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.
Connecting Groundwork with Ridden Work for you and your Horse gives you a series of exercises that will connect the trusting, respectful relationship that you and your horse have created on the ground to your ridden work. Groundwork is where we establish a relationship of trust and respect, these exercises are a guide to caring for that relationship so that it is there for us all the time.
“Leading Light; an Introduction to Ground Work for You and Your Horse” is a simple, descriptive ‘how to’ book to teach you to use a rope halter & lead line. It introduces you and your horse to basic handling and ground skills that will not only help your horse to be safe and responsive on the ground, but also open up a communication link and establish a relationship based on trust and respect.