Our system of training horses has ripened over decades of working with ranch horses, competitive dressage horses, reining horses and pleasure horses. Our program can take the most novice rider (with the greenest horse) through a series of carefully sequenced steps, and bring both horse and rider to their best- and "best" is ALWAYS better than they ever imagined it cound be.
Jeanne's like with horses began on a ranch outside Ismay, Montana. She was 2 1/2 when she escaped the confines of the yard and was found in the center of the horse corral, hand feeding grain to the horses surrounding me.
Shortly after, she moved to a farm in Cody, Wyoming and her riding began in earnest on a tough black pony named Cookie. Her first training experience was at age 12 under the guidance of her mother, also an accomplished horseman. Jeanne trained 10 Shetland ponies for $25/head.
Coming thru the 4-H ranks, Jeanne set her sights on Quarter Horse shows and her training expertise began to gain some attention and she began to train horses for local ranches to finance her show experience.
Many years later, Jeanne moved to Oklahoma as an experienced rider, showman, and trainer of horses and their riders, that she enjoys today.
The successful system Jeanne has developed is this: systematic, appropriately sequenced steps wherein the rider actually teaches the horse as they learn together. Five simple, easy-to-learn maneuvers produce the basic foundation for training any horse and rider. Although words are used to communicate to a horse, the largest part of teaching a horse comes from pressure, release, reward, and repetition. These maneuvers are universal and apply to any horse whether it is trail riding in the mountains, barrel racing, jumping, or becoming a competitive show horse.
I repeat - it's all the same.
Warning. "Natural Horsemanship" is the latest buzz word in today's horse training vernacular. But, what is natural about training horses, riding them, or utilizing the equipment we use to control them? Believe me, horses would much rather we never crossed their path than to be riding on their backs telling them what to do!
Jeanne's training style is unique in the way the horse and the rider are taught - together. The teaching is based on how a horse learns and the physiology of the individual horse. This is unlike systems that force the horse to adapt to the rider.
The five steps that both rider and horse learn are the foundation to higher levels of riding including flying lead changes, spins, roll backs, and sliding stops. This system can be learned by anyone wanting to be a safe and confident rider, and have a disciplined, contented and confident horse.
To put it simply, this is true horsemanship: the are of teaching a horse. It is not easy. There are no shortcuts. It is a commitment of time, energy, and thought that brings a horse and rider to a better understanding of each other.
The rewards are indescribable.