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Dates for Horsemanship Courses

We look forward to seeing you and your horses in 2019!

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 arranged in the week or at  weekends .

More dates to follow for courses in 2019 soon!

Foundation Horsemanship ;  This course will focus on rope handling skills, haltering your horse with respect, basic groundwork to get you and your horse on the right foot in preparation for ridden work


Horsemanship 1 ; This course entails further groundwork, some roundpen work to make the connection between groundwork and ridden work.  with basic ridden exercises


horsemanship 2; continuing the connection  between groundwork and ridden work,   continuing work under saddle

With or   without your own horse                       

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

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 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.

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John & all the Horses at Old Shawls

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Horsemanship Courses at Old Shawls Farm

We are having a fantastic time at Old Shawls Farm on the horsemanship course. Meeting wonderful people and horses,  helping horses and people together and having fun too.

Bring your friends and family and have a unique experience

No problem if the dates listed are not suitable we can arrange one to suit you.


We look forward to seeing you at Old Shawls farm for fun and total immersion in horses.

Welcome to our website

Welcome to our new website, bringing together our horse training information and photographs, with our latest tweets we have some fantastic new courses for you!

John Jones Horse Training

2 Day Course – Horse Listening Skills
2 Day Courses – Starting the Young Horse (can be a 4 day if required)
2 Day Course – Horse & Owner (can be extended to 4 day if required)
2 Day Course – Wild Horse Workshop (Handling the Untouched Horse Course)
Please feel free to phone or e-mail us or
phone 01981 5102 69 to talk to John in more detail about the courses and how we can help you.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

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