I enjoy working with horses and people using Classical Dressage and Natural Horsemanship. For many years I traveled around the west riding and making a study of the horse through the lens of natural horsemanship. About sixteen years ago I was on my way home from a long trip to Wyoming where I worked starting young colts and restarting “problem” horses, when I began to wonder what else was out there that could really help me with these horses that have physical problems and therefore a lot of mental stress. I had come to a cross road and I could see that there was a new door opening up for me.
I came home and began searching for a way to further my work with horses. I became fascinated by the work of Nuno Oliveira and his students. Over time I searched out a number of his students and spent years redeveloping my training program to include the classical exercises for building a dynamic horse. The root of these exercises is the old classical French school of Francois Robichon de la Gueriniere and Francois Baucher, among others. These methods were developed to relieve the horse of any physical tension or restriction in its body in order to build a balanced horse that was light to the hand, free and forward and supple beyond any previous measure. Mr. Oliveira took the older classical French methodology and added a great deal of relaxation and finesse to it. In his lifetime he advanced the French classical view and passed it on to only a few of his dedicated students.
Over the years I have learned from each individual horse how to best help them resolve balance issues and conformation limitations. One of the reasons that classical horsemanship interest me so much is that I can help horses minimize injury and strain to joints from the exercises I do with them. Every type of horse and every type of riding can benefit from the classical art of gymnastic development. I have helped endurance riders, ex- race horses, 3 day event riders, dressage horses and riders and fox hunting horses as well as all types of western horses.