"Being a part of Mountain Rose Horsemanship Training has been a wonderful experience for both my horse and I. Before coming to MRHT I was unsure if I should keep my horse. Training her was too much for me to tackle alone and none of the trainers I talked to, before meeting Emily, had the natural horsemanship philosophy I was wanting.
"I am so thankful that I did in fact keep my mare, as otherwise I would not have met Emily and had the wonderful riding horse I do today! I can say with certainty that it has been well worth every minute and dime I have put into this relationship. My mare and I have learned to work as partners in everything we do. I no longer feel the frustration and edginess that was once so familiar working with my horse. Emily has given me the tools to be the leader my horse desires in our relationship.
"I am greatly looking forward to being a part of Emily's ever-growing and improving curriculum. I believe that my horse and I can continue to grow in amazing ways under Emily's direction, well into the future."
"In the years I have been associated with Emily and Mountain Rose Horsemanship Training, I have grown in ways I never imaged. Once fearful of riding and nervous around horses, I am now more knowledgeable about horses, myself, and the ways the two combine to become true horsemanship.
"Under Emily's tutelage, I gained the confidence and skills that recently led me to purchase my own horse and to develop a relationship with my mare that has enriched my life in numerous ways.
"Emily is truly a natural horsewoman. She possesses innate skill and wisdom in her understanding of horses and humans alike. Her talent as a teacher matches her competence as a trainer and horsewoman. She understands the learning process allowing her to develop meaningful relationships with her students while conducting her programs in a very professional manner. She accomplishes all this in a safe, organized and fun environment."
"Emily's knowledge as a trainer of natural horsemanship is comprehensive. This is complimented by her ability to teach horsemanship skills in an interactive and easily understood manner. Emily is able to address the needs of both the horse and the human in a fluid way that helps build a strong and balanced relationship.
"What I appreciate about Emily as a business owner is her attention to detail in the care and training of the horses. It is also apparent to me that Emily consistently looks for ways to improve all aspects of MRHT.
"Her focus on continued growth for herself and her business compliments my own desire for ongoing and enriching growth for myself as a horse owner."
"I have had the opportunity to observe a lot of things about Emily and her business in the short time we have worked together. I am a stickler for details, and I don't miss much about what is going on around me in the 'little' things. I have been very impressed with how Emily runs her business, her sense to detail, and her overall professionalism. I have been amazed as well by her clear boundaries and the way she puts her respect and love for the horse first in everything she does.
"After just a few lessons with Emily, I visited some of my horse friends. As I watched my friend catch, tack and saddle her horse, I realized how much I had learned from Emily about how to treat a horse considerately and respectfully through just a few lessons with her. Despite her age, Emily knows more about horses than anyone I have ever met."
"To the uneducated eye, what Emily can do with horses appears magic. Even better, is that she can teach you to understand the special language of the horse, the knowledge of which allows her to speak so fluently with them. At this point, you realize it is not magic, but is awesome nevertheless!
"Through this learned language a door opens into a new landscape filled with true connection and partnership with these beautiful animals, bringing forth inspiration and joy. And if one is interested, there is even more on offer. The process of learning to communicate with horses invites an increasing awareness of each individuals energetic presence, leadership style and relational habits, inviting growth and personal improvement on the road to partnership.
"Thank you Emily for the gifts shared through your Wholeness Through Horsemanship curriculum."
"Emily has created and works hard to maintain a well run facility for the horses and clients of MRHT. The grounds are peaceful and clean and benefit from frequent improvements. The horses are well cared for and the safety of both horses and people is clearly the paramount priority.
"Emily's teaching style respects horse and person alike. She is conscious and considerate of each individual's learning style and she caters to the needs of each student based on where they are in the learning process.
"Emily is very knowledgeable and her ability to teach people how to have a mutually respectful relationship with a horse in a comprehensive and effective way is unmatched. She is creative in her teaching and exudes her passion for raising respectful and confident horses in all that she does. Her guidance helped me connect to my inner process, out of which I was able to understand and relate to the horse in a way I have never experienced."
"Some people are good at what they do, while others are great at it. Emily is the latter - truly great at what she does. Her connection with horses is extraordinary.
