My primary goal when training horses is to develop them in a fair and ethical way that nurtures their spirit and unique personality. Through multi-faceted, systematic training, I seek to produce willing partners while remaining appreciative of their individual strengths, and mindful of their weaknesses.
My primary goal when teaching students is to develop thinking riders, who understand the “why” behind the exercises. I encourage my students to watch, read and listen to good horsemen in all disciplines, to think for themselves, and to ask questions. I want them to understand when and why to use different techniques and exercises, so that they can feel confident riding on their own.
I endeavor to never stop learning, to approach each horse and student with an open mind and a willingness to think outside the box when necessary.