- Timezone: America/New_York
- Date: 12 Dec 2023 - 15 Dec 2023
- Time: All of the day
I teach people how to train in a way that allows horses to have the room to search and make decisions for themselves so that when their horses are operating, they are focused on what they are doing and because that is their intention, they become naturally softer and more balanced.
Teaching people to become better leaders for their horses is also very important. When we take a horse away from their herd, or their comfortable environment, we have to replace that herd/ stability/ comfort and that comes from the quality of our leadership and the confidence that our horses put in us. I like to teach them to be a place where their horse can feel safe and relax.
I now travel mostly throughout Australia (NSW, ACT, WA, QLD, VIC, TAS) and also Germany, England, and America working with people and horses on an individual level to help people understand themselves and their horses better so that they can provide a learning environment that promotes calmness, confidence and focus. I help people from beginners to people who lack confidence, to confident people in performance.
There are other trainers whose philosophies have helped me shape my own ideas and my confidence in where I was going and what I was doing (Mark Rashid and Ross Jacobs). However, the way that I work and my technique is guided by my own unique experiences of teaching and training horses.
Principles and philosophies that I think are sound that good trainers share are:
We are here to help horses. Not train.
We help horses to feel better about themselves and us.
Calm, connected leadership as oppose to alpha pushy.
Guiding a horse, not drive (going towards focus not away from it).
Understanding and influencing the direction of a horse’s intention (thought).