Training Philosophy

If I had a penny for every time an equine taught me something new I needed to know about properly communicating with them I’d be a very rich lady. But I do feel I have wealth in abundance as my Norwegian fjords genuinely want to spend time with me. For a horse person it doesn’t get better then that.
I feel my job is to be the best partner that I can be by constantly striving to better my communication and riding skills. To that end I am an avid follower of Andrew McLeans principals of riding and if you ever get a chance take his clinics. He recognizes the need to keep communication with your horses clear, consistent and simple in nature. Be fair but firm. Learn to be present when you are handling them on the ground and riding on their backs. Pay attention to what your body is doing so that you can make their job easier. Learn to reward your horse by releasing the rein and leg pressure the instant your horse responds. That does not mean throwing the reins away so that should you have to take up contact you end up beating their mouth. As a portuguese classical dressage instructor told me that I took lessons off for numerous months. ” treat your horses mouth like you are holding your best friends hands, with care and compassion.”
I truly believe that in order to be a good communicator you must learn what self carriage for you and your equine partner truly means. To not only be attentive but be present at all times when you are riding and as my friend Lori Albrough from Blue Bird Lane Fjords would say ride with soft eyes.
Most important of all: If you are having issues with your equine friend ask yourself. What am I doing wrong that is creating these issues and don’t blame your equine friend as you are their leader.
Make sure that you are being a good partner and have fun, but not at their expense.
Happy horsing around.

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