"'Difficult horses' do not exist. They have become difficult to handle, forced by man... Revealing the beauty in man and horse. That is my challenge, every single day."
The goal: To restore the natural balance between human and horse by respecting both identities. Striving for the horse's utmost freedom by acknowledging its nature and adjusting its care. Communication problems are the cause of many social and relationship issues between people, but also between man and horse.
Horses have stayed close to their true nature and are hard to condition completely, unless by means of violence and fear. Matthias has learnt that horses experience life differently, showing an enormous willingness to trust, but only fully indulging themselves when one respects their freedom.
"I teach you how to handle your horse in a calm way, starting by respecting yourself and your horse. I love to take you on a trip that explores the pure connection between horse and man. A relationship of trust opens the world for both of you." Matthias Geysen
Matthias will present his philosophy and way of working with horses.
a.m. Matthias will work with each horse in order to show how to connect with every breed and horse character.
p.m. Matthias will work on an individual basis with the participants in order to observe the relationship between the rider and the horse.
Specific objectives chosen by everyone, will be defined in order to improve the rider / horse relationship.
Focus on groundwork exercises. Participants can also choose from the following:-
- to tackle problem behaviour;
- to improve their riding skills with or without a saddle;
- to learn how to ride with a neck rope;
- to learn how to ride with a bit-less bridle;
- to learn how to ride without reins, just with body language.
A continuation of work on the chosen aspects of the first day.
The cost to ride on this clinic is £350. Please send in your rider application, we intend to do a ballot for a place on the clinic, places will be confirmed by email on the 22nd Aug.
Please note rider deposits are non-refundable as standard. In the event that you are unable to ride we will do our best to fill your place, but will only be able to offer a refund, less administration fee, in the event that we are able to do so.
Spectators are always welcome at our clinics! Spectator places for this clinic are £40 per day or £75 for two days.
Please note spectator tickets are non-refundable
Online bookings close at midnight on 2nd July. On the door prices £50/day or £90/weekend.
Address: Willow Fields, Pump Lane North, Marlow, Buckinghamshire SL7 3RA
Each day will start at 09.30 and finish around 17.00.
The venue is very open, so please bring clothing for all weathers, from suncream to raincoats! There is a large viewing marquee for spectators, should it rain.
Spectators, there is no need to bring your own chair as we have seating at the venue.
Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided all day, but please bring your own lunch and anything else you might need. Should you prefer to go out at lunchtime, the Three Horseshoes pub across the road serves good food, or there is an Asda superstore two miles away that has a range of hot and cold food options. Additionally, the nearby town of Marlow has a variety of shops, delis and supermarkets.
Respectfully, we ask that spectators do not bring dogs to the venue. This is because we have our own dogs that will be on site throughout the weekend.
There is plenty of parking for horseboxes and cars on-site.
You are welcome to camp onsite in your horsebox, or caravan, but please note that there is no hook up.
Below we have comprised a short list of local hotel/B&B options and there are many more in the area:-
Premier Inn Marlow
Buckinghamshire SL7 2AA
Crowne Plaza Marlow
Buckinghamshire SL7 1GJ
Glade End Guest House
2 Little Marlow Road
Buckinghamshire SL7 1HD
Holiday Inn High Wycombe
Buckinghamshire HP11 1TL