What our clients say

We are very lucky to have a great bunch of people (and horses!) who use the services we offer and we regularly achieve good results, with happy owners noticing a positive difference in how their horse has developed.
 
Kelly Davies and Nokomis - Livery and Training

I found out about Kate through my Mum, who was at the time having her horse trained by Kate. After high praise from my Mum, I decided to send my 7 year old thoroughbred x Nokomis to Kate for some training. Nokomis had suspected kissing spine, so I advised Kate to be careful, as her unpredictable nature with certain people in the past and this possible condition could make her difficult. Kate listened to every word I said and took it carefully with Nokomis.

Through her knowledge and calm nature, Kate worked with Nokomis in many different ways to gain an understanding not just of her physical wellbeing but of her mental wellbeing as well. Kate advised me that Nokomis was extremely insecure (the reason why she would be unpredictable with certain people) and she gained her trust very quickly. Kate understood that I was on a budget and she worked Nokomis a huge amount in the time we had.

I really enjoyed Nokomis' diary that Kate would put together every few weeks with a detailed description of what she was doing and an action plan of what to do next as well as pictures of Nokomis working.

What struck me more than anything about Kate is her passion for what she does and genuine caring nature towards the horses. Thank you Kate for everything you have done for Nokomis and I can honestly say she loved every minute whilst with you.

 

Kelly and Nokomis xx

 

Jane, Justin and Megan, Tonse, Diva and Cherry - Livery

We have been at Kate and Justin's yard for about three years and have loved every minute. It's a small friendly yard and feels like we are all one big happy family.

When we first arrived Megan was just on ponies happy hacking and very small local shows, but with Kate's vast experience and advice Megan has gone onto her horse Diva and is now doing very well and they are ready to affiliate. Not only that - with all the help from Kate she has a four year old thoroughbred that she has broken and bringing on very nicely to event. Without the fantastic facilities at Orchard Farm this might not be where Megan is today.

I also have my wonderful 21 year old ex racer Tonse who loves Orchard Farm. Again the facilities suit him perfectly -  a little schooling, a gentle hack around the hack track or not so gentle when he thinks he is still racing. On behalf of myself my husband Justin and Megan we would recommend Orchard Farm to anyone. ORCHARD FARM ROCKS!!

 

Jane, Justin and Megan Hemmingsley

 
Rachel, Megan and Rocky - Livery and Training

We have just had Rocky a year - he was bought for my daughter and knew he was going to be a big jump from the pony she had.

After only having him a month, I decided to move him to a yard. When I came and looked around Orchard Farm Livery, I was very impressed with the facilities on offer and knew it would be the right move for both Rocky & Megan.

Both Kate & Justin are very professional in the way the yard is run and the facilities are great. Also there is a good bunch of people who keep their ponies/horses at the yard.

Rocky has been quite a challenge and Kate has been very supportive to both Megan & Myself. About 4 months ago, Megan was saying Rocky was too much for her and felt she needed to sell him. Deep in my heart I knew they would be a great team so I went to Kate for advice. Kate started an intense schooling session with Rocky for 10 days, then giving Megan a couple of lessons and she continued to ride him weekly. But all of a sudden Meg & Rocky have formed a great partnership, Kate has shown Meg to believe in herself and given her the confidence she needed.

I’d like to say a big thank you to Kate as it would have been so easy to give up with it all.

Rachel x

 
Tango and Thelma - Breaking and Training

Just would like to say what a wonderful job you have done with Tango in such a short time. With your careful handling and gentle attitude, and no rushing him along, and being very helpful in any queries that we would ask! I love the fact that you spent time to get to know him, (which has give him so much more trust and positive outlook towards his work).

The weekly diaries were great, I could watch his progress throughout, and see him improving (including his jumping!) week by week.

I am looking forward to sending him back for his next level of education!!!

I have no hesitation in highly recommending you to anyone looking for help in the education of their horse, or any horsey problems!

 

Thank you so much,

Kind regards,

Thelma.

 
 
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