We are so lucky to have these training days at our disposal and I know we all found Darrell very clear and easy to understand and he produced amazing consistency in his methods throughout the day. His main ethos is ‘to give the horse a better ridden experience’ and as a trainer ‘to say the right thing at the right time’ – his Badminton tale ( too much would be lost in translation to repeat here ) had me chuckling for days.
Controlled forward movement with rhythm and bend in all paces was how we began the mornings jumping session. Using the rhythm to allow the horse to remain in balance and stay calm.
We had a collection of green horses, David Sheerin on a barely jumped 4 yr old, Ann Bostock on a unshown jumped point2pointer, Cheryl Bezants on an explosive bay 5yr old and Tasha De Grave on a coloured mare. They began jumping by walking to a low upright with just a trot stride on the way in. Darrell was very careful to allow the horses to find their own balance and pat the ground and jump. All the horses quickly improved in their technique. They progressed to putting some dog legs and curved fences together and some lines were quite challenging! By using less rein and more guidance through looking, all the horses jumped exceptionally well and really did start to find their own balance. Read more F&I Training Day at Wellington Riding with Darrell Scaife FBHS, 4th October 2013