About

Josie Matthews

I have always been horse mad even as a young child and at the age of 12, I got my first horse. Her name was Shelly and I loved that horse like nothing else on this earth. There were a few more ponies on my way to 17 when I started my Nursing career at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. A move to the city put my horses on the back burner for quite a few years.

Fast forward to the age of 34 when I met a colleague (who was to become a dear friend) whilst working in the Intensive Care Unit of a city hospital. I found out that Waddy (that’s her name) owned and rode competitively. I asked if could meet her horses and that was it – I was hooked!

I purchased Of The Track Thoroughbreds (OTTB) which were unsuitable for a 34-year-old getting back into horses but I thank them every day as they are what put me on the journey to where I am today.

I started with eventing and I had one horse called Charlie, well he was a bugger to get on the float and I remember the day my life changed. I was heading out to a competition and he would not go on the float. He spun around and took off back to his paddock. For some reason, I would not let go of the lead-rope and he was dragging me face-first along the ground. I vividly remember thinking “there has to be a better way than this” and then I let go. That was the turning point where my “horsemanship” journey started. I worked with a lot of talented horsemen who shared their knowledge with me. I became fascinated with how horses learnt and how I could work with them.

I bought an OTTB who I called Josh, he was a very talented jumping horse and a cross country machine so it was with him that I remember thinking ” if I always finish on my dressage score I had better make it a good score”.

With that thought, I was off to find the best “dressage” coach I could and that lady was Prue Foletta. She had trained with Harry Boldt and although she was a tough taskmaster she also bred some lovely Holsteiner horses and one of those was a big grey called Weasel. He was a 4-year-old, not started under saddle and I asked if she would let me start him under her guidance. She did, he was an absolute gentleman and I ended up buying him and still have him 16 years later!

It wasn’t too long after starting Weasel that I thought about everything I wanted to know about training horses. I had just moved past that point where you think you know everything and realise you know nothing at all! I knew I didn’t have enough years left in my life to fit all the learning in so I had better put horses in my years. With that, I decided to start a business starting horses under saddle and working with problem horses and I did that for a few years, learnt so much and got through the other side in one piece.

I closed my business as I began to realise that there were no horse problems only people problems and the “6 weeks” to start a horse did not fit every horse yet people often expected the job done regardless of what was best for the horse. I didn’t have the heart to do it anymore.

Today I make videos to help the rider, who like me, needs everything broken down to the smallest part. I thank the horses for teaching me this and I hope that I can help you and your horse.

Dressage is still my passion and I am grateful for the horsemanship knowledge I have as they truly are the same.

My mission is to explain this to you.

Josh
Ava
Etto
Abbey
Jackson
Spider States
Jackson DWTS
Ava start
Rebel SV
Weasel
Flash
Boys Beach