Epona Equine Training Method – or E.T.M is rooted in the tried and tested methods of classical equitation whilst developing a deeper intuitive sense of the horse. Yogic posture and breathing techniques develop a confident and independent seat, whilst elements of Buddhist philosophy in relation to animal welfare, teach the importance of patience, bonding and trust.
Exploring the principals of herd psychology and of the aspects within nurturing and building of a relationship based on the key elements of this trust and and respect, we have had many successes with nervous, inexperienced and novice riders of all ages – as well as with horses deemed dangerous and out of control and brought to us for re-schooling and re-training.
I spent many years training in traditional equestrian establishments. I felt the basic schooling given to young children and novices alike was ineffectual, confusing and negligent of the horse. Having a strong yoga practice lead me to wonder if a training method could be developed that enhanced ones intuition and respect as well as utilising yogic postures that could develop ones physical fitness and core strength in relation to horse riding.
I have spent the last three years creating a method that has been beneficial to my relationship with my own horses – and that I have taught to others with much success. I have also rehabilitated numerous ‘lost cause’ horses and ponies, deemed dangerous or beyond help using this method.
I have decided to further the concept at my new 15 acre organic smallholding ‘Epona Farm’ at the edge of the New Forest – we hope to establish an Epona Saturday Pony Camp for kids who do not have access to their own horses, using our four ponies Roo, Woody, Freya and Charlie as well as teaching one-to-one classes for adults on my Dutch Warmblood schoolmaster Bo.
No matter what level you are – from novice to experienced – or what level of horsemanship you wish to attain The Epona Method will improve your mental clarity and focus, teach you methods of emotion control and a deeper understanding of your intuitive self, far beyond that of any typical riding school. The method improves balance, tone and fitness levels and above all it is great fun…
The method works particularly well with young children – our Saturday morning Epona Pony Camp will be an ideal starting point for nurturing a life long respect and natural ability – and our one to one sessions work well with adults with little/no/or previously negative experiences, the method helps to gain confidence or rediscover the love they once had but sadly lost.
I hope to update the blog with updates relating to the founding of Epona Farm – from the horses to the organic permaculture and livestock smallholding – and our attempts to get a traditional mongolian ‘yoga yurt’ and fully functioning compost loo on site.
Much love Rachael Sarah x