I use the term “teamwork training” to refer to any combination of horse training, riding instruction, and saddle fitting that helps you and your horse work together more effectively. Usually, I will work with your horse alone first, then coach you and your horse together. I try to keep your horse’s skills ahead of yours so that you both aren’t trying to learn the same skill at the same time.
Because people have different learning styles, I tailor my lessons to fit how each person learns most effectively. If you learn best kinetically (by trying a skill yourself), I will focus on having you feel how your body is working and have you make corrections based on the movement of the horse. If you learn better visually, I will often record you on video attempting a specific skill first, then review each video clip with you, and then give you a chance to make improvements based on what you saw. Other times I will demonstrate a skill on your horse, then encourage you to match what you just saw.
Teamwork training sessions can take place at your home or barn, or I have access to indoor and outdoor arenas at the following equestrian facilities:
- Stone Gate Ranch in north Fort Collins
- Circle Back Farm in west Loveland
- Gilnocky Equestrian Center in Berthoud
Arena availability and trailer-in fees vary with each barn. If you already board at a facility that’s not on my list, please check with your barn manager whether I would be allowed to work with you at your barn.
Although I do not “break” horses, I will work with young or unstarted horses from the ground to teach them skills ranging from being led to ground driving. Then, when they are ready for a rider, I will either coach the owner on how to help the horse feel comfortable with a rider, or I will bring an assistant to perform the first few rides.