for fun or competition.
Riding Lessons and Horse Training by Melanie O'Neill
Melanie and Viggo
I would love to help you build a partnership with horses
for fun or competition.
Travel trainer — riding lessons or horse training on your horse. Lessons are approximately 1 hour. I have individual instructor insurance.
Central Bucks Area — $30
Authorized instructor at the Bucks County Horse Park. Lessons at the park in the ring or cross-country — $30. Non-members must buy a day pass.
Philosophy and Training style — I have over 30 years of experience with horses. I consider myself an equine behaviorist. I use basic learning theory when working with a horse. I study Equitation Science and follow their research to humanely train horses. I use the dressage principles and work with a horse in a progressive fashion. I am a practitioner member of the International Society of Equitation Science. My article about Equitation Science and Learning theory is here: Equitation Science... What's That?
I like to do groundwork and clicker training as something fun for the horse and to help build a relationship. Read my article on groundwork and relaxation here: No Fear: Training a Horse Through Relaxation.
This article I wrote discusses the differences between Equitation Science and natural horsemanship. Your Turn: The Next Step In Horsemanship? Science!
I finished the Equine Massage class at Delaware Valley College in May 2014. I have enjoyed learning how to massage horses and I feel like I am making a difference. I want to learn more and continue developing my technique. I am charging a lower price so I can work on more horses. My fees are $35 for less than a half hour of travel and $45 for up to an hour. The extra mileage is for the first horse only; others at the same location are $35.
When I massage a horse, I do a full-body sports massage and concentrate on areas of tension. I also do some stretching if needed.
I offer a fecal exam that uses a modified McMaster technique. This is the same technique used by veterinarians and laboratories. It gives an Eggs Per Gram (EPG) that will help you decide if your horse needs to be de-wormed. This is called targeted parasite control; it is the preferred method now instead of rotation de-worming. Current guidelines suggest de-worming any horse over 200 EPG and rechecking the fecal two weeks later. This will check the effectiveness of the product used.
My price is $7 per sample. This includes a report that can be shared with your veterinarian and result history tracking. Free pickup of 5 or more samples is available for local barns. Please call for pickup price for barns farther away.
I am available for barn talks and lectures on equine parasites. I am happy to answer any questions by email.
How to collect a sample:
Equine Nutrition Consultation
I am working towards my equine nutrition certification. I am not associated with any feed companies, so I can give you an unbiased opinion on feeds. I am available for barn talks and lectures on equine nutrition.
I will give you a complete written report so you can share with your vet or trainer.
Articles published on horsenation.com:
Articles published on eventingnation.com:
Bit of Irish (Irish) — Quarter Horse gelding. Hunt seat and trails, foxhunting, my first event.
Foolish Fox (Dolly) — Quarter Horse mare. Trails —
Knight of O'Hare (Knight) — TB/appaloosa gelding. My first dressage horse.
Fuzzy Doll (Bunny) — TB mare. Eventing & dressage.
Opal Essence (Opal) — Percheron cross mare. Young horse, started training.
Darling Dancer (Dancer) — TB mare. Eventing, Dressage and Jumpers.
Fly You Fools (Viggo) — TB gelding. Dressage and Eventing.
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