Morag Higgins has been riding for over thirty five years and teaching for almost three decades. She has had the privilege to have known and worked with many, many horses in her career having participated in several disciplines such as jumping, dressage, one-day eventing, showing and western riding.
Traditionally trained, Morag was herself a very traditional trainer and rider producing many horses to top level in a variety of disciplines, but through it all she was always seeking more. She began to study with the Intelligent Horsemanship Association in 1999. After qualification she was made the Recommended Associate for Scotland in 2002 and continued in this role for four years.
In 2005 Morag had the good fortune to ride on a clinic with top American trainer Mark Rashid. A fellow Martial Artist, she instantly understood his ethos and he has been the real inspiration that guided her down the path leading to the development of the Equido Training system. One of the first Natural Horsemanship systems to be recognized as a National Qualification.
Morag trains from her yard Ross Dhu Equestrian in Quarter, Larkhall, Scotland and continues to grow and develop as a Natural Horsewoman and Trainer.
Mark Higgins has worked with horses for eighteen years having been first introduced to them by his wife Morag. He learned to ride on Bruja, Morag’s first horse and in 2004 they opened their own yard as a centre of excellence in the training and rehabilitation of horses using Natural Horsemanship methodology.
Ross Dhu Equestrian has attained an excellent reputation for high standards of quality and expertise and Mark continues to work with Morag to help improve the care and welfare of horses in this world.
When not working, Mark studies two Martial Arts, Aikido and Ninjutsu the ethos of these arts and the application of energy to deflect an opponents attack have helped Mark gain an insight into the world of the horse and to use the same energy to connect with the animals in his care allowing him to help them get along with people.