"I have two horses that I board and have in training with Emily. Her ability to sense what is going on in the brain and body of my horses' is unique even for horse people. Further profound is her ability to read my body's intentions equally as well as she reads and responds to the horse. Combining these abilities Emily tailors her training to provide whatever is needed at the time to enable my horse and myself to learn new skills and behaviors most effectively.
"Emily has a huge knowledge of horses, yet she remains open to fresh ideas. She is continually coming up with innovative, fun ways to learn which she customizes to fit each person and individual horse. I value that Emily teaches all aspects of horsemanship, from health care and horse handling to riding techniques.
"It is obvious to me that Emily genuinely cares about the welfare of each horse boarded at her barn. It is a gift to me to know that my two horses are happy at her facility. Additionally, as a benefit to me, Emily has attracted a neat group of people, boarders and clients alike, that are fun and enjoyable for me to be around."
"When I was originally looking for a riding teacher, I called five different trainers. Emily is the only one who returned my call. How fortunate for me!
"Emily's commitment to equipping humans' to communicate with the horse in the horse's language is evident in every breath she takes. The outcome is a fantastic partnership between my horse and I. No matter what lesson she is teaching, it is always done with respect and reverence for the horse.
"Emily is one of the most gifted teachers I know. She is articulate, confident and consistently encourages her students to be active learners.
"What I have most appreciated about Emily throughout my horsemanship journey is that she has believed in me while I was learning to believe in myself.
"I think that anyone looking for a respectful, connected and fun partnership with a horse will find satisfaction and tremendous growth under Emily's instruction. I am so grateful that I get to continually learn from her. I could watch her play with horses all day long!"
"From the moment Emily came to pick up my horse, I knew I had chosen the right trainer. I was very concerned that my mare would not load into the trailer, but after a short period of time with Emily, my horse was willingly going in and out of the trailer. I was amazed!
"Within the first week with Emily, my horse changed from a disrespectful and stubborn youngster to a cooperative and attentive horse. My amazement and appreciation for Emily grew in the proceeding months and continues to this day.
"As a result of Emily's training, I now know that I have a lifelong equine partner.
"Thank you so much Emily for all your innate talent, hard work, clear instruction and dedication to myself and my horse!"
"We found Emily through a friend who was just resuming her relationship with horses, long in abeyance. We really admired the way she worked with our friend, teaching her how to understand horses and handle herself from the ground in preparation for saddlework.
"Our own experience with horses also had been in extended hiatus until recently. We decided that our 2-year old needed to learn appropriate ground manners by someone other than us in all our well-meaning ignorance. To our delight, we watched our colt learn ground skills, be introduced to the saddle and bridle, and learn to carry a rider in partnership. He was a sharp study, as Peruvians are reputed to be, but Emily's skillful touch and gentle offering of leadership to him was inspiring to watch.
"We highly recommend Emily to anyone interested in developing a comfortable relationship with their horse as well as to those in need of addressing some kinks in the relationship."
"Emily — I couldn't be more pleased with your progress with my horse! It is hard for me, as a trainer of 25 years to 'let go' and let someone else do my work. I have only found a handful of trainers who I trust with my horses, you are now among them! So many folks I know and have watched over the years, training big time, expensive horses do it with such a heavy hand, an extreme lack of patience and moreover lack a true horse training knowledge. They might get temporary results, but their horses don't last, physically or most importantly mentally and emotionally. My whole history with horses has been building youth and amateur all-around show horses that are SAFE, trustworthy and sweet. I have seen these horses take riders through all their youth show years and move on to new owners still carrying their ears forward with a happy expression about their job. I firmly believe that if a horse is brought along correctly in their foundation and built correctly with kind hand, they will give their heart to you forever. Thank you for all that you are doing, I can tell you truly love horses, as I do, and that you are not 'burnt out' with your work. You go girl!"
- Lynn Hindman
Owner of Haystack Acres
University of Colorado Equestrian Team Coach
"Emily, being a clinician is truly your art and your service. I have great respect for you and how you coached me to load my horse, Corazon, into the trailer verses just doing it for me. You have a special blend of intelligence, sensitivity and flexibility that most trainers do not. You are a rock star — the world awaits you! I would LOVE to have you come to my ranch and offer a clinic for some of my students."
