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Fear-free Horse Training
Foal Handling Online Clinic
Hi from Neil Davies.
Let me show you the best way to handle every foal.
Handling foals, and indeed everything you ever want to do with a horse is about building confidence one step at a time.
It's not about confrontation.
It's not about desensitization.
It's not about winning fights.
Always remember, every foal can be 'quiet'...
Just as every foal can be 'wild'.
It depends what we teach them.
Correct handling as a foal gives every horse a head start in life.
When your youngster is old enough to be ridden, it will be no big deal.
How foals are handled is often overlooked in the horse world, but it's the most important step in every horse's education.
Watch while I:
- Approach and catch the foal for the first time without confrontation or stress.
- Introduce the halter and lead.
- Teach the foal to be confident and relaxed.
- Teach the foal to step forward to me, to walk a circle and to lead alongside.
- Handle the foal's legs for the first time, right through to trimming her feet.
- Teach the foal to lead and lunge and step over obstacles.
- Teach the foal to tie up without pulling and fighting.
- And much, much more.
You'll feel like you're in the training yard with me as I work.
Throughout the fourteen lessons, I explain every step in great detail.
There are questions from onlookers, interviews and plenty of me talking to the camera.
Foal Handling Online Clinic
- 14 video based lessons
- Over 6 hours of training
- Unlimited streaming access
- Stream online on ANY device
Teach your foal to be relaxed and confident from the very first lesson.
Lesson 1: Using the Catching Pole and Approaching the Foal for the First Time.
Length: 27 minutes
- Using a catching pole to place a rope around the foal's neck.
- Positioning the mare to make it easy for the foal.
- How to approach the foal without making a fight.
- Placing the halter on for the first time.
Lesson 2: How to Catch the Foal Without the Pole - Working on Both Sides.
Length: 26 minutes
- Using the mare to keep the foal relaxed.
- Placing the lead and halter on.
- Working on both sides of the foal to build confidence.
- Rubbing the foal's neck on both sides.
Lesson 3: Teaching the Foal to Keep Her Head With Me.
Length: 18 minutes
- Teaching the foal to step around to me and keep her head with me.
- Shows the importance of going to her and showing her, rather than forcing her.
Lesson 4: Rubbing the Foal to Build Confidence. More Steps in the Circle.
Length: 14 minutes
- Approaching the nervous foal and placing the rope around her neck before fitting the halter.
- More steps in the circle.
- Building confidence and teaching the foal to think.
Lesson 5: Introducing a Long Stick and the First Forward Steps.
Length: 21 minutes
- Going to the foal instead of expecting her to come to me.
- Using the long stick to teach the foal to step forward.
Lesson 6: More Rubbing to Build Confidence. Initial Leg Handling.
Length: 13 minutes
- Building more confidence.
- Forward steps without the long stick.
- Standing and bringing her head around.
- Leg handling begins.
Lesson 7: More Leg Handling. Using the Long Stick to Teach Her to Step Forward.
Length: 18 minutes
- How to deal with a nervous, worried horse.
- What to do when you lift a horse's leg for the first time.
- What not to do when handling legs.
Lesson 8: Taking the Mare Away. Lifting the Foal's Legs.
Length: 18 minutes
- Taking the mare away for the first time.
- Holding the foal's legs off the ground for longer.
- Reinforcing forward movement.
Lesson 9: Improving the Circle. More on Leg Handling.
Length: 15 minutes
- Teaching her to walk a correct circle around me.
- Moving her legs into the shoeing position.
- Building up in small steps.
Lesson 10: Catching the Foal Without the Mare. Leading Alongside.
Length: 14 minutes
- Never chase the foal. Always go to the foal and get a rope on.
- More circles and leading alongside for the first time.
- Leg handling continues.
Lesson 11: Teaching Her to Lunge Around Me. First Steps Out of the Small Yard.
Length: 15 minutes
- Teaching the foal to lunge around me at walk and trot.
- First lead out of the small yard.
- Teaching her to concentrate on me and move where and how I want.
Lesson 12: Trimming the Foal's Feet for the First Time.
Length: 18 minutes
- Trimming her feet for the first time.
- Shows how to keep each approach short and easy.
Lesson 13: Introducing a Saddle and Girth for the First Time.
Length: 13 minutes
- How to introduce a saddle blanket, saddle and girth to the foal.
- More lungeing and leading out of the small yard.
Lesson 14: Catching, Leading and Lungeing in a Big Arena. Tying Up.
Length: 16 minutes
- How to catch the foal in a big area.
