Testimonials

Pablo's Story

 

After purchasing a spritely 2 year old appaloosa gelding, with the aim of having him broken in and then I'd do the rest, I soon came to realise that I no longer have the nerves of steel like in my youth, nor did my years of riding experience mean that I had the experience to start a youngster.  I also noticed that my cheeky boy had a few sneaky tricks up his sleeve, which I really had no idea on how to deal with.  My concern was that if I did something wrong it could teach him worse habits and make things worse.  After considering my options I decided to seek some professional help. 

 

I started searching for a suitable trainer and not knowing anyone currently in the industry I had no idea of where to start.  This was when I came across Karen's Mohegan Equestrian website.  After exploring the site, which explained about making a connection with the horse and having a structured approach to training, I felt this was what I was looking for.


Karen has been such a great help to me and my horse.  We attend regular clinics and training sessions and with Karen's advice and mentoring Pablo is coming along so well.  The benefit of taking my young horse to Karen's, which means taking him away from his paddock friends, is that this he gets to experience different things and different horses all while under the watchful eye of Karen.  Karen explains everything clearly and is so patient with the horse and rider, never trying to push the horse into something they're not ready for.  

 

I feel the foundation training of any horse is so crucial to the success and happiness of your horse, no matter what discipline you chose.  I recommend the horsemanship training that Mohegan Equestrian offers, whether you have a young horse you are starting or just need to re-tweak some little quirky things from a more experienced horse, Karen can help you all whilst being in a fun and safe environment. 

 

Thank you Karen for all that you do!! xxx

 

 

Donna Harris

 

I gave up riding and sold my pony when my first son was born due to the cost and time restraints. 


Seven years later I found my pony back on the market, I was ecstatic and bought her back. I put her out on spell for years while my family was living in North West Western Australia.


Fast forwarding to my pony coming up north to live with us, was indeed the best six months of my life.


She taught my boys everything she could in those six months until her tragically and suddenly died. We still mourn her as she was part of our family unit and she taught me that my life is horses!
I am so blessed to have a husband who now knows without a doubt that I need horses for my soul and my teenage boys are just as in love.


A special lady, Karen White got me back in the saddle and picked me up when my life crumbled after losing my twenty year old pony and can’t thank her enough.


If you become lost through tragedy, Karen White is not only an amazing trainer but she is much more than that.  Spiritual, empathetic, and from the soul.  She really cares about your horse and you, it changed my whole family.

 

Much Love
Donna Harris

 

 

Margaret, Ron & Spike

 

We bought Spike, our Gypsy Cob/Welch C as a harness pony.  He was 5 years old, broken to harness but was young, green and did not have much training.  My husband and I planned to use him for carriage driving but we also intended to have him put to saddle.  Spike was sent to a professional trainer to be put to saddle but I found out fairly quickly that I was not knowledgeable enough to train Spike myself.  My husband was a novice carriage driver at that time and really enjoyed driving with our older pony.  We had a few people who rode Spike for us but nobody lasted very long as Spike was so difficult to ride, he knew exactly how to turn people away.

 

The ponies were ajisted in a paddock close to home which had a training track and Spike was put in the carriage as often as we could manage.  We moved again to a paddock on a property with a 1.6 km track around the boundary on which we could drive.  We were training the ponies in carriage and whenever possible getting a friend of ours to come in and ride Spike but we never knew what we were going to get.  It would always depend on how Spike was feeling.  He totally had us under his control.  Spike needed some form of training but we were unsure which way to go.  His behaviour was the most important thing to change so we decided to leave the carriage and consentrate on saddle work.

 

It just so happened at that time the property owner was organising a workshop with horse trainer Karen White and asked if we were interested in taking part.  I went home and started researching.  I could not believe I had never found the Mohegan Training Centre website before.  I read everything on the website and decided there and then Karen White sounded like the person we needed for Spike.  Spike did an Oscar winning performance on the day of the workshop proving how bad his riding behaviour was.  Karen suggested we send him to boot camp at Mohegan for basic training and I have to say we have never looked back.  Two weeks in boot camp and then taking Spike in for regular training for the last 11 months we have a completely different pony.  There is now a light at the end of the tunnel and it is getting bigger and brighter every day.  Spike has now gone back into the carriage with great success.  Even our rider friend has started having riding lessons with Karen on Spike.  Children and adults ride him and there is always someone willing to jump in for a carriage ride.

 

Spike is about to turn eight and it is fantastic to watch him working now.  Karen has done a brilliant job getting Spike to where he is.  We cannot thank you enough and highly recommend Karen’s training methods.  We have seen the results first hand and watched as she works her magic on the horses and the riders that pass through Mohegan Training Centre. 

 

Karen you are the best.

Margaret, Ron & Spike

 

 

Kerry & Lady, Perth WA

 

“I needed my QH Filly broken in ASAP to go to her new home. I found Karen and loved the way she worked her horses. I booked Lady in and after 3 short weeks I was given back a little super start of a horse. On her 1st ride out on the road with me around busy Middle Swan traffic, she was fantastic couldn’t ask for a better-behaved horse. Karen put excellent foundations in for her new owners which will help her excel. After only 21 hours riding under her belt she was soft in the mouth and very quiet to ride.


Excellent communication throughout the whole training time and very reasonably priced.


Thank-you Karen.”

 

 

Our journey to Mohegan: Sharyne & Lauryn

Let me introduce us.  Me Sharyne – non horsey Mum but prepared to get my hands dirty.
Lauryn – our 14 yo daughter at this time.  Horse crazy since 6 yo.

 

We are not a horsey family, apart from our daughter.  After 8 years of riding lessons we purchased her a horse.  We had him on trial for 10 days and had help and guidance from the riding school.  He was perfect for our precious daughter so we bought him.  He was not cheap!

 

Then approx. 2 weeks later we saw him spook and bolt.  He proceeded to take our daughter over 8 jumps in the jump arena.  What caused that????   We had no idea.  Then these started to increase.  Instructors advised Lauryn was gripping with her leg and had to relax.  We worked on that.  We went to Pony club, with only minor spooks.  We had way more good days than bad, but occasionally he would spook and bolt.  Amazingly she stayed on all the time.

 

Then 6 months after we purchased him Lauryn attended a dressage training day at SEC.  It was windy and trees were losing branches.  Lauryn entered arena,  they went half way around and Tom (our horse)   tripped over his own foot, frightened himself and took off, from A and by X Lauryn had pulled him up.  I thought no great drama, he does this stuff all the time.   BUT, big drama.  What I did not realise is that Toms bolt set of horse doing test in neighbouring arena.  That horse left the arena,  bolted into warmup area scattering all the horses and then took his rider over the fence and deposited her on the other side.  Resulting in a few warmup riders coming off their horse. 

 

Fortunately apart from bruising no major injuries.

 

Lauryn was then advised by the instructor, that Tom was a dangerous horse and was banned from any open areas of the SEC, until she and he mastered the ‘one rein stop’.


As I am not horsey I asked if instructor could teach Lauryn ‘one rein stop’ and was told ‘NO’ she is banned from here now so can’t teach her!


Can you imagine the emotions going through my pubescent daughters head?  She was both mortified and embarrassed and I could see since being told Tom was dangerous she was losing confidence day by day.  I had to do something and FAST!

 

Hello Google!  I searched for trainers as her riding school had said they did not know how to do ‘one rein stop’ as they never needed it.  Asked Pony Club and they ‘don’t believe in it???????.  So I sent off a number of enquiries also stating what the challenge was.  ONLY ONE got back to me.  Karen White of Mohegan.  Not only did she get back to me,   she knew Tom and his previous owner!  She knew exactly what the problem was.  Well no brainer we were there on Saturday!

 

Wow after just one session, Lauryn came away a changed girl!  Karen knew first she had to get Lauryn feeling confident before and while addressing Mr Tom and his sensitive nature.  I will let Karen tell you about the training and development.  However,  Karen not only works the horse actually she first starts with the rider.   Lauryns personal development as a result of her training with Karen has significantly improved her self confidence!  She is a different girl.   The other amazing part is Karen taught Lauryn that she needs to keep her emotions in check.  This has been an enormous benefit as I am now ill with cancer and Lauryn is challenged but coping with it very well.  18 months ago Lauryn was a normal emotive teenager.  Now I have a very balanced girl who is coping with all our family challenges and helping me enormously.

 

Karens training has gone far beyond the horse and has helped our entire family.  Due to Karen’s encouragement and training I now ride regularly too,  able to share experiences with Lauryn.

Jagoda


Hi Karen.


