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Laura Martlock

Its all in the Consistency

Laura Martlock has been teaching riding and training for 33 years. She started out in the British Society of Pony Clubs, attaining the "A" level.  For a time after this, she competed at Hunter/Jumpers, reaching the the Adult Amateur level 9 for a season.  Unfortunately, near the end of that season, she was kicked in the side of the knee by a horse and the ensuing year off from competition was enough for her to realize that she wanted to make more of a difference in young riders' and young horses' lives, so she began focusing more on instruction and training. 

She worked for a few years as a free-lance instructor/trainer, before taking a job as trainer for Three Springs Farm, a Hanoverian breeding/training/lesson barn and AHA inspection site, which at that time was standing the number 1 and the number 5 rated Hanoverian stallion in the U.S. For the next five years, she worked with all aspects of the farm, from breeding the stallions and mares, assisting with births, to working with foals as newborns through starting under saddle and taking them to their first shows. Three Springs Farm was also a racetrack lay up and retraining facility, and Laura worked with many off-the-track Thoroughbreds, retraining them for new careers, as well as other breeds from the surrounding area, as the facility accepted all breeds for starting under saddle and correcting problems.

 After moving on from Three Springs and relocating to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, near historic Staunton, Laura spent the next nine years working with one of the region's most well-known veterinarians as the trainer/instructor of his riding and boarding stables. At Cabin Creek Riding Stable, she became involved with a therapeutic riding program (Ride With Pride, Inc.), as well as working with more OTTB's, since the owner's daughter was a jockey who often rescued horses at the track that were for sale. Cabin Creek Stable was eventually sold and is now known as Cedar Creek Stables.  

During the summer months, Laura now works as an instructor at her home or travels to clients homes, and as well as instructs at local camps.  She currently serves on the Virginia Horse Council Board of Directors.

Learning to be an equestrian is like learning a new language. You can learn on your own, but having someone who is fluent in the language teach you is far quicker and can help prevent needless mistakes and misunderstandings. But, even more important than instruction, is spending time with the ones who's language you are trying to learn. Nothing promotes a better understanding and gives a greater grasp of the nuances of communication more than spending time with horses and constantly using and developing your new communication skills.


"Consistency is key to working with horses. To gain their trust and respect, they must know that they can count on you to be the same way, to treat them the same, to discipline the same, to reward the same way every single day. A horse won't understand that you've had a bad day, they only understand consistency."

Laura's Articles

General Training Articles

Proper Trailering Technique


Preparing for your First Show

Longeline Basic Training
Basics of Cavelleti Training
Dangers of the Spring Riding Season
Training For Riding Trails

Correcting Riding Problems Series:
Seat, Spine and Shoulders
Arms and Hands

Ask The Trainer

Frightened of the Trail


Pulling When Going Home
Slowing Down the Canter/Lope
Trailering Issue
Am I Overmounted
My Horse Keeps Adding Strides Before Jumps
What Age Can You Start Lunging
How Can I Get A Deeper More Balanced Seat
Purpose of Drop Nosebands
Elbows to Bit, Correct Position
Flying Lead Change Help
Difference Between Headset and Frame
Help With Worming
Jumping Problems
How To Lengthen Horses Stride
Riding Different Horses Frequently
My Horse Rushes Jumps
Do Snaffle Bits Work On All Horses

"Other" Articles

Winter, Barns and Space Heaters



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