-Steve Halfpenny, Light Hands Equitation
-Tanja Mitton, Equine Success & Mindset
Working with David he is focused on building a better relationship with your horse. It’s about understanding and developing a shared language and building true communication and connection. David concentrates on building your confidence, helping you to become a respected and trusted leader.
From working with his own horses, David has been influenced by his fascination with Vaquero style horsemanship & old style classical dressage training. Vaquero style horsemanship refers back to the Spanish tradition of working & riding horses using a traditional handmade rawhide Hackamore. David believes in using the traditional Cavesson and bamboo to develop a relaxed balanced posture that is critical for every horse.
David is one of the few trainers who has developed a program in Australia which gives students a clear plan on how to support and develop their goals for both horse and rider. Following this format students have achieved great results and have become more motivated to continue their journey.
David not only understands the language of the horse, but he has a strong ability to transfer his knowledge and skills to you in a way that it is a truly positive, rewarding and empowering experience. Most important of all, David has a genuine interest in your horse and your personal progress. He provides you with knowledge and skills that help you to grow and develop into a true horse(wo)men.
Regardless if you are just at the beginning of your journey or training to get your next blue ribbon, working with David will add real value to your own journey with your horse, so you can learn to be your horse’s perfect partner, and your horse to be the perfect friend.
David is a Registered B level Maneability & Speed Judge with Australian National Working Equitation. (ANWE)
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"Hi Dave, The training that you have given me is always in my mind & I’m extremely grateful for your skill & your approach to horses & people. I don’t know if anyone else would have gotten me to where I am with Millie. Even though you might have thought I was the wrong person to work with her initially, you were prepared to give me a go & I never felt judged or incompetent- quite the opposite- your lessons always empowered me. This has been no small thing in my life- working with Millie with your instruction has taught me to assert myself, to stand my ground, to be tough when I need to. I’m extremely grateful for this. "
"I completed my first clinic with David today & absolutely loved it. He's amazing at what he does - cannot wait till the next clinic. Thanks David for the huge boost in confidence"
"Thank you, thank you, thank you, Dave. Your clinic I attended was amazing, mind blowing, it woke me up and opened my eyes to the truth about my 6 year old OTT aka Oscar. I remember giving up and coming back for the second day saying” I give up I’ll sell him” and you said “after 6 month you will have a different horse” well you were right. After subsequent clinics with you I have felt the need to aim higher and expect more from Mr Oscar. I have attended 5 clinics with you and the horse I have today is one that is very different to the braced “ready to explode horse I had back in 2010. I would never had imagined after that first clinic I would be riding bareback in a rope halter, or even considering riding on the beach. Thank you "
"You know what it feels like when you and your horse have ground to a halt at the crossroads: which road to take? You've tried a few side roads but they have ended up as deadends. Four days with David Mellor pointed the way forward for my mare and me, and life became full of colour again."
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