You probably won’t be surprised to hear that the majority of horses can cope very well in cold weather as long as natural or man-made shelter is provided from the rain, wind and snow. Let’s remind ourselves that horses love the freedom of being outdoors and the Scottish fresh air. Keeping Your Horse Warm &…
Authors Morag and Mark Higgins
You will already know that Morag and Mark have written several books on equestrian training, but did you know that they also write fiction? To find out more click on the button to the right of this screen and find out about their Cracking Good Books and Screenplays.
Ross Dhu Equestrian Ltd stables in Hamilton, Lanarkshire the home of Equido Scotland
Ross Dhu Equestrian Ltd is the base for Morag Higgins, and Mark Higgins. Ross Dhu’s yard offers stunning livery facilities for horses and owners alike. Livery clients enjoy use of the newly constructed indoor arena, outdoor arena, hot wash facilities, solarium, client room to name only a few of the facilities. With breathtaking hacks in the surrounding countryside of Chatelherault, Hamilton on our doorstep you never need to worry about traffic.
Morag and Mark Higgins have developed their own system of training building on those techniques, principles and teachings of horse care as pioneered by Mark Rashid. Mark and Morag work closely together on building the bonds of trust between horses and owners and training apprentices and students in their Government Recognised Equestrian Qualification System Equido. They run clinics across the country and are available for group and private lessons.
THE HORSE’S BRAIN – A USERS MANUAL
SEMINAR HELD FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE UK A HUGE SUCCESS!
DATES FOR NEXT YEAR ARE 17TH AND 18TH JUNE 2023
After three years of organising, COVID disruptions and flights that were on and off at a whim, Dr Steve Peters Finally made it to Scotland! His two day equine brain seminar was held here at Ross Dhu Equestrian Ltd and was a total success! It is fair to say everyone was totally blown away by the knowledge shared and with practical demonstrations by Mark Higgins and Vicky Devlin the teachings given were brought to life. We are also grateful to Josh Milburn for his very informative lecture on equine dentistry which again illustrated the teachings of Dr Peters. Minds were blown, new dendrites made and myolin laid down in abundance.
If you missed this event don’t panic, Dr Peters will be back next year with even more research to blow you mind! Dates will be 17th and 18th June 2023 to reserve your place please download the application form and send it to us by email or post along with your deposit.
This is a must for everyone involved with horses. We would like to thank everyone in the team involved in bringing like minded people together and making the whole event a complete success.
TWO AND FIVE DAY MASTERSON METHOD COURSE!
FOR THE FIRST TIME IN SCOTLAND! MASTERSON METHOD WILL BE HOLDING A FIVE DAY COURSE!
TWO DAY COURSES:-
18th – 19th June 2022 with Vicky Devlin, hosted by Morag and Mark Higgins at Ross Dhu Equestrian Ltd
13th – 14th August 2022 with Vicky Devlin, hosted by Morag and Mark Higgins at Ross Dhu Equestrian Ltd
FIVE DAY COURSE:-
15th – 19th August 2022 with Vicky Devlin, hosted by Morag and Mark Higgins at Ross Dhu Equestrian Ltd and Caroline von Linden at Turnberry Equestrian
The 2 day introduction to the Masterson Method which gave the students a sound knowledge of the basic exercises was a rip roaring success. We will be holding more courses next year so keep an eye on this website and the Mastersonmethod website (link below) for updates.
The Advanced 5-Day Course in equine bodywork is an advanced, practical course that is open to anyone with experience handling horses and a basic knowledge of equine anatomy, who is interested in improving relationship, communication and performance in horses. It is also the primary course for the Certification Program.
It consists of five days of practical training. Your group will be visiting a different barn each day within the vicinity of the primary city. This way you will have a variety of horses to work on. Carpooling is recommended and can be arranged on the first day.
This course is spent almost entirely working on horses. You will learn where to look, what to look for, and how to release and clear issues that most affect performance. During this course you will perfect your understanding of the principles of release of tension in the horse, your ability to recognize and use responses of the horse to your touch to get that release, and your ability to enable the horse to participate in the process of releasing tension.
You will also learn evaluation techniques that will help you identify bio-mechanical patterns in the horse associated with possible primary Issues, and resulting secondary Issues.
Course size is limited to ensure one-on-one instruction.
The prerequisite for these courses is to purchase and view the Beyond Horse Massage DVD and/or the Beyond Horse Massage Book prior to attending. Purchase these at our UK store to save money on shipping.
ANOTHER ROSS DHU EQUESTRIAN LTD SUCCESS AT THE LANTRA LEARNER OF THE YEAR AWARDS!
Caroline von Linden has achieved the winning position for 2022! Stephanie Wharrie was the runner up of this prestigious award for 2022. They follow in the footsteps of Laura Manby who won in 2017 and Aimee MacCrae who won in 2018 and Caroline von Linden runner up in 2019, giving Ross Dhu Equestrian Ltd finalists and runners up for four years.
Well done Caroline, you really deserved this!
Exciting Show and Clinic Schedule for 2022
Our Show and Clinic Schedule is now available! Please check out our Calendar for dates, something exciting happening every month over the course of the year, don’t miss out! Our Summer Show is open to everyone with Trophies for first place and beautiful rosettes up to sixth place. Application forms (where applicable) will be added as soon as possible.
Rescue Horses Now Therapy Horses
We have a team of rescued horses here at Ross Dhu who spend their time helping others find their way back from personal difficulties. This work is done through the Equido Charity SCIO. We are currently trying to raise funds in order to improve our services, if you can help it would be greatly appreciated. Donations can be made via JustGiving if you want to know more about our current project just read about them by clicking the link below:-
Ross Dhu Equestrian Ltd in an educational video about Natural Horsemanship
A short documentary exploring the uses of Natural Horsemanship across Europe. I travelled to Scotland, Germany and France to meet Morag Higgins, Toril Strooper and Linda Overlaet who all share something in common. Here is their story. Thank you to everyone involved and all who helped make this happen!
EQUIDO SPAIN CONTINUING TO SHOW QUALITY STUDENTS
FOR A FULL REPORT CLICK HERE.
EQUIDO THERAPY COURSES. COVERING EDUCATION AND COACHING ©
DO YOU USE OR WANT TO USE HORSES IN YOUR WORK AS A THERAPIST, TEACHER OR COACH? WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE YOUR LOVE OR HORSES WITH OTHERS AND HELP PEOPLE DEVELOP AT THE SAME TIME? DO YOU WISH TO BOOK A THERAPY COURSE FOR YOUR SCHOOL, CHILD? CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS.
EQUIDO ONLINE LEARNING NOW AVAILABLE!
To sit your Equido Course online please visit our dedicated website at www.equidohorsemanship.co.uk
HORSES BEING BOOKED FOR BACKING AND SCHOOLING
We are now taking bookings for training dates this year. We offer a comprehensive service from backing to working with remedial problems. If you are looking for help or assistance please contact us for more details. We encourage the owners to be in attendance as much as possible to develop a closer bond with their horse and as many session as possible are filmed. Please hurry as dates are limited.
New Personal Coaching Program
We are pleased to now be able to offer a private, personal training program specifically tailored to your individual goals and needs. One of our Equido Trainers will be able to visit you at your own yard and work with you towards your goals. For further information please contact us.
Gift Vouchers Now Available
Looking for something for the person that has everything? Why not purchase one of our GIFT VOUCHERS?
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