I just left a text message. My name is Jagoda. I wanted to talk to you about possibly having a lesson this weekend. I found your website and intuitively got drawn to it. I’m in need of some time in nature. I also feel reconnecting with my teenage hobby in a safe and nurturing environment that you seem to provide, would be just the right thing. Please let me know how you run things and what would suit you.


I used to ride as teenager in Europe. Some forest riding and basic jumping but it has been 20yrs... Am a bit nervous but excited.


Warm regards, Jagoda

Karen. Thank you so so much. You and Klay are beautiful people. I hope to see you again. Big big hugs and I had a blast with Roberta. She is divine! Blessings Jagoda

FRANKIE versus THE WORLD


Have you ever had that feeling….you know the one, you are going today to pick up your new horse – stable ready, new water bucket, feed bucket, new rugs and of course, new halter!!!! Contained excitement brewing as you drive into the gate with your float ready to give this new horse lots of love and attention – little do you realise this wild horse, who has not had human contact, has been in a 300 acre paddock for 3 years is not on the same page at all – deflation ensues upon realisation that the handful of ‘smoochies’you have come armed with are not really going to make any impact on this horse…..she would need 4 feet on the ground for starters, HOLY CRAP – what have we agreed to.


After a harrowing 2 hours said horse was exhausted from resisting arrest that she got on the float and munched from a self constructed hay net (ute net) as we, the unprepared new owners hadn’t thought of a food reward for the float journey. Now Frankie, once on the float, floated like a dream, not stressed, not moving, happy with her lot…..


HOME – fantastic, everyone pat each other of the shoulder, but now what!!!!


We needed an expert to guide, not only Frankie, but us so that we could get the floating experience sorted – Frankie will be a competition showjumper once she has learnt the basics, so she needs to be able to go on and off the float with ease – nothing worse than being the last person to leave a show because your horse does not want to get on the float – been there, done that, not interested in drinking the cool-aid anymore.


Everything with this horse, as she is 16.3hh and still only 3 and the first halter was put on her in March 2016.   We have decided to take a slow but precise approach with – she is a chestnut mare and if you try to pick a fight with her – YOU LOSE (simple), so we have had 3 floating lessons with KAREN WHITE of MOHEGAN EQUESTRIAN & HEALING.


1st lesson – OMG, OMG, OMG, sweaty horse, sweaty handlers – this is going to be tough
2nd lesson – OMG, make me!!! Oh, you made me and it’s not so bad – on/off/on/off/on/off – sorted.

  • Take Frankie to a free-jumping day, float loading was ok – got her there and back fine but still needs a little more confidence building.

3rd lesson – Haven’t been on the float for about 4 weeks, forgotten almost everything so fight, fight fight for the first 5 minutes then happily on/off/on/off/on/off – standing happily in between loads. Great progress, this horse is very reactive and also lacks confidence, Karen is giving us the tools required to make this a good experience for Frankie.


Now, we are still not out of the woods and we need to have a little more float training but this horse has been amazing, she has gone from rearing and being terrified to being a bit nappy at worst – she loves attention, she loves human contact and she loves to be guided to do the right thing. She doesn’t have any dirt in her she just had NO idea what was coming – how would she!!

 

We cannot thank Karen White enough for all her patience and gentle persistence and leaving us scared in the brain for life with this quote
“MY GAME – MY RULES”


It has become our mantra on the occasions when the red head wants to be the boss!!!!
Frankie has gone from Frankenstein to Frankstar and her future is looking very bright – next stop, showjump training – HELP!!!!!


Jennie & Kayla Adamson
Bullsbrook

Andrea & Angel


Gosh where do I start with our journey…. We ended up at Karen’s after getting what we thought was the prefect word of mouth “free” horse for our teenage daughter.

 

However, it become apparent rather quickly that she was too much horse for our daughter and so I took her on as my own.

 

I rode extensively as a child in New Zealand, but stopped riding when we moved to Australia… 24 years ago.

 

My beautiful new *shiny* thoroughbred mare of 16 years was gorgeous with impeccable ground manners but unfortunately once that saddle went on she would get very nervous, chomping at the bit, jiggy and incredibly “hot”. Those that saw her under saddle described her as “dangerous” and “explosive”.

 

But I could see the potential in her so I tried, in vain, to teach her to relax.

 

I loved on her with carrots and pats, I enlisted the services of red light therapists, Chiro’s, saddle fitters, dentists, farriers, I gave her Magnesium, brought her new soft rubber bits, worked on her ground manners but nothing I tried made a difference… Where I excelled in persistence and love I lacked in experience and knowledge.

 

I was nearing defeat…. ENTER Ms. Karen White!

 

After a few phone conversations with Karen we made the decision to move Angel to Karen’s property for re-education. It was our last ditch effort at making things work.

 

Karen took a comprehensive look at Angel and everything that encompassed her and devised a training plan as well as a new diet plan to help Angel on her new journey to relaxation. When the plan didn’t quite go-to-plan, Karen tweaked things to get the best out of Angel, explaining along the way what she was doing and why and then teaching me the techniques she was using so that I could confidently continue with Angels re-education.

 

Angel is now back home and that was only made possible because of the skills Karen has taught me and the re-education Angel has received and although Angel will always be my nervous nelly she has gone from an anxiety riddled girl to a beautiful more relaxed pleasure mount where we are now both able to enjoy our time under saddle.

 

I can confidently say that Angel will now live out the rest of her life years in a loved, nurturing and calm home and that truly is all thanks to Karen which was by no means an easy feat when you take into account my 24-year hiatus from riding and Angel’s previous history as a OTTB, polo cross, barrel racing, endurance racing, trail riding mount!

 

Oh and did I mention, Karen also taught me how to safely float my girl… so now we are mobile… look out world, Andrea & Angel are on the loose!

Kelsey & Apollo


I was having issues with my 5month old rescue colt Apollo when I first contacted Karen. I have horses but had never dealt with a foal. He was getting aggressive at feed time and was also getting more difficult to catch. I was not only concerned for my own safety but my children’s, I was in way over my head.

 

When I first contacted Karen I asked if she could come to my place to show me how to deal with Apollo. Karen offered to take Apollo for a week of training as it was a cheaper alternative. At this point I realised Karen was different to other horse trainers I had dealt with in the past, as it wasn’t all about the money and her calming, understanding and positive nature put me at ease instantly. Karen also offered to pick Apollo up for free and return him as I didn’t have a float.

 

On top of this Karen also offered to take him to the vets, while he was in her care, so he could have his fetlock examined, as this was the reason he was going to be slaughtered and I wanted to make sure I was doing the right thing in regards to his future. I met Karen at the vets and thankfully all went well. Karen offered to keep Apollo on for further training, all future training and fundraise for him, all free of charge. After fighting to rescue Apollo Karen restored my faith in the horse world and humanity. Two months on and Apollo is still with Karen, who is doing an AMAZING job with him. I can’t thank Karen enough.

 

Karen has a heart of gold and I am now privileged to call her mine and Apollos friend. 

I just wanted to say thank you so much for today. I immediately felt safe as soon as I drove in. Everyone has such a beautiful energy and it was so comforting knowing I was able to just be. It's been a long time since I have felt that "safe" feeling I forgot what it was like. Sitting and just being on Awesome felt so peaceful, it's like I felt at home. I went for a long walk when I got home and thought about everything you had said. It's like everything I have ever learnt or done has been blocked out and I doubted myself. I need to trust and be confident in myself.


Elliot really taught me tonight that I need to be the leader and its ok to be assertive and to do that I need to be present, confident and not second guessing myself. I feel like I got more out of this afternoon than I have over the last 4 months of intensive therapy. I'm so ready for this new chapter and I feel very blessed to have you part of it


Kristy

Xxxxxxx

My name is Lexy.


15 years ago I was forced to rehome my horses and move to the city to take over the family business. In 2011 I decided to re-ignite my dream of owning Paints and learning the ins and outs of breeding, showing, handling and horsemanship. I was forever taking bits and pieces of skills from several different sources and steering my way through with sheer determination and a little bit of luck. It was great when I was winning at a show or did something on my own – the success was an addiction. 


The truth was, I constantly felt that I was lacking direction, focus courage. The worst part, I felt my horses were not getting - or going to get - the best out of life because of my lack of education to further their training and to give them a life under saddle.


I found Karen through her website. I picked up the phone and after having our first conversation I felt the drive in me light up! I looked up at the ladder and the rungs were not broken anymore. Karen came out for a consult with my 2 yr old colt and gave me the confidence to stand up for myself – not just with him, but with everything I was dealing with in life.


