"Today's Equine goal is to provide horses and riders a better tomorrow. This goal is reached through A Whole Horse Approach: by holistic health care, training, and lifestyle."
I have worked with many of the top trainers in the world to gather a great deal of education to use while training horses and riders. Combing several types of training and education has helped create an excellent understanding of horse behavior and how to instruct clients to better understand as well. It has been my life's dream to be a horse trainer and to help people better understand horses in order to prevent their mistreatment. I believe whether your a weekend trail rider or a class A competitor, having that dream relationship with your horse will enhance both your lives. I know your horse is ready and willing to listen and work for you, but it takes communicating to them in ways your horse will easily understand.
I pride myself on being a good translator for both horse and human. Translating horse behavior is explained regularly so you can physically see your horse's true intentions. I will also use terminology, used by judges and trainers, and then explain what it really means. I like to use word pictures to help describe a theory or maneuver being covered as well.
By studying different training techniques and connecting research about horses - I'm able to combine and affectively use time tested methods for the best results.
Let me show you the world I live in with my horses, by partaking in my demonstrations, clinics, lessons, and training - including online and in person!
Some history: I've been in riding lessons since the age of three and I purchased my first horse, Sunny, at the age of eleven with most of my own money. I then joined 4h and starting showing. It was in 4h that I learned how much I enjoyed teaching and helping the other 4hers. I worked hard at taking lessons on how to train my own horse and helping others with theirs. Due to poor boarding conditions Sunny was injured and put to sleep. I wasn't sure how to go on with out her. My grandfather approached me months later and said it was time to start looking for a new horse and the family would help with the costs. In 1997 we purchased Ima Cinnabar, who taught me not every training method is for every horse. Through the struggles in training Cinnabar proved to me that I wanted to be a real horse trainer. After a couple of years working with pleasure horse trainers and not getting the type of connection I was wanting, I started lessons in the Parelli method. It was a matter of a month and my horse had become a willing partner! That was enough proof to me that Natural Horsemanship was not a hoax. After high school graduation I went to WY for Ken McNabb's Apprenticeship training in 2002. We worked and leveled up three levels of horses: never touched, green broke, and finished. Round penning techniques, trailer loading, nutritional care, and more were learned additionally. I started using these techniques while traveling to owners for training and instruction with their horses soon after graduation. I then purchased property, with my father's help, in 2003. I continued training, giving lessons, showing, and started boarding horses too. In 2004 I met and apprenticed with Ryan Gingrich to further my training skills. Ryan focuses on horse behavior and classical dressage skills using natural horsemanship training. This started my love for dressage and broke the sterotype thinking for me about it. It was also in 2004 that I started my work as a clinician for my own students and 4H groups. I volunteered and helped Ken McNabb and Dan Grunewald (judge and clinician) in following years, at the Hoosier Horse Fair and Expo. My lesson program continued to grow up to 35 lesson students per week through private and group sessions. In 2011 I rode with Lindsay Grice at the Horse Fair working on showing skills and patterns in preparation for my audition for America's Favorite Trail Horse through the American Competitive Trail Horse Association. The 2013 Horse Fair allowed me to meet and start a new relationship with Richard Shrake of A Winning Way, Ltd. Spring of 2014 I officially started the accredited coaching program through Richard. In the spring of 2015 I started my journey with Western Dressage through judge and clinician Jennifer Moshier, later in the year I competed at the Western Dressage Association of America World Show. April 2016 I proudly became a graduate of the "Train The Trainers" program through WDAA covering info for competitors, trainers, and judges. I'm a professional member, competitor, and coach/instructor/clinician in WDAA and NAWD (North American Western Dressage).
As of 2017, I also became a certified equine sports massage therapist with a focus on rehab and biomechanics. The knowledge of how the horses body works also contributes to the healthy training/conditioning of horses. After 8+years of being chronically ill, I was finally diagnosed with Lyme Disease and started treatment for it. My chronic illness had already lead me to alternative therapies, but the new diagnosis lead me to herbs and manual lymph drainage for treatment. The manual lymphatic drainage works to get all toxins and inflammation out of the body, which allows medicines to work better. With the help and guidance of my Health Restoration Specialist, I've put this knowledge to use for horses now as well. The results have been overwhelmingly positive for myself and my clients - seeing real results instead of just putting a band-aid on the problem! It was an exciting year and I'm looking forward to helping many more people and horses! You can read more about the protocol and process on my articles page.
Throughout all these years I've worked with hundreds to thousands of horses and riders through my facility, 4h groups, business events, community events, and more. I've continued showing and competing in everything from show classes, pattern/dressage classes, to barrel racing, and competitive trail riding. I hope to always continue learning and sharing my education. Through sharing this education I wish to make a difference in the horse world and better horses lives.
I live in Indianapolis Indiana and offer services at my facility or yours for many services. Contact me for a quote or more information about any of my services.