Owner of Coaching With Horses
Author of Hope from the Heart of Horses
"I am so grateful for Emily's instruction. In my 33 years of being in the horse world, Emily is the best instructor I have had the pleasure of working with. Her ability to teach horses and humans about true partnership is extraordinary and it brings out the best in both."
"Before I began taking Mountain Rose Horsemanship courses I felt all out of sorts. I was doubting my abilities, my instincts and whether or not I needed to look for another, more capable home for my mare. I laid awake at night worrying about my mare and I making it work for both of us...mutually beneficial as Emily has said many times. I can't tell you in words how much I appreciate all Emily and her terrific program has done for us since then. I finally feel "worthy" of my mare ,like a leader she can look up to, someone who will support her with gentleness and reassure her when she needs it. And in turn I get a wonderful, attentive horse that is willing to trying just about anything I give her as long as she has my support. So thank you for us the confidence and guidance as as well for your wisdom and patience as we journey forward in our partnership!"
"I strongly believe that people come into our lives for a reason and at the right time. That is how I feel about Emily and her horsemanship program. I was coming to a crossroads with my gelding, Scout, and was searching for a direction to go. I heard about Emily and learned more from her website. After several calls back and forth with Emily where she really listened to my concerns with Scout, she suggested that we take her Horsemanship 101 clinic that was occurring in a few weeks. Needless to say, my hope of being able to work with Scout in partnership became a reality after that very first clinic.
"Emily then created a personalized training program for Scout for the next month which led us into being emotionally prepared to participate in her Horsemanship 201 clinic. This included her working one on one with Scout regarding groundwork skills and riding skills as well as several private lessons with him and I to show me what they had been working on and for me to practice the skills as well. During that month, I also continued to develop my own leadership skills by participating in the Discover Your Leader Within classes.
"I can honestly say (with very relieved and happy tears) that Scout and I have come so far already with our partnership! Emily has been a great teacher/encourager/supporter along our journey. Emily met us where we were at and was so down to earth and a great listener to our needs/wants/goals. The manner in which she teaches by explaining the why behind what you are doing, then showing how to do it, then walking you through the skills, then allowing you the opportunity to practice and learn from them is my way of learning. She also breaks down skills into manageable steps that are easy to follow and understand them, to build upon at your pace/confidence level.
"In just a little over a month, Scout has learned that he can be with people in a positive manner and he has become “soft”. I have grown into a better leader and I am already starting to do the skills on more of an “unconscious” level and not have to think so much (that is a GREAT feeling to have!). He and I will continue our partnership journey with Emily’s guidance and we thank her for believing in us!!!"
"I have been looking for a way to learn more about horses, but everything I have tried seemed so goal-oriented rather than being about the relationship with the horse.
"Fortunate for me, I found Mountain Rose Horsemanship Training. I now realize that the piece I had been desiring was instruction on how to communicate with and be alongside horses, which was exactly what I got from Discover the Leader Within! In this workshop I learned as much about myself as I did about horses, their behavior and how they interact with the world.
"Emily created a fun, encouraging, safe, respectful, and non-judgmental environment to learn about being in partnership with the horse. She is a wonderful teacher who presents the material in many different ways (verbal, written, experiential) allowing the information to sink in on a variety of levels.
"I'm so excited to further explore my relationship with horses and how I can be a part of helping to make the world a better place for them. I would definitely take this course again and certainly recommend it to anyone looking to come alongside horses in a meaningful way.
"Taking Discover the Leader Within for a second time helped clarify some concepts that I had forgotten. Being a part of the course helped me polish my timing and be around horses with a greater relaxation and flow. I feel an even greater level of confidence and clarify. Thank you Emily!"
"Through MRHT's Discover the Leader Within I was able to further discover a leader in me that I thought I had been fully accessing before. But, because of this course, I now realize there was an even greater potential for me to tap in to when it came to demonstrating leadership both in my life and in my partnership with my horse."
