Anna travels to yards throughout the Southwest to start and restart young horses, exposing them to good experiences from the start of their life as a riding horse. The focus is on working with each horse as an individual. It is all too common for horses to be put through a training programme which can trigger troubling behaviour when the needs of the horse are not met by the programme. Anna is flexible in her approach and adapts her training to ensure that each horse fully understands what is required and can feel good about their work. This is invaluable because the way that a horse feels about their work at the beginning of their ridden life is fundamental to how they will perceive future experiences with a rider.
The training process takes as long as necessary, depending on the needs of the individual horse. Usually a horse will be saddled in the first week of training, progressing to being ridden for the first time in week three. Most horses are hacking out in the fourth or fifth week and are ready to be ridden by their owner in week six. Anna is always very keen for owners to watch their horse's sessions, at no extra cost, so that when they begin to start working with their horse there is already an understanding of how to approach a situation to ensure the best possible outcome.
Anna also travels to stud yards where she halters colts and fillies for their first time and teaches them how to lead whilst tutoring the owners on how to continue this good work.