LESSONS IN HORSEMANSHIP
Reimagine Horsemanship offers a highly comprehensive education for riders and handlers. Lessons focus on the discipline and practice of ethical, relationship-based horsemanship. Students form partnerships with their horses by learning to communicate, cooperate, and educate them correctly.
The objective of our practice is to continuously improve the quality of the horse-human partnership while adding layers to the horse's education and athletic development. Essentially, we find ways of educating the horse, while using his emotional and psychological well-being as a baseline. We learn to master control over our own compulsions and projections so the horse can learn to control his. Horses reflect our actions and energies so they can be a catalyst for powerful personal transformation in our own lives. This type of horsemanship is not for everyone. It is a discipline comparable to the martial arts and can become a way of life.
We want the horse to view us with respect, look to us for guidance, and become curious about the interaction. Along the road toward these achievements, we have no choice but to develop powerful leadership skills, as the horse will follow us without fear only if we are genuinely more suited for leadership than he is. It is absolutely captivating to be connected with a horse in this way. Students learn to interact with these animals intuitively and often go through major transformative processes as a result of their practice. Learn more
Liberty work is a big part of what we do. Students must earn their way into the saddle by first learning how to communicate effectively with their horses from a distance. This initiates the development of a language that they will continue to utilize and cultivate as the relationship progresses. Working at liberty helps students learn how to control and hone their energy so they can use it to influence the horse's responses to their requests. It also offers nervous riders the opportunity to build confidence safely while simultaneously establishing trust and rank within the partnership. Learn more
Working on the line is an important part of horsemanship. Students learn everything from proper leading skills to classical dressage work in hand. We begin with gentle natural horsemanship exercises in the rope halter to help students learn how to communicate and establish hierarchy with the horses. We then progress to cavesson work where students learn about equine biomechanics and the art of academic lunging to help improve the quality of the horse's movement. Finally we introduce students to work in hand, where they learn about lightness, along with the utilization and execution of classical exercises such as the shoulder-in, travers, renvers, etc.
Once in the saddle, riders learn the dynamics of an effective classical seat. They learn the importance of keeping the horses well-balanced and synchronized to their aids. The intensity of the instruction is based on the individual learning styles of students. These methods can be utilized by both English and Western riders. Students are encouraged to ride bitless depending on their comfort level, either in an academic schooling cavesson or in a western bosal. Classical dressage, jumping, trail, ranch work, and obstacle challenges are all used to challenge the partnership and build confidence for both the horse and rider.
Our trainer travels throughout the Hudson Valley regularly and visits farms in NY and CT for consultations, lessons, training, and clinics. Fees vary depending on location and sessions are subject the availability of the trainer.
Fees dependent on location
Lesson board can be arranged at our home farm in Poughquag, NY. We provide a highly immersive educational atmosphere for horses and their human partners. Our facility is designed to promote wellness and enhance the horse-human relationship. Clients can choose one of three concentrations: liberty work, multidisciplinary horsemanship, or classical dressage ... all concentrations are relationship-based and the horse's well-being always comes first.
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Email consultations can be arranged with our trainer if you need a little advice on how to enhance the relationship you have with your horse. Send us a detailed message describing your horse, your goals, and the way your horse is interacting with you. We will get back to you as soon as we can.
Sometimes its easier to just chat on the phone about your situation. Give us a call if you like. We tend to stay very busy and are often doing travel sessions where service is spotty. If we don't answer, leave a detailed voicemail and we'll get back to you when we can.
Video lessons can be arranged via YouTube when in-person sessions are not possible. Simply record a session with your horse, upload it privately to YouTube, send the link to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will provide a critique and instruct you on what your can do to interact with your horse in a positive way while also educating him to meet your individual goals.
$40 per video (up to 40 minutes)