I have had my gaited Kentucky Mountain Horse, Ned, for several years now, and I’ve had a few riding coaches along the way. One of my main objectives has always been to learn how to “make him gait”, but since meeting Jessica my goals have changed. My overall impression of what I expect from my horse’s performance has increased, and yet in such a non-forceful way. Jessica’s approach has been patient and respectful to Ned’s physical capabilities, nurturing his emotional needs too. Even though she claims to be newer to training gaited breeds, she seems to fill me up with more helpful tips every time we have a lesson, about gait-related and general riding related techniques.
Recently I attended a clinic that she hosted, all about horse care. Nutrition, hoof care and paddock maintenance were all covered, and she was a student alongside myself. Jess really covers the needs of the whole horse, and she’s not hesitant about coming across as a student when she wants to learn more. I find this makes me more comfortable when I’m the one sitting on Ned feeling a little overwhelmed. Her supportive attitude and ability to share her knowledge and experience is exponential for her age.