- Leading and lungeing in a big area.
- Tying up for the first time demonstrated and explained.
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These videos would be incredible value even if they cost $1,000 dollars. That’s half what I would charge if you could hire me to teach you one-on-one for 7 hours.
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After payment you'll be instantly added to our online members only portal, and sent an email with your login information (usually in under 5 minutes).
You'll have 24/7 access to all lessons, available to stream on all devices. You can watch and return to the lessons as many times as you want.
Frequently asked questions
Q. “Should I buy this Online Clinic, if I already have your book?”
A. My book has become a bestseller and is regularly quoted as ‘the bible’ to horse training. It is considered essential reading and belongs on the bookshelf of every horse lover.
But there was a very important reason I decided to create the Starting a Horse Under Saddle Online Clinic. Video allows me to demonstrate my approach, in real-time.
It allows you to see and understand how I react and change my approach in response to the horse’s behaviour.
It allows me to show you my approach in a far more nuanced way, than in my book.
If you want to be guided step-by-step, through key lessons to Start a Horse Under Saddle, this Online Clinic is for you.
Q. “I’ve seen a lot of horse trainer's material, what makes this different?”
A. My knowledge is original and unique. It's not something I read or saw or copied from someone else. I know what I know from working with so many horses, day after day, month after month, year after year.
I've seen many of the big name trainers working with horses and I don't agree with much of what they do or what they say.
I don't agree with:
- Harassing horses with ropes and flags
- Tying horses up to fight
- Letting horses buck with the saddle
- Roping their legs or feet
- Chasing horses until they're distressed
Q. “What will I get out of this Online Clinic if I’m already an intermediate or advanced horse trainer?”
A. Many experienced horse people express how they wish they found my work years, or decades ago. And how it would have eliminated so many problems, for them and their horses, if they had access to my philosophy.
With this Online Clinic in hand, you’ll have step-by-step lessons to develop a relaxed and confident horse.
A horse who’s ready to work and try his hardest for you, to do what you ask, when you ask, even at the highest level.
In fact, the more experienced you are, the more you’ll understand and gain from this Online Clinic.
Q. “Will this approach work for my horse?”
A. These Online Clinics don't show a "method" that may or may not work. Instead, they demonstrate and explain in-depth how every lesson must be adjusted to suit every horse. Each lesson shows how you can better understand your horse, and how horses really think and learn.
Q. “What if I have a question about the Online Clinic as I progress through the material?”
A. As you progress through the material in this Online Clinic, you may have questions that come up. You are free to email me with your question and I'll get back to you.
Q. “What if I don’t have time right now to take my horse through these lessons?”
A. Purchasing now means you have instant and unlimited streaming access. You can come back to these Online Clinics WHENEVER you like and watch each lesson as many times as you wish.
If you’ve gone to the trouble of owning horses, this is “must-have” knowledge for you and your horses.
Q. “How do I get access once I've purchased?”
A. Your login and password will be emailed to you instantly. Login on my website and you'll have immediate unlimited access to the entire Online Clinic. You can stream the clinic via your mobile phone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer. Watch each lesson over and over, as many times as you like.
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Fear-free Horse Training
"I am now in my 60s, not one of the horses I handled in all the time I've used Neil's method has ever bucked. I have had some interesting discussions with people who insist that a horse must have a fight to be considered broken in - l strongly disagree. And have been laughed at but the results speak for themselves as you will quickly find out if you embrace Neil's methods."
- Philip Stovell, Timaru New Zealand
"As a breeder of welsh mountain ponies, many of which go on to be ponies for very small children I believe it is very important that my ponies are given positive experiences early in their lives to instil confidence and trust. I follow Neil's fear free horse training methods when working with my foals to give them the best possible start in life ."
- Suzanne Evans, Toowoomba Australia
"I landed in circumstances where I was responsible for a couple of horses and tried various so called experts to further their training. I was not happy with much of what was being done but I had little experience to base my thoughts on. I then happened upon Fear-free horse training and it rang plenty of bells for me. I am working through the process and have noticed a change in the response of the horses. Thank you so much I have still so much to learn."
- Sue Brooks, Urenui
"I already recommend Neil Davies and his Fear-free Horse Training to my friends or people on social media who are having problems with their horses. I agree with Neil's methods and they work wonderfully with my youngster, my older broodmare, and my colt. If they work on my variety of horses this shows he speaks the language of horses and surely this is what every equestrian strives to do."
