Training Methodology

Using a combination of traditional, classical and natural horsemanship training methods, I have developed a training program that addresses each horse and rider’s individual talents, personalities and abilities, which allows each horse and rider to reach their full potential.

My training program is designed to give your horse a solid foundation on the ground and under saddle. I use both ground and riding exercises that are designed to develop your horse emotionally, mentally and physically.
A solid foundation on the ground results in a greater understanding and willingness under saddle and ultimately a more trusting, confident and willing partner in your horse.

When your horse is mentally able and willing to follow your lead it also has to be physically able to perform the task asked. A stiff and rigid horse can be mentally willing but physically unable. Suppling exercises are an important part of my training program and will prepare your horse for any discipline and level of riding desired. No matter what type of tack you prefer, (English or Western), once you ride a soft and supple horse, one that is emotionally prepared, confident and in partnership with you, you’ll never settle again for anything less.

 

 

Whether you have been riding for years or just starting out, there may be holes in your foundation that are preventing you from getting the trust, respect, leadership, suppleness or response you desire with your horse. It can cause your horse to misunderstand your intentions or cues and in turn ‘act-up’, or simply not pay attention to you on the ground or under saddle. A solid foundation also reduces the risk for injury by preparing the muscles and ligaments and building strength. It will keep your horse mentally and physically sound, even with the current requirements in top sport.

Understanding Form to Function is an important part in understanding the capabilities of your horse. Every horse is capable of maneuvers asked in top sport, but not every horse is ‘designed’ to do this on a competitive level. The level that your horse can perform depends on his conformation but also on his drive, his motivation. Understanding Form to Function will allow you to let your horse practice where his muscles need more strength, help your horse where he needs it and understand when he has reached the top of his physical abilities.

My program is designed to create a solid foundation and to use this as building blocks throughout your and your horse’s education. Asking too much too soon and skipping steps in educating your horse (perhaps because your horse is so willing to learn and eager to perform, or perhaps you don’t know you have skipped steps) can result in physical and/or mental resistance later on. Sometimes this goes unnoticed until you both are performing on a high level and ‘suddenly’ your horse starts acting up, goes lame, or you keep struggling at the same level and you cannot seem to figure out why you and your horse are not moving forward and you seem ‘stuck’.

Through an assessment I can identify the holes in your foundation and plan a program that is specifically designed to help you and your horse achieve the relationship and level of performance you are looking for.