TRAINING

            

The youngstock at Lexington Farm are developed so that they are people friendly and safe to handle. The old sayings of, "it takes the time it takes" and "what you put in is what you get out" are abided by at Lexington Farm. Our young horses are handled at birth, stabled as foals with dams, taught to accept the halter and lead rope. Weanlings are groomed, rugged, washed, stabled, feet trimmed, yarded and paddocked.

At Lexington Farm we choose to grow our horses to 3 to 4 years of age, train them and then sell them on. Thus trainability is a major issue for us and we believe that a horse with trainability and movement will sell regardless of the bloodlines.

The training schedule is based on the German training scale, together with techniques from the world's leading dressage trainers and riders such as Kyra Kyrklund and Anky Van Grunsven are used at Lexington Farm to ensure young horses have correct, well established basic training. These training techniques are reinforced at regular schools with Australian based German riders and trainers. As a result, our horses progress through the levels of competition correctly, calmly and willingly.

The quality of training is evidenced by the results and comments received from international judges at the Australian Young Dressage Horse Championships. Competing on the young 6yr horse "Liaison" in June 2002, Claire was commended on her very correct training of the horse by guest Grand Prix rider Victoria Hamilton at the Brisbane Mitavite Dressage Spectacular, Queensland Young Dressage Horse Championships. The pair placed second amongst a line up of imported stallions. Liaison is currently competing at medium level and is well on track to an FEI future. Claire and Liaison have again been selected for the Qld Dressage Squad 2003. Liaison is currently competing at Prix St Georges /Intermediate I levels and is well on track to a future at Grand Prix level.

TRAINING SERVICES PROVIDED

At Lexington Farm we provide a training service to a limited number of outside horses. Reasonable rates are offered and a variety of training needs can be met. These services include:

  • Initial ground work training for young horses including lunging, backing, long reining and general handling.
  • Initial under saddle training (special conditions apply).
  • Float training and re-education.
  • Initial training of young dressage horses to preliminary level - or the level as required.
  • Personal riding instruction by appointment
  • Educating the owner or rider to 'train their horse'.
  • Dressage test riding skills for competition.
  • Re-education of general horses.

WORKSHOPS

Horse Management Workshops are offered to groups at various times based on demand. Subjects covered include general care, feeding and nutrition, basic A to Z of diseases, first aid, lunging, floating, stable management, presentation, bandaging, saddlery care, paddock management, landcare for small properties and horse owners. Expert guest speakers to cover the veterinary and nutrition subjects will support the workshops.

G roup numbers are limited to 15 per workshop to ensure individual needs are met. If your equestrian group, Pony Club, Association or a group of friends are interested please contact us at Lexington Farm

HAPPY CUSTOMER COMMENTS

We have received very positive feedback on the training services provided and would like to share this with you.

"Once again, a million thank you's for a brilliant job..."

"I don't think 'thank you' will ever be enough for what you did for 'Sarge', Megan....."

"It is absolutely wonderful to have him (horse) home - he seems mush more settled and friendly"

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