I’ve cried, I’ve laughed and Karen has helped me climb that ladder and been there for me every step of the way. I now have a safe and supportive place to train, gain confidence and learn new skills. Karen breaks things down for me so I understand what I am doing and can apply the fundamentals in my every day training. The horses love the exposure to new things with clinics, all the different animals and also out training on the trail. I’ve been taught the skills to help them through the tough situations and to trust in me.


Lastly, making new friends. The people I meet through Mohegan Training and Healing centre have always been supportive, non judgemental and always there to lend a hand. Whether it is with the horses or a kind ear to listen.


Thankyou Karen, I have learnt more in 3 weeks training at your centre, that I have in 3 years.

 I look forward to many happy years training at your centre.

I have been going to Karen Whites - Mohegan Equestrian and Healing Centre for the last year and couldn't recommend her enough to people.


After having a long break from riding due to family - I purchased Harley and started looking for a trainer and thankfully I came across Karen- she is an absolute gem! Not only a great help with getting me riding again but looking forward to what I can achieve in the future and how to have fun and really enjoy a connection with Harley.


Karen always has something different happening at every lesson for all horses and riders level - it can be a little bit daunting but Karen has a natural way of tapping into your inner strength you didn’t know you had or just suppressed due to losing confidence/ falls or for any number of reasons.
Karen White is the most natural horse women and can help with any issue - in any discipline that you may be having with your Equine friend. I can guarantee you will leave your lesson laughing, feeling more confident and achieving something you probably wouldn't even try elsewhere.

 

Dee Harley

I first came across Karen when I was about 10 years old. I lacked a lot of confidence not only in the saddle, but around horses in general. I loved horses dearly and wanted to overcome my issue.


Karen taught me how to ride and beat my fear on her beautiful mare, Sunny.


When I was ready, she helped my family and I get my first pony, Holly. Teaching not only myself but my mum how to care and look after our own horse. I eventually got to the point where Karen advised I no longer needed lessons and that I was ready to be on my own with my pony. From there memories were made.

 

I moved onto a faster mount, Riddy, a Grey Welsh Mountain. I attended Swan Valley Pony club and competed in Games, Hacking, Show jumping and some Cross Country. My confidence went through the roof and my pony and I were unstoppable. Once Riddy retired, I rescued a Standardbred and we ended up competing in Pony Club. Mostly doing hacking and pleasure rides.  Many fond memories were made with these ponies/horses, and none of it would have been possible if it weren’t for Karen.

 

At 16 I gave up horses for seven years due to work and young adult life. I hoped I would run into Karen again one day.

I was 23 when I decided to get back into horses again, but all my confidence was gone. I had nothing. I was back to square one again and needed help. Thankfully, I came across Karen again.

 

Karen helped me deal with my nerves and overcome my fear of “what might happen”.  She even helped my find my ideal mount, Spiderman. I purchased Spiderman and we became a team. Spiderman had some trust issues and Karen has helped me and Spider work through this.


Both Spider and I have come so far with Karen. We have now competed in Hacking, Western Pleasure and Reining. We have placed in every class at every show. I did close to no training prep for my reining show due to work commitments. Karen rode Spiderman the day before the show and trained me (and Spider) how to do Pivot’s and Rollbacks. We competed at the show the next day and I came home with a THIRD. Spider felt amazing from Karen’s work. That is simply amazing. In one training session, Karen made a remarkable difference. Karen, I can’t thank you enough.

 

Karen is one in a million. She has such an amazing touch, not only with horses, but with people as well. She has helped me so much emotionally, and has taught me to become the rider that I dreamed of. Karen’s training methods have been amazing for Spiderman, he has become an amazing mount and his trust gets better day by day.

 

Thank you Karen for all your hard work, dedication and kindness. There is only one Trainer out there that I trust, and who makes a difference for both horse and rider, Karen White.

In just one session Karen managed to change our daughters 'self-belief' about her and her horse. It is now just 4 months later and it is just such a pleasure to hear from people how much Lauryn has developed confidence in her riding and in her relationship with her horse. Lauryn has been exposed to so much variety in her training with Karen, giving her a much broader range of experience.

 

Thank you to both Karen and Jamie.

Karen White of Mohegan & Jamie Dobson helped with training not only my pony, but myself in steps to have my horse loading on the float confidently. Not only did they help with that, but, helped with the overall ground work for that to happen. You are kind and calm Karen, I’m so glad I found out about Mohegan.  

 

Lili and I also had our first show since the float training and she loaded beautifully and was attentive to what I was asking from her. From the overall training, she stood beautifully all day and didn’t start getting pushy or impatient, which led to her being a lot more successful in the ring! :)

 

Thank you so much,
Courtney O’Keefe & Lily

I have always loved animals but was not lucky enough to grow up in a ‘horsey’ home.

 

After thinking about learning to ride for a long time (15 years) I started lessons. Unfortunately the horse that I was learning on was not a match for me and after a couple of nasty falls my confidence was shaken and I again postponed my dream of learning to ride.

After a couple of months I decided to give it another go and that is when I found Karen. I did not realise just how nervous I had become of sitting on a horse until my first lesson. Karen was wonderful. She really slowed things down for me which was exactly what I needed. She has shown me that riding isn’t just about looking good and going fast on a horse, it is about finding a connection with the horse and working together, and that when you find this “magic happens”.

I now look forward every week to a lesson or workshop with Karen and all the great people that ride at Mohegan. Although I can still get very nervous, I have learnt the techniques to calm myself and my horse so I can push through the nerves and enjoy riding which is what I wanted all along.

For the non horse owner such as myself (oneday!) Karen provides lovely horses to learn on. Being a heavier rider I was told by quite a few places before finding Karen that their horses would not be suitable, this has definitely not been the case at Mohegan. I have ridden a variety of horses there and even developed a favourite, the gorgeous Pebbles. Karen also teaches lessons about all aspects of horse ownership which includes a lot of groundwork which I actually enjoy as much as the riding. I feel that when I do finally buy a horse of my own I will be much better equipped to handle this.

It is hard to put into words all the great things about riding at Mohegan. The atmosphere is definitely a positive one with riders of all levels riding together and encouraging each other to push themselves and their horses under guidance with a massive emphasis on safety.

I would encourage anyone reading this who is wanting to learn to ride to DO IT, life’s too short to not be living your dreams. Thanks for everything Karen and much love to everyone at Mohegan xxx.

 

Rachael Merry

It all began  February 2015 when I was blessed enough to buy my dream horse. A black 4yr old 17hh Shire X. He is magnificent. But as they say, love is blind! I was lead down that garden path, of believing this horse was everything, so I was told! No, that was not true. And I had yet that to learn!!
Not only had I brought home the horse of my dreams, but a horse with no confidents in himself and his surroundings.
It was upsetting.

This is where I found Karen White. And what a breath of fresh air, thank god lol
I gave Karen a call and told her where I was at with my horse and where he was at and what "we" were after as a team. And my goodness it was so easy to talk to Karen.
Not even a week later after bringing Comet home, we met Karen and she took comet on for 2 weeks training. Comet had huge progress and I got to understand a lot more about him.
And OMG!! That feeling to ride your "dream horse" for the first time is the most amazing feeling ever!

It’s now September, we have had  our ups and downs, as in me,  wanting to sell him. I put it in the too hard basket, as he was spooky and untrusting and I wanted it all now and so on……….
Life was also getting in the way,  having 2 young children and me trying to bring on my other horse which is otttb (which also comes to Karen’s). I was falling into a massive heap feeling overwhelmed. Though all this, Karen has never been more than a phone call away! And thank god.

I really think now Karen has saved a special relationship between me and comet. He has such trust in me and me with him. I have learnt so much about patience and understanding from Comet through Karen’s coaching.

Karen suggested I put him out to chill for a while, for us to bond and really get to know each other.
We still continued  groundwork and had my weekly lessons with both my horses. (But Comet was more fun time/bonding) But today 15/9/15 blew my mind. I had a lesson on comet today after no saddle work for 7weeks and wow,wow,wow!! He was so confident and chilled out today which was totally amazing!! It was wonderful to be riding him again. And I myself was relaxed! (Well towards the end, after Karen beat it out of me to have trust in my horse LOL!!

 
Karen has taught me a lot as a rider and a leader for my horses, bond and trust plays a huge part in a human and horse relationship. I would be truly lost without her…….. But mainly from day dot she has made me and family feel so relaxed and comfortable that Karen now cannot get rid of us!!

 

I’m so happy that Karen will be a huge part in my future riding adventures with both my big steeds.

