Welcome to Sparrow Oast, the home of the “Happy” horse. Our aim is to provide a relaxed and friendly environment for you to enjoy your horse whilst receiving a professional and caring service. Great care is taken to understand fully the individual requirements of each horse and rider. Full training livery is available all year round.
Our training centre specialises in postural awareness of both horse and rider. The fully interactive training simulator has made a fantastic addition to our facility. By working closely with other practitioners such as osteopaths we can provide an all round service of care to horse and rider. With the installation of a Cyclo-ssage Pro Personal Therapy System we are able to offer riders every opportunity to help relieve tension and improve their posture both on and off their horse.
6 days ago
Libby came to us a year ago as a horse that would not go forward at all. Wouldn’t take canter and generally seemed rather sad in herself.
My suggestions to her owner were that my team of girls do lots of pole work and hacking with little pressure to help change her cycle and attitude to work.
I’m delighted and rather tearful to say that one year down the line I am now riding a horse that is willingly forward. Cantering without me having to kick her and relaxed in her body and soul.
Well done to Raphaelle Heaf for trusting us and being patient with us. You have a super horse in the making.
Huge well done to my team of girls who have been instrumental in making Libby a happy horse again.
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I’m so over the moon with our progress it makes me so incredibly emotional x thank you Nicola Jane Bell 🦄
I met Libby, at her previous yard and what a transformation you guys have done, she looks super and much happier, you both have changed so so much I'm actually jealous 🤣🥰🥰
I had the pleasure of watching her being schooled today and what a super mare. Well done ladies! Cx
Heartwarming story! So nice to hear a happy outcome 😊
Amazing work and great to see the progression ❤
Well done team sparrow! What a beautiful mare inside and out ❤️
Wow! Great stuff 👏👍 well done u guys 😊
7 days ago
This horse has been one of my biggest challenges!
Not spooky, easy to do in all ways - except find her own balance and know how to use her body!
She still struggles with impulsion, straightness and balance. Some would call her lazy. I don’t believe horses are lazy. We just need to help them find their way to forwards so they work on their own.
Most horses of this quality and age are working towards advanced medium/PSG. Samsara still struggles at novice!! I know she will be amazing when she works out how to use her body herself.
In the meantime we will keep gently showing her how using many different skill sets.
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So very true nicola.... that's why I think there are so many broken horses out there as they were pushed to quickly through the levels.... patience and understanding their needs are certainly the key.xx
Slowly, slowly... But look at the difference in two years. She looks fantastic!
I love that there is no pressure on your horses to be at a certain level at a specific age; the horse is allowed to develop in the time it needs mentally and physically... this is how equine athletes can have long, happy riding careers and lives! ❤️
Love your kind and considerate approach. Samsara will get there eventually!
Hi. I love your understanding of your horse and your sensible attitude to training and improving her. The slower you go in the beginning, the quicker you improve later. Phil Phil Bennett Harmonious Horsemanship
I have one of those too. Very big and very big moving so has taken ages to get the strength to control his balance. I've stopped worrying about where he is in comparison to others as I have managed to keep him sound despite the odds and that's what counts x
Nicola I think you are spot on. There is no rush, Grace is 7 and only just about to start Novice - she was just to big and gangly, she has now had time to grow into herself and strengthen, she is my forever horse and I want to do my best to keep her safe and sound for as long as possible xxx
1 week ago
I was blown away today at High Weald Horse Hydro when I applied techniques learnt from
Claire Gallimore Dressage yesterday.
Samsara naturally hollows and drops her back resulting in lack of impulsion and tightness. She displays the same natural way of going on the treadmill and during her work at home. She struggles with her own body awareness. A big moving, large horse who really doesn’t know how to contain/control her movement.
Using some new techniques to aid her relaxation she did her best workout on the treadmill today.
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Looking forward to catching up with you and Hoggy soon - and to hear more about your relaxation techniques for Samsara - as Rosie has the same issue 😊
Nicola, that’s amazing. I’ve tried Tristan’s methods at home, but with limited success. It’s all in the timing..... Any chance of a you organising a clinic? Pretty please! 😂
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It’s amazing isn’t it? I’ve got a Welsh C who explodes on turnout so worked with Jim Goddard last Friday to lower her adrenaline and energy levels. Now it’s like having a different horse in the field. The right and, quite often simple steps can be life changing. She’s also anxious on the treadmill so I find that really interesting!