Lyla Cansfield

Hi, I am Lyla and I believe that success with horses comes from understanding and connection.

I specialise in providing a unique blend of natural horsemanship principles alongside sensitively applied traditional ground & ridden techniques for riders of any discipline to achieve transformational results with their horses.

Horses are happier and will respond better to training (in any sphere) when they understand your expectations and you understand theirs.

I came from a traditional horsey background. Early on I developed a love of Dressage, schooling and understanding how to train horses. This led me to study Natural Horsemanship, Horse and Rider Behaviour for 3 years at home in the UK and 2 years in the US. I have been teaching for over 15 years

My teaching brings together everything I have learnt from Natural Horsemanship, Dressage and a lifetime spent with horses.

  • Instructor for over 15 years
  • Creator of the Spooky Horses Online Course and the Healthy Movement & Self Carriage Study Series
  • Given demonstrations at national UK & US venues including Aintree, Hartpury, various shows at the NEC including Horse of the Year Show, HOYS
  • Worked intensively with Spanish Dressage Team trainer Luis Lucio getting FEI level horses ready for the competition environment

Lyla Cansfield

Lyla's 2023 Presentations

Traffic Light System for maintaining Confidence & Connection - 

One of the ways you are really going to transform your experience with your horse is to start to do what I call 'putting out the small fires'. To do this it's important to start making a habit of observing your horses’ behaviour.

Reading Your Horse from the Saddle -

Lots of us are very good at reading our horses' behaviour from the ground, we are great at observing their facial expressions and noticing those early warning signs of tension. But what about from the saddle?

Teaching Your Horse to Line up to the Mounting Block -

Having a horse that is easy to mount is one of those things a bit like trailer loading or standing for the farrier. We take it for granted when it's going well and really notice it when it's not!

Before you can go, make sure you can stop! -

I believe it's really important that we teach our horses how to find relaxation in motion and at a stand still. This is so that even if they do get a fright or spook at something they know they can come back to a stand still and feel good.

Emergency Dismount -

In this last video I will teach you how to do an emergency dismount. It's something that is worth practising quite a few times so you know you can do it.