Helping people establish a secure partnership with their horse

Hi there and welcome, 

I am based in Hawkes Bay and Helensville (Auckland), New Zealand and offer my services to help people and horses. My focus is on helping people establish a secure partnership with their horse, regardless of discipline.The focus of my work is to develop a secure horse - one that is willing and calm, athletically able and motivated in his work,as well as a capable and confident rider



To find out more or to arrange a lesson etc.   Email : or call or text: 022 3424444



I commonly help with the following issues:

  • Tense/ Anxious or unwanted behaviour such as: spooking,  bucking, napping, rushing, pulling, unsettled in groups of horses, herdbound-  doesn't want to leave buddies,  catching, trailer loading, young horse handling and riding preparation.
  • 'Lazy'  unmotivated or 'not forward enough'.
  • Stiff, unbalanced or poorly bending horses.
  • canter issues and confidence for horse and rider
  • On the forehand, 'hollow' or heavy, unsettled with the bit ( I don't use gadgets or tight nosebands) 
  • Rider confidence, both on the ground and in the saddle.  This is usually through teaching both the horse and the rider what they need to know in order to get along safely or deal with issues along the way.
  • Rider position and effectiveness -  I teach and equip the rider with the necessary exercises to use / practice with/ on their horse so they are equipped with the right tools  to progress with their horse, and deal with difficult situations.
  • Pushy on the ground, won't stand still to get on, head shy, Etc.
  • Pony problems
  • Pushy or aggressive around feed
  • Kicking or hoof/leg handling issues.

I offer services in a few forms: lessons, small groups/clinics, assessments and training/ intensive's. Our clinics are often in guest locations to increase the challenge for horse and rider. Onsite training, where the horse or pony stays and is cared for, as of 2017 will be at Vaquero Views, Liberty Circle Ranch or my own facility in Hawkes Bay. Please see the training page for more info. - 




Whether working in a private lesson, a group clinic or a training situation, it is always my aim to put people at ease, treating them with respect and conducting myself in a way most conducive of helping the horse or human. If there is anyway I can help that is not listed, please do get in touch.


















Martin Black Clinic

Previous events


Liberty Circle Ranch

Martin Black Horsemanship and Cow Working Clinic Clinic, 200 Wilson Road, South Head

To Ride is $950 for 5 days. There will be a morning group and afternoon group.


Martin Black Feb 25-29

Martin Black Clinic, 222 Rimmer Road, Helensville, Auckland

Riding spaces full but you are welcome to audit! Bring a chair, water, weather protection and food etc as needed. To register you can just turn up on the day and find the registration table!  There will be a taco stand for lunch also. For those of you who did not make the Martin Black Horsemanship and Cow Working Clinic last year......fortunately.....we have snagged him to come back. He will be here for a full five day horsemanship and cow working February 25-29. He had been on my riding bucket list for many years and it is a real coup to have him here in NZ. His clinic last year was exceptional with great attention to detail and individual instruction. It is not at all discipline specific. We worked on everything from flying changes, straightness, precision, herd bound .....whatever anyone brought to the fore. There will be a morning and afternoon class limited to 12-15 participants each.  

It will be held at Liberty Circle Ranch in Helensville sponsored by NZ Horsehelp. For directions etc: Don't miss out on this opportunity! For more info on Martin: Hope to see you there, Teresa


1/2 Day Riding Clinic

Sunday riding Clinic, Liberty Circle Ranch 222 Rimmer Road, Helensville

This class offer's people and their horses a chance to get some help and have some fun on a regular basis. These clinics are very popular and have allowed people to get some really good progress going on with their horse. This regular riding clinic addresses whatever general issues that arise that day as well as working on a whole range of excercises that improve suppleness, balance, responsiveness and collection. It gives students the opportunity to socialize their horses in a group while challenging their skill level. We emphasis calmness and confidence and enjoyment for both the horse and rider.   Drop us a line if you intend to join us... 

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