From Rescue to Ridden with our First CT Instructor!

claire-instructorWe are delighted to announce our first CT Instructor, Claire Waldron! Claire has really impressed us with her dedication to learning and practicing Connection Training techniques. She has worked extensively with her horse, Segura (see below), and her two troubled rescued ponies, Hope and Valiente. She has also worked with a local rescue centre and trekking centre, helping them out and teaching them this way of training, too. Based in Spain, Claire has made the most of the CT website, booking regular coaching calls, watching all the courses, posting on the forum and joining every Q&A! In 2015, she organised for Rachel to go out and teach her in Spain, following which she joined our team on customer support and event organisation (yes, she’s the Claire you might have talked to when emailing Claire has arranged a CT course with Shawna next week out in Spain, so is looking forward to some more face-face time (though Youtube and Skype are a great substitute!). We’re delighted to have such a dedicated and lovely person as our first CT Instructor!

If you’re interested in becoming a CT Instructor, please email us at

And now, more from Claire… Here is an excerpt from Claire’s brilliant presentation at the Connection Training Conference 2016. She tells her story of her rescued mare, Segura, and how they moved from some bad falls and a lot of fear to a calm, relaxed and happy partnership.

You can also see Claire working with one of her rescued ponies HERE.

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9 thoughts on “From Rescue to Ridden with our First CT Instructor!”

  1. Congrats Claire 🙂 Lovely to see a snippet of the CT conference, I had been told the lectures were amazing, no one warned me I’d need tissues too

  2. AAww, I teared up at the end… You sure inspired me! In April I bought a Highlandpony from Scotland that had been living feral for 7,5 years, was caught and had been in hands for only 2 months and in these two months he went from feral to getting lots of loadingtraining, lunging, had his mane and forelock brushed the very first week, being bridled, saddled, ponied and lunged and if I hadn’t decided to buy him and ask them to stop doing more, he would have been sat on as well. But they forgot to train ‘begin caught and haltered’… So when he arrived and I took of his halter, I had a feral horse on my paddock that I couln’t touch. He was só over asked that he rejected any kind of contact.
    I can touch him now but touching his head is still a big no no so putting on a halter is out of the question for now (I want him to be comfortable touching his head before I bring in the halter).
    He is with me for almost 5 months now and sometimes I feel I should go faster, I should do things differently or maybe push him a bit more, maybe I’m doing it wrong or I shouldn’t have bought him at all… All these doubts…
    And than I see your video and I know I’m doing it right, we wíll get there and doing it this way and this slow will pay back in the long run…
    So thank you for your story, I hadn’t seen it yet and I love it. It gives me hope, inspiration to keep going the path I took with him and have faith we will get there too. Thank you <3

    1. Hi Francis, that’s wonderful to hear. Sounds like your pony is lucky to have found you. Yes, so much horse training is just done too fast, even with the best intent, which can be scary and overwhelming for them. Just keep doing your thing in the way that feels right for you and your horse – training well and building that trust and relationship is so much more rewarding than training fast. It might not be a quick fix, but it’ll be a lasting one 🙂

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