Alternative Horsemanship
Alternative Horsemanship

What is Alternative Horsemanship?

Horse and Rider Coach Samantha Harvey


"Thought I should tell you, though, how often I use the tools you give us. Feeding, leading, loading, riding, it doesn't matter what I'm doing, I'm far more aware of what my horses are feeling and thinking, which (as you obviously know!) leads to better communication and a positive outcome. I think the loading moments are my favorites...where is the brain?...come back to me!...oh, hello, you wanted what? Thanks for expanding the horizons of both me and my horse." Marilyn, WA

Alternative Horsemanship™ was developed by Samantha Harvey, offering a simplified and effective approach to understanding horses and learning horse-related skills to create a thinking, willing, adaptable, and reasonable equine partner. Sam's horse training concepts and unique approach prioritizes offering quality instruction instead of generalized, temporary, quick-fix horse training solutions.


Her students gain the ability to identify the root causes of unwanted horse behavior to learn the horsemanship skills necessary to address these issues confidently. By acknowledging their own behavioral patterns and emotional triggers, riders can replace reactive critical thinking with what Sam call "Positive Alternatives," enabling proactive, real-time, relevant, decision-making and communication while maintaining realistic goals for their equine partner.


Prioritizing acknowledging the horse's feedback and communication, once can diminish worried, fearful, or dangerous behaviors. Equine Coach Sam Harvey's goal is to help students build a quality equine partnership based on mutual respect and trust, creating mentally available, physically willing equine partners.


Her horse rider instruction and equine training approach combines horse behavior and biomechanical riding concepts, while also addressing the rider's mental focus. Students can confidently apply their skills to work with their horses in the "real world," regardless of their chosen discipline.