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Justine Rumney lives and works in North Cumbria, UK. She runs a start and re-schooling yard taking young horses for start to ride & foundation, and horses that have got into difficulties for re-schooling. She also takes in horses that are donated to her because the owner can no longer care for them or because their behaviour has become too dangerous for their owners to manage. She starts or re-schools these horses until she finds an appropriate new owner for them.
Much of her training took place in the USA where she worked with young & troubled horses. She learnt many cowboy & vaquero techniques, which she brought back to the UK and applied to British horses and horsemanship.
Justine started to make her own rope equipment because she found it so difficult to find a good quality product in the UK. Alongside this she identified that, even though people were becoming increasingly interested in the halter & line as a practical everyday training tool there was not a lot of information about how to use them effectively.
“Every tool is only as good as the hands that use it.”
Justine passionately believes in education as being the most important aspect of improvement of animal welfare in the equine sector.
on Jan. 28, 2015 :
I bought this book after seeing Justine Rumney give a demonstration at a clinic. Her calm manner in person, comes through very well in this book. I have a 15month old cob, who is my first youngster. I have found her book easy to use and easy to follow, as it is broken down into lessons. So Drum and I literally work through the exercises. We are currently only upto exercise 3, as everything has to be given time to allow the baby to process it. It has given me a lot of confidence to have "an expert in my pocket" to refer to, it also allows me to be consistent in training. More to the point, it actually works!! We don't have any fancy training facilities, it is just me in the field with my youngster, I have purchased one of Ms. Rumneys halters and lead lines, which has helped a lot with his behaviour and understanding of what I am asking him. Previously I was just using a standard headcollar. Which I am sure would work too, but I decided, in for a penny in for a pound. I'm really pleased with how things are going. Oh, and I love the diagrams too, which make it even easier to see what I am to do. I highly recommend this book.
(reviewed 8 months after purchase)
on Aug. 11, 2014 :
This is a very informative and helpful book. It details the basics of working with horses on the ground to encourage good behaviours and includes lots of exercises with excellent diagrams to help.
Unlike many other "how to" books these can be done by anyone regardless of experience - you just have to want to make a change. The exercises do work and you will see your horse becoming more relaxed and willing as you progress. I know I have used them and still do. On days when I can't or don't wish to ride I use these exercises with my horse. It is relaxing and we can have fun together as well as developing and cementing the relationship talked about within the book.You will see the differences when you ride too. It is well worth the money and the time to read it.
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)