I’m Sadie, and I’m based in Northamptonshire, UK, and this is Sparkle pony – the place for clickers, kindness, and fun! I specialise in clicker training, bitless, and confidence, and will always find a way to make something fun. I offer face-to-face sessions locally, online coaching, and online pony camps.
I’ve had horses of my own for the last ten years or so, but I’ve been riding for as long as I can remember! I have three ponies – Ody, Elmo, and LP (Little Pony). Ody is my black traditional cob, Elmo is my little piebald cob, and LP is some kind of 10hh British Spotted Pony type. You will often see them in my drawings and videos – they’re full of character!
My “other job” is teaching music. There are many similarities in teaching people to play instruments, and people to play with their ponies – it’s fascinating! It has also given me a great foundation in building confidence in both humans and horses. I love anything creative, particularly including art and writing, and will happily give anything new a try!
I am a para rider – meaning that I have a disability. I have worked extremely hard to ensure that I can continue to enjoy my ponies with special equipment, tack, and training. I have Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, which has effects on every part of my body, but when I ride my ponies, I’m free! Ody was bought as a three-year-old, and backed by a dear friend for me, and he adapted beautifully to his life as a para pony. He looks after me at every step, and he’s my four-legged best buddy.
I specialise in confidence building and clicker training, whilst ensuring that it’s fun for
I believe that all horses can be trained with positive
Above all, I believe that our ponies are our friends, and we should treat them as friends. We must learn to work together as a team rather than demanding control, and I’m here to do my best to help and support people on their journey towards friendship.
Sadie is a World Bitless Association Associate Trainer. To find out more about the WBA and their guiding principles take a look at their website.