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WE ARE NOW CLOSED - (New Website Under Development)
New Year, New Direction
I (Natalie) would like to let all our friends and followers know that we will not be reopening East Devon Riding Academy following our relocation. The primary reason for our decision is that some of the horses have indicated they have had enough and have demonstrated they would like to quit their jobs. It is against my principles to force them to work and if they're not happy I have to respect their opinions and protect them. I will not get rid of a horse because it is no longer able to work, they all have a home for life, it is therefore not possible for me to replace any of them with others who are more willing.
It's a tough job and I am incredibly proud and grateful to all our horses and ponies for helping so many people learn, they have given enjoyment and achievement to thousands of people of all ages. Our pioneering work has led to us featuring in many publications, including the Horse and Hound and being asked to take part in on screen media too. People have travelled to us from all over the UK and indeed the world and we have a long waiting list for people wanting lessons. I therefore understand the disappointment that this will cause and it is with great sadness that we can no longer assist them with their equine journey. However, I must put the horses first and if they say no, then I'm not willing or able to ignore it. I know them well and some of them just don't want to deal with lots of different people anymore, they want a quieter life. Their communication is by no means extreme, actually it's quite subtle but that's why the time is now, horses shouldn't have to scream to be listened to.
On a personal note, the last 3 months while we have been closed have been a relief from having to work 60 to 80 hours a week in all weathers. It's the first time in my life that I haven't had to work weekends, I've been able to spend more time with my daughter and well, actually have a life away from work!
I would like to extend my sincere heartfelt thanks to all our customers for their support, I am very grateful for your loyalty and effort over the years and I'm very sorry that our chapter has come to an end.
I will continue to teach people with their own horses and with my consultancy work, also running the livery yard from our new home. Most of the horses and ponies will be retired, some will continue to be gently ridden by myself, my family and friends. Absolutely none of them will be rehomed, they will all stay together here with us for the rest of their days.
Thanks again to everyone who has believed in us and appreciated our compassionate horsemanship. Hopefully this isn't goodbye and our paths will cross again.
Natalie Bucklar, BSc (Hons), MSc offers lessons based on compassionate training to enable safe, enjoyable progression. Sessions can include riding, groundwork or horse management, for children or adults with their own horse or pony.
Natalie has over 25 years experience of teaching all levels from complete beginners to HOYS and National Championship level competitors in other disciplines.
*All year turnout. 24/7 turnout is also possible- no mandatory stabling.
* Purpose built, clean and tidy, mud free yards with lights, ramps to muck trailers and wash down area.
* Stables have rubber mats and rear opening windows.
* All weather riding tracks around the farm with lovely views, 60ft sand groundwork/lunge pen, horse walker, large flat riding/training field and show jumps on grass when weather allows.
* On site haylage available from next season.
* Owners live on site, excellent security.
We offer experienced, reliable and trustworthy care of your horse if assistance is needed, their welfare is a top priority. We are happy to discuss individual requirements.
£130 month for DIY, deposit required. Discount for multi horse ownership. Please contact Natalie for further information. Telephone 07771 903220 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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