| Tom Dorrance once said:
know about the horse I learned from the horse".
am fortunate to have been able to learn from what Tom and Bill Dorrance
have written, along with personal experience with Frank Bell, Pat
Parelli, Leslie Desmond, Richard Shrake, John Lyons and other horsemen,
who while not so well known nonetheless added to my store of knowledge
that grows day by day and horse by horse.
owe a special debt of gratitude to Dick and Ginny Elder who first
introduced me to a way of teaching and caring for horses that
recognizes their intrinsic nature and rejects using fear and intimidation
in favor of respect, communication and trust.
owe more thanks to Frank Bell, probably the gentlest of the gentlers.
Frank's focus on safety and taking the mystery out of communication
with horses has in large part influenced the focus of my horsemanship,
which is to help troubled horses and assist new horse owners to
safely enjoy these wonderful animals.
- Jim Rea
The objective of horse training
should be to end up with a safe, calm, dependable horse that will willingly
do what we ask it to do when we ask it to do it. Horses are almost always
eager to please if they understand what it is that we want and if we
provide them with dependable leadership.
Dorrance said: "It’s really amazing what a horse
will do for you if he understands what you want. And it’s also quite
amazing what he’ll do to you if he doesn’t."
The secret of the financial success
of some horse trainers is that they fix a problem with the horse, but
don’t fix the cause of the problem, which is usually the owner, or rider.
We cure the problem with the horse and teach the owner or rider
how to keep it from reoccurring. A trainer who won't let you watch him
or her training your horse is not a trainer you want, either they have
some secret that other trainers don't know or they may be using abusive
Training vs. Teaching
Most often we refer to the process
of getting the horse to do what we want as teaching rather than training.
It may be a matter of semantics, but training seems to imply doing something to the horse where teaching implies doing
something for the horse.
How We Teach
- First and foremost, we need
to have a clear understanding with the owner about the specific
goals for a horse we are going to teach.
- If the horse has a behavior
problem we first make sure that it does not have a physical problem
that is causing the undesirable behavior.
- We train most horses here
at the Colorado Natural Horsemanship Center, however, we can come
to your location to teach your horse.
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