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. If you don't have an arena or sand area Anna happily takes horses in for training at her facility in Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor, where her kind older horse Apollo accompanies them out in the pasture between training sessions.
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 though, 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. Unlike some other trainers Anna does her best to bridge the gap between a horse being away for training with her and returning home with their owner. It's encouraged that owners watch their horse's sessions, at no extra cost, so that when starting work with their horse at Anna's facility between weeks 4-6 there is already an understanding of how to approach a situation to ensure the best possible outcome. Tuition on your horse for two weeks prior to returning home is very much encouraged, followed by two lessons a week at home for a period of time decided by the owner, to ensure the horse and owner feel happy and safe to continue the training from there on.
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.