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Introduction to our philosophy

Equines are routinely subjected to the use of dominance, force and intimidation in order for humans to achieve progress in their handling and riding. Just go to any tack shop and look at the range of bits, whips and other gadgets for control on sale.  It is normal for children to be taught to kick, pull and whip their pony in order to get it to do what they want.

A horse can feel when a mosquito lands on it so why do we need to resort to these methods?  Why does it ignore us when we ask it to do something? I believe there are four reasons why a horse doesn’t do what is asked of it.

  • Fear or discomfort

  • Misunderstanding

  • Lack of trust

  • Lack of attention

Witney Pony Partners was started with the aim of introducing children and adults to equines in an ethical environment.  Also to offer an alternative experience for those who already ride, but were looking something more ethical. The methods we use are based on horse psychology - working with the horse to create mutual respect, communication and understanding.  Where there is new scientific evidence available for welfare and training we always consider and if necessary, incorporate the findings into our programme and care of our equines.

Our students always have the same horse or pony for their lessons, as building a relationship is the key to success.  It is the relationship, trust and communication between horse and human  which creates an accomplished rider.

We also offer non ridden alternatives for those wishing to spend time with horses but not ride.


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