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The term “natural horsemanship” has become a recent phenomenon with many efforts catering to the mass markets. 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.
New clients come to me for help because frequently the “general teachings” presented by trainers and clinicians geared can create undesired results when undereducated students (horse and rider) aren’t able to fully grasp the how and whys of concepts. It is hard for riders to learn the timing and finesse of techniques presented, and they can end up in stressful scenarios if their awareness has not been brought to the specifics of the communication with the horse.
The term “Alternative Horsemanship” in regards to how and what I teach was suggested by a client of mine who realized I was using the same “concepts, timing and pressure” as horses would when with one another, but in an alternative manner.
My goal is to help students learn how to build a quality equine partnership whose foundation is built on respect and trust. Riders will learn how to have a "conversation" with their horse to create mentally available and physically safe equine partners.
Many riders and horses "go through the motions" and tolerate each other with a sense of "surviving the ride." I teach how to support the horse to "try" rather than receiving a "why should I?" defensiveness in his mental attitude. The physical actions the horse displays are a reflection of his mental and emotional state. By treating each horse and how the human interacts with him as an individual, trust is built and confidence is increased.
Using a combination of explaining horse behavior, classical riding concepts, and positive support teaches students how to be supportive leaders to their horse.
Taking the time to address the seemingly minor details that can create significant "cracks" in the partnership, allows a continual progression that empowers students to independently use their newfound skills to work with their horse in the "real world," irrelevant of the discipline.
Whether is through Clinics, Remote Horse Coaching, Training, and Lessons, I look forward to helping you on your journey of horsemanship.