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“Steve helped me with my Percheron mare early last year (2015)
Montana is a calm/ sensible horse but had developed an anxiety about floating after slipping once. She fast developed a habit of leaning her 700kg weight on the breeching bar (making it difficult to release), then rush out in a panic.
This presented not only a safety issue, but an inconvenience and stress as my horse carriage business based in the Adelaide Hills, SA is reliant on her floating.
The problem was escalating with each load, so began the search for outside help.
I first came across Steve at Equitana, Melbourne, 2014, he was there as a guest ‘demonstrator’.
I contacted Steve and we talked about the problem over the phone, he was understanding of the problem, its significance, and was generous with his time & knowledge offering alternative solutions. I tried these methods but with little improvement and so asked if I could take Montana to him.
There was a 3 day window in Steves busy schedule and so I delivered her to his property.
3 days later I returned to a horse that calmly walked on and off the float primarily by voice with the occasional subtle ‘cue’. I couldn’t believe the change in my horse and the stress relief he provided us both!
Steve then schooled me in his method, which is based on pressure and release. Steve identified that I hadn’t been giving her enough pressure and so had developed more a ‘battle of wills’, working against rather than with!
I loaded and unloaded Montana with Steves guidance for a further half hour until he (and I) were confident I could manage independently.
I've kept in contact with Steve, besides being a great horseman, he is a thoroughly nice person.
I thank him so much for his help and can highly recommend him