Outdoor Classroom: A Teacher Turns to Natural Horse Training

Trina had her first groundwork lesson today. Her daughter shows hunt seat and has been riding with me for close to a year. This is their first focused foray into the world of natural horsemanship in ground training.

Trina has good instincts around the horses. She is a teacher by profession. We were talking about the importance of attitude and approach. “When you’re practicing on your own, allow your horse to be your mirror and your teacher” I explained. “Don’t think, ‘bad horse, you did something wrong.’ Instead, ask ‘what is this horse telling me about how I’m communicating with her? What can I do to be make myself clear?'”

Trina nodded. “That’s how I approach teaching,” she remarked. “I have a lot of students with learning disabilities. I have to put myself in their shoes, try to think how they think and figure out how best to teach them.”

Well spoken, Trina! That attitude will carry you far!

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2 Responses to Outdoor Classroom: A Teacher Turns to Natural Horse Training

  1. amelo14 says:

    Hi there,

    I found your blog and saw that you are quite interested in horses and their therapeutic force. I recently wrote something about my father’s love of horses and thought it might interest you. It is dedicated to him as he passed away earlier this year. The link is here:



  2. horse shirt says:

    thats really nice teacher !cool

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