Natural Horsemanship School
The Natural World — Horses & Humans
A note from James Mater, trainer
Horses and Humans, we both live in the natural world. It’s been the desire of humans to ride and work horses from the beginning.
The desire to have a trusting, harmonious and safe relationship with horses is the end result. Having a harmonious rapport with equine, in so many ways, we as humans, need to be more like our horses.
Aside from the technical aspects of the school, we present the following discussions…
- Horses live in the moment.
- Horses are completely aware of their surroundings.
- Horses remember “everything” from birth to death.
- Horses react positively with steady kindness.
- Horses are sensitive to weather changes.
- Horses express themselves outwardly if they are fatigued, thirsty, sick or injured.
- Horses live on nature’s clock.
The awareness of these qualities, and more, is the core of our Natural Horsemanship School. Teaching methods and techniques to build trust, safety and a harmonious relationship with your equine partner. Your relationship with your horse can grow and evolve into something beautiful and surprising. Having a horse as a friend and companion for life, is the best reward we can have.
Who is this School For?
For riders who wish to explore the quiet messaging that horses and the natural world express.
We train towards advancing your skill set to intermediate ability.
We train towards advancing your skill set to advanced.
We train towards adding more skills and ability to your experience.
Students are welcome to bring their own equine or use ours. Horses or mules. School is 1x1 or 2x1 or 3x1. Includes lodging and food. Comfortable Log Cabin facilities and training center. U-Trail Ranch borders the Gila National Forest and Wilderness for diverse landscapes and riding challenges.
$1750.00 six days, plus 8.69% tax.
In six days, I went from being afraid of riding to feeling in command of my horse. Thank you again.
— Lynn, San Francisco, CA
School Curriculum - Six Days, Six Steps
Riding instructions & training each day
Day One, Step One:
Observe & Communicate
Your safest experience with your equine partner starts with your ability to observe and communicate. Communication starts with your observations. Students are trained to achieve the proper state of mind, for no-judgement observations. Techniques are taught to bond with your equine partner.
Day Two, Step Two:
Tack & Gear for Sustainable, Long-Term Use
For a safe and confident riding experience, students are taught proper use of tack and gear. The result to minimize wear on the equine and wear on the rider. How to detect saddle sores and steps to keep your equine on the trail. Taking particular emphasis on riding techniques on difficult terrain. Training for sustainable, long-term use of your equine partner.
Day Three, Step Three:
Enhance Riding Skills
Enhanced riding skills are taught, merging your relationship with your equine to challenges on the trail. Gradually, difficulty is increased to build trust and safety. Skill set is acquired by repetition and awareness of the environment surrounding you.
Day Four, Step Four:
Equine First Aid
This training helps you to see problems in advance before they become acute. See at a glance, the status of your horses health. Solutions to colic, dehydration, inflammation, soreness, open wounds, saddle sores and more. Learn to encourage you're equine to drink to avoid dehydration. Shoeing and hoof instruction.
Day Five, Step Five:
Plan Your Adventure
On the trail awareness. Planning for back-country rides increases your ability to handle unexpected events. Planning a day trip, includes proper tools, first aid supplies, map reading, GPS use, rain gear, fire building supplies, and weather forecasting. Preparation brings you and your horse back safely.
Day Six, Step Six:
The Adventure Begins
All day adventure into back-country riding. We put together all the training elements of the prior five days into on an adventurous all day excursion into wild country. Training concepts come together to bring home your new ability to understand your equine and new skill sets to safely enjoy your riding life.
Libby Sills, Trainer
Planning - Your Tools
Planning - Tack & Gear
Planning - First Aid
Thank you James for the eye opening Horsemanship School. It was a daily awareness awakening that boosted my abilities and confidence.
— Kyle, Socorro, NM
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