Testimonials



Some of the feedback we have received on our riding instruction and work with horses:



"Camille and Gabrielle Dareau have been pupils of mine for many years. Their work has always been inspired by and devoted to the classical ideals."

Danny Pevsner FBHS, former pupil of the Spanish Riding School of Vienna
Hertfordshire, England


"My goodness - what a change has taken place in my riding. I think that I'm starting to sit 'into' the horse rather than on top of him. I felt my horse's movements in a way that has almost never happened before. The most amazing thing was his canter, my horse and I have always had canter issues ... he has so much motion that, like sitting trot, his canter has been difficult for me to ride smoothly. But I seem to have gotten so balanced that each time I asked, he slid right into the loveliest, smoothest canter you can imagine, and I was with his motion the entire time. The same with sitting trot. I could feel his gratitude - he seemed to be saying 'thank goodness you finally got it!' Many, many thanks for your help."

Prof. Theresa Lloyd
Tennessee, USA


"Thank you so much for my warm welcome. It's a great gift you have, Camille and Gaby - your way with the horses. Thank you for sharing this. Gaby, thank you for your patience teaching me. Each lesson has been amazing. This week has been wonderfully profound for me - beautiful. I can't wait to come back!"

Heidi Clare Lambert
Berkley, California, USA


"Camille and Gabrielle supply the most wonderful eclectic selection of horses, each one relaxed, kind and expressive. The Dareau's seems to be a place where each soul gets a chance to shine. My girls had a wonderful time and eagerly awaited their lessons each morning. I was just as eager and felt entirely secure being lunged on a lovely pony that was so responsive that she asked more of me each day and didn't let me get away with any backsliding! We will be going back - it's not just the Strada saddles, the barefoot horses, and the weather; there is a Je ne sais quoi that puts Picoyne in your heart."

Pippa Lang
Devon, England


"This holiday has been more than I hoped for. The riding instruction is outstanding, if instructors in the UK taught this way there would be a lot of happy riders and horses. Everything has been lovely, it's a very special place, which I fully intend to return to."

Sandra Walters
Staffordshire, England


"The riding tuition exceeded my hopes and expectations by a long way; giving me an exciting new facet to horsemanship which is lighter. more subtle, more elegant and more meaningful. It is as if a new door has opened bringing more sunlight and air. I hope to come back to enjoy again the very warm welcome also."

Margaret Hannah
Devon, England


"A wonderful holiday in the loveliest part of France. Thanks for the welcome, accommodation, and Gabrielle's superb riding tuition"

Eleanor Ella
Cumbria, England


riding instruction on the lunge at Happy Horse Training




"I cannot speak highly enough of Camille Dareau as a riding instructor, she is a very thoughtful and thorough teacher. She is sympathetic and encouraging, and at the same time uncompromising and systematic in her approach to schooling. She inspires confidence, has a calm manner and is a very good communicator. I never felt under pressure during my lessons, but always felt I had made progress by the end."

Dorothea Hay
Midlothian, Scotland


"I employed Miss Dareau regularly to teach my horse and myself the basics of Classical equitation. Prior to this I had received lessons from a number of different instructors and had been dissatisfied with their ability to cope with questions, adapt to my learning style and create a positive learning environment for my horse and myself. Camille was flexible and adaptable enough to help me understand the concepts, adapt my posture and apply the learning. She helped and advised me on wider horse management issues too such as feeding, saddles and Cranio-Sacral treatments."

Ms Terry-Anne Wilkinson, Synergise Development Consultancy
Nottinghamshire, England


"I have been lucky enough to have had lessons from Camille Dareau, and can honestly say that she was the best riding instructor I ever had. She not only boosted my lacking self-confidence, but she improved my riding style and posture. When riding today I still remember her lessons with me and know that I am a far better rider because of her. I am of the opinion that Camille Dareau has been blessed with a special gift, and that anyone who is lucky enough to be taught by her will feel equally privileged."

Sarah Campbell
Perthshire, Scotland


One of life's truly happy moments, Gaby's professional and caring manner, her ability to teach me to ride by developing a way of using mind and body together was awesome, she gave me a wealth of information which I hope I can continue to put into practice. Watching Gaby and Camille working with the horses was enchanting. Thanks to everyone for all your help and generosity, we so much enjoyed our stay, looking forwards to our return.

