Over the years, Melanie has worked with many clients and horses training them for a whole number of reasons. This is what some of her clients have to say.
I cannot thank Melanie enough for the huge changes she has made in my pony's behaviour and confidence. Melanie has gone out of her way to teach and train me so that I can continue when I am on my own.
The staff are all very helpful and friendly. The facilities are ideal for the training. In my pony's case traffic confidence was our main issue and helping me with my confidence as well. Although the training side has been very serious, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time on the yard and have been made very welcome and included in all the other training going on. I would recommend Melanie Watson and her team at Instinctive Horse Training to anyone needing help with their horses behaviour and future relationship.
Thank you Melanie for the wonderful phone call. Very helpful and was wonderful to have a fresh perspective on some issues with our RSPCA rescue pony. I would urge anyone who feels they are at a loss having tried most, things to get in contact with Melanie.
Jenny Jon Richardson
Rang Melanie for some advice about our new pony and it was fab. Not rushed, gave me lots of advice and information. Would highly recommend her. Thanks Melanie
Always see her in the village working very hard and doing an amazing job. Love watching her out of my house window bonding with the horses taking her time. Melanie is truly amazing
Where do I start - I can honestly say my horse wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for Mel. She helped me when I first got Sky as he had serious issues which she worked him through calmly.
Last year she became my emergency service and travelled on a Good Friday to get him to the vets after a nasty potentially life threatening accident - Mel was the only one who could load him.
I can't recommend her enough - I'm so glad I picked up the 'phone that day when I was close to giving up on who is now a wonderful horse.
I have had the most amazing day today with my boy Chester. He is a six year old cob suffering with separation anxiety.
I am a novice and before meeting with Melanie have tried lots of things to over come this from getting someone else to ride him out for me because I was unable, to using pressure and release. All to no avail. In fact he was becoming worse.
I rang Melanie who instantly reassured me and put me at ease after a long discussion on the phone we made a plan for her to come out to see Chester and I. This decision has been met with some criticism along the way I might add. As it's difficult for people to see another way other than the old way. However I had a session with Melanie yesterday. Her words and wisdom empowered me, opened my mind and her training taught me a new way of seeing and doing things.
I recently bought a horse from Melanie . I visited her yard a number of times before picking him up . I witnessed the work Melanie does with horses throughout the time I spent at the yard . She also taught me a lot about how to handle certain situations and I witnessed that her way of training really works and is amazing ! I also spent time with her staff . I was very impressed by what I witnessed and would highly recommend her to anyone , in fact I have already done so on a number of occasions.
Both Melanie and her staff are very professional, knowledgeable, honest and committed to the work they do with horses, as well as being very friendly and welcoming . Whoever decides to send their horse to Melanie or attends any events she has on or even contacts her to discuss any issues they have will not be disappointed!
Natalie Jade Smith
Melanie very kindly came to Lincoln College to speak to my Animal Care students. What an amazing lady that has worked hard to introduce the science of animal learning theory to horse industry and prove horses can be trained through positive reinforcement.
She has achieved results no whips and spurs would ever achieve!! Truly inspirational and she has motivated me more to stand by my beliefs in positive reinforcement for horses.
If you love your horse you need to meet Mel and she will be able to teach you how to get better results out of your horse based on scientific theory that works.
Myself and my partner would like to thank Melanie and her wonderful staff, Sophy & Gee, for being so informative, kind and accommodating over the last week. We had a wonderfully educational time learning about equine behaviour, care, training and science and have come away a whole lot more clued up than before.
Melanie was very thorough in her explanations regarding every aspect of behavioural and medical issues and is so enthusiastic about what she does. Her approach to horse training is refreshing and the animals psychological and physiological welfare is always top priority, which elsewhere is pretty much nonexistent in the industry sadly.
Melanie and her team are a very very rare gem indeed.
When we are lucky enough to have our own equine companions Melanie will be our first port of call. (The Information that this lady has in her brain about everything equine is staggering!!!)
We were honestly sad to have left you on Friday and look forward to coming back to see you again soon.
Thank you all for your time, patience and knowledge!!!