training philosophy is based on Care, Communication
for our horses not only includes providing for their needs of food,
water, shelter, medical care, exercise and companionship but it
also includes attempting to understand the horse culture and see
life from their perspective. This includes educating ourselves regarding
the horses’ instincts and social structure, respecting their
concerns and appreciating how they perceive us and the requests
we present to them.
involves discovering how horses communicate with other horses
and then using their own language to open a line of communication
between the human and the horse. By employing techniques of visualization,
body language, pressure and release and focused energy we present
our requests to our horses in a way he can easily understand and
is the key to becoming the type of leader who is worthy of
our horses’ respect and trust. Our responsibilities as a good
leader for our horse are:
to be confident and emotionally stable, never displaying reactions
of anger, frustration, fear, confusion or violence.
to set the rules for respectful behavior and always enforce those
to set high expectations for performance from our horses and help
them in every way possible to achieve those high standards.
to pursue light requests from ourselves and light responses from
our horses. Only in lightness is there dignity for the horse and
"For what a horse does under constraint, he does without understanding and with no more grace than a dancer would show if he were whipped or goaded. Under such treatment man and horse alike will produce much more that is ugly than graceful."
Master Greek Horseman from the first century AD