Sarah grew up around horses and has been competing since the age of four so horses have always been, and remain, a true passion. She started her business Weymarsh Stud, set in the stunning Surrey countryside with the full support of her close knit family.
As a talented dressage rider, Sarah has trained five horses to International Grand Prix level. Weymarsh Delilah (Bunny), is by Diamond Hit out of Sarah’s Weymarsh foundation mare. She currently competes at Advanced Medium and is working at PSG. Max (Weymarsh Maximus) is currently Sarah’s top horse, competing at PSG.
Sarah teaches on a 1-1 basis from her own yard but also travels within the local area training small groups (2-3 pupils).
Having decided on a professional equestrian based career, Sarah started breeding horses that would produce a strong foundation to compete from. While waiting for her homebreds to mature, Sarah produced horses from show jumping backgrounds as well as rehabilitating ‘problem’ rides into well-rounded performance horses.
Running the business
Weymarsh Equestrian is a family run business. We pride ourselves on our professionalism when dealing with owners and liveries and the fact that we genuinely treat every horse as an individual.
Our staff have been with us for years and therefor we can guarantee they will know your horses every need. Our standard of care is paramount to us whilst maintaining a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere. This is our home and we happy to be able to share it with you and your horse.
If you require any extra assistance with your horse we offer a range of care packages that have been carefully put together with natural instinct and a very intuitive hands on approach. As owners we understand that a systematic approach to running any business offering a service gives you total peace of mind. There is absolutely no pressure as a livery to take on any of my methods you may simply want to take advantage of the most incredible hacking on The Downes Link that is right on our doorstep.
At Weymarsh, the health and well-being as well as the safety and security of the horses is of paramount importance. Here at Weymarsh, everyone is welcome. Whether you are a leisure rider or competitive rider in any discipline, we would love to have you. Regardless of your discipline or chosen training methods, my carefully selected team, who are responsible for all the horses, are based on site so there is always someone on call 24/7 to deal with any issues.
Weymarsh Equestrian has a range of options currently available for part, full and competition livery. All livery horses receive the highest standard of care from our professional team of staff, daily turnout and a session on the horse walker.
For further information, to come and visit to see our facilities and meet the team please contact us.
The extensive facilities at the yard include:
- 19 roomy Monarch internal stables within well-ventilated barns, featuring windows that allow the horse to look out into the barn or windows out of the barn so the horses have access to fresh air?
- Cushioned Equimat rubber matting in each stable
- Dedicated washroom with hot water and solarium
- 20 X 60 Flood lit dressage arena with perimeter fencing setbackfrom riding area, featuring full size training mirrors
- Five horse horsewalker by Monarch including rubber lining on inner and outer fencing, in addition to 45ml rubber bricks walking surface
- Plentiful turnout (30 acres) on well drained pasture secured with post and rail fencing
- Heated tea and tack room that is fully alarmed
- Direct access to the Downs Link bridleway and other appealing rides
Part livery £130
Full livery includes grooms exercising the horse, lunge, hacking and schooling £150
Full livery to include Sarah Ridd schooling twice a week £200
Competition and rehab livery £250
If you are interested in a livery space at Weymarsh for your horse please do not hesitate to contact us.
Telephone; 07951 011052
Any horse coming into the yard for rehabilitation undergoes a thorough assessment and is treated using a blend of proven therapies.Rehabilitation can be defined as therapy and / or training which aims to improve neurological disorders that may be caused by disease or traumatic injury.
Your horse may be trying to tell you that something is wrong by exhibiting any of the following behaviours:
* Unwillingness to work or unsafe to work
* Laziness or Lethargic
* Unable to work into a contact
* Signs of unsafe behaviour
* Deterioration in training / competition performance
* Grumpy when groomed / heightened sensitivity in some areas of the body
* Continually going lame when coming back into work
* Anxious / stressed when being tacked up
All of the above are just some of the signs that your horse may need professional help. When looking to address a problem, it is important to review the overall management of your horse and to analyse the various cumulative modifications required to implement the current feeding and shoeing regimes, identifying specific training needs and seeking out professional counsel from equine experts specialising in a variety of fields. At Weymarsh Stud we are able to provide access to an experienced and highly qualified team that has worked together for many years, whose collective knowledge and authority will enable a firm diagnosis of your horses’ problems and more crucially, will provide clear guidance on a way forward to achieve the desired end goal, i.e. a physically and mentally happy horse.
Every horse is treated as an individual and any ‘treatment plan’ will be tailored to deal with the specific challenges of each animal. The journey to rehabilitate a horse starts with an initial assessment at your own yard, where we can observe the horse in action and gather further information to create a detailed history. The next step is to invite your horse for an initial two-week stay at Weymarsh Stud. During this period, the horse is assessed on a daily basis and a bespoke management programme to cater for his specific needs is put together, incorporating feedback from additional appraisals made by our veterinary chiropractor, physiotherapist, farrier and possibly clinical equine veterinarian. After this has taken place a work programme is designed to neurologically re-educate how your horse uses himself, promoting the triggering of the correct muscle chain reaction during movement. The end result will deliver an improved gait and enhanced strength and fitness. Following the initial two-weeks , once the horse has shown a positive response to the new regime, (with agreement from the owner), we would expect the horse to continue its stay for a further three months.