"The Discover Your Leader Within course was a perfect starting place for me as a beginner with very little knowledge of horses. The content was centered on understanding the horses language and what we need to do as humans to be successful in our communication with them. The course was conducted in a friendly and comfortable setting which made for a wonderful learning experience and an easy place to share personal thoughts and feelings. This course provided an excellent foundation for my horsemanship journey and I highly recommend it to anyone who is just starting out with horses, as well as to the experienced horsemen who want to build a better relationship with horses."
"Discover the Leader Within was my first course with Emily and her teaching skills are outstanding. The pace was relaxed and the class was packed with the perfect amount of information. I was close to giving up on horse ownership and this course has helped rekindle my desire to learn and improve in my horsemanship journey. As someone who owns a horse and has spent a great deal of time around horses, it was wonderful and very rewarding to revisit the basics for a fresh start and a positive perspective!"
"MRHT's Discover the Leader Within course helped me see how the qualities of credible leadership (clear, committed, consistent and congruent) get carried out in "real" life and provided me with a better understanding of how to apply them when communicating with the horse. I think this course offers valuable benefits at any stage in the horsemanship journey and not just as a prerequisite to the Horsemanship 101."
"The Discover the Leader Within course helped me gain more confidence in my fellowship with the horse. I discovered that healthy self esteem is integral to being able to offer the horse leadership in our partnership. I learned some avenues of positive self-talk to boost my self-esteem, helping me to work with the horses with a greater confidence. I recommend this course to people with no horse or past horse horse experience and escepially to people with 'old school' experience with horses as it is the perfect guide to help you learn how to communicate with horses in a more fulfilling and mutually beneficial way."
"Thanks Emily for your wonderfully insightful and witty style. I very much enjoyed learning from and growing with your support. I have a much greater confidence now with horses!"
"Thank you for putting so much effort into teaching the people how to have not just a relationship, but a partnership with horses, rather than how to make a horse do things. It is great to see so many people wanting to learn this incredible way of being with horses!"
"I've owned horses for years and attended numerous clinics. But this is the first time I've realized that I can become a horseman. The information in the classroom and the hands-on round pen experiences gave me understanding and confidence."
"The feeling that everything was on the table, no questions went unasked and it was the entire group supporting and going through the motions together as a team, but each learned on their own individual pace.Having done H101 before this course and then taking H101 afterwards, I would almost be tempted to make Leader Within a prerequisite but not sure if that would help or hurt your H101 enrollment. I think it would very beneficial to beginning "natural" horsemanship. Learning how my body position and pressure really effects the softness, or lack thereof, in my horse. Every time I work with her I think ""what is the least I can do to to get her to move".Before I was just thinking what the hell can I do to get her to move :) Then there's my confidence of course....you gave me permission to use force with my horse when appropriate, to keep myself safe and to be effective. Having worked with all sorts of animals, and with rescue, softness has always been the name of the game. And fully knowing that's how equines operate as well, it's also pertinent to know that unlike most of the animals I train, they can't hurt me nearly as much as my horse could potentially. So thank you for showing me the appropriate way to form a partnership of respect."
"I liked the discussions and the hands-on learning. Each individual got their time to work with the horse and be successful. That was very important. Emily teaches in a way people can understand. I'm not sure if it is her down to earth language or her total knowledge of her job, but she is easy to understand."
"There were a few things I liked about the clinic. It gave me an opportunity of being around horses and having you explain the how and why of their behavior. I was also able to work on my fear and build my confidence when around horses. I have been reading about horsemanship, but I wasn't able to really understand until I saw you demonstrate. I liked the small group,it was beneficial to see how others worked on skills. Yes, my anxiety was really up at first being in the round pen, but I felt very safe and you gave great direction and feedback. I liked the classwork and helping us to look at ourselves. Working from whole to part especially makes sense to my learning style."
"Recently I participated in Emily's 4-day intensive clinic. I came away with new insights into my horsemanship as well as a heightened awareness of learned patterns in myself that impact my horsemanship and my personal and business relationships.
"Under Emily's tutelage I acquired new tools and reinforced existing skills. The clinic helped me find balance in my seat, ride various gaits confidently, to develop body awareness and appreciate how it affects my riding.
