Kelly’s Blog

June 1, 2019 - Our pleasurable and successful IH Equine Trainers Conference by Kelly Marks

The 2019 Intelligent Horsemanship Recommended Trainers meeting was an early IH highlight of the year.  With In-House lectures and everyone sharing information there were many brilliant insights.  One of our lectures was from Suffolk IH Trainer and Monty Roberts tour member, Bridget Colston, on the subject of equestrian bit fitting.  Bridget has written a brilliant ... read more.

May 1, 2019 - How to Gain Confidence with Horses

Here is an extract from my book ‘Perfect Confidence – Overcoming Fear, Gaining Confidence and Achieving Success with Horses’  Chapter Two – ‘Perfectly Valid Fears’.  There’s more I can add for individual cases with horses – riding, jumping, loading, ground work – I’ll have to make that another blog or article for the Intelligent Horsemanship ... read more.

April 1, 2019 - Experiences of Stage 2

Student 1 – The one scared of failing: Stuart Miles Why? It was a chance conversation with Kelly during a break in the horse psychology course held at her home in 2017 that got me in to doing the Stage 2. I had done all my courses in 2012 and had been on the leading ... read more.

March 1, 2019 - What is it with Women and Horses? By Dr Rosie Jones-Mcvey

74% of the horse riding population in the UK are women. In fact, I was surprised the figure wasn’t higher. Almost all of my clients over the last 15 years have been women. It is worth bearing in mind the higher numbers of men in racing, hunting, and professional competition, and a much higher number ... read more.

February 1, 2019 - The Racehorse in Your Garden

How to retrain a racehorse (and is an ex-racehorse a good idea?) Thoroughbred racehorses are one of the most sensitive and intelligent creatures on the face of the earth, the problems come, of course, when they turn out to be more sensitive and intelligent than their owners. It’s important that as well as assessing your ... read more.

January 1, 2019 - If not now when?

It seems to be true that the older you get the quicker the years go by and after another year full of demo and course organisation I look back and it can all seem a bit of a blur. I realised I’m full of admiration of students when in their introductions they tell us they ... read more.

December 1, 2018 - The Bullying Culture that exists in some Stable Yards

Extract from Horse and Hound “It is not OK” by Eleanor Jones – 15th November 2018 Comments by Intelligent Horsemanship Recommended Trainer Dr Rosie Jones-McVey   Rosie Jones McVey, who has just completed a PhD in social anthropology, has been studying the ethics of British horse people. She feels some of the positive attributes of ... read more.

November 1, 2018 - Why Good is the Enemy of Great

This isn’t an original title. It’s a phrase I heard in the Jim Collins book ‘Good to Great’ and it’s funny how these things get filed in your subconscious, then all of a sudden one day it hits you ‘this is really SO important!’ If you have no desire to be excellent at anything (I ... read more.

October 28, 2018 - October 25th 2018 My Letter published in Horse and Hound

#Blow For Bradley Following the death of 14 year old Bradley John who had been bullied at school, I’d urge anyone witnessing bullying behaviour to not simply stand by but report it to the appropriate authority as well as giving support to the ‘target’.  Anxiety is a huge problem nowadays and let’s work together to protect ... read more.

September 1, 2017 - Getting Your Horse To Stand Still To Mount

After you have read this and acted intelligently upon the information you will have NO excuse for having a horse that’s delightfully safe and easy to get on.  However, LISTEN TO MY WORDS … it’s not what you know that’s going to make the difference – it’s what you DO with the information.  If you ... read more.

July 1, 2016 - Joe Camp on Whispering the Wild

How easy would it be to ride a wild horse? Would it take a year, a month or just a few hours perhaps if you can speak the horse’s language? A BLANK SLATE BY JOE CAMP Extracted from his book ‘The Soul of a Horse’ Written after watching Whispering the Wild – Taming the Untouched ... read more.

June 1, 2016 - 7 Tips on Loading a ‘Problem Horse’ You May Not Have Heard Before

My pony is not frightened of the trailer he’s just stubborn! My horse refuses to go in the horsebox to wind me up! I’ve heard every reason possible for a horse not loading!  But just possibly there are some extra factors you haven’t even thought about! First of all ‘Know Thyself’.  Are you able to ... read more.