Throughout the period of rehabilitation, we undertake daily assessmentsand adapt the work programme in line with the horse’s progress. Sarah uses groundwork and introduces ground poles to help neurologically stimulate and mobilise the horse. Controlled stable and exercise management is vital throughout the whole process too. If appropriate, Sarah will also incorporate the kinesiology taping technique and banding system to help activate the pelvic and thoracic sling to encourage the horse to use and strengthen its core muscles. Towards the end of the three month period, Sarah will then train you on your own horse or possibly initially on one of our school masters, with a view to changing any bad habits that may have developed in the past. The aim is to educate the rider so that the strengthening programme that is initiated at Weymarsh can be continued once the horse leaves the yard. We believe there is no point sending a horse home unless the owner / rider has a full understanding of how change has been achieved, so for us it is imperative that we teach the skill sets required to keep your horse fit and healthy in the future.
How a horse is fed and its nutritional well-being plays a vital role in its performance.Sarah studied the veterinary science of feeding competition horses and did her thesis on muscle function and nutrition so this has always been an area of interest to her. She has nowdeveloped her own tried and tested feeding regime which ensures the horse begins to feel better on the inside, leading to significant improvements to how it behaves on the outside.
Why feed hydroponic grown fodder instead of hard feed?
Over the years we have always fed high quality hard feed from well known scientifically backed feed companies. But we found that we still needed to add supplements to cater for variousdysfunctionse.g. i.e. muscle function or poor horn growth. Although these feeds contain adequate nutrition they are still dead feeds that have a limited shelf life and just like our own food they contain addedsugars or high protein oils that affect the nutritional balance ofother ingredients in the feed. Sadly, all too often insufficient thought has gone into how the combined ingredients within these feeds interact with each other. For example, they are designed to either reduce or enhance energy / weight levelsthis does not make sense But just as with a human diet, we should be thinking more along the lines of making the right food choices for our horses to provide nutrition that can easily be processed without the addition of unnecessary supplements- and provide it as fresh as possible.
The importance of fresh
Through a process of elimination I found that feeding fresh folder either significantly helped or totally eradicated the following symptoms:
- Gastric Ulcers
- Loose Stalls
- Mood swings and fizziness
- Susceptibility to viruses
- Poor Skin and coat quality and horn growth
- Sore Muscles and joints
- Lack of stamina
- Poor recovery time after hard work
- Regular colic attacks
- Swollen legs
I noticed an improvement in the horses’ feet and coats as well as their work performance and ability to build more muscle. Therapists treating / massaging any of the horse that had been fed fodder, remarked upon the fact that the horses were significantly less sore and had overall better muscle.
The simple way to sum all this up is: Natural Feed = Natural Digestion
Nutritional benefits of hydroponic Barleygrassmats think we should be crediting Fodder Solutions where this copy is lifted from?
Green leaves = live enzymes
All grazing animals rely on bacteria and enzymes in the gut to aid digestion. The horse for example is designed to extract up to 30% of its nutrition from the ceacum (hind gut), and with dead feeds they aren’t getting the beneficial enzymes and microbes that fresh fodder can provide. Feeding fresh green fodder will mean your horse will get the maximum from its feed, and none of it is wasted. Where is the other 70% nutrition from? This does not flow
Amino Acid proteins
The sprouting grain converts its existing protein into Amino Acid proteins in the green leaves. These are the best form of protein as they are the building blocks for larger proteins. They are used for building muscle tissue, and provide your horse with slow release energy. These are the factors that improve condition, work rates and recovery rates.
Essential fatty acids
Barley fodder is packed with essential fatty acids omega 3 and omega 6. Studies have shown that a good supply of these compounds helps relieve arthritis, asthma, eczema, inflammation after exercise and ulcerative colitis, whilst also improving recovery rates, the immune system, hormone balance, bone density and the efficiency of oxygen transfer from red blood cells to tissues.
When taken from the system the feed is wet and the biscuit itself contains up to 80% moisture. Amongst other things this provides excellent hydration, which helps to flush toxins from the system, improving recovery rates and blood flow.
Sprouts can have an alkalising effect on the body and help to neutralise acidic waste, helping to develop a stronger immune system and promote quicker healing. Horses assimilate and use nutrition and oxygen more effectively when their rumen and cells have an alkaline balance.
Chlorophyll is excellent for blood cleansing and renewal, as well as helping to detoxify the body. It has a regenerative effect on the lungs, glands, vascular system and lymphatic system.
