Whether you have a youngster who needs to be started under saddle, a mature horse who you’d like to have refined, a horse who is challenged by a task or activity, a gaited breed, or a trail companion, the basic principles of dressage (the slow progression rather than competitive-style dressage) can benefit the mind and body of the english, western, and driven horse.
My objective in educating horses is to create a safe learning atmosphere where they feel comfortable to try, rather than fearful of making mistakes. Every horse deserves our honesty and respect. Developing a balanced, supple, strong mount with confidence means they will be comfortable in their work for years to come.
The idea of working with empathy towards a horse in order to obtain cooperation is not new, with documented instances as far back as great horseman Xenophon (c. 430 – 354 BCE), which among other points, emphasized operant conditioning and reassurance over punishment.
My methods are not original. I am a dedicated student of mutually empowering and respectful approaches to working with horses. I intend to learn continually throughout my life.
I offer Honest Horsemanship at your location (relative to travel distance) or at a host facility in my area. Packages are available.