Russell Higgins

Russell is based in New Zealand and has been teaching horsemanship clinics and starting horses professionally since 1999 both in New Zealand and (until the Pandemic) all over the world. He is a regular clinician and demonstrator at New Zealand’s premier equestrian events and is particularly known for his amazing liberty demonstrations in the night shows with his team of bay geldings.  He owns and runs Brumby Farm Horsemanship Centre with this partner, Ruth, where they teach all aspects of horsemanship from liberty to lead changes, but always with a focus on understanding how horses learn and develop both mentally and physically.

Now that they are unable to travel due to Covid 19 they have developed an active on-line community through their Coaching Club membership site as well as producing home study materials to keep their students progressin

Russell Higgins

Russell’s 2022 Presentations

Jumping at Liberty - 27 min. 32 sec. Day 1 Horsemanship

How to teach your horse to find the jump, draw your horse to you over a jump, how to send it away and bring it back and how to safely jump next to your horse.

Prerequisites for liberty - 18 min 17 sec.  Day 1 Horsemanship

 Using a young horse who has never done it before he shows the basic safety yields you need in place before thinking about liberty

Liberty Training Concepts - 19 min. 41 sec. Day 2 Horsemanship

He goes through four important concepts for liberty - how to apply pressure in stages, correction -v- prevention, ending a drive with a draw and destination training

Making You the Sweetspot - 26 min. 45 sec. Day 2 Horsemanship

How to teach a horse the position to be in for sticking with the human at liberty and how to increase your draw