is not provided but there is excellent bed and breakfast as close as next door and overlooking the indoor school, with several more within a mile radius.
Cost is £100 per day, which when you consider lessons with Heather are £60 an hour on your own horse or the simulators, this is a saving on single lessons too.
DIY livery for your horse is £10 a day including straw and excellent dry haylage. East Leigh has excellent stabling, an indoor school and 60m x 20m outdoor school, and is set in 30 acres.
All levels are catered for, so don’t be put off if you are a novice rider! It may be possible to arrange a lesson or two on schoolmasters (for an additional charge to cover the cost of horse/school hire) as we intend to tie up with a nearby friend’s riding school, where she has some nice horses and is an EE teacher herself.
Dates are arranged individually to suit, so in the first instance please contact Heather on email@example.com or text/call 0791 9358 244. Places can be confirmed by completing the 3 day course booking form or the 5 day course booking form.
This is Sue McCullagh with her Holstein x ISH mare, Cappy, aged 7 yrs. Sue had trouble trying to get Cappy to round up and not go hollow, causing her not to go forward in the process. So she brought her to Heather for a 5 day "Bring Your Own Horse" course. In the first 3 photos, it is clear that Cappy is also unhappy, ears back, jaw set and not able to work through from behind.
The next pic is of Heather on her, asking her to relax her jaw.
This pic below shows a relaxed Cappy on the third day, with Sue.
Over the five days we introduced Cappy to lateral exercises to help get her off her forehand, as she is quite croup high. She finds going sideways very easy! Showing some nice steps of early leg yield.
A good square halt, then led to rein back, which really helped to engage her quarters and lighten the shoulders.
Which led to a lighter trot!
She still wants to go lower than I would like after a few strides but she is still finding her own balance so there is weight dropping down the inside shoulder. However, it is early days!
Then to shoulder in, in which she made a very good attempt.
And her first attempt at travers! Sue is collapsing a little to the left ...
... And even half pass! Again, this time Sue is out to the right, and why Cappy’s quarters are leading. but this is sooooo common! It soon is rectified as long as the instructor corrects it each time.
Having made it back to the track in a very creditable baby half pass, this was a happy horse and rider!
"Day three of our week with Heather Moffett. Honestly, if anyone has considered doing the "bring your own horse course" and is in a position to do so, just go for it"