- Isabelle Benn, Newark
"I believe in Neil's way of teaching horses as I have also been treating horses with respect, patience and kindness and it really works. If everyone would read or watch Neil's common sense way of treating horses, we wouldn't have so many unwanted horses to go to slaughter. Responsible breeders would slow down in relation to the consumer's wants which would unfortunately for them be less because more owners are keeping their forever horse."
- Victoria Todd-Barth, Omro, WI USA
"I have a horse that was pushed and pressured too hard and became spooky due in part to natural horsemanship training. I tried several of these known trainers in the area with positive reputations. My horse was an odd personality since he would do teeter totter without any issue on the first time, but always on the look out for scary sacks on a stick. Since that time I have watched and learned better, different, calmer approaches through Neil. My horse has thrived. He looks to me for guidance when we are out. He is relaxed and not worried in situations."
- Diana Taylor, Colorado Springs, CO USA
"I highly recommend Neil's Fear-Free training technique, it's simple and effective and it just makes sense. I used Neil's principles when I took custody of a 10-year-old, unhandled mare, I made amazing progress and I have no experience with unhandled horses. Now her willingness to try and confidence is astounding. The person I got my mare from was going to shoot her because he didn't know where to start. If people knew how simple and kind fear-free training is, many horses might be spared a similar fate. "
- Cara Nicita, Cobbitty, Australia
"At last BASIC COMMON SENSE. It just confirms everything I have learned from making mistakes, and things I always believed. I've had horses all my life and broken in a couple for myself and I wish I had this book 50 yrs ago. Horses are sensitive and intelligent and just need to be treated as such. There are way too many experts out there. I believe Neil is the real deal."
- Jenny Pate, Gympie Qld Australia
"Fear-free horse training makes total sense and it works! Horses do not forget, otherwise we could not train them to do anything. That's why we never want to create fear in them because they will not forget that either. The training material and book are straightforward and easy to follow in plain English. You do not need any special knowledge, only patience, and be able to control your temper - in case you've got one. Be reliable and consistent and you will achieve far more than you ever could imagine. Go for it, stick with it and you'll be amazed."
- Karin Brueggemann, Whoota, Australia
"I love Neil's approach, it is refreshing and makes a great deal of sense. My cob is ex driving and she has had her fair share of trauma before I bought her. The idea of flapping bags and flags around her was totally useless and only served to make her crazy. Neil's idea of just get her comfortable in your presence was so inspirational. She now comes to me when I call her go into the paddock. Before she would head to the furthest corner. She stands for mounting and enjoys headrubs. All of which really bothered her before. I'm thrilled I found Neil's training methods - they have certainly changed our lives xxx"
- Siobhan Wolf, Tallow, Co Waterford. Ireland
"I saw Neil Davies work in Auckland about 30 years ago, so definitely his length of service and obvious love of horses is a high recommendation in itself. I have found his ideas fascinating and useful as I've been training the first pony I've trained for 20 years for my daughter. Our pony is now ridden and lovely. I guess the stand out moment was actually with her paddock mate, a very "head up" arab , who one day just came up in the paddock and put her head down asking for a rub! It was very sweet. Thanks Neil - please come and teach in NZ sometime. "
- Katharine Smith-holley, Palmerston New Zealand
"I highly recommend Neil's ethics of training horses. No fancy gimmicks or expensive *must have* equipment, just good old fashioned horse sense for people, explained in an easy to follow and logical way. No more chasing in a round ring, waving flags, etc. I have used Neil's methods on all of my horses, and have been very successful in starting our green gypsy cob and my other ott standard bred, even worked on one of my unruly miniature pony as well. Thank you Neil for passing on your knowledge and easy to follow techniques!"
- Julie Maple, Tasmania
"I looked into a lot of methods and training philosophy when I got my first foal. The idea of chasing my new baby around to show her who is boss just did not set well. I am so glad I found Neil's method, I've used it since day 1 and my girl is relaxed and confident and has been one the easiest horses to work with. She knows it is good to be with me and that I will never hurt or scare her so she approaches new situations confidently. I will use Neil's way on all my future horses too!"
- Deanna Schawe, Houston Texas
"I have never been the type to swing ropes and dominate my horses through fear! I muddled through years of trial and error trying to find a better way than whatever was in vogue at the time. Then I discovered Neil and his Fear-free Philosophy. I bought his book and a whole world of horse handling opened up to me. At last, someone who didn't expect me to be a herd leader or chase my horse in continuous circles . I bought the Foal handling Clinic USB and my babies are handled in that way from birth. My haphazard , well intentioned approach is now organised and purposeful thanks to Neil. My horses are confident, calm and ready to take on their next challenges in life."