Lin and Norrie MacLeod
Midlothian, Scotland


"I have had the pleasure of knowing Camille as a riding instructor for the past eight years. She has been very knowledgable and empathetic in all riding disciplines. Another skill is Craniosacral Therapy which she is able to carry out on the horse and rider. often the 'problem horse' becomes a pain-free, elegant, relaxed ride with her treatment. The rider also benefits. I have had one horse held back due to mismanagement elsewhere. he is now a relaxed gentleman with character. I have also bought a young horse trained by Gabrielle. The horse has given me great confidence in myself and my abilities."

Anne Murray
East Lothian, Scotland


"Tranquility, sunshine and high quality riding tuition - just what I needed! Thank you to everyone - two and four-legged - for a wonderful holiday."

Julia KiddNottinghamshire, England


riding instruction on the lunge at Happy Horse Training






Click on the link to read more about us.

Return from Testimonials to Happy Horse Training homepage

New! Comments

Anything to say about this page? Leave your comment in the box below.






New from HHT!

audioride logo

AudioRide is a series of exercises designed to listen to while you ride.

Audio descriptions guide you through each step of developing a balanced, dynamic connection with the horse through your position.

This truly innovative learning tool gives you a whole new way of being guided in your riding, in a calm, clear, step-by-step way.

Free Download! Introductory Exercise: Riding in the Now

Click here for full details



The Gymnastic Rider eBook

How to ride a horse in balance: The Gymnastic Rider eBook

Now available exclusively from HHT! A unique, comprehensive guide to practical rider biomechanics. This professionally produced eBook takes the rider through the process of developing their body in the specific way that brings the horse's movement into harmony and balance - without force and constraint. Click here for full details, and to download the 15-page introduction for free.



Join the Happy Horse Training group on Facebook!

See and share topical info, news and photo's, and take part in lively discussions.

Click here to go to the HHT group and then click on the 'join group' button.




Join the Whole Horse Newsletter

HHT's free monthly newsletter giving you wide-ranging and intelligent insights into holistic horsemanship.
Just enter your details below to join.

Enter your E-mail Address
Enter your First Name (optional)
Then

Don't worry — your e-mail address is totally secure.
I promise to use it only to send you the whole horse newsletter.


Free bonus on the riding position with all new subscriptions: Ten Top Tips To Instantly Improve Your Connection With Your Horse.

Click here to see back issues of The Whole Horse newsletter



Train Your Horse
The Holistic Way

How To Train A Horse Without Force

How To Train A Horse Without Force is a unique guide to training horses through energetic connection and gymnastic training. Part 1 covers everything on the ground, from handling to the lungeing technique that develops strength, straightness and engagement. Comes with a free eBook supplement on Horse Trauma.
Click here for more details.

What people say about the eBook:

"OMG! I'm BLOWN AWAY by this text [...] It's one of the best horse training texts I've ever read." - Wendy Kendall

"I realized that I haven't yet written you about the impact that your training e-book has had on me, and I want to let you know how inspiring and helpful I found it. As a student of Zen Buddhism for nearly three decades, I've often wondered when someone was going to write the book on Zen and the art of horsemanship, and I think that your emphasis on mindfulness and energy connection gets right at the heart of the matter. It has certainly deepened the way that I relate to and communicate with my horses. I am reasonably sensitive to horses' body language and mood, but new to me was the idea of feeling their energy in a more subtle way - including their connection with me even when I am not directly working with the them. I have made myself more aware of this communication, and it's pretty amazing. I have started grooming differently, too, treating a grooming session as a time to mindfully listen to my horse instead of a way to dust out an old rug (OK, I wasn't quite that bad, but you get the idea). Additionally, I have made myself more open to how I actually feel about the horses themselves - very enlightening. Overall, I think that you are saying something that no one else is saying but that everyone ought to hear." - Tess Lloyd



Do You Have
A Horse Story
To Share On HHT?


So many people have been through wonderful experiences with horses, whether in training or otherwise. If you've made a change in a horse's life - or one has made a change in yours - tell us about it here.





Learn How To Trim
Your Own Horse's Feet

Natural Barefoot Trim eBook

The Simple Seven-Step Natural Trim is a comprehensive step-by-step guide to a cutting-edge barefoot trim. Click here to find out more.



What people say about HHT:



"The riding instruction is outstanding, if instructors in the UK taught this way there would be a lot of happy riders and horses."

"The riding tuition exceeded my hopes and expectations by a long way; giving me an exciting new facet to horsemanship which is lighter. more subtle, more elegant and more meaningful. It is as if a new door has opened bringing more sunlight and air."

"My goodness - what a change has taken place in my riding. I think that I'm starting to sit 'into' the horse rather than on top of him. I felt my horse's movements in a way that has almost never happened before"



Click on Testimonials for more