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Nichola is a very sympathetic and knowledgeable teacher. My horse has been injured for the last 2 years so our direction and goals for the sessions was to slowly build him back up. At the time of my lessons he was only in very light canter work so a lot of focus was placed on establishing a balanced, rhythmical trot with the creation of an uphill frame to prevent heavy compression on forelimb where his injury was.
The exercises Nichola taught were very beneficial to my horse’s progress and she was very patient when learning new exercises, not moving on until we had completed it correctly. If I queried why we were doing an exercise, Nichola was very capable of explaining the benefits the exercise had for both horse and rider. The exercises were still fun for both myself and my horse, keeping the horse constantly interested and this really helped prevent any evasive behaviour being started. 2014
Young Novice and Discipline Change
Nichola has taught my daughter and helped me to start jumping again after over 20 years concentrating on dressage. She has a friendly and calm approach and can adapt her style to her clients' ages and levels of experience. Her lessons are always well planned and correctly paced so that riders, and horses, grew in confidence as the sessions progressed. Every lesson ended with a sense of achievement. We tended to focus on jumping and Nichola had some good ideas for gymnastic exercises focusing on correct technique and accuracy. 2018
Nichola is particularly good where a rider lacks confidence or gets worried. Where this happens she is very empathetic, analysing the situation carefully and reassuring the rider of their ability to deal with the issue. Since training with Nichola, my daughter has competed successfully in dressage and show jumping and has gone cross-country schooling. Nichola has been a constant source of encouragement and is genuinely pleased to see the combination flourish. 2018
Nichola clearly has a broad range of experience in all aspects of horsemanship. She shows a genuine desire to work horses correctly and always puts their interests first; this is evident from the care she takes of the riding school horses and ponies and how fond she is of them. She is, quite rightly, very conscious of safety and doing things correctly and once this is established she goes on to make sure that horses and riders have fun. 2019
I just wanted to thank you for your patience with me during my lessons. I do suffer quite badly with anxiety and sometimes it can get the better of me a little bit.
I’m finding riding with you is really helping, but I can sometimes get in a bit of a pickle.
I am really building my confidence and I look forward to my lessons so much.
Thank you so much for being so lovely.