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Frequently Asked Questions

What is natural horsemanship?

Natural Horsemanship is understanding the horses nature and perspective. From there you build a language to communicate your ideas to the horse for a willing response.

How will natural horsemanship help me if I compete in a specific discipline such as dressage or hunters and jumpers?

Creating a common a language allows the horse and rider to build a solid foundation to work from. When this foundation is in place one can build upon it to move into the specific discipline of their choice with quality.

Can my horse learn if he/she has already been trained traditionally?

Yes, horses have a remarkable capacity to change if they are given the time they need to make those changes.

Do you work with problem horses?

Yes. Many of the horses that come to me are doing so because they are having behavioral or performance related problems. These problems are solved through understanding the root of their cause.

How long does it take to fix a horse’s problem(s)?

This depends on how deeply rooted the problem is. First the horse must learn to trust leadership from a human. The horses personality and the severity of the problem also factor in on how long this process will take. It can take anywhere from days to months.

How do you ensure that the problems stay fixed when the horse goes home?

The education of the human is equally as important as the education of the horse. The horse can only maintain change if the humans in their life change with them. This is why taking lessons in conjunction with the horses re-educating is so important.

What sort of problems do some of the horses you work with have?

Some of the more common problems I work with are: Rearing, bucking, bolting, biting, kicking, head shy, hard to catch, leaning on the bit, trailer loading, herd bound, afraid of other horses etc.

How long does colt-starting take?

Colt-Starting is the most important part of a horses career. This is why quality is more important than speed. It is an individual process for each horse which is why the time frame can vary from a month to several months.

What experience levels do you teach?

I teach anywhere from beginner to experienced riders. In each case it is necessary to start with the basics to ensure nothing has been missed. A solid foundation is the key to achieving quality results.

Do you teach English or western?

I teach horsemanship as a universal language. English and Western are for the most part costumes. Good horsemanship is the most important factor for any discipline.

Do I need my own horse to take lessons or can you provide one?

Horses can be provided for on-site lessons. You must provide your own horse for off-site lessons.

Do you travel out to farms for your services?

Yes I will travel out to farms for my services.

"First, you must trust in yourself. Then you can also trust in the earth or gravity of a situation, and because of that, you can uplift yourself. At that point, your discipline becomes delightful rather than being an ordeal or a great demand. When you ride a horse, balance comes, not from freezing your legs to the saddle, but from learning to float with the movement of the horse as you ride. Each step is a dance, the rider's dance as well as the dance of the horse." Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Shambala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior
Tom Dorrance
"The best thing I try to do for myself is to try to listen to the horse.  I don't mean let him take over.  I listen to how he's operating: what he's understanding or what he doesn't understand: what's bothering him and what isn't bothering him.  I try to feel what the horse is feeling and operate from where the horse is."