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Dr James Jackson


  • BHS Stage 4 Senior Coach or equivalent

Location details

Ledbury Hr8, UK

With all-round experience including backing and bringing on youngstock, classically-influenced dressage training, eventing, polo, and retraining difficult / badly started horses, I enjoy coaching all standards of riders across all disciplines and helping with problem solving for riders who are finding their horses difficult to work with.

I have been fortunate to be able to learn on a wide variety of horses, including youngstock, horses requiring retraining, and learning higher-level skills on a variety of schoolmasters. This has given a fantastic insight into not only what an experienced horse should feel like to ride, but also how to train through the levels in a structured system.

I work to a logical and analytical system which combines classically correct equitation, equine psychology, and biomechanical considerations. This sounds complex, but the aim is to develop simple and understandable patterns which work naturally for horse and rider, and to identify simple improvements which have a marked impact on a horse's way of going. Underpinning this is a philosophy that everything we do should be grounded in a firm understanding of 'why', ensuring all that we ask is based on physical and mental understanding of the horse and rider, rather than training by rote.