Chloe Elliston Horsemanship Instructor
What was your dream with horses? Mine was riding bareback and bridleless. Complete communication without the need for gadgets.
Whatever your dream with horses, be it high level competition or just a safe hack around the block, I can help you achieve that with Natural Horsemanship techniques.
A relationship with a horse should be like a relationship with a friend. If you arrived at your friends house and had to spend 10 minutes "catching" them, you'd suspect that maybe they didn't like you as much as you liked them! So why do we think that's normal with our horses? Do they not like us quite as much as we'd hoped?
Why do we think it's normal for our horses to not stand still to be mounted? If your friend drove off whilst you were getting in the car, you'd be pretty certain there was a problem there!
It shouldn't be normal for a horse to have to be twitched for clipping, or sedated for dentistry, or loaded by using brute force and intimidation. It shouldn't be normal to have to hold onto the horses mouth to stop them running off. Or to have to resort to bigger bits and gadgetry to control our horses. I can help you with all of these issues, and so much more. Our horse should be our friend - we shouldn't have to resort to gadgets and gizmos to force a horse into submission. Our relationship should be strong enough that they're happy to do what we want.
I can help you build a solid relationship with your horse where they're happy to see you, and happy to do as you ask.
If you have problems such as spooking, hard to catch, hard to get in the trailer, troubles with jogging out on hacks, get in touch!
Don't think that this is an easy path. Don't think that there are any shortcuts to good horsemanship. Do be aware that it's not the horse that needs to change, it's change in the human that's necessary. Here's a quote that I found that illustrates this perfectly.
"Becoming a horseman takes among other things, courage, fortitude, mental and emotional strength, perseverance and compassion. You will not progress as a horseman using excuses or putting blame on others or yourself. Your horse is not interested in the difficulties of human existence. He wants friendship and leadership from the human to give him a place of comfort in a world he was not designed to live in. He is not comfortable relying on someone filled with angst, fear, uncertainty, or weakness. In this environment, the horse will seek to control the partnership, because he will not trust the human. You do not do your horse or yourself any favors by allowing the horse to take over, push you around and become the dominant half of the team."