and training horses is "a mental game played
in a physical medium." You have to earn the
horse's trust and respect. This is achieved
by developing the power, not fighting for the
power! Through the use of methodically applied
directional pressure to create a shape the horse
understands, you will build a foundation that
the horse can learn from, and you'll be able
to maximize its athletic abilities.
owns the horse's mind, actually owns the horse."
One of the most important things I do for my
students is help them build a relationship with
their horse. Once I consistently get the desired
results from the horse, I work with the rider
and the horse together. This enables me to help
the rider prevent bad habits from returning
and new ones from occurring.
believe that a balanced seat is essential for
any riding style or discipline from dressage
& jumping to reining, cutting, barrel racing,
trail riding, or just riding for pleasure. Being
a balanced rider allows you to guide the horse
with all of your riding "aides" without getting
in its way or hindering its movement. If you
are a balanced rider, your horse will be more
responsive and perform better for you, whatever
the task may be.
You should ride every stride making the horse
become an extension of your mind and body. Essentially,
you should strive to "Become One" with the horse.
You are never too old to learn. Please note
that I use positive reinforcement and videotaping
to help create an "effective," confident rider.