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Steady. Calm. Well Mannered.

Most people would agree that nothing beats being around and riding a steady, confident, well mannered horse. A horse that knows his job and wants to do it. To take a horse to this point requires a correct foundation, correct handling, and life experiences.  It does not matter if the horse will go on to be trail ridden, shown competitively, work cattle, etc… The concepts remain the same.

Basic Ground School

We view any handling or interaction on the ground as ground school.  This includes daily handling during feeding, turning out, catching,  grooming etc.   It is important that daily handling of the horse is consistent with the training of the horse. A person must take the time during daily handling to help the horse understand what is expected of him. Utilizing teachable moments as they arise, in a tactful and meaningful way. 

Directing the Mind

First we need to be able to direct his attention.  How effectively can we tip his attention from one thing to another?  We get this very good from the beginning.  It needs to be so good that when we look from one thing to another he is right there with us! This is where it starts, it is all in the small things!!! (soon it will be tipping his mind from the red oxer to the triple combination)

Direct the Mind and The body will follow

When we are able to influence the mind, we begin to feel the horse “line out” or “turn loose”. This is where the horses idea and yours are one and the same.  Imagine coming back from a trail ride on your horse, you can fee his mind go to the barn, and his body “lines out” in that direction.  You can feel total commitment on the horses behalf, he is truly “through”. This is a great feeling, and one we would like to build upon. The horse is “turning loose”, the greatest accomplishment you can have when working with a horse.

Thoughts On Lunging

Don’t lunge your horse to tire him out! Lunge him to build these things in.

Communication, Response, Lightness, Engagement and Carriage.

The First Ride

When you get it right in the preparation, the rest takes care of itself.  This concept applies 100% of the time when working with and around horses.  You set things up, get them to understand what to do, and then slowly build on their understanding. The feel we present in the saddle is familiar because it is a continuation of the feel we have been presenting on the ground.

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Audio lessons for Equestrians

Another Tool to Be a Better Horseman! In this digital age it is getting easier and easier to access quality information tools to become better at just about anything!

What do you feel like working on today. Hmmmmm…. Pick out your audio lesson, pop in your earbuds, press play.    YAY! Easy, right!

Basic Ground School

We view any handling or interaction on the ground as ground school.  This includes daily handling during feeding, turning out, catching,  grooming etc.   It is important that daily handling of the horse is consistent with the training of the horse. A person must take the time during daily handling to help the horse understand what is expected of him. Utilizing teachable moments as they arise, in a tactful and meaningful way. 

Directing the Mind

First we need to be able to direct his attention.  How effectively can we tip his attention from one thing to another?  We get this very good from the beginning.  It needs to be so good that when we look from one thing to another he is right there with us! This is where it starts, it is all in the small things!!! (soon it will be tipping his mind from the red oxer to the triple combination)

More About US

Paula Curtis wants her students to have fun and be creative in their riding. “I teach because I want riders to feel what is truly possible. If you can learn more about your horse, what motivates him and makes him interested in what you have to offer, then you can train effectively.” “Riding is about; feel, communication and partnership. Riders need to think from the horses perspective, and work with the horses mind.” says Paula.

If you work with the horses mind, the body follows. Paula’s concepts apply and are tweaked to the specific discipline of her student. Her ability to articulate her thoughts and ideas, and develop specific exercises for each student and horse, are a recipe for success.

Her goal in teaching an understanding of the horse, is to get her students thinking and problem solving on their own. Then they are able to troubleshoot problems as they arise.

She has coached students in multiple disciplines including eventing, dressage, hunters, jumpers, gymkhana, etc… Her students have gone on to compete successfully, locally, regionally and nationally.

Jack Curtis combines the best of quality horsemanship, classical dressage, and centered riding principles, to advance horses and their partners to new heights.  

Growing up in southeast WI, he was starting horses under saddle for local breeders by the age of 14. He worked with a variety of breeds, hot bloods cold bloods and everything in between. He has shown Jumpers, Dressage, and worked on a cattle ranch.  Through this work, he gained an appreciation for the different disciplines, and each horses individuality and uniqueness.

For the last 23 years Jack has given lessons, clinics and demonstrations throughout the US. His ability to articulate his thoughts and ideas has an enormous impact on both his students and their horses. Let Jack help you expand your horsemanship in a more meaningful way for both horse and human.

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