 

Much love Jaye King - Bullsbrook

I would like to share the story of a horse who needed a home, a home that needed a horse and the gifted woman who has brought us together, forever.
My name is Rachel, I am in my late 20’s and after moving to my first property I was finally able to have a horse again, a privilege I had gone without for more than 10 years. I had been riding since I could remember however I always rode chilled out, easy horses or ponies and enjoyed pleasure rides on my quiet horses, never pushing the envelope and learning more than the basics.


So the time came to start looking for a horse, where do you start and who do you trust, the equine industry can be like a mine field with advice coming from every which way. A friend who volunteered at an RSPCA shelter showed me a photo of this regular looking bay horse who was up for adoption, against the advice from some horsey friends I went to see him and was told I should speak to Karen White, she is a horse trainer who has worked with him. There is a stigma attached to ‘Rescue’ or ‘Damaged’ animals however I thought I would make my own mind up on this horse. I had never met or even heard of Karen, however, from the first phone call I could tell that she was genuine in what she said and I trusted her to tell me straight whether she thought we would be a good match. I decided to give this horse a go, so Jägermeister found himself in a new home. 


Jager was a 10 year old ex-race horse who had been at the RSCPA for over twelve months, I do not know his history for legal reasons however it obviously wasn’t always rosy. Karen worked alongside the RSPCA with the horses that needed help, once they are physically healthy, to assess whether they would be eligible for adoption. Jager lived at Mohegan for over four weeks and underwent intensive training and assessment to see whether he would be a safe riding horse, so Karen knew his strengths and weaknesses and was in a good position to advise on a potential new home.


Karen offered to work with Jager and I, to assist him in finding a forever home and to help me train and learn with him. After our first session at Mohegan together and the first time I had ridden Jager, Karen approached me and said ‘It’s ok, I can see what’s happening, he is showing me what you’re dealing with’. With that I burst into tears. I hadn’t realised that troubles in my past, traumatic events, would affect my horse riding but of course they did, as they affect every part of our lives. Horses are so intuitive to our emotions and energy and Karen can read them so well, it is like a communication path. Throughout my training with Jager I had to learn how to be a strong, assertive leader, otherwise this strong willed horse would walk all over me. This isn’t something that came naturally to me, in fact the thought of standing up to this big powerful animal terrified me, and he knew it.


After more than twelve months of regular training at Mohegan and a lot of work at home, Jager and I are now a dream team. With her expertise and gifts with horses and her compassion for both humans and animals alike, Karen has helped me in more ways than I can mention. I have gained a wealth of knowledge about training horses and understanding their behaviour as well as regained my self-confidence in life and become a far better rider than I ever imagined I would. As for Jager, he is a total super star now. We attended our first beginner’s show recently and won 6 ribbons plus Champion Rescue Horse, he is a relaxed happy horse out on the trials, in the arena and as a part of our little family with his best buddy, Rugar the Dobermann, by his side.


Without Karen, Jager would not have found a home and the life he deserves, I would not have found such an amazing horse and I would not have the privilege of knowing such a gifted and talented woman.

 

 

Rachel and Jager

I strongly recommend Karen White to anyone needing to overcome an emotional obstacle in their journey with their horse. Whether it be a crisis of confidence, a loss of direction or a miscommunication issue, Karen can help you find your way again, just like she did for me.

 

I have ridden since 1991, actively enjoying showing, eventing, trail riding and dressage with my four horses.

 

In 2013 I sustained an unexpected spinal injury, resulting in a compression and burst fracture of two vertebrae, as a result of a mishap while mounting one of my horses for a ride. After 2 days in hospital receiving scans and X-rays, I was transferred to a spinal unit for 6 weeks, and then discharged to home care for 12 additional weeks in a Polyjacket. It took me a year to regain sufficient strength in my bones and rebuild my muscles before I was given the ok by the doctors to ride again - but after my wreck and such a long break, both myself and my horse were still shaken and unsure where to start again.

 

My horse was petrified to have anyone even try to get on him, and I wasn't feeling all that confident getting on myself. I wasn't sure where to even get started, but the answer came in an advertisement for one of Karen's Get Back in the Saddle workshops, which specifically targeted people and horses returning to the saddle after a prolonged absence, a traumatic accident or a crisis of confidence - all three applied to me!

 

Attending the workshop was a watershed for us - we learned exercises to get back in tune with our horses and ourselves, met some wonderful fellow equestrians, and after some one on one work with Karen, my horse would let someone get on again! From there we have gone on to attend cow horse, working equitation and vaquero horsemanship clinics around the state, and enjoy revisiting Mohegan Training Centre for private lessons and the always exciting 'Anything Goes' clinics.

 

Karen's approach is multidisciplinary and caters to the individual horsemanship goals of the rider, whether you ride English or Western, prefer cattle work or horse shows or pursue mounted games or even archery, Karen has a spot in her training program that will help you achieve your goals while staying respectful of your chosen discipline and most importantly - your horse.

 

Dr. Rena L. MacFarlane

Dear Karen, I would like to personally THANK YOU for helping me get back into the saddle after 12 years off riding as you can see below you have helped me achieve results in 7 lessons over 7 weeks. I feel I have gone from being a nervous rider to a competent rider.

 

 

My Journey
I wanted to get back into horse riding again after having 12 years out of the saddle during this time I had been handling horses but did not feel confident enough to get into the saddle on a daily basis, Even with my sisters well trained horses at hand that I could have ridden at any time but with the fear of not being able to handle any situation or feelings that may or may not come to hand. I would talk myself out of riding rather than just working through it.


Karen was recommended to me as she provided school mastered horses for lessons and for all levels I took the opportunity and embraced my fears. I walked away feeling on cloud 9 after my lesson I felt so encouraged that I wanted to ride every day. Karen made me feel so welcome I never had any fear about expressing my feelings or concerns.


I was so embarrassed about how bad my riding had got, when I went to Karen’s and explained my issues she allowed me to come while no one was around to build my confidence up now I’m riding in group workshops again…


I could not have come so far without her and I really hope that the other people out there that feel this way read this letter and can see what a great person you are to train with, I can’t THANK YOU enough for everything you have given me.

 

 

 

Rebekka

I have many people to thank for supporting me on my journey returning to riding after 20 years, but one lady in particular has made a huge difference and I would like to say a big thank you to Karen White from Mohegan Equestrian Park.

 

After a few falls I had totally lost my confidence and became quite a nervous rider but with Karen’s help and guidance now Daisy and I are learning that having respect and asserting my role as a leader play a huge importance in our partnership and I am growing in confidence each session with Karen and Daisy.

 

Karen’s lessons are relaxed and informative and loads of fun. I feel this is just the beginning of good things to come. 


Margaret Baker

Thanks for everything you do for me & Roxy Karen – I couldn’t have dreamt of a better place to be.


It always makes me feel better coming to Mohegan as you are so supportive and a great mentor for me – it keeps me going!!


Mohegan is a great training, healing/friendship/fun place and everyone who goes loves it!  A health farm in the Swan Valley!

 

Louise Page

I’ve waited my whole life for a horse like Eclipse.
My parents were non-horsey … so I didn’t get to ride much when I was a kid. When I finished school I worked full-time hours while I was at Uni, saving every cent I had so I could buy my first horse.

 

Once I’d finished my degree… I felt the time was right. I had enough money saved to buy a well-educated and safe first horse, with enough to spare for a rainy day. But the very first horse I rode… was far from a beginner’s horse… and after hanging off him in full gallop for as long as I could… I finally jumped off… fracturing my humerus and severing my nerves. It took six months for my nerves to heal… and the use of my hand to return. My arm took two operations and twelve months, and as a result of the accident I lost my first real job, all my savings, and had to move home to recover. My confidence was shattered.


I didn’t ride a horse again for two years. And when I finally found my first pony I was so terrified to ride her that I used to shake uncontrollably when I was putting on her bridle. Even though she had a few quirks… we moved forward… and I finally found some confidence. But not even two years later, I made the mistake of buying a more educated horse which was totally unsuitable. I fell and broke my arm again.


I brought Eclipse as a foal. And even though he was young and I’d be riding less the two years… I couldn’t resist. As he grew… I rode a number of more suitable horses and while I had a couple of spills… I manage to walk away relatively unscathed. Until ... about a year ago … it all went horribly wrong! I fell off my reliable mount the first time training cross country… suffering from a severely bruised my hip and whiplash. I later sold her to move onto Eclipse… who was ready for more serious work. But a couple of months later when moving into canter work… my once quiet young horse turned into a nervous nelly… was bucking me off. Again… I wasn’t badly hurt and continued to ride. But just two weeks later… I fell again after he shyed at nothing, this time breaking my arm for a third time.


