Linda Parelli working with Ellie at Pagosa Springs CO with Ellie passing her level 2
I offer a unique combination of dressage blended with what I learned from Master horseman, Tom Dorrance; the Master of Communication- Ray Hunt and the gifted Buck Brannaman who was their prodigy. Their focus-desire of unity.
I have an extensive education in natural training while having a strong focus on dressage. This benefits me when I start colts, problem resolve,trailer load or working with horse/human fear issues. All training horses receive a solid foundation so the owner can go into whatever discipline they desire. I love working with people on challenging and deepening their relationship with their horse along with developing more feel & finesse together. It's all about the relationship developing feel & finesse.
So what is Natural Training- Developing control over the horse with leadership so the respect flows on a equal basis. This is achieved by learning and applying their language of herd dynamics, their natural instincts and behaviors to create a solid foundation through relaxation and understanding. When you train using feel, it is absolutely remarkable how universally and instantly understood it is by the horse.
Is it Dressage I teach?? - YES Is it "Natural I teach? - YES Does the type of saddle used matter?? - NOT AT ALL
WHAT I DO TEACH... is control down to their feet - building safety & enjoyment as a partner.
It is about mutual respect, built on foundation. Getting that horse soft in the ribcage and between the reins and responding to you. Isn't it so true... "In riding a horse, we borrow freedom & experience partnership."
Applying what I learned with "Natural" to advance my dressage scores paid off at my 1stshow with my junior stallion Dreamer + his first Dressage show-We took a 1st !!!! My young apprentice, Nichole also placed 1st - each in our own division!!! What a great day! My biggest compliment of my life that day - "too bad he is not a stallion..."A lady made that comment while I was on him next to mares at the show. Her intent was to make note on his manners & quiet disposition and was a bit surprised when I explained he was a stallion. When I started giving more of my own clinics - that is when I really started developing myself and learning - from the horse. You have to be able to walk the talk on horses & riding; but when teaching, also have to be able to explain along with reading people. Watching my masters and watching reining pros, helped me advance to another level.It helped me develop my style of advanced groundwork. I saw the reining pros used no ground work and the masters, little if at all.Groundwork- like anything else is taught at an obvious level to help the horse understand and then -advance to look like you are doing nothing to communicate with your horse. But no one was teaching this in-depth.I developed a 3 second specific check-in to look for braces prior to getting on a horse. With the check-in, you can tell if the horse is ready to ride or to be safe; just need a bit more time spent on the ground.
I start all my clinics discussing my acronym "TAAR"- I believe all Thoughts lead to your attitude and your Attitude leads to your actions and your Actions yields you your Results- so careful with your "TAAR"& keep positive.
I have3 R'S OF LEARNING(Request - Require- Release)
I feel being consistent and having a dedication to preciseness is what is fair to the horse and leads you closest to having an enjoyable partner.
My goal - To be clear and precise so the horse does not fail in what we ask.
I truly enjoy working with horses along with people who want to challenge & deepen their relationship.