Can Redwings’ expert horse handler help you?

Redwings are delighted to offer their unique service that could better your relationship with your horse or pony or help to rectify unwanted behaviours.

Redwings’ external horse handler Mark Hudson has over 25 years’ experience dealing with horses with behavioural problems. Using Equine Learning Theory to help re-educate the horse, Mark has tackled a variety of issues from catching, leg handling and barging to farriery, loading and more.

If your horse is presenting you with a problem – such as difficulty loading that prevents you from taking your horse out, needle shyness preventing veterinary intervention or simply not standing still – Mark is here to help rectify the unwanted behaviour and improve your relationship with your horse.

This is a service that we are now rolling out to all horse owners in East Anglia. The initial assessment, which takes around two hours, costs £50, and thereafter each visit (roughly one hour) will cost £30. Those further than 80 miles proximity of Norwich can still be helped but are required to pay travel costs.

Please contact Danielle Wilson to find out more and how we might be able to help you. Email or call 01508 481035.

Case study: Loading

Horse: Phoenix

Owner: Leanne Jackson

Phoenix was imported from Holland and arrived as a very loving but nervous horse. His owner Leanne successfully backed him and Phoenix soon started his show-jumping carer. Phoenix was always good to travel once on the lorry, but loading was the problem as he found the experience terrifying and even using a light pressure resulted in him rearing and running off.

Mark assessed Phoenix’s fear of loading and decides that the best approach would be to clicker train him to a target and with a reward.

“Making the enquiry to Redwings for help was the best thing I’ve done,” explans Phoenix’s owner Leanne. “The clicker training was so effective that after just 10 minutes Phoenix was happily walking up the ramp to get his reward.

“Mark then trained me how to replicate the process, which I found easy to understand. I am so very pleased with the help I received. In just one visit I was back on track and all of this was achieved in a calm approach, which at no point caused any stress or worry to either of us.”

Case study: Needle shy

Horse: Max

Owner: Sharon Beeby

Nine-year old Trakehner Max had two very severe phobias – needles and clipping. Indeed his fear of needles was as a result of his fear of clipping, as he had to be sedated.

Mark tackled the clipping problem initially. No other trainer or behaviourist had managed to get anywhere near Max with the clipped – even while they were turned off – as he’d react with dangerous behaviours such as rearing, biting and kicking.

“I was so impressed how quickly Mark assessed Max’s behaviour and how finely tuned he was to reading his reactions and anxiety levels,” explained Max’s owner Sharon. “The training was methodically shaped to what Max could cope with, and on just the third training session the first bit of hair came off with a pair of clippers! I was amazed! It was incredible to see how, although still unsure, the training was teaching Max that there was an alternative to his aggressive behaviour and gradually he grew in confidence.”

The next step was to tackle Max’s aversion to needles. Using the same technique of desensitisation, Mark was able to train Max to accept someone working near his jugular vein. After just two sessions, Max was booked for a dental thereby requiring sedating, but Mark was on hand to prepare Max who stood quietly and was sedated without reacting.

“As a result of the training, Max is overall a much calmer horse, more trusting and generally happier with life. I cannot praise or thank Mark enough,” said Sharon. 

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