Two months ago… I found myself at Karen White’s. Still in recovery from my broken arm and completely overwhelmed … I wouldn’t even ride my horse at the first clinic. She gave me a cuddle… and sent me home with a simple lesson plan. The lesson plan changed my life! All Eclipse was missing was some guidance. He is now a completely changed horse. After following the lesson plan religiously I returned to Karen’s for a four day boot camp last weekend. And we cantered for the first time.

 

The difference Karen has made in such a short period of time is just incredible. I now know I can move forward with my horse and start truly enjoying my riding for the first time in my life. And I’m so truly grateful.

 

Jenna Freind

Thankyou Karen White - what a wonderful lady and horsewoman. We are truly grateful to the lovely Karen White at Mohegan and her protégé Jade Wood for getting Anastasia and her gorgeous pony Buddy back on track on their journey. The struggle that came with the clash of an 8 year old girl's loss of confidence and her desperate desire to enjoy riding again was heartbreaking!

 

The reconnection after a week of pony boot camp for Buddy at Mohegan and intensive sessions with Anastasia was obvious to all that watched and brought many a tear to my eye. So proud of Anastasia, pleased with our gorgeous Buddy and indebted to Karen and Jade. Thank you! This is certainly the beginning of something special and we look forward to sharing many more milestones under your insightful and positive tuition.

 

Natasha Breach

It's Fiona, the secretary from the TPP&HC. I have just returned from holidays and wanted to send you a quick email to say thank you for your recent visit. I have been receiving rave reviews from all who attended and they all look like they have been inspired, especially Monique. Thank you for working with her and my horse Yobbo. Monique has found a new connection with him and the motivation to compete again. I hope that we can organise another visit soon, as I know everyone who attended would like you to come back. As well as people who were unable to attend. Thank you again and please keep in touch.

 

Fiona

I’ve been leasing Rooster for about 8months now, Rooster is a 4 year old American Saddlebred that is a very sweet and affectionate but has his naughty moments. The best way to describe Rooster is special. He has ADHD, anxiety and becomes paranoid over the smallest things like a for-sales sign so you could only imagine his reaction to a bicycle.

 

To be honest, with Rooster I’ve experienced every “bad” vices

  • rearing
  • bucking
  • spooking
  • bolting and some things I don’t even know what to call!!

 

Now, Rooster is not a nasty horse, there was just a lack of communication between the two of us and because Rooster spooked at anything, I was slowly becoming just like him, very anxious and paranoid. This did not help Rooster when working on the ground or under the saddle. This is where I came across Karen. We met through Wendy Noone, another one of Karen’s happy clients.


Our first lesson was a bit tough I’ll tell you that, Karen figured and pointed out our main problem that was preventing Roosters training from progressing, is that I giving him too much love when he didn’t deserve it. Due to this his discipline was falling short and Rooster would take advantage of me.


I struggled to keep him out of my personal space and to get him to listen to me whether it be on the ground and under the saddle. By using kind, but stern methods, Karen and I worked on keeping him out of my space as well as getting his head to stay down to keep him calm and relaxed. We’re now teaching him to have patience at the mounting block and calmness under the saddle along with much much more. Today I got a small taste of liberty with Rooster following me in a circle without any ropes, even when I changed directions. He was so in tune with me and attentive on every move it was truly heart-warming and the best of it all was he was enjoying himself. When we mounted he stood completely still, not even flitching whereas before he would move away making things more difficult. We then proceeded to work on my own anxiety levels and body language with Karen’s intuitive eye.


Out of the short time I’ve been with Karen, the change in Rooster and I has been certainly phenomenal. I can honestly say that Rooster and I have formed a loving relationship that holds respect and trust for one another. Karen has been outstanding, incredibly supportive and makes me feel safe when working with Rooster, my special boy. This is so important for the both of us J 

 

It’s only been 3 lessons and the improvement is amazing. I’m looking forward to seeing what comes in the future with Karen’s help.

 

Thank you for going the extra mile Karen

 

Jess Morrison

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This is my boy Zulu. Our journey together has been a very long one and we have both learnt so much from each other. I bought Zulu when he was 3, I had just moved over from South Africa and had no friends just Zulu, he taught me so much about myself and gave me hope that I would have a life here (I was 16). Over the last few years Zulu has developed a little float issue, and tended to rear quite big and it would terrify me so obviously I would back off and he then learned to get away with it.


6 months ago I had a bad fall (not the horse’s fault) and landed on my neck, so I was in hospital on spinal precaution as they thought I had fractured my spine. Thank God I didn’t! But I was told not to ride for the rest of the year, so of course Zulu went on spell. I lost all my confidence as each float trip (to the vet, to and from spelling) he got worse and worse. On one very bad day, my mom saw firsthand how close his rear got to me and gave me an ultimatum;   “Sell him or give him to someone who can deal with that because you’re not getting hurt again”.


Obviously devastated I tried to come up with a plan that would keep us all safe. That’s when I found Karen White.


Zulu has been with Karen for nearly a week now and he is a different horse. Karen has taught me to take control and gave me my confidence back. Today Zulu got on the float, Karen stood to the side and asked him on and he walked on. This is a horse that has fought so hard not to get on and he walked on!! I was shocked and elated and finally felt hope that I had my best friend back!! These pictures show him standing quietly, which he never did before! Karen has brought him back to me and taught me so much about him and myself in just a few short days!!


God Truly put her in my life for a reason!!
Thank you Karen!

 

Jess Morrison

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Karen, Thank you so much for helping Ava. In two rides she has gone from being nervous of trotting to trotting independently for multiple laps of the arena! You sense the second she starts to freeze or panic. You have given her the tools to work through it quickly and happily.

Many thanks Fluer (Mum)

 

10 year old Avas own words.

Hi Karen, When I am having a lesson Karen makes me feel safe and comfortable even when at first I am scared and worried. Karen teaches me to bond with the horse and breathe. When I talk to them and relax it makes me happy and I enjoy lessons more.

 

When I rode Awesome, Karen’s own horse, at first I did not want to trot but then I calmed down and breathed I got more work done. Riding always makes me feel better and having horses to talk to is really nice because I can go out there and the horses will always listen.

 

These lessons are helping my confidence in riding different horses and bonding. Before I went to have lessons I was not confident in my riding and would not ride different horses. Now that I have been going to Karen's I have got more confident and learnt more.

 

Hi Karen,

 

Thanks heaps for the lesson this morning, it was worth getting up at 4-45am and will do that again next week. 

 

I learnt heaps and will practice. 

 

Funny you think it's all about training the horse but really it is just training me! 

 

Tina Nicholson Mmmmwah

Our story starts 6 months ago. I found a horse for my daughter Ashlynn, 12yrs old. Clyde is a 13 year old Clyde Dale Standard Bred x horse from a riding school. He has never really been loved or taken care of. He was just what we wanted though. Until it all went wrong. He started pig rooting, ran off, bolting with my daughter on him.

 

I watched as Ashlynn lost her confidence and her love for her new horse. I arranged for riding lessons which went well for a couple of weeks and then I noticed Ashlynn was making excuses not to ride and eventually the teacher told us she could not help. As a mother I was devastated, “what had I done”. Ashlynn didn’t ride Clyde for five weeks. It was so upsetting for all. Clyde looked lost.

 

At the point, I was considering selling Clyde even though we really didn’t want too.

 

My very good neighbour told me about a lady called Karen White, and suggested we might ring her and see if she could help.

 

I rang six weeks ago and explained our story to Karen. Karen said she would love to meet Ashlynn and Clyde, she said “come next Saturday”. Here I go again, have I done the right thing. Ashlynn said she would go and meet Karen, but with very little enthusiasm. Off we all set, Ashlynn, Clyde, Nick (Ashlynn’s Dad) and myself. We arrived at Karen’s place; walked towards the arena where we could see a few people with horses. Ashlynn walked behind me looking very nervous. Suddenly a voice shouted “Is that you Wendy go grab your horse and come and join us” I didn’t know how Ashlynn was going to react, so we unloaded Clyde, took a deep breath and walked over.

 

Karen asked Ashlynn questions about Clyde, I had pre warned Karen if Clyde was a danger to Ashlynn, we wouldn’t keep him. Karen kindly took him in the round yard and worked her magic then back to the arena to ride him and school him. We waited;

 

I have got to say I felt sick. Karen came over to us and said the magic words “Isn’t he lovely, what a great horse”, Ashlynn’s face light up and we all laughed. After an hour of Karen assessing Clyde in every nook and cranny, Ashlynn was back on Clyde walking around under Karen’s instruction.