"Through lunge-line lessons and a variety of riding exercises and patterns Emily provided valuable feedback and support in my attempt to improve my riding. Of great value was her emphasis on what went right during a riding exercise, not on what was wrong. She insisted I focus on the positive before addressing what needed correction. When I found myself tightening up, doubting myself or resisting the natural rhythm and flow of the horse, Emily encouraged me to "trust". This simple word holds so much truth and power - not only in that moment of challenging my horsemanship - but in how I live my life as well.
"Focusing on the positive, learning to trust, developing confidence and being receptive to feedback (equine and human) are part of Emily's teaching platform that enriched me as a participant both inside and outside the riding arena.
"As a horsewoman and clinician Emily exemplifies being in relationship with the horse and demonstrates how meaningful and pure that partnership can be. Watching her work is truly inspiring! Since returning from the clinic, I have enthusiastically embraced my new skills and awareness and enjoy my time with my own horse more than ever."
"I recently attended a 4 day clinic on finding my independent seat with Emily. The changes that came about are wonderful for me and my horse! I find myself at a whole new level of being relaxed and balanced in the saddle, much more "at one" with my horse.
"Emily is an amazing teacher. Her knowledge of horses combined with her intuitive sense of where you and the horse are at create a wonderful flow of focused learning in a very organic manner. Emily has been my teacher for 5 years and I experienced her at a whole new level of her personal understanding of the relationship between horse and human at every level. Her holistic approach of body, mind, and spirit really helps me to integrate the learning fully and embody a whole new level of relaxed beingness with the horse. I highly recommend what ever Emily has to offer!"
"Having just arrived back home, I sure miss being at Emily's ranch and having the opportunity to hang with horses day after day. Being back to my 'regular' life is kind of depressing!
"I've been thinking a lot about all the things that I learned while I was there. They seem to fall into a few broad categories, such as the facts related to horsemanship and riding, and how my body behaves and reacts while doing those things. I also realized that the multi-day forum provided valuable learning opportunities that would be difficult to duplicate in other situations. Different things just come up when you're spending a bunch of hours with a horse. It seems that the horse is always testing the fidelity and limits of your leadership, and that some of that doesn't become apparent immediately. So if all of your horsey sessions are of short duration, you may not experience some of the many ways that the relationship is tested.
"Although the lessons were many, there are a couple of 'most valuable lessons' that I wanted to share.
"During my three day intensive with Emily I have become much more aware of where in my body I hold onto tension, and how that relates to my balance and center of gravity. I have always tended to tense up my chest and shoulders, but realizing that I did that as a reaction to feeling out of balance was a new insight. Now I get a sense of a lower center of gravity much more of the time. It was the stuff I did in the saddle that triggered these thoughts. I can still kind of feel the posting trot, which I loved. It felt like my chest and shoulders were suspended and floating. Very cool.
"I also realized that we are not doing either ourselves or the horses any favors when we allow them to get by with behavior with us that would not be tolerated by the other horses in the herd. The smallest things that might be interpreted anthropomorphically as 'loving' or 'cute' could be the start of a trend of behaviors that could ultimately get the horse in real trouble. I sort of knew this intellectually before, but until I experienced some of those things firsthand I didn't realize just how subtle some of those behaviors might be, and how challenging it is to be and remain a diligent and attentive leader from the horse's point of view. Interestingly, a similar situation occurred during the class at CTRC on Saturday when I had to stop Lady from rubbing her face on me. If she did that with a lightweight little kid it could be dangerous. It took me a little while to realize that. We probably only touched the surface of the may ways that those little 'are you still the leader?' conversations can mainfest.
"Most of all, thank you, Emily, for recognizing those points when I was getting ready to give up on making any more progress, and helping me push through them. You are a treasure!"
"I have been studying natural horsemanship for some time now and have attended many natural horsemanship clinics, so I was concerned that MRHT's Horsemanship 101 course would be too basic. However, I was very pleasantly surprised to find that the course offered a great deal to both me and my horse. The course focused on the relationship between horse and human and I definately got a lot out of it, as did my horse.
