Instinctive Horse Training

Horse Trainers in Cottingham (North Humberside)

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44 Main Street
North Humberside
HU16 5TG

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  • Improve your relationship with your horse
  • Horse behavioural issues
  • Re training ex Racehorses
  • Traffic training horses
  • Starting young horses
  • Communicate with your horses
  • Positive reinforcement training
  • Clicker Training

All your horse training needs can be provided by us

Established in 1985, Melanie Watson and her dedicated team will help you reach your wish list with your horse. Everyone needs help sometimes when communication breaks down and your horse spirals out of control, for whatever reason. Melanie will assess your needs, the reasons behind the undesired behaviour and provide a structured training programme to bring your relationship back to safe, calm and harmonious.
Please always feel free to ring Melanie on 07720758425 anytime to talk. Sometimes advice and support is all that is needed.
Melanie will travel to your yard if needed or your horse will come in for a few weeks of intensive training.
We include the owners as much as you can spend time with us here at the yard. Investing in you and your skillset is paramount to success when you go back home with your horse.
Alternatively, Melanie provides video linked Behaviour consultations to horse owners worldwide. This format is perfect for help, support and devising training in a remote way

The science of Animal Behaviour

Using positive reinforcement methods, all based on Behavioural science, to build solid, safe, happy and calm horses. This opens up a line of pure communication with their horses and uses no pain, pressure or force. We help all owners to be able to have a great relationship with their horse when they go home.

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Skidby is just off the A 1079 between Beverley and the Humber Bridge. The yard is 300 yards down from the |Half Moon Pub ,on the right hand side and at the end of a long brick wall.


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Joanne Green Star Rating 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!

Joanne Green

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

Mollie Fisher

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.

Lorraine Brown

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.

Tracey Parry

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.

Jocelyn Russel

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Monday to Sunday: 8am - 5pm

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