 

I cried. It was as if someone had taken a great weigh off our shoulders.

 

To cut a long story short. Clyde stayed three weeks at Karen’s to establish solid foundations for his future training and Ashlynn now has weekly lessons with Karen and rides Clyde at home every day she can after school. Karen gave Ashlynn back her confidence by schooling Clyde first, the unruly riding school horse out of his bad habits of napping, bolting to the gate and none responsiveness through peoples bad habits which Clyde had become most resentful towards. She gave Clyde discipline, love and understanding and he understood her language immediately. AMAZING!

 

Karen has made a huge difference in our lives and we have one very happy daughter and one very happy horse. Karen, you are now stuck with us!!!

 

I would be only too happy to recommend Karen to anyone. Karen is one in a million; she has a magic way with horses, kids and adults. Hey, I am even thinking of taking up riding again so look out!!…

 

Wendy Noone

Hi,

 

Just thought I would let you know the boy was awesome and a brilliant ride. His ground manners were 100% THANK YOU. Mmmmwah

 

Tina & Cassie

I have attended many of Karen White's clinics and found them to be wonderful for gaining confidence and especially great for the horses. I have taken my own horses that have had training issues along with rescue horses, to expose them to the environment of having other horses around them and lots of things to desensitize them. All the rescue horses I have taken have all benefited enormously from attending Karen's clinics; I myself have had a BLAST in the process of learning.

 

Karen from the goodness of her heart, shares with Second Chance Horse Rescue SCHR, free training and clinics for all of our rescue horses so as they can benefit from her training when they are adopted or fostered.

 

SONIA BRO

This letter of recommendation which I am writing regarding Karen White and her training is in the interest of anyone to read that owns or leases a horse, or is thinking of purchasing a horse.  This letter of recommendation covers anyone that has a foal through to those who have a professional discipline with English or Western riding to the many pleasure riders and Adult Riding Club riders out there.  In fact anyone that has a horse would benefit having Karen White and her training in their lives as I have in the past.  I mention all of the above as over the years I have seen firsthand the training systems that Karen embraces for all of the above.


So, I begin by saying that. Every now and then you come across someone special in your life travels, someone that has made a positive impact in your life and that of your equestrian friends.  Karen is one of those warm gifted people that are passionate in what she does, and believes in you.  I am blessed that I came across Karen and her training techniques many years ago.


It was so refreshing to find a ‘professional horse trainer’ that wasn’t biased or judgemental in what discipline you chose to do with your horse.  It makes no difference to Karen if you are a dedicated Western, English disciplines or Pleasure horse rider.  To Karen, it is all about the partnership she can teach you with your horse, to keep you focused and the training progressing forward all the time with commitment.  I have introduced many friends to Karen who just enjoy pleasure riding or bush riding or Adult Riding Club riders, wanting their training to move forward and be able to tackle any problems they come across safely
Karen is the full package when it comes to commitment and training techniques.  She covers everything from the first time your horse is handled as a foal, though to float training correctly, education under saddle, competition for dressage/western/hacking/in hand showing, the list is endlessly.

  
Karen has the patience of a ‘saint’ when it comes to the hordes of women out there that have simply have lost their confidence in the ring or the bush arena through a past accident and she is a blessing for those ladies that have been out of the saddle due to child birth etc.  There is the problem I face which is just through age and getting older, losing confidence in the saddle.  As our bodies age, we become more cautious as we don’t heal as quickly as we did years ago.  Karen puts our insecurities out the window as she reinforces her training techniques to give us the power to achieve anything with our equestrian friends and puts a smile back on our face instilling us with the courage to continue with confidence and belief in you.


I simply can’t write enough about her as a recommendation to anyone who is thinking of under taking any sort of training, she is the best in my books.


Before meeting Karen I had tried many different qualified traditional trainers and their different techniques. Nothing made more sense and more progressive logic than what I have learned over the years with Karen White, watching her train many people and their variety of horses of various disciplines that have come along leaps and bounds.  From Beginner riders to ‘Young Dressage Horse of the Year’.  Nothing was an obstacle.


Sadly I just retired my old faithful horse and seriously thought about hanging up the stirrups.  However, I saw this starved young gelding in a paddock only just put under saddle and as green as they come.  I couldn’t leave without buying him and so the journey begins again. The journey only begins again because I know that I have Karen there in the background for any training and coaching that I need and I look forward to the partnership that she is going to forge from the foundation training to any calm down cues that I may need.  And I will be going forward with this new young horse through the training that she will provide. 


We have just commenced our first year together at Adult Riding Club and already he has learnt so much. Karen has given me the confidence to give it a go. 


If anyone wishes to contact me to confirm this endorsement, I am more than happy to have a chat with you.


Believe me, when I say she is not only a wonderful horse trainer, but through all the years, she is a wonderful friend.  I have been blessed to have her in my life as have countless others who also call her their special friend, built up by the bond she not only forms with you and your horse, but the bond between her and the people she gets to know. 


Karen White is one of the warmest and genuine people out there in the equestrian scene so do yourself and your horse a favour give her a call to help coach you in any equestrian discipline or training problem.
Sincerely, 
Tina Nicholson

I am delighted to provide this testimonial for Karen White of Mohegan Equestrian Park.

 

I first met Karen when I needed float training for my mare Genevieve.  Karen came to my agistment centre and was able to solve the problem in one lesson.  After Genevieve was walking on quietly and calmly, (for the first time in ages!), Karen patiently taught me the skills I needed to continue on.

 

I was so impressed by Karen’s training methods that I booked regular lessons.  Greedy for more I have also attended a variety of her clinics and boot camps.  Without exception I have always walked away learning something new and eager for more.  Her training for horse and rider crosses over all equestrian disciplines.  Karen has the ability to pass on her vast knowledge in a clear and concise manner....she not only trains your horse, but turns you into your horses trainer, and at the same time, you are given a riding lesson. 


Brilliant – three in one!

I have no hesitation in recommending Karen.

 

Regards,
Barbara Hinchliffe.

More Ribbons again this weekend Karen, both myself and Will can't thank-you enough, we love you Karen & recommend you to anyone that wants to succeed at their chosen Equestrian Event.

 

Sincerely,

Martine Parson
I’ve had my own pleasure hacks and pony club horses all my life but my ‘real’ horse journey began 12 months ago when I decided I would purchase a yearling as a project horse.  


I quickly learned that although I had many years of horse experience, ruining a perfectly formed yearling was not something I could bare. I was referred to Karen White for some initial advice for handling Cruize and instead of absorbing just that session and moving on, I decided to never leave. I could spend hours at the training Centre because Karen not only provides the most valuable information to help make the connection between you and your horse, she is also one of the most lovely, kick-back, fun, motivating and encouraging people I’ve ever met.  


For those who lack confidence, she’ll quickly fill it. For those who may be a little heavy-handed, she’ll be honest, yet tactful. For those of us who are a little too keen and may miss some vital steps in our training, she’ll explain the necessity behind it’s worth.

 

Cruize and I have only been with Karen for a short time but in one lesson, I changed my mind from selling him to having a connection so strong that we both now understand why and how to trust each other. From this moment on, so many doors have opened and I’m hanging out every day to meet my ever-eager Cruize at the gate and to practice our ‘homework’.

 

I am not only forever grateful to have made this connection with my Cruize, but I am down-right lucky to have Karen as my guiding hand.  

Our first show at Brookleigh and we won all our classes.  Cruize is 2 years old!  Thank -you Karen.

 

Skye Hand

Hi Karen,

Chelsea placed in everything she entered in her first gymkhana.  Wow one proud mum (and dad)

 

Except the 60 cm show jumping and Jess refused the very last jump. BUT why, because before they even when in the ring, Chelz said "she won't like the last one" and had it in her head - so she communicated this to Jess (as you've told her, "Whatever is in Chelsea's head is in Jess's head") and Jess refused.

 

She laughed when we told her it was her fault she didn't jump but she was so happy when she came out of the ring and so proud of Jess. 

They wouldn't have done so well without all your expertise.

 

We owe you such a big THANKYOU for all the help, advice, tears, encouragement but mainly LAUGHTER for the last 9 months since we met you. 

 

The way you look after Jess for us and the way you can communicate with my child, it amazes me (and makes me so very happy). You don't just teach, you encourage, you explain and you relate things so that both the child and horse "just get it".

 

At times you've had a hormonal "16 Year Old" teenager and hormonal "ooooh there is a stallion over there" mare in your training arena,” at the same time" and you just calmly get them both on with it.