- Vivienne Moore, Graytown. Victoria, Australia
"Neil's methods are the best for horse and handler the calmness and understanding is the best start any horse or pony could have and I highly recommend every horse person to go into Neil's courses and see for your self how it all makes sense and how the horses understand what you are teaching them I recommend Neil's methods to you all."
- Sue Mouat
"I used this method with my young horse who is now 6 and found he accepts everything I put at him he is clam and relaxed I recently went back to pony club and put him in a complete new world no dramas at all and whenever in doubt on anything with the new foal I always head back to Neil's work - always gets me through so thank you Neil!"
- Pauline Fagg, Ambrose
"Neils approach is calm, sensible and possibly affirms some of the things you already know, but probably don't do. We have stallions and colts all of which are quiet and easy to handle. People who bring their mares to stud regularly comment on how calm and well behaved the stallions are, even when they are driven out in company of other horses, this is thanks to Neil's advice and techniques, which I have used for a long time now. Unfortunately there are too many lion tamers out there who would greatly benefit from Neil's approach and advice. I know I did and I had already had over 30 years experience with horses."
- Janette Croker, Hartlepool, UK
"Everyone who owns a horse should read and APPLY Neil's training methods. I found his book simple and easy to read, and his methods well explained. Clearly Neil has a love and understanding of horses that is unparalleled in the horse world. I wish every trainer used these methods. We would have far fewer horses ending up in bad situations and owners who enjoyed their horses more! If you love horses you need to use Neil's methods!"
- Denise Near, Coldwater Ontario Canada
"I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Neil's book, videos and methods to friends with any involvement in the horse industry. He explains and demonstrates clearly how to deal with horses from weanlings through all stages of training to help anyone achieve real results and horses who are a pleasure to own, work with and ride. Neil can show ways to tackle lots of common "problems" that can exist, plus assist riders and handlers prevent them occurring by starting out from the get go with his no nonsense, kind and effective tips. His book is my go to manual often, before getting into difficulties with our young and off the track Thoroughbreds. "
- Felicity Enriquez, Mangrove Mountain NSW Australia
"I would recommend Neil Davies' Fear-free Horse Training because he uses simple methods and easy explanations. And he insist on repeating those methods or explanations the very same way we do it with our kids...and it works!!"
- Carole Laurier, Canada
"Neil has a way of explaining very well how and why he handles the horse in a particular way so it makes sense to the horse without stress or confusion and this increases the horses confidence in the rider. I have used Neils approach with my young one and he is now going kindly under saddle and we have a respectful, happy partnership. Neil makes his method so easy for the person to follow by breaking down each step so one is not left guessing."
- Jackie Fry, Berry Springs Australia
"I purchased Fear-free Horse Training and loved it, it made so much sense! Neil's methods made such a difference with the horse I had at the time, who had several problems from bad initial experiences. I emailed Neil with the history and some queries - much to my surprise, not only did he respond very promptly, he was extremely generous with his advice."
- Sue Paterson, Auckland, New Zealand
"Neil's very methodical, gentle approach to training just made so much sense to me. It allows the horse to process what's happening, build patterns of behaviour and feel safe while doing so. My TB mare is a different horse from the one we first met, thanks to Neil (who has even provided online help for specific problems), and is happier, calmer and more confident as a result. Highly recommended."
- Sharon Cope, Auckland
"It actually works! No gimmicks or showmanship just a super sensible approach that works! My mare was started using a different training approach that left her extremely nervous and lacking any confidence. After a lot of time and effort by myself she has turned into a nice riding horse. Since then I have started her foal following Neil's foal videos and it has been ridiculously straight forward! My only regret is not finding Neil's training advice for my mare - I could have saved her from a lot of fear and stress!"
- Anna Tarver, Ashburton NZ
"I believe with Fear-free Training you will build a strong bond with your horse. This method is based on trust and gaining the horses confidence in you. I would recommend the Neil Davies Fear-free programme to all horse owners that want the best from there horse."
- Derek Sawford, Maungakaramea New Zealand
"Neil's kind and compassionate training is what drew me to Neil's work for my daughter to train our 18 month old stockhorse. His no-nonsense no gimmicks fear free training is easy, engaging & educational. I love that he gets inside the horse's mind. He even gives insight into problem solving with older horses that can be overcome going back to the basics. I highly recommend Neil to all my horsey friends."
