Charm School &
Our goal is to create a mental
and emotional availability in your horse in order to achieve the
physical response you are asking of your horse. We are not looking for
your horse to "go through the motions" and tolerate what is being asked,
instead we want him to feel "warm and fuzzy" on the inside so that he
offers to "try" for you. Remember we are working with animals that have
their own set of emotions, feelings and thoughts and must consider those
in order to gain their trust and respect.
- To evaluate where your horse is mentally, emotionally, and
physically when you interact with him.
Basic Manners - Does your horse respect your personal space and give
you 100% of his attention when you are handling him?
- Will your horse stand (loose and/or tied) and accept
willingly for you to blanket any part of his body?
- Will your
horse stand still while you clip any part of his body?
- Does he stand quietly and give the foot you asked for while
bearing his own weight?
- Will your horse stand without moving a single foot when you
fly spray him?
If you present an obstacle while you are on the ground will your
horse address and go over it?
- Does your horse respect your personal space? Will he
follow willingly without rushing under all circumstances? Can you
direct his thought and movement with the lead rope?
your horse accept the longe and give in to pressure or does he drag you
around? Does he understand and respect voice commands?
- Can your horse be ponyed comfortably from either side of another
horse while maintaining a respectful space?
- Does your horse seem compliant
but has “just
one issue” caused by a lack of mental availability which prevents his
- Will he freely accept "sending his thought” and attention to
where you would like it to be directed?
- Will your horse accept all aspects of tacking up either loose
or tied without resistance or excessive movement?
Horses that have 45 days or less interacting with humans.
- Will he first mentally address and then quietly, physically
cross willingly when asked?
Trailering - Will
your horse mentally address the trailer without excessive movement?
- Will your horse slowly, quietly, and confidently load and unload?
Trail Riding - Does
walking through the woods or open spaces bother him?
- Does brush, wind, water, logs and ditches cause him to
- Can he walk slowly up and down hills or does he have to
- Can he maintain mental availability to be a “fun” ride
while riding towards,
from or with a group of horses?
Will your horse stand still when tied to: cross ties, hitching
post, trailer, ground tie, etc.?
- Will your horse stand quietly while bathing him?
The Equestrian Center, LLC- 4455 Selle Road, Sandpoint, ID
Winter Location: Yuma, AZ
Time of training can range from one session to a month or more.
A natural horsemanship equestrian center offering riding lessons and
training in ground work, jumping, dressage, cross country, endurance,
trail, western horsemanship & riding plus much more. Alternative
Horsemanship with Samantha Harvey offers training with a focus on colt
starting, refinement and finishing. Horses learn respect at
TEC's charm school. Instruction offered by Sam Harvey, whose background
includes 3 Day Eventing, Jumpers, Western Horsemanship, Dressage and
more. Sam is also an alumna of The United States Pony Club Youth
Congress. Have your young children come join our Pony Pals Program with
Jennifer Harvey. We offer facility membership and rentals for use of:
round pens, dressage arenas, conditioning tracks, beginner trails,
jumping & gaming arenas and more! Gorgeous, scenic location with easy
access on Selle Road in Sandpoint, Idaho available for recreational and
recognized shows with overnight camping and overnight corrals, even for
overnight travelers. We winter in Yuma, Arizona and offer lessons,
training and clinics. Samantha offers clinics throughout the
United States along with Spring and Summer Full Immersion Camp Clinics
in ID, private horsemanship and responses online to Ask the Trainer.