"Safety around horses is a very important aspect at MRHT, as it is to me. This course was helpful in demonstrating how to stay safe around horses through more effective communication with my equine partner. Respect, empathy and leadership (from the horses' point of view) were explored and there were demonstrations with a variety of horses, each with a different personality, which helped drive home these concepts.
"Emily's enthusiam and energy are infectious and her passion for the horse and for teaching pour out of her. I cannot wait to learn more!"
"I recently took Horsemanship 101 at MRHT. It was so wonderful to have such a great teacher. I was so impressed with Emily's natural leadership style, professionalism, skill, energy, enthusiasm, directness, sense of humor, and the attention and care she showed to each student and horse. Because of Emily's guidance, I feel motivated to continue in my horsemanship learning. There is nothing like a great teacher to inspire a person!
"The atmosphere of this course was conducted in a way that allowed me to feel safe at all times. It brought me great comfort experiencing how alert and aware Emily was at all times. I could feel her energetic sensitivity to what was going on and it eased my fears knowing she was present. Emily's sensitivity is a big reason she is such a great teacher.
"Both her instruction and the environment she created emanated with respect. She is courteous, considerate, listens intently and answers her students' questions with much thought and careful deliberation.
"One of the greatest highlights from Emily's course was the way she approached and honored my fear. She both acknowledged and validated my uneasiness and allowed me time and space to move through this fear, while consistently following up with me. I am proud to say I have conquered my fear of horses! My thanks to Emily for helping me through this fear."
"I greatly enjoyed learning all that I did at MRHT. I am so grateful that Horsemanship 101 opened my eyes to just how much I've missed being with horses. I am thankful that through this course I was able to bring horses back into my life.
"Each time I was at Emily's ranch I enjoyed a safe experience, with the added benefit of being in a peaceful and relaxing environment. I have so much respect for Emily and her teaching of both the horses and her students. There was not a single moment in the course where I felt scared or in danger for any reason."
"Horsemanship 101 dramatically increased my confidence level around horses. Emily is able to put abstract concepts, about both human and equine body language, into more concrete and understandable terms, helping the learning process be more effective. I found the hands-on parts of this course extremely valuable. Horsemanship 101 is a great foundation for teaching humans and horses how to create a mutually beneficial partnership!"
"As someone who does not have an extensive background with horses, yet loves being around them, Horsemanship 101 provides a safe place to be with horses while learning about their world. Emily's skills and enthusiasm help you venture into the equine mind and emotions to form a successful partnership."
"I love classes that open me up to new questions and ideas and Horsemanship 101 did just that! This weekend course taught me so much about myself and how to understand and relate to horses in a fun and very safe atmosphere."
"As someone who has owned and regularly ridden a horse for the past three years, I was amazed how much I learned in Horsemanship 101. It was so enlightening for me to finally understand how to truly communicate with my horse! I always knew that groundwork was important, but was pleasantly surprised to discover in this course how fun and gratifying it can be for both myself and my horse. Emily is an amazing educator for horses AND their humans!"
"I owned a horse as a child and have been around them intermittently since then, but overall there has been a hiatus in my life from horses. This weekend of working with Emily and the horses in Horsemanship 101 left me feeling renewed in my horsemanship and so excited to learn more. Thanks for helping to bring horses back into my life!"
"I have owned my own horse and been a part of MRHT's program for some time. I decided to re-take the Horsemanship 101 as I believed there would be value in refreshing my foundation. I temporarily stepped away from my personal horse this weekend to work with a horse that was new to me. Doing so helped me better understand where I was needing to strengthen my communication, which I know is going to carry over to serve my relationship with my horse. It was invaluable for me to revisit the basics."
"This was my second time through the Horsemanship 101 course. My first time participating I worked with a tried and true MRHT lesson horse who was grounded in his knowledge of the skills. Learning alongside a lesson horse helped me to build my confidence so that I knew I was actually communicating clearly. This most recent time doing the course, I brought my personal horse of five years. It was amazing to see how well she did and how far she flourished in the weekend. I also gained a very valuable awareness of exactly where she and I had become stuck in the basics, which has helped our relationship tremendously. It really helps to have another set of eyes observing our interactions. With Emily's level of experience and her gracious support, my mare and I were able to work through and move beyond of stuck places!"
