Welcome to Equinerds!
We’re glad you could join us.
We sat down to write a book about training horses, and then realised that the subject is far too great for one book. We then thought about a magazine, which turned out to be an unholy venture, before settling on the best medium of communication ever invented – the Internet.
The Project, which has somehow become its official title, aims to explore the principles, as well as the hows, whys and wherefores of training comfortable high functioning horses, of all shapes and sizes.
The first ‘episode’ of The Project will be uploaded soon. We hope that you find this site enlightening, or at least useful. Failing useful, we hope you are entertained.
Who are ‘we’?
Andrew James Murphy
Andrew’s journey with horses began when his non-horsey parents brought him an unbroken three year old Arab as his first horse. He survived, and originally was keen to show jump, only becoming interested in dressage when the aforementioned Lizzy declined to jump at all.
He began teaching at age 17, but then took a detour, completing an English degree and working in The City before deciding to give riding professionally a go. He began training at the TTT, riding for Charles de Kunffy, Arthur Kottas and Stephen Clarke. He is now a Senior Instructor at the TTT, and teaches alongside Charles at The Dovecote Stables in Oxfordshire.
Andrew competed and won at every level of affiliated competition, including Grand Prix. He now teaches internationally, training all different types of horses, from Fjord Horses to Iberians, Warmbloods to Thoroughbreds.
Andrew’s teaching is not just based on what he has learned from the masters he has trained with; he has also developed his own philosophy and approach, to teaching as well as training horses. He is able to quickly identify what will work and why, and then translate it into a language that anyone can understand.
My story with horses began when I was about six, on a pony trek in the New Forest. The pony I was riding bolted, carting me off through some trees and absolutely frightening the life out of me. When we got back my grandfather said;
“Right, that’s it, she’s got to learn to do that properly!”
A more expensive sentence there never was said.
My first horse, Slinky, was bought for my twelfth birthday, in the belief or hope, that I
would go off horses before I turned 16. Slinky and I did everything together, from BYRDS to Pony Club eventing, and I’m grateful that he kept going long enough to introduce me to Caroline Douglas, who took me to the TTT for the first time (and many times after).
I’ve just got my AI, and because I’m the luckiest person on the planet, I’ve also been loaned Finn, a former professional dressage horse who is in the process of knocking me into shape.