Hawk, New Zealand highland horse
From first-hand experience as a rider and through observation as a clinic “auditor”, I can attest that Nicole possesses the rare ability to truly see into the heart of the horse and rider and connect the two in a respectful and caring way. Coming from a place of deep respect and concern for the physical and emotional welfare of the horse and rider, Nicole guides each “couple” towards the goal of healthy movement that is the basis for a long and rewarding partnership whether that is in a competitive sphere or simply “joy riding”.
It is truly a magical moment when you feel your horse relax, adjust himself into self-carriage and offer to move freely without the need for pulling or pushing. I’ve searched for this feeling my whole life ever since I was a desperate and dateless young girl dying to have her own horse. I knew nothing about the “rules” of riding back then. I just knew I wanted to get on bare back and ride forever.
Over the following decades learning to ride seemed to be a complicated, difficult and physically demanding business. But with Nicole’s approach riding is much simpler, kinder and enjoyable...just like I imagined it would be when I was a child.
With Nicole’s ongoing help I know I’ll achieve even greater levels of connection with my horse which is hugely motivating. At 51 I no longer feel I am nearing the end of my riding life, instead I have finally just got started! Most importantly I’ve recaptured the excitement of the child who has finally got her first horse!
I now know what the poet T.S. Eliot meant when he wrote… “We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”
Christchurch, New Zealand