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My gelding and I have been at Team Bates for over 9 months now and the transformation for us both has been amazing. Prior to joining the Team, I had a new and rather troublesome (to say the least) gelding with absolutely no confidence left and the feeling of giving up, now, not only do I have a very happy gelding who’s treated like the Bates’ own I also have more confidence than ever.

Regarding the livery, Nicki’s knowledge towards their care on a day to day basis is second to none and I trust her judgement impeccably. The horse couldn’t be happier and that’s all down to the superb attention he receives by her, stemming all the way down to feed and routine, Nicki continuously tried several feeds to make sure not only was he receiving all the vital vitamins and minerals, his brain was also under control for what I wanted to achieve with him. Whenever I’m away I never leave with a worry, I know he’s in the best care.

As for their teaching, each lesson you have with Nicki or Mike you come out feeling more confident, more positive and more knowledgeable than the time before, their ways of teaching are so constructive and they push for achievements within your strengths, you never come out of a session feeling disheartened and they find the best approach for both you and the horse; Which is a real skill when you’re a difficult person to mentor sometimes!

I couldn’t be more thankful for everything they have both inputted into our progress and achievements.

Gina Inglis

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