Leanne Rodger based in St. Columb, Cornwall, is one of our newer IH Trainers qualifying in 2017. With years of horse experience and business knowhow Leanne also holds a FdSc in Equine Sports Performance and Coaching and a BSc (Hons) Rural Business Management.
Leanne has always had a passion for ground work, valuing its importance for establishing the connection between horses and humans.
After discovering Intelligent Horsemanship in 2008 Leanne‘fell in love with the concept that you could be kind to horses AND get them to want to work together as a partnership, with no violence, pain or bribery’ – things that aren’t taught in traditional horsemanship.
Since becoming an IH Trainer, Leanne has done some fantastic work represented by the wealth of testimonials found on her website. She has also continued her education and is currently studying for an Equine Nutrition qualification.
🏆 Leanne participates in the ‘IH Awards’.
A Q&Q with IH Trainer Leanne Roger
(The Intelligent Horsemanship Magazine – Winter 2020)
If you could change one thing in the world of horses what would it be, and why?
I think many people are so focussed on riding their horse, that they do not consider how beneficial it can be to do groundwork exercises and obstacle training as well. Not only can you form a strong connection with your horse from the ground, but you can both enjoy being active and having fun together.
What’s important to you when you see an owner and their horse for the first time?
Before the first session, I ask horse owners to complete a questionnaire so that I have some background information on the partnership problems before we meet. During the first session, I spend a lot of time listening to the human, and watching the horse and human interact. I want to understand the problem from both perspectives and work out how to make horse and human connect as a partnership and overcome problems together.
What is the best thing about being an IHRT?
For me, the best feeling is when horse and human have their own ‘lightbulb’ moments and feel that they are partners rather than feeling like two separate entities. When horse and human are willing to have a go at the challenges that I set them during our sessions, I know that I have done my job in setting the foundations for their relationship to develop from. Seeing the bond between horse and human grow is the magic that I feel when a bond is forming.
What is the funniest thing a client has ever said when meeting you for the first time?
“Oh, but you’re SO SMALL…” a new client exclaimed when I arrived at her yard for the first time. After our initial session, the client understood that being only 5ft tall and female isn’t necessarily a barrier to effectively training horses!
IH Trainer Leanna Roger is based in St. Columb, Cornwall.