 

You've also had an amazing influence on my "nervousness" at being on horse and I feel so much calmer and in control because of you. If I learn 1/8 of the horsemanship you know, I would be very lucky.  

 

Karen we are so very lucky to have met you and in my opinion you are a truly gifted "horse lady"

 

Jackie Liley ( Mum ) xxx

I did myself a favour and booked a private lesson with Karen White as I was having training issues with my horse being very pushy in the bridle and on the ground.  Karen showed me several exercises to do which helped us immensely with our dressage training and opened up many new doors. 

 

I took my horse Django Django (aka Chewie) to a Water Sport Fun Workshop of Karen Whites which was totally out of my square.  There were water pistols, painted 44'gallon drum horses and cows, spraying water daisies, horse ball soccer just to name a few things!

 

 All this excelled us to become more confident, more relaxed in new environments and just get to trust each other with a deeper bonding. Karen’s In Hand Ground Work Clinic also improved our lateral work, backing up, Show preparation and suppleness for Chewie.  This has all been put to good use as our dressage training progresses.

 

Thanks Karen!
Kate Martin
Swan Valley Dressage Club

 


Karen has been a life saver for us! We purchased a pony for our daughter in December 2012. I soon realized I'd bitten off more than I could chew as Maggie was very, very green. She had only been broken in for around 5 months. While I have been around horses a long time I have never been more than a career and VERY occasional rider, so I felt out of my depth with this pony. I had almost given up, I knew we needed help but it was taking us about an hour to get her on the float every time so I felt it was almost impossible to take her anywhere for the help we needed. I phoned my best friend in tears and she said the magical words – "I'm calling Karen White".

 

At our first lesson I felt a weight lift from my shoulders. After that first lesson of doing ground work Maggie was self-loading onto the float. PHEW! Since that day she has come along in leaps and bounds! We have been having weekly lessons with Karen and Maggie is now a different pony. She is so much calmer, more respectful and so much easier to handle. With Karen's help I feel like we can conquer anything. It is a really great feeling.

 

I really look forward to our Fridays with Karen. Not only are we learning and gaining so much progress but Karen is such a bright, happy and enthusiastic person to be around and her positivity really rubs off on us. She is so thorough with her lessons. We can tackle any problems that we are having with Maggie together and Karen explains everything in a way to help a 'green' mum like me understand.

 

Less than two months after having lessons with Karen we took Maggie to her first Hack Day. It feels like such an achievement! We are looking forward to what the future brings with Maggie and know that, with Karen's help, nothing is too hard.

 

Kym and Brit Stokes

I started having Lessons with Karen in December 2012 and I have learnt so much already in the 2 Months of having lessons.

 

Karen helps you to understand the horse and understand things in a way which they may not have been clear before.

 

I have a 6 year old Stockhorse mare Karen is helping me train and the improvements are just outstanding with Lacey, I feel Karen helps us work more as a team instead of fighting each other.

 

I just look forward to the lessons every week and constantly learning new and exciting things!!

 

Christine Watson

My horses and I have been very privileged to have Karen White in our lives over many years guiding us through our training together. She has taught me the true meaning of finding that special bond with my horse.

 

After losing my horse in tragic circumstances, I was not in a hurry to get another one. I started to attend Karen's clinics as a fence sitter as I was still very saddened by the loss of my horse. I loved Karen's gentle approach to training her horses and how responsive her horses were to her!!

 

I was not actively looking for another horse until Karen told me of a young horse which was for sale to the right home. Karen had imprinted this foal when he was born and had been involved with all his ground work lessons since birth. He was at this time 20 months old.

 

Karen suggested I look at him as she felt that he would be the perfect horse for me – we would be a great match.

As soon as I seen him I knew Karen was right. I knew with the training Karen had been giving him from a youngster that he would be a lovely horse. Phantom and I became a team with Karen's continued guidance and support. Owing to personal issues I could not continue riding so at the age of 4 years Phantom was to spend a life of leisure in my paddock for the next 6 years.

 

Phantom is now 11 years old and has come out of retirement as Karen commenced working with him again approximately 4 months ago. It took only one session with Karen for me to see that Phantom had not forgotten anything Karen had taught him as a youngster. Karen is now working Phantom every week and he is going fantastic. He enjoys being worked and Karen just has that special way with him as she does with all her horses. With Karen's help and dedication to us I don't think it will be long before Phantom and I are riding again.

 

Thank you Karen
Yvonne and Phantom

I purchased Yaldon Raama in 2010. He was a 5 yr old unbroken Arab probably about 15.2.

 

I messed about with him for a while, got him used to a saddle and bridle…basic stuff. I liked his nature and basic tractability, but knew that I did not have the expertise to take him further.

 

After some research I was no further to deciding what to do with him until my BFF suggested Karen White in Chittering.

 

Not long after meeting and discussing my expectations with Karen we had Skinners take him up to Mohegan.[no way was he getting on a float].

 

Raama stayed with Karen for a couple of months and the weekend I was to bring him home I participated in a 2 day clinic [ I had previously ridden him at Karen's].He was, as Karen had told me not to thrilled with arena work but we did ok. At the clinic Karen used this previously WILL NOT get on a float horse as a demo. Raama calmly walked in and stood there as if to say let's get going….I was gobsmacked.

 

Once I got the boy home I realised this was a good horse , he was quite calm riding out in company or by himself and I had learnt a lot from Karen about what I should be doing with him , locals are probably amused to see our rein backs, circles etc as we go down the road.

In November 2011 I was to have a repair on my left knee and then in December a total replacement of my right knee. Karen took him back for about a further 3 months so he could keep in work.

 

When I had him home again we continued where we left of riding out and round yard work. I was extremely pleased with the way he was progressing.

 

Then the day came when I decided he was ready for his first SES training day BUT he reverted to his old ways…would not get on the float…no way.

 

I persevered but to no avail. An SOS to Karen saw a prompt response and within 1 session she had him loading beautifully again. I continued with the practice and Karen paid us another visit 1 week later…all looked good.

 

Then within a couple of weeks and 2 days before I was due at a clinic with Karen he jacked up again! Karen came over again did another session and we took him over to Henley Brook a day early.

 

I continued practice and the test was recently when I had purposely left him 2 weeks without looking at the float. Straight on …no hesitation.

 

He has recently also had his first big outing and floating was no problem. I am however safe in the knowledge that should problems recur Karen will be there to help.

 

I have been around horses myself for 35 odd years and Raami was bought to gradually take over the duties of my wonderful little Arab mare, Possum who we bred ourselves and is now rising 19.

 

Without Karen's help I would have given up on Raami in fact on at least two occasions I was ready to have him shot [figuratively speaking].I now look forward to lessons with Karen in the new year and working towards having a good well rounded riding horse….and I am going to get Karen to teach 'us' to bow!

 

Next year he will be joining me in the SES mounted section, do adult riding club and maybe even take over from Possum in team penning.

 

Linda Leadbetter Millendon

Ive had my own pleasure hacks and pony club horses all my life but my 'real' horse journey began 3 months ago when I decided I would purchase a yearling as a project horse.

I quickly learned that although I had many years of horse experience, ruining a perfectly formed yearling was not something I could bare. I was referred to Karen for some initial advice for handling Cruize and instead of absorbing just that session and moving on, I decided to never leave. I could spend hours at her house because Karen not only provides the most valuable information to help make the connection between you and your horse, she is also one of the most lovely, kick-back, fun, motivating and encouraging people Ive ever met.

 

For those who lack confidence, she'll quickly fill it. For those who may be a little heavy-handed, she'll be honest, yet tactful. For those of us who are a little too keen and may miss some vital steps in ground handling, she'll explain the necessity behind it's worth.

 

Cruize and I have only been with Karen for a short time and in one lesson I changed my mind from selling him to having a connection so strong that we both now understand why and how to trust each other. From this moment on, so many doors have opened and Im hanging out every day to meet my ever-eager Cruize at the gate and to practice our 'homework'.

 

I am not only forever grateful to have made this connection with my Cruize, but I am down-right lucky to have Karen as my guiding hand. Thankyou and bring on Boot Camp!

 

Skye and Cruize

I have known Karen for over 25 years and have watched her achieve so much in this time. Her dedication to our equine friends is so inspirational. She is one of those special "larger than life" characters who just oozes love and her own special personality which she shares willingly with everyone who comes in contact with her.