- Rachael Hecker, Victoria Australia
"I met and attended some Neil Davies clinics over 25 years ago, his teachings and methods worked for me to break in my first horse and many subsequent horses. We decided to breed horses and I have used everything I learnt from clinics and videos to teach my youngsters from the word go. I still employ these methods today and they are still working. I am blessed to have met Neil and learnt how to be a better horse person."
- Kerry Chapman, Laverstock NSW Australia
"I really like how he is so gentle with the horses, and I just got a freisian gypsy yearling, that I have tried his methods on and he is so gentle and easy to do things with. I can pick up his feet with no problem, I have put pads on him with a cinch around him. I don't scare him with things, so he really trust me. And he's always trying to please me. Thank you so much for your horse training methods, I'm sold on them!!"
- Donna Mowery, Randle WA.
"2 years ago I bought a horse-waited my whole life for this dream to come true. It quickly became a nightmare. I was told she was bomb proof, trail ridden etc. All lies. In fact she was a 12 yr old Belgian cross, mostly unhandled and very herd bound. At one point someone told me to get rid of her, she will kill me. A friend recommended Fear-free Horse Training by Neil Davies and I ordered the book. I studied that book. It is my go-to when I am stuck. She trusts me, she wants to be with me and looks forward to our time together. All of this thanks to Neil. Thank you Neil for bringing such positive change to the horse world."
- Denise Elliott, Guelph Canada
"I became friends with my second horse (a 18yr old Irish Sport horse) after many people said don't buy an old horse. Even though he had been there and done that, we still had to build that bond, that relationship. With the help of Neil Davies' book and videos, we started with the basics and are still learning every day. Two years on I now get comments like 'I can't believe how far you've come!' - thanks Neil "
- Rayleen Camp, Pullenvale, Australia
"I would highly recommend Neil Davies & Fear-free Horse Training... it's easy to understand, back to basics, a method which really works. I have used Neil's method for my young horses with great success."
- Michelle George, East Lynne Australia
"Simple, logical steps, to train my horse without frightening her. Clearly explains what you should do, without asking me to buy any special tool or gimmick. In plain and simple terms, makes every step clear and easy to follow."
- Fiona Kellie, Bega, Australia
"Such a fantastic way of training. My filly now has a great rapport with me and is much nicer youngster to have around and handle. There is no fear and she is accepting."
- Jodi Dewick, Bethungra
"The Fear-free Horse Training methods have helped me and my 12 year old quarter horse to become a team. He has become the horse I always wanted and he looks to be for guidance and I can rely on him to try his hardest to do what I ask."
- Maggie Clunas, Australia
"Neil provides a sensible, easy to understand approach to interacting with horses. His work is so helpful and he has responded ty messages and questions. We are lucky to have someone with a true understanding of horse training etc who is willing to share his knowledge and experience."
- Karen Innes-Walke, Norfolk Island
"Neil is a pioneer, everybody who owns or interacts with horses should read Neil's book. His book will teach you all you need to know in how to manage your horse and build a relationship with him. It will most importantly teach you how to make your horse confident and happy."
- Ruth Mayes
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"I'm no professional … I had a horse that kicks and wouldn't let me touch him past the neck ... Already after two short 10min sessions following Neil's training I am touching him (while he patiently stands and waits for me to move away) on his neck, back, stomach and top of front legs ... Incredible."
- Karen Zelinsky
"Mr. Davies, thank you. I have read and re-read your book, studied your videos, and contemplated your philosophy and vision. Thank you, for me and for my horses. I've seen the rest, but no one, and I mean no one, does what you do."
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"It’s like the bible for horses! Best thing ever, just practical common sense. I got this book originally for my foal (now 5 weeks old)but I’ve used it a lot on her 16 year old mother as well, they are never too old if using your approach. The difference is amazing."
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- Ralph Livingstone
I'm Neil Davies and I've dedicated my life to improving horse-human relationships around the world
By the time Neil was a teenager, he’d ridden more horses and more miles, than most people ride in their lifetime.
By the mid-1980s, he'd started well over 1,000 horses under saddle and was travelling around the USA, Australia and New Zealand giving clinics and exhibitions — wowing crowds with his horse training ability.
Fast forward to 2011 and Neil was growing more and more disgusted with the ever-increasing trend of chasing and terrifying horses in the name of training. So he sat down and started writing down everything that horses had taught him over the past 50 years.
Neil as featured at the California State Fair in 1989!
Neil has sold more than 14,000 copies of his book, Fear-free Horse Training, to all corners of the globe. Today, Neil continues to share his knowledge with the world and has expanded his teachings to exciting new video based Online Clinics.