In this day and age the term “natural horsemanship” has become the latest mass marketing effort to reach the equine community. As much as the general public has increased their awareness in realizing there is a “gentler” way of working with their horses compared to the old ways of “breaking” horses, many of the ideas you find in the easily accessible books, videos and DVDs don’t offer a whole lot that is “natural” about the methods presented to start and train horses. Too many times new clients come to me for help because the “general teachings” presented by trainers and clinicians geared towards “mass teachings” can create a lot of undesired results when undereducated students (horse and rider) aren’t able to fully grasp the how and whys of concepts nor the timing and finesse of techniques properly and wind up in less than ideal situations.
People can simulate horse behavior and communication, but none of it will ever be as “natural” as one horse communicating with another. So the term “alternative” was suggested by a client of mine who realized I was using the same “concepts, timing and pressure” as horses would if they were communicating with one another, but with an alternative way of communicating the same information.
My goal is to teach owners how to first learn to "read" their horse. Then to be able to assess what support their horse needs from the human, in order to create a mental, emotional and physical availability in their horse. Learning to offer clear communication is the foundation for building a trusting and respectful partnership.
Lessons and clinics will help you raise your level of awareness, increase your ability to assess, offer ideas on aids and their correct usage (how, when and why) to improve your timing and finesse when working with your horse.
Most riders and horses "go through the motions" and tolerate each other with a sense of "surviving the ride." Instead, why not encourage your horse to learn how to offer a "try" rather than a "why should I?" mental attitude. The physical actions your horse displays are a reflection of his mental and emotional state. By treating each horse as an individual and assessing his level of experience, trust, respect, effort, and past we can then work WITH him in order to gain his trust and respect to achieve a quality partnership.
Infusing a combination of helping folks decipher horse behavior, a classical riding foundation and positive support is my goal in helping horses and humans. Slowing down and addressing the seemingly minor details that actually can create "cracks" in the partnership, allows a continually forward-moving progression that empowers students to independently use their newfound skills to work with their horse in the "real world," irrelevant of the discipline.
If you're not quite sure where to "start" with your horse, or what direction to go with your horse, or even what needs "help" in your partnership, you can opt to have an in-person on-site consultation, a remote consultation based on video sent or a phone consultation to sort through ideas and options. Check out the "Other Services" link for details.