 

Roberta Hiskins

 

I have worked with many, many horse and rider trainers and Karen White is among the very best. I have had some one-on-one training sessions and attended some clinics with Karen over the past 12 months and am in awe of her capabilities with horses, both when riding and on the ground. She is a sympathetic trainer with a great eye for detail and can see your tension even when you can't. Her knowledge of horses is profound and I cannot recommend her highly enough to anyone who might like to train with her.

 

Barbara Pickett


My first meeting with Karen was in answer to my SOS.  Karen came to my rescue in helping float my mare Genevieve.  I was convinced Genevieve had long standing issues that had never been dealt with. To sum it up, she was terrified of the float and would avoid it at all costs.  Even to the point of throwing herself around and pulling you along with her.  Not being one to give in so easily, I did a lot of ground work.  After many sessions and much patience I was finally able to get her to walk on.  I was quite chuffed with myself!  Was this the same horse that would stand with one toe on the bottom of the ramp and tremble?  Then the goal posts shifted, my lovely mare changed the rules...now she wouldn’t stay on and rushed off!  Extremely dangerous when you are on your own trying to connect up the bars and lift the ramp.  I didn’t know what to try next, I had exhausted my knowledge.  

 

In desperation I resorted to the internet and came across Karen’s website, I very much liked what I saw. In reply to a very long winded email, Karen was able to sum up the problem in one simple sentence.... “Genevieve has learnt to get on and off the float under her own conditions.”.....finally, someone who understood!  I had tried to get trainers to come to me but couldn’t find one that would travel.  I had to get my horse to them.  Now how was I supposed to do that!  Wasn’t that the whole point?  So Karen came to me and set to work. The transformation happened right before my eyes.  In a short space of time Genevieve was walking onto the float and staying on.  Karen came prepared to spend as much time as needed....”It takes as long as it takes” is Karen’s philosophy.  No rushing just patience, kindness and consistency.  And then the best and most important part of all happened...Karen turned the training session onto me and did not leave until she was sure I had mastered it all.  So now my lovely Genevieve, I’m proud to say, floats beautifully.  She walks on confidently, stands perfectly still and calmly waits while I do up the bars and close the ramp.  It is an incredible feeling to know that you are safe, secure and independent.

 

Shortly after this session I began regular lessons with Karen.  It is amazing how much she can pack into one hour!  Karen gets both you and your horse working together as a partnership.  Still wanting more, I asked if we could organise a boot camp.  So last year in October was the first Mohegan 5 day boot camp for horse and rider.  A specific clinic designed to do some serious hands on trouble shooting.  And we were not disappointed.  It was brilliant!


There are not enough words to say thank you Karen.  You have the uncanny ability to bring out both you and your horses potential.  I am grateful to you for unlocking the door to a whole new world of enjoyment.  Your lessons and clinics enable you to gain the confidence to go out and try more. You have unlimited patience and are especially skilful in helping overcome nerves.  You are truly gifted and we are so very lucky to have you in our neighbourhood!


Genevieve and I are off to Karen’s second boot camp now....much more to learn!

 

Barbara and Genevieve.

Karen has an amazing ability to guide and support you, enabling you to develop the most amazing partnership with your best friend and partner!

 

Karen, I cannot thank you enough for giving me the confidence to get my nervous youngster going, to help my husband learn to ride and to help me get back in the saddle after having time off to start my family. I couldn't do it without you. With all our thanks,

 

Amy & Wayne

I first met Karen after suddenly loosing my lovely mare, "Charm", of 17years {whom Karen bred }and having just had my second son, I found I had lost a lot of confidence around any horse. Over the last 18mths Karen has supported me with the training of my 2yo filly "Pudsy". Karen trained not only my filly to float but gave me the skills and confidence to do it on my own. Karen helped me regain this with her amazing empathy and understanding as to where I was at, combined with her fantastic training of the horse she helped me "connect" with Pudsy. I know she will give me the skills to work with my filly, she is firm but kind with her and she gets instant results that the horse understands for life including myself. I look forward to working more with Karen with my mare as her training progresses.

 

Karen has also worked with Felix, my 15yo "ferrel" gelding, who was terrible to float but if any one can do it Karen can as she proved this by taking a 2 hr trip to pick him up and he came back to my place safe and sound. Thank you Karen for all your help, I am so glad we met and thankyou from the bottom of my heart in helping me, especially letting me meet and ride Duncan, {Charms daddy} and for making my dreams a reality with my horses.

 

Julie Reid


Karen is living her dream and what a brilliant horsewoman she is. She has gained certification in the areas of Natural Horsemanship and Equine Management and she is an accredited John Lyons instructor as well.

 

My boy Phoenix was one of Karen's very first breeding stock and I watched him grow from a foal into a two-year-old. With Karen's handling and training abilities I saw him develop from a cheeky, lovable foal into a well-mannered, gentle boy. Karen continued to coach me to continue Phoenix's training once I took over ownership of him. Fourteen years on, Karen is still there to support me with Phoenix's training whenever I have any concerns.

 

Thank you Karen for sharing your gentle and kind training method to gain that complete trust with owner and horse. Phoenix and I will continue our partnership for many many years to come.

 

Karen Sumner


My journey with Karen began about two years ago because of a little mare with a huge attitude!! I was at my wits end, constantly in tears as there was so many problems that I just couldn't find answers for.

 

In just one lesson, Karen made the world of difference to Sophie and I, and that was just the beginning! Since then, I have learnt so many valuable lessons. Thanks to Karen, I now have the confidence to ride many different horses, of all different levels and personalities!

I have the confidence to tackle different obstacles, trusting in that I will always be guided in the right direction.

 

Thankyou Karen for helping me to find answers to those difficult questions, and helping me so much on my way to being a better horsewoman!


I first came across Mohegan Equestrian Centre on the internet while trying to find a trainer for myself and a TB mare that I was re-educating for a friend. I had gotten myself to a point I had no idea how to get past – simply trying to achieve the correct leg on a canter transition. I emailed Karen with my problem and she suggested I come out for a lesson. Well after doing some exercises aimed at getting myself and the mare to relax we were suddenly able to canter on a loose rein in both directions!! Since then I have had the pleasure in watching my friend take this mare to C grade Pony Club events and do really well – which I know wouldn't have been able to happen without Karen's insight.

 

Since then I have brought many horses to Karen for help. Latest is my gelding who I purchased as a yearling. Karen gave me the guidelines and has been there every step of the way to help me, encourage me and correct me when I go wrong. We have achieved a lot together and it has been the most wonderful experience.

I can truly say that if I hadn't met Karen and been introduced to her methods I wouldn't be the horsewoman I am today. Karen has way of explaining things to you that make sense and are easy to follow. She is more than just a trainer. She is a friend, a confidant, a shoulder when things get hard and my mentor. When I grow up I want to be just like her!!

 

Nikki Chard, Summer & Marverik.


Learning horse training with Karen for the last 5 yrs or so has been such a life changing journey. It all started when I needed some guidance and a training plan for my new feral Shetland stallion (Who by the way ended up being a party pony and then gelded later to be a kids pony !!) Karen has given me the confidence to start my own youngsters under saddle, float training, re-educating, anything that my four legged friends throw at me.

 

One of the great things about learning to train horses is that you never stop discovering something new . Each horse I have had the pleasure of meeting has a different story to tell and something new to teach me. I cannot thank Karen enough for helping me to make the connection and even when the connection slips she is there to boost my confidence and guide us in the right direction. It is awesome to meet Karen's new students and their equine friends and watch them form their own partnerships. Not to mention participating in the Clinics and seeing the transformations of the horses and their owners.

 

So I say thankyou Karen and I am sure all the horses you have met over the years say thankyou too.

 

Ros Maindok

Our horse Takoda at 2 years old. We love him too pieces. Thanks for training him Karen. He is our best friend.

 

In eventing, it is important to be able to have an understanding relationship between you and your horse and most importantly trust! So when I started to re-educate my horse, Blackjack (an off the track thoroughbred), I knew I would need some help.

 

Karen's method of training is very logical and easy to follow. Most of all I think she is particularly talented in understanding each individual horse's personality type and constructs a customized program that best suits you and your horse. It doesn't matter what your level of riding is or where your interests lie… If you want to understand your horse better and improve your performance then I highly recommend you come and see Karen!


Thank you Karen.

Anne-Maree & Blackjack

Karen has been an absolute inspiration in every aspect of training my horses as well as me over the last two years and has given me the confidence to fulfill my ambition of showing successfully. Karen I thank you for your guidance and words of wisdom, you truly are a trainer from the heart.

 

Brigitte Taylor & Yallawa Best Time By Far @ 2008 Perth Royal Show Champion Mare/Filly