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Natural Horsemanship: Our Guiding Principles

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Mary Ann has spent her life with horses using natural training techniques learned from the masters. She has been breeding, raising, and training Arabian horses for over 30 years. She has also trained countless riders who have graced the Arabian Class A show circuit. Her son, Justin, has also been heavily involved in the horse world his entire life. After attending college at Cal Poly in Pomona, CA, he worked with the Kellog Arabians and other West-coast and mid-West ranches.

At Valley View Farms, Mary Ann implements natural horsemanship to train both riders and horses. With this method, she communicates with horses using the horse’s language instead of trying to make horses learn our language. She considers the horses’ instincts of self-preservation and herding to develop a trusting relationship between human and horse. Once the horse develops trust, everything else comes easily, and the horse looks forward to furthering the bond. She interacts with them on their level, taking baby-steps and letting each horse tell her how far they are willing to go. The result is a horse with a quiet demeanor and a willingness to learn. This is the key to getting results without stressing the horse!

Students are taught to ride through confidence-building exercises that, step-by-step, form the horse-human bond. Riders come to understand that horses learn to do whatever they are rewarded for. Riders’ goals with their horses are broken into a series of small steps and worked through from a position of confident control. This allows riders to overcome any fears and builds a solid team of horse and rider. Once here, students’ accomplishments are limitless. For more information, see our Lessons and Training page.