Horse trainer Tini Hamilton at Thistle Dew Stables in South Londonderry.
Horse trainer Tini Hamilton at Thistle Dew Stables in South Londonderry. (Submitted photo)

SOUTH LONDONDERRY >> Known for working with horses with physical, mental and emotional challenges, trainer Tini Heinrich Hamilton has resumed her equine rehab, healing and training facility at Thistle Dew Stables in South Londonderry.

From 2004 to 2010 Thistle Dew and Hamilton built a reputation for rehabilitating even the most difficult horses. She's reopened Thistle Dew to continue that tradition, helping horses from all over the country.

Providing personalized, one-on-one training, Hamilton focuses on post-operative injury care, physical rehabilitation, behavior issue diagnostics and behavior issue repair. Thistle Dew notes that Hamilton is known for her patient and kind approach in determining the source of a horse's behavioral problems, which leads her to the solution and ultimately to its long-term cure.

Hamilton's focus is on the whole horse, finding the perfect balance in diet, training and rhythm. She works closely with veterinarians in the area and around the country to ensure total care during the rehabilitation process of postoperative clients and with horse owners during behavior modifications to ensure long-term success with both.

Hamilton brings that same patience and thoughtfulness to training all levels and ages of horses. Classically educated in the discipline of dressage, she's had great success training all styles of riding and driving, according to Thistle Dew. She also trains horses for sale and works with retirement horses.


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Hamilton, who is bilingual in English and German, began her education in Austria and Germany working with Grand Prix level masters, where she studied and refined her techniques staying true to the traditions of classic training. This classic style of training and teaching upholds the correct balance and athletic integrity of the horse, ensuring long-term good health and a sound mind and body. She continued her learning in the United States, training here in Vermont with Janet Schurink.

Thistle Dew is an intimate, fully equipped facility offering 21 stalls, an indoor arena and 24 acres of individual turn-out possibilities for the horses, plus miles of trails on and around neighboring Magic Mountain