Goals take time.
I love to see professional pictures of myself, my students, friends, and those that inspire me, because what I see is the process. I see the time spent building a solid foundation, the commitment, the relationships built between people, and horses. Let me be the trainer that you recommend, for finishing, tune-ups, consignment, or colt starting (I’m pretty picky about my colts that I commit to).
I believe that a young inexperienced horse needs to have go-to knowledge that they can fall back on when unsure or nervous. Instilling this confidence creates a foundation you and your horse can always rely on. It’s equally important for them to gain experience in the arena, on the trail. . . or anywhere, in any discipline. This solid foundation gives them ability to handle new and unfamiliar environments. Horses are your partners; they will look to you for confidence while they are gaining understanding of what is expected of them.
Pictured above: Eden, Kailua, Orianna, Rory
“Each horse and rider have a unique story, and training horses is never a one size fits all. I believe that if you can truly read horses there is never a question left unanswered. . . so my goal is to teach all of my students how to understand what they’re partner is saying, which helps them to leave the guessing out and start communicating with each other confidently and clearly.”
When I first started riding, I would stay weekends at my trainer’s house and volunteer at her pony parties in exchange for lessons (although it didn’t really work out that way, I still learned a lot). At the end of the workday, I remember watching the first episode of Heartland. . . Amy Fleming was training Spartan. She was being made fun of for being a horse whisperer, like her mom. But, she didn’t whisper to horses, she listened to them, their body language, and spoke to them. I understand the concept now. Once you can read a horse you can speak to them, you understand what they are saying or about to do before they do it and that’s where the saying “horses don’t lie” comes in; they almost always tell you exactly what they are going to do before they do it. . . you just have to know how to listen.