Vitamin and Mineral benefits
- Vitamin A
- Excellent for disease resistance
- Skin & coat condition
- Nervous system function
- Vitamin E
- Immune system competence & disease resistance
- Heart, skeletal & respiratory muscle function
- Oxygen utilisation
- Possible role with Selenium preventing muscle tie-up syndrome
- Nervous system function
- Vitamin C
Fresh fodder biscuits provide a simulated grazing process for your horse, which is much more suited to their digestive system than several bulk feeds of concentrated nutrition per day.
Massage and chiropractics
Chiropractic philosophy supports the argument that health depends on an optimally functioning nervous system, the spine, and the nerves extending from the spine to all parts of the body. Sarah works with Jose Miguel Gomez Garcia MIVCA, MRCVS an eminent Equine Veterinary Chiropractor who is also a qualified veterinary surgeon, farrier and acupuncturist. The significant healing benefits of chiropractics are complemented with regular therapeutic massage to encourage improved circulation, enhance muscle tone and release physical / mental tension and discomfort.
Lucy Elliot Head Girl has worked here for four years. Lucy came to me from a show jumping yard producing Irish Sports horses and was involved in backing breaking and training. She competed at National level but from an early age she would beg, steal or borrow any pony to have a ride! I am so lucky to have her, she is the most unassuming, natural and calm human being that the horses simply love. Her demeanour makes her a vital part of my team as a lot of the horses that come to me are so so sensitive.
Her attention to detail is sublime and within 24 hours of a horse being in her care, she knows every inch of that horse and has naturally assessed it’s behaviour, this means that any changes are recognised immediately. She is cheerful and her positive ‘can do’ attitude is always welcomed by the whole team here at Weymarsh and of course you, the client!
Kate Peckham is our resident physiotherapist. With ten years experience under her belt I have found her sensitivity and natural apathy to horses fantastic. Having run her own yard she has total understanding of the needs of horses in work. Kate’s unique key strength is the way she identifies how the individual rider effects the horse. She is then able to help both horse and rider become totally in tune with each other and understand each others strengths and weaknesses.
Kate’s work with the athletes on the British Team simply confirms all of my thoughts. Her natural understanding and knowledge of a horses conformation and it’s breeding helps her as aPhysio to look at the overall picture and bring a horse to it’s full physical potential.
Oliver Smith is our resident farrier. Oliver trained under Duncan Cooper at Amberhammer Forge and has ridden throughout his life.He understands what is required to keep a horse sound and support the biomechanical aspects of each horse.
He doesn't just look at the foot and balance that perfectly he talks to us all and takes into account what other support the horse may need and works with us to deliver the perfect foot for that individual case. Everyone knows the saying ‘no foot no horse’ but the same foot on every horse can have just as disastrous effects.
MA VetMB MRCVS (Partner).
After graduating from the University of Cambridge Bruce started work in Wendover before moving to Haslemere to work for PJ McMahon. Setting up on his own in 2003, Bruce was joined by John Hennessy the following year and has grown the practice from humble beginnings to a highly successful but still very personalised equine veterinary clinic.
Leading the sport horse side of the practice Bruce has worked with many high-class showjumpers, eventers and dressage horses as well as being intimately involved with the success of many high-goal polo teams over the years, yet still enjoys general equine practice.
Bruce is married with 3 children and away from work he enjoys skiing and travelling with his family, mountain biking and is the chairman of the Haslemere RUFC Juniors as well as a coach. See: https://blackdownequineclinic.com/staff/
Jose M. Gomez Garcia
DVM, IVASCert. MIVCA, MRCVS
Jose is an MIVCA, MRCVS is an Equine Veterinary Chiropractor. He is a qualified veterinary surgeon, farrier and acupuncturist.
He attained his qualification as Animal Chiropractor in 2006 through the International Veterinary Chiropractic School in Germany becoming Certified Member of the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association.
Sara has worked with performance horses for the last 11 years and has ridden most of her life. She has worked with Amerigo & Equipe saddles for the last 7 years and sold directly to amateur/semi professional and professional riders for the last four years. Her extensive training has consisted of working directly with Amerigo designer and genius Peter Menet in Switzerland and Equipe in Italy.
Sara is a vital part of the team and has a natural ability to understand what disastrous effects an incorrectly fitting saddle can cause. During the rehabilitation process here at Weymarsh a horses shape and size changes dramatically, for which I rely on Sara to keep an eye on. My horses are all ridden in Equipe saddles, the quality, fit and lightness are sublime; they simply give an amazing feel and ride for both me and the horses!
Sara never wants to stop learning and regularly partakes in seminars and trips to work directly with both groups of people to maintain her knowledge of the brands, new models and manufacturing process. Sara is a fully authorised and trained Amerigo&Equipe retailer and fitter who prides herself on good service, honesty and happy customers! Sara's website can be viewed at www.prosaddles.co.uk
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Phone: 07951 011052