Fifteen years ago Lucinda McAlpine began exploring the fields of alternative therapies for her dressage horses when it seemed that their conventional training and competition regime was causing them stress. With her move from Brackenhill Stud to Bowhayes Farm she gradually progressed to developing a system of keeping them closer to nature and now up to 30 horses are resident on the Farm all living naturally without shoes or rugs. This ongoing research project aims to find a better working partnership between horse and rider with a view to increasing longevity and eliminating ‘problems’ and ‘problem horses’. This too has a massive impact on the issue of safety in horse management.
Bowhayes Farm offers regular opportunities to take part in study days. These cover all aspects of natural horse management, as well as an introduction to Intuitive Riding. The study days are either individual personalised days tailored to your requirements or can follow a five-day course, which can be taken over a full week, or can be taken in three stages. For more details, please email us. Once you have completed either a course or study day you are entitled to join us for a ‘working day’ where you can participate in a normal working day and gain further into the practical aspects of our system. Concessions can also be made for students requiring work experience.
Residential courses are now available. After extensive restoration work our accommodation is now up and running and we are welcoming an increasing number of guests. Bookings range from simple B&B for passing travellers and show competitors to those who wish to soak up more of the “Bowhayes experience” and bring their horse for a number of sessions. Stabled, shod horses are able to make use of excellent local livery facilities whilst more naturally kept horses can spend the night right outside your window !
Bowhayes Farm is a thatched Devon longhouse built, we think, in the 1600′s. We have tried to retain its period features wherever possible and the accommodation has been finished to a very high standard using natural materials such as reclaimed oak and slate. We offer 2 double bedrooms, each with private bathrooms and guests have use of a sitting room with wood burning stove, TV and DVD. We provide tea and coffee making facilities and catering for lunch, tea and supper can be arranged at extra cost ( bookable in advance only).
The farm sits on the hill above Culmstock and enjoys breathtaking views along the Culm valley and on a clear day across to Exmoor. Breakfast can be a choice of English or continental and is sourced from local produce whenever possible.
To book or to discuss tailor-made packages please call 01823-680321 or e-mail us.
On certain dates we will be arranging study tours which will last for approx 3 hours and give an insight into the natural horse management system practised here. These will be for groups and are priced at £25 per person to include refreshments. The next dates for these tours will be published shortly.
Lucinda is also planning regular intuitive riding and dressage clinics, as well as offering private sessions for both horse and rider.
We are currently reviewing the current programme and dates will be posted here soon. Please check back, call us on 01823 680321, or use our contact page to request more information.