"Horsemanship 101 was a wonderful experience. The information presented was the perfect balance of classroom instruction, demonstration and hands-on horse time. I felt comfortable and confident practicing the basic skills of horsemanship in a relaxed learning environment. The learning was extensive not only from Emily, but also from the horses and the other students. Each day I learned new skills and principles that made me think deeply and introspectively. Horsemanship 101 is a great starting place for learning the horse language and for appreciating all aspects of the wonderful creature that is the horse."
"Learning and accepting how to communicate with my horse was a revelation. The mental and emotional connection became stronger and more rewarding to me than the same old history of just man-handling the animal. Thanks to MRHT's Horsemanship 101 course, I've got a partner in my horse now, not just a ride!"
"I have been around horses and riding for years. The MRHT Horsemanship 101 course was phenomenal! One of my goals coming to the clinic was to help my horse get excited about being with me. Now, I don't have to catch my horse — he catches me! This weekend gave me the tools I needed to become a strong leader for my horse. He now can and is willing to be my partner. Having learned the '4 Cs of Horsemanship' I can now enjoy a mutually beneficial partnership with my beloved Tennessee Walker, Bleu. Wow!"
"The hands-on experience with the horses was really great this weekend. Some of the highlights for me where learning the language of the horse through the Friday night lecture and then getting to put it into practice. An incredible worth while weekend! Very productive and fully of very useful information!"
"I really enjoyed the diverse group of horses and the high positive energy that Emily brought throughout the weekend. Emily's demonstrations of techniques with horses was very effective. A great course for both beginner and experienced horse folk!"
"For a life-long equine enthusiast, I learned a huge amount of very valuable and immediately useful information to improve my relationships -- and not just with my horse!"
"Thank you Emily for a clear and concise seminar. The class size was just right to be able to learn from others and also get personal attention from Emily. The atmosphere was one of open and clear communication. I had many "ah-ha" moments and feel I have started to speak "horse" properly because of this weekend. Because of this course, I look forward to a better, committed partnership with my horse."
"This was a great clinic answering many of my questions about horsemanship. Very professional on the approach and non-threatening. The weekend was very conducive to learning and the presentation the Friday night before was a highlight, helping to tie all the concepts of the weekend together for me!"
"Excellent format for introduction and building of horsemanship skills. Loved the 2 1/2 day clinic format - it greatly contributed to my sense of accomplishment. Thank you Emily for your very effective teaching methods and for all you do for and with the horses!"
"I'm not really sure how I got along for so long without knowing what I learned in Horsemanship 101: What Every Horse and Human Should Know. I've been around horses for a long time, but never in the way that was introduced and taught this weekend. What an eye-opener! Emily is a fantastic teacher with a down-to-earth, accessible style. The content of the whole weekend was terrific and the Friday night lecture set the stage perfectly for the weekend ahead. This information is essential to enjoying thriving relationships with horses and I believe that any horse enthusiast needs it. This course was a huge confidence builder for me. I left feeling empowered in my horsemanship and wanting more!"
"I really enjoyed Emily's instruction - knowledgable, clear and concise. The classroom teaching was a great lead in to the hands on work with the horses and tied it all together throughout the weekend. The weekend provided a great way to learn the skills and understand them better. Thank you, this was a wonderful experience!"
"Horsemanship 201 greatly increased my comfort with and understanding of the techniques previously learned in MRHT's Horsemanship 101. This course furthered my insight into the importance of learning the foundational skills and helped me better understand how their progression with more advanced techniques fit together. The highlight of the course was learning how to read and relate to the different horse personality types. By understanding how to best support each type of horse, my confidence in my leadership soared because I felt knowledgable about the feedback I was receiving from the horse. This course was all about feedback and experimentation, which was such a powerful and effective way for me to learn about both horses and myself. I can't wait to learn more!"
"Wow! Emily has really nailed it with the Horsemanship 201. It was so easy for me to learn and grasp the concepts because of the courses cohesive flow. The weekend diminished a few of the mysteries about "horseanalities" for me. In the past I felt like I was guessing about my horse's behavior, but now, having completed H201, I have greater confidence that I can recognize my horse's ever fluctuating personality and respond in a correct and considerate way."
"Horsemanship 201 really expanded on the H101 concepts and gave me a much better understanding of what I need to offer my horse depending on her mental and emotional state. Through learning horsemanship from Emily, my mare and I are experience partnership together in a way we never had. I look forward to continuing to develop my intention, feel and timing so that I may have ultimate partnership with my horse!"
"Horsemanship 201 helped improve my feel for the horse and increased my creativity in how I approach and interact with obstacles. I know that the improvement in these areas will help me enjoy increasingly better relationships with horses!"
"Going into Horsemanship 201 I had some trepidation as to if my horse and I were sound enough in our foundational skills. But Emily's Horsemanship 201 blended the H101 skills into the new H201 skills so fluidly that my mare and I had no problem. The strong emphasis on relationships in this course really solidified for me that accomplishing the task is not the goal, but rather that honoring the relationship with my horse is what it is all about. I discovered that when the relationship is right, the tasks naturally take care of themselves! This was a great course and it helped me take that next step in furthering myself as a horsewoman and becoming more of the confident and credible leader that my equine partner so desires!"
"Horsemanship 201: Building Rapport was a great next step in my journey towards ultimate partnership with horses. It was the perfect balance between classroom learning and hands on experience. We continued to learn the horse language by exploring horse psychology, which was extremely beneficial and interesting. It was great to be able to understand a concept, see it demonstrated and then have the opportunity to practice. Emily does a great job of consistently integrating the principles she teaches into all facets of horsemanship and presenting the information in a clear and orderly manner. It was a great experience and at the end of the weekend I felt all the more excited to continue my journey."
"After having a small experience with the "internationally-known trainers", Emily is every bit as accomplished as they and a very patient instructor."
"Training for the Trail is a great course for anyone wanting to improve their enjoyment of riding outside of the arena by increasing their sense of safety. It is so valuable to be able to encounter the obstacles and "spook provoking situations" in the controlled and monitored clinic environment. This clinic helped me learn how to make a good, proactive plan before heading out on the trail, so that my horse and I are both set up for success."
"Having taken Training for the Trail, I now have the confidence and knowledge of proper trail etiquette to be responsible for myself and my horse as well as to the safety of others when out on the trail. In this clinic I learned how to properly respond to the unexpected situations that I may encounter on the trail and how to safely manage a situation that is spooky to my horse. Having this knowledge and skills gives me so much more confidence to go out on the trail knowing I will enjoy safety and success!"
"Emily's clear explanation of certain techniques from the saddle and her commitment to explaining the how and why behind what we are doing, prepared me to embark on riding out in the open with confidence, knowing I had been equipped to keep myself safe. Emily is diligent about tying the riding skills back to the communication I had learned on the ground, which greatly served my learning process. The Training for the Trail clinic challenged me with appropriate incremental increases to where I always felt ready for the next step. This clinic was the first time I have ridden a horse knowing there was a solid communication between the horse and I. I loved it! As always, I can't wait to learn more!"
"If you would like to get to know your horse in a safe and supportive environment, I can think of no one better than Emily and her wide variety of horsemanship programs. You'll love and understand your riding partner so much more. The Training for the Trail clinic offered great demonstrations with opportunities to emulate the exercises with very helpful feedback. Kudos Emily — you are so great!"
"The Training for the Trail clinic was amazing! I used a lesson horse in this clinic and having the chance to ride a confident and experienced horse was awesome and a great boost to my confidence! I felt safe and yet challenged at the same time. I am now equipped with so many things I can work on with my horses. Having taken this clinic I feel better prepared to work on my own at home, helping my horses and I be properly prepared for a great time on the trail!"
"Emily is a phenomenal teacher and horsewoman. She teaches the fundamentals of horsemanship step by step, building confidence is her students while supporting partnership with the horses. Her love and passion for horses runs deep and shines powerfully. Her commitment to knowing and teaching the language of the horse is clear and the