Welcome to Black Hill Horse Training

John Jones is a natural horseman who aims for lightness and clear communication between horse and rider.

Helping both horse & owner together with patience and understanding.

Come on our courses situated in the magical Black Mountains with or without your horse & reach another level with gentle horsemanship. Look around the website or phone 01981 510 269 to find out how we can help.

Dates for Horsemanship Courses

We look forward to seeing you and your horses in 2016!

Bring your horse or work with our horses.

Currently running one to one courses by arrangement.

Bookings for One to One courses are arranged to suit you , dates can be in the week or on weekends to suit you.

May 28th – May 29th / Horsemanship level 1. This course consists of groundwork and preparing the horse for ridden work.

June 25th – June 26th / Horsemanship level 1.

July 30th – July 31st / Horsemanship level 2. The connection between groundwork and ridden work.


With or without your own horse                       

Book now to save your place

Tel;01981 510 269 to talk to John in more detail.

Lovely Thank you cards

Recent thank you cards from Horsemanship Course participants:

“Been amazing weekend – we “think” we have learned loads. You have educated us all so much…and the horses thank you for that.

We will be back, so if you could paint the stables “Pink” by then that would be fab. Love team Pink” XXX

We also got a beautiful card from Wendy Warren who participated on the Horse Listening Skills Course; Here is a link to the stunning card image she sent us: http://www.wendywarren.co.uk/originals/sika-deer-poised.asp


Enhance Your Horsemanship

We look forward to being part of your horsemanship journey

You are welcome to phone 01981 510 269 to talk to John in more detail about how we can help you.

Article on John’s Horsemanship Courses

Write up in French Magazine about John's Horsemanship Courses

Translation to follow!

France Horsemanship Courses

John had a fantastic time yet again in France lots of keen students and lovely horses.  We would like to say a big thank you to Susannah Pook for organising everything so well. Along with all the participants human & equine.

See you next year

Merci Beaucoup


Here is some recent feedback:

Dear John,

I just got back from my week on the France course having safely unloaded “my big boy” after your (much appreciated) Master Class in loading him.  We then walked politely together to his field and as I tipped his face towards me to take his head collar off – he looked at me with his big brown eyes and I swear I heard him say “Thank You” . . . .

I am sure I can speak for all of us on the France 2011 course that we had a blast, we laughed lots, and we learned even more.  I too would like to say a heartfelt Thank You.

A la prochaine…

Listen To Your Horses

Listen to your horse, pay attention to detail, even something as simple as the way you catch and lead your horse can make a big difference to the way he sees you.  There is always a reason for your horses’ behaviour; there is no such thing as a naughty/bad horse just a misunderstood one.  For example a horse that starts to refuse fences could have a bad back or a horse that bites when you tack him up could have a badly fitting saddle it is up to us to find out the cause and help resolve it rather than seeing it as so called “Naughty Behaviour”

A bargy horse is often seen as rude but it is down to us to explain to the horse in a kind and consistent way how we would like the horse to be around us.

Horses are continually trying to communicate with us and it is up to us to notice and take care of the little things so the big things don’t happen.  You couldn’t do anything with a horse without his willingness to try; it is vital you reward even the smallest try.

Adding pressure to a situation can confuse the horse, aim for lightness and clear communication when handling and riding your horse.

You need to look after both the physical and emotional well being of your horse and yourself.  Ensuring your horse is physically capable of doing what you are asking him to do and is happy in the environment you keep him in.  Your horse knows what mood you are in from the moment he sees you, it is your duty to listen and understand how he is feeling.

We are all on a journey with our horses, they have so much to teach us.

Don’t forget we love hearing your updates.

Daisy, John & all the Horses at Old Shawls

Ways With Horses~In Aid of Equine Market Watch

Comments from the 2011 Ways With Horses Event. Visit the Equine Market Watch website for their latest fund raising events

John working with EMW ‘Beanie’ was a
huge highlight to a wonderful day full
of lovely people both demo-ing
and spectating.
The day raised a phenomenal £743.33
Our most sincere and grateful thanks
go to all concerned and especially to
Terry Reader for such superb Photo’s”


Feedback about our Horsemanship Courses

Here are the latest comments on our facebook page about our courses:


“Thanks to John @ Daisy for a fabulous weekend, your both an inspriation to believe that if we just take our time and listen to our horses, then the world could be a better place, for both horse and rider. Thank u,,, see u soon. Rose xx”

“Thankyou John & Daisy for such a lovely weekend (horse & owner weekend) brilliant :) xxx”

“Amazing weekend thanks to John and Daisy. Can’t believe the difference in Rosie absolutely brilliant. Thank you for everything. Katy and Rosie xx”

Keep watching the website for new dates or phone for more info :)

Horsemanship Course Dates

Horsemanship Course Dates:

For the latest dates of our Horsemanship Courses please go to the contact page, the booking form and dates are on the drop down bar.  All One to One Courses are arranged to suit you and can be in the week or weekends.

Horsemanship courses that will help you achieve your aims and goals

We can arrange dates to suit you, feel free to phone to chat in more detail about the courses.

Book now to save your place  Tel;01981 510 269

Phone 01981 510 269 to talk to John about the courses in more detail and how we can help you and your horse together.

See you soon:)

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Black Hill Horse Training
Old Shawls Farm, Craswall
Herefordshire, HR2 OPW
Tel 01981 510269
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