What is Natural Horsemanship?
We base our horsemanship on tried and true methods and the philosophy that focuses on the well being of the horse. The goal is to help people raise their level of horsemanship for the benefit of horses and the people who love them. We teach people how to understand their horses and then how to communicate with them based on the study of horse behavior and psychology developed from observation of horses in a natural environment, interacting within their social groups. Of course, horsemanship skills are taught in our program, but the foundation of the method is built on the relationship being first and foremost, using the principles of “Love, Language and Leadership” as guides.
The cornerstones of the program are a dedication to never-ending self-improvement and an acknowledgement that the improvement of horsemanship is a lifelong pursuit for those passionate about the horse. Our program encourages students to develop creative problem-solving skills and think in a lateral manner, while taking the non-verbal feedback and expression of the horse into consideration. Sounds similar to our goals in EAP and EAL, doesn’t it?
We feel that Natural Horsemanship gives us a living model to practice to become fluent in our abilities in all relationships, not just horse relationships. It’s about more than just the horse, it also encompasses the personal development side of things. You learn about yourself, you learn about communication, about leadership, about truthfulness, about consequence and responsibility. The horse becomes the animal that tells you the truth about yourself.
How can Crossroads Horsemanship help you?
Do you want better communication with your horse? Have you ever wondered what your horse was thinking or why he does certain things? Maybe your horse steps on you, pulls back when tied, doesn’t lead well, runs off when you ride, spooks at things or is hard to catch, saddle or bridle? Are you frustrated with sending your horse to “Training” only to get him back and have the same problem reoccur or new problems arise a few months later? Would you like your horse to behave well for medicating and treatments or for the vet and farrier?
Maybe you have competition goals and would like to improve in your chosen event? Do you wonder how people can ride horses bridle-less and bareback? Would you love to show your friends cool games your horse can play? Are you considering buying your first horse or getting back into horses after a long absence?
We offer a variety of classes and workshops for people at all levels and interests of horsemanship from beginner to experienced or just plain curious. Our focus is on safety and fun.
A sample of our Horsemanship courses:
Equine-ology: The foundation of what a horse is physically and mentally, horse care and basic horsemanship.
Match Maker: Horse and human personality identification and how best to use innate traits to be successful.
Saddling and Bridling with Savvy
Hit the Trail: Safely maneuvering obstacles.
Just a Game: Fun games and activities you can play with your horse to improve communication and your partnership.