"[M]y inability to apply the aids strongly has been a great lesson to me...The rider must reduce his actions to the very minimum and leave the horse the greatest possible freedom in his." - Beudant
The way we train involves an amalgamation of methods gleaned from previous horseback riding instructors and methods developed by researching the work of world-renown trainers like Anja Beran, Philippe Karl, Bent Branderup, Craig Stevens, Walter Zettl, John Lyons, Karen Pryor, and Parelli. We love all riding disciplines, from Reining to Dressage. Our main focus is not on a specific training regime or riding discipline, but on finding the method that is simplest for each individual horse to understand and causes the horse excited to go come play each day. Everything we do is centered around trying to have fun with the horse and trying to cause the horse to want to give us its all.
Now, well-trained horses take a long time to develop and are special horses to begin with. Sometimes what it would take to cause a horse do all these things would be more than what is fair to ask. That said, the list to the right is what we seek to have in our horses, and we have these values in mind every time we handle a horse.
To see some of our kids and ponies in action, please check out our YouTube channels. We have posted over 200 videos, but since the birth of our daughter, Quinlyn, Kali has had very little time to make videos. The the Equuality channel has more current training ideas, though still less current than our online course. The PonyPros channel has many wonderful inspirational videos that show the type of relationship we try to create between our students and ponies.
To learn about how we train, you'll have to come see us in person or take one of our online courses. We do so much in one day that you can't show it in a video!
The next person who says: 'Have you seen Buck- I will say - Have you seen PonyPros? - That is how it should be done! - K.W.
Love PonyPros. You turn out a fabulous pony! - M.P.
Be very proud of the work you do! You contribute to the well being of the ponies, and help them become good family members. It's a blessing. - C.R.
You are very talented and gentle. More green horses need trainers like you! - N.N.
So nice to see some discussion of the fact that ponies are (usually!) not deliberately 'bad' - they respond to their environment as its presented to them. - Y.T.
I have known Kali for almost 2 years and in that time, she has proven to be a competent, generous and kind horse trainer. - L.B.