Alternative Horsemanship
Alternative Horsemanship
Alternative Horsemanship

Improving Horsemanship and Equine Skills

Practical horse and rider training

Horseback Rider Help & Learn Horse Behavior

Samantha Harvey has spent 30 years developing her Alternative Horsemanship™ approach through her various equine-related experiences such as being an equestrian student, horse instructor, mentor, author, and equine business consultant. She has also conducted horsemanship clinics worldwide and provides equine-related services such as starting colts and rehabilitating traumatized or "difficult" horses while working with various breeds, ages, and disciplines locally and nationwide. 


Her approach aims to help riders understand horse behavior better while refining their communication and building trust with their horses through horsemanship clinics, groundwork, and horseback riding lessons. This training approach is suitable for riders of all levels and backgrounds, whether for competitive or pleasure purposes. 


Sam Harvey is an expert in her field and has been invited to present lectures and demos at equine symposiums and expos. She has also taught horsemanship skills and equine behavior to pre-veterinary students and is regularly featured on nationally syndicated radio programs. 


Samantha Harvey offers specialized horsemanship clinics worldwide and has worked in various locations such as South America, the Caribbean, the South Pacific, and Asia. She also hosts several intensive Equine Retreats each season, which helps horseback riders refine their mental, emotional, and physical approach to improve their partnership with their horse. 


As the REMOTE HORSE COACH, she offers online and distance horse learning opportunities to individual and group equine enthusiasts through horse training, Online Horsemanship Courses, Horse Webinars, and LIVE weekly horse coaching videos. She also has a 165+ Horsemanship Video Catalog available for viewing. 


To gain weekly insight and motivation, one can subscribe to the Alternative Horsemanship YouTube Channel for weekly episodes of the Dear Sam: Horse Help Horsemanship Series. 


Sam offers onsite horsemanship, groundwork, and riding lessons at The Equestrian Center, LLC, in Sandpoint, Idaho, from May through October, and accepts a limited number of horses and students in her summer individualized horse training programs. She also offers Full Immersion Horsemanship Clinics and Private Horsemanship Clinics


During the winter months, Sam teaches horsemanship lessons and training on a limited basis in Yuma, Arizona, between horse clinics and teaching abroad. 


Please note that she does not provide horse boarding, horse rentals, guided trail rides, or lesson horses for riding.


For those in need of help buying the ideal equine partner, the Horse Shopping Help 5-Part Course is available.

    Customer Testimonials:

    "I feel that she has really opened my eyes and given me a brand new and exciting way of RIDING my horse. I have competed for the last 15 years or so and with some nice success but, I realize I only rode to compete if that makes sense. I told Sam that I really didn't like riding by myself, basically keeping my horse legged up and in shape to compete but what I realized in riding with Sam in just a short time is that most of that riding was mindless, and realized that I was missing the best part!" Kim, AZ 

    "You are THE most amazing horse psychiatrist and trainer!! Every person that owns or rides a horse should connect with you and learn from you. Their relationship with their horse will most certainly flourish. Your insight and instruction when I attended an immersion camp with my mare Raven were so helpful and your knowledge and assessment of a horse’s behavior is SPOT ON! Keep doing what you do best 

    ❤️ G Kennedy, KY, 2022