There have been a few changes over the recent years so I
thought it was time to do an update. One of the biggest changes is that I now
have my son William working along side me. The other big change is that I have
become a qualified Masterson Method practitioner https://www.mastersonmethod.com
which added to the knowledge that I learnt from Andy Andrews 15-20 years ago
has made working with the physical side of the horse even more amazing. William
is also working towards being a certified practitioner and spends many days on
the road with me attending yards such as AM Dressage, Manor House Stables and
Sharon Hunt’s and many others. For more information have a look at the Bodywork
For those that don’t know me, a bit about my background. I
started riding at the age of 9, I got my first pony when I was 11. When I was
old enough I joined the army. I started off in a tank regiment were I became a
full crewman on tanks (every boys dream) then the draw of the horses became too
much and I transferred to the Life Guards of the HouseHold Cavalry. Whilst in
the Cavalry I became a riding instructor and was also part of the remount staff
that backed the Cavalry blacks that came over from Ireland. I was in the Cav at
the time Monty Roberts introduced his new way of starting horses. This was my
first introduction the “natural horsemanship”.
As a horseman I pride myself on constantly evolving and over
the years I have learnt to take the best out of natural and traditional horsemanship
to come up with what I think is a great way of training horses.
One of the things that became apparent as I started to work
with “problem” horses is that why would someone’s horse that they had owned and
ridden without any issues suddenly develop issues? I personally don’t believe
that a horse has it in his makeup to wake up one morning and think..I have had
enough. There had to be more to it. Over the years I have realised more and
more that a horse’s behaviour changes when pain is involved, now like people
some horses have bigger hearts than others and work on regardless of any issues
and then you have others that can be a bit woosy and down tools at any
It was because of this that I started to look at the
physical first. I was lucky to meet Andy Andrews and then Jim Masterson, with
these two processes I am well equipped to check horses over and to deal with
any tension/impingement issues.
99% of horses I go out to have issues somewhere or other.
I have had the pleasure of working with some amazing horses
and amazing people ranging from Olympic horses to the pleasure horse and every
horse in between.
I hope you enjoy the information on the website and please
feel free to email my wife Sam with any queries or appointments. Richardmaxwell19@aol.com