Jenny Major based in Culmstock, Mid Devon, uses effective and logical training techniques derived from the study of equine psychology and behaviour, to develop the relationship and understanding between horse and owner.
Motivated by equine welfare Jenny utilises Intelligent Horsemanship techniques to help horse/owner combinations, from unhandled ponies to world class competition horses, achieve an attentive, willing and confident partnership in a moral and ethical manner. Jenny believes that the key to success lies in incremental and consistent consolidation of training from the basic foundations upwards.
Jenny has a deep and holistic knowledge of horsemanship as an IH trainer, enlightened equitation teacher and with a BSc (Hons) degree in Equine and Human Sports Science. She also has an extensive experience in behavioural/nutritional research, equine nutrition, international competition grooming, instructing in riding schools, management roles, equine charities, training semi feral/unhandled ponies and, is the author of her own blog.
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Q&A with IH Trainer Jenny Major
(The Intelligent Horsemanship Magazine – Spring 2021)
What are the common challenges you face in your work as an RT?
It’s a sad fact that many areas of modern horse training are rushed. Many people are reluctant to accept that good results take time, patience and technique, and expect me to turn up with a magic wand! Another challenge is a lack of understanding about what IH actually is. People seem to assume it’s some kind of airy fairy ‘natural horsemanship’, whatever that actually means!
What is the most common issue you have to deal with when working with horses?
Largely due to my work at The Exmoor Pony Centre, and with Sarah Weston, I am often asked to work with semi-feral which I find immensely rewarding. The special feeling of that first connection never fades, and teaching owners to achieve that can be extremely emotional and powerful.
If you could change one thing in the world of horses what would it be and why?
Definitely more kindness! Sometimes I feel that everywhere I look, people are being judgemental and unkind to other people, and to themselves. I think we would all be a lot happier if there was more kindness, empathy, and compassion.
What are your plans for the future?
Having completed my level one Enlightened Equitation Coach training with Heather Moffett in 2019, I am keen to continue developing this side of my work. I am really enjoying doing the staff training at Horseworld, Bristol as we have plans to develop and expand this. Additionally, I am talking to a couple of close friends about the possibility running some equine facilitated therapy. We have got lots going on at home; we are currently converting a barn to live in, as well as building some shepherds huts. I hope to set up a barefoot track system and riding arena- so plenty to keep us busy!
IH Trainer Jenny major is based in Culmstock, Mid Devon