Horsemanship

THE PHILOSOPHY

My background and basic training was Natural Horsemanship.  From Pat Parelli, Monty Roberts, Mark Rashid, Klaus Ferdinand Hempfling, Carolyn Resnick, Linda Kohanov, Robert M. Miller, Gyula Mezeros, Alexandr Nevzorov and my Polish trainer Darek Domagała, I studied intensively the available information about these trainers methods, backgrounds and philosophies.  Why then don’t I call myself a NATURAL Horsemanship trainer?

Do I believe riding and training horses is natural?  Yes it can be.
Do I use methods from non-natural trainers, classical traditions, and more modern science based methods?  Yes.
 

I call my methods HORSEMANSHIP because I want to be inclusive!
I call it HORSEMANSHIP because I do not want to follow only ONE system of training.

I integrate a collection of ideas so that I have the tools I need for each horse and human. A multi-disciplinary approach, staying open, and never closing to an idea worth investigating.

Since Natural Horsemanship beginnings I have studied either directly, or self study:

– Horse Biomechanics, Anatomy and Conformation Analysis
– Rider Biomechanics, Anatomy and Conformation Analysis
– Personal Development coaching (EHAE, European Horse Assisted Education)
– Harmonious Seat Riding (Horseway Foundation)
– Centered Riding (Sally Swift)
– Ride With Your Mind (Mary Wanless)
– Bridle Horse development training and Californio Vaquero Saddle Horses
– Spanish Horse Etymology and management
– Classical Equitation and ‘Natural Dressage’
– Equine Nutrition
– Equine Management and Husbandry
– Paddock Paradise livery systems
– Hoof Anatomy and Pathology
– Apex Hoof trimming (certified)
– Equine Rehabilitation
– Dr. Panksepp Mammalian Emotion Theory
– Modern Movement Science and Intrinsic Motivation in Horses
– Western dressage
– Cavaletti and Preparatory Jumping training
– R+ and R- training (Positive Reinforcement and Negative Reinforcement)
– RTRT and OPP Methods by OneHorseLife Anna Marciniak

My motivation comes from my heart for the horse and a willingness to involve a like minded community of people into empowerment with equines.  To reach as many people and horses as possible I need to study as many of the available training systems and approaches as I can.  How can you empathise with others if you have not studied their perspective?

WHOLE HORSE.  WHOLE HUMAN

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“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”

LESSONS

Inside my Horsemanship lessons the studies are tailored to your requirements. Activities are both theoretical and practical.  They can include any of the following:

  • Horse Riding;  Harmonious Seat Riding and rider biomechanics, relaxed, simple, easy to understand method for beginning through advanced.
  • Groundwork; choosing from a huge variety of syllabuses.  From relationship building,  body awareness, lunging and cavesson work,  gymnastics, backing and saddling, bridling, liberty work, trick training, self carriage development, intrinsic motivation work and more.
  • Bridle Horse training;   I use a blend of methods which create a relaxed and thoroughly trained bridle horse, who understands that a bit is not a tool of pain or coersion. This process takes years and hundreds of thousands of hours of dedication.  This is not traditional bit or bridle training.   RELAXATION and CONNECTION are our focus!
  • Bridleless Horse training:  The twin sister to bridle training, is training a horse to ride without a bit or a bridle.  This may include a simple rope halter, a cavesson, bitless bridles or even a neck rope or ‘cordeo’.  All horses can learn to ride without a bit if their rider wishes for that.  A bit is absolutely unnecessary for all basic riding essentials.
  •  Rehab horses; troubled, traumatised and problematic horses that need extra help.  A horse who has lost its way, creating special needs that require ‘re-starting’ them from the beginning.
  • Backing and starting; green horses and fresh youngsters.  Gentling and saddle training with patience and kindness.
  • Natural Horse Keeping, Nutrition and Husbandy consulting; if you want to improve your horses quality of life but not sure where to start, I can consult with you to create a healthier lifestyle and living environment for your horses based upon their need as nature intended.***CLINICS

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    A clinic can be whatever we want it to be.  If you are interested in hosting or organising a group event together then the topic of the clinic can cover any of the topics found in THE LESSONS.
    – We can choose just one topic, for example: Bridle Horse Training.
    – A complimentary combination:  Bridle Horse Training and Relationship Building.
    – We may choose an integrated, multi-disciplinary approach, to welcome all types of horses and riders to learn about the gifts of HORSEMANSHIP.

    Workshops can be focused on the horses or the humans or both.  For example, if you have a stable or herd of horses that need some work, the workshop is focused and constructed around them.  The structure looks like this:

    HORSE FOCUSED CLINIC
    Half  Day:  maximum 4 horses.  From 9am to 2pm.
    Full Day:  maximum 8 horses.  From 9am to 7pm (One hour lunch break)

    Each horse has approximately one hour one on one instruction. The owner can choose to be part of those trainings or can watch and observe. Spectators always welcome. Workshop can also be totally private, to assess the needs of a single horse, who requires more than just a one hour visit. 

    HUMAN FOCUSED CLINIC
    Half Day:  Maximum 10 persons.  9am to 2pm
    Full Day:  Maximum 20 persons.  9am to 2pm (One hour lunch break)

    Trainings conducted in a group learning style and begin with a sit down theoretical component, followed by practical exercises without a horse and finally practical exercises with a horse.  I have also given totally private clinics, focusing on the needs of horse people who wish to have intensive private instruction.

    For more information on any of the above, please feel free to write or call me. 🙂