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Hall Place Stables

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Hugo1114 wrote a review Aug 2020
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Lovely countryside hack the Western way! Brian and Andrea supplied boots and helmets. Had a great afternoon. Collected horses from the field. Tacked them up and then rode them. Great fun.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Loraine E wrote a review Nov 2019
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Three friends looking for a two hour lesson and trail ride on an autumn afternoon. After over an hour sitting in coats listening to Brian talk about the history and practise of western style riding my friend asked if we were actually going to get on a horse. Brian was quite put out by this but took us out to a barn with lovely horses in - spent about 30 mins saddling them up and introducing us to them and showing us how to get on by which point the light had practically gone. Our more experienced friend managed a walk around the barn western style but us two novice riders couldn't grasp what we were being told, we felt Brian had no patience with us nor encouragement and we didn't even walk a single pace. By then the two hours had gone and we needed to leave. We really should have insisted on a refund but it was so awkward we were just glad to leave.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Gemma W wrote a review Sep 2019
Hampshire, United Kingdom12 contributions13 helpful votes
The lesson started by having a 1 hour talk on the history of horsemanship and theory. Brian is very knowledgable and passionate about horses but this could have been shorter. We then met the horses we were riding, and we learnt to get on and control the horse. We made our way to the area the lessons were held. As a total beginner, I felt quite pleased that I was controlling the horse and leading it to the left and right but Brian clearly felt quite differently. Everything I did or attempted was wrong and he did not have any hesitance in telling me. He told me repeatedly that I had no control, that the horse didn’t obey me and that it wasn’t natural for me. I personally felt that I did ok but being constantly put down for the lesson was not enjoyable and I was quite pleased for the lesson to end. I was surprised by this experience based on the strong reviews he has so maybe it was just a dislike towards me. I went away feeling quite upset with the whole experience.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Julia L wrote a review Sep 2019
Kenthurst, Australia7 contributions
Met Brian S on-site; he was very willing to share and knowledgeable on Passive Horsemanship prior to getting horses ready; rode out from his farm up to the top of the hills, with great views across the Cotswolds. Horses are well cared for and beautifully trained and responsive in Hackamore bridles, though I did ask for an (Australian) stock saddle, and Brian took the time to retrieve one from under a row of other western saddles. I felt very safe, as Brian cares for both his horses and the riders.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Karlotta Ku wrote a review Aug 2019
Minden, Germany4 contributions3 helpful votes
I took a beautiful trail ride with Brain. Brian is very knowledgeable and made is lovely to be around. He is very good with his horses and is passionate explaining his way of riding. I especially enjoyed getting to try riding with a hackamore and riding the beautiful horse Arrow. I would love to take another ride in the future!
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Response from Brian S, Owner at Hall Place Stables
Responded 4 Aug 2019
It's wonderful to feel you have helped someone connect into the mind of a horse. If you believe and try to understand it is possible for you to personally achieve it, it will happen for you! Everyone needs practical help to push minds together and create a working symbiosis which will preserve the sole. Practical help can come with a piece of arkake passive equipment like the western hackamore. I am convinced the simplicity of it presents its power because it simplistically introduces the power of the release, which is of course, is the introduction to the passive invitation. Its power is hidden in the mysteries of a time long before modern technology started to give us a lead into the modern world. Make no mistake, this is the paradox which is based on a forced control. Mirror the horses mentality, feel the freedom of riding through open country, let all your worries slip away from you. Smell the intoxicating sent of the horses mentality and you can start to believe in the power of mother nature and the untold freedoms she presents.
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