I believe in setting up the horse to succeed. Not forcing the horse. In order to have the bond unbreakable, a horse must learn to trust and try for the human no matter what the moment brings.
I have shared my life with horses from an early age. I was successfully competitive on my own horses in showing in a variety of events, including Gymkhana, English Events, Western Events & Halter.
I started to give lessons at the age of 14 at the ranch where I worked feeding and grooming horses. I got this opportunity when the regular instructor would book herself too full. When the students would call back and only want to book lessons with me. The owner took me on as an instructor.
I was also employed in my late teens/early twenties to show sale horses. It was referred to as Stable 100 because there was always at least 100 horses there for sale. They contained a variety of different breeds in a variety of English and Western events. Most of these horses came from auction and most were either a problem horse or a colt start.
I have always immersed myself into anything that had to do with horses. As a child, I was quite the odd duck. I was always doing things with my horses that others thought were strange. I was always giving my horses jobs, such as checking the mail, picking apples and pears from the trees, opening gates, walking up stairs, attending high school football games on horseback. The cheer and roar of the crowd was a real relationship builder. It made parades a cinch! I even brought my horse into my bedroom, boy were my parents surprised when they opened the door!
I'm a formerly Licensed Parelli Professional. I was licensed with Parelli through 2013. In 2003, I attended a Parelli tour stop in Madison, Wisconsin. What I saw that day was a way to communicate to "people" on how to do things with their horses. I liked the idea of teaching the people to train their own horse. I straight away decided to become a part of it. Along my journey of becoming a Licensed Parelli Professional, I studied with many great horseman and horsewomen. I studied at the Florida Parelli ISC in 2009, 2010 & 2011. I also attended the Colorado ISC many years for the Summit and Instructor Conferences. I am grateful to the Parelli Program for teaching me so many great people teaching skills.
Today, I am still achieving higher horsemanship by being a student of the horse on a daily basis. I spend about 3 hours a day with my best teachers, my own horses and developing new techniques and skills to help you become better horsemen and horsewomen. A good part of the rest of the day is spent helping students with their own horses and making dreams come true!
Dream big because If you can dream it. There is a way to achieve it. Let's get started!
I thank my mother for allowing me to grow up with horses. It truly made my life whole. It was also an opportunity to give back to her. After a stroke and a broken hip from a fall, she landed in a wheel chair for six years. This led my inspiration of playing with horses on the ground. It was a true asset to be able to teach a horse to be safe and confident around her and to be able to teach her to play with horses from the ground.
Playing with horses from this chair to teach the horse to be safe is a whole other perspective. I thank all the horses that have taught me exactly what I needed to know to become good with horses and be able to make it my life long journey.
If your true passion is horses. It will get you up early and keep you up late.