Here at Rusty's we offer a range of services to suit riders of all experience levels at an affordable price in a safe and encouraging environment with a qualified instructor.

I have been a specialist instructor for nervous riders for many years now and will help you find the joy in your riding again. My teaching has a focus on horse and rider biomechanics to help you have the safest possible position and allow the horse to work in an effective and correct manner.

We love to help people to develop and learn effective groundwork skills for clear and consistent training. Calming signals are something we are passionate about sharing as it opens up lines of quiet and effective communication between horses and humans. We teach people the basics techniques right up to refinement of movement and love to share our passion for liberty play. We only use progressive techniques with a mixture of R+ and R- methods to help both handlers and horses build bonds and communicate clearly without use of any force.

We are proud that all Rusty’s horses are ridden in bitless bridles and have been accepted by the World Bitless Association as an associate trainer. We have assisted many owners to convert their own horses into bitless bridles. Clients bringing their own horses are welcome to use whatever tack they and their horses are comfortable with as long as it is well fitted and used kindly.

Our playground area is open to groups of 6-10 horses privately and we also regularly run our playdays for individuals to come and explore all the fun elements and learn to encourage relaxation and thinking skills in an supportive and positive environment. We have a large mixture of fixed and changeable elements to ensure that it's a different and challenging course each time you visit.


One hour $60 one on one
One hour shared $50 (max of 4 riders) 
Groundwork, training and horse handling $60 per hour.

Weekday lessons on your horse on your property available by negotiation $60 per hour + travel fee.

Group hire for private PlayDays by negotiation. Please message me for further details.

Monthly kids saddle club, an opportunity for children from 6-12 to learn all facets of horsemanship with a focus on kindness, gentleness and safety. First Saturday of the month from 9.30 until 12 at a cost of $70 per child numbers strictly limited.

Monthly Nervous Nellies club. A small and very encouraging group on a Sunday morning that aims to create an atmosphere of support and understanding for those suffering from nerves. We share our triumphs and stories together while we improve our balance and skills. First Sunday of the month from 9.30am to 1pm with a limit of 6 participants, cost $60pp with refreshments included.

Clinics and workshops are offered regularly on various topics and horsemanship skills. Please keep an eye on our Facebook page for upcoming events. Bimonthly themed morning tea events for our regular riders.

Rusty's also take on a small number of horses for training, breaking, retraining, converting to bitless bridles and problem solving. A large range of affordable training options by negotiation.

Message me through our Facebook page or email me at to book.


Welcome to Rusty’s Riding Retreat

Rusty’s Riding Retreat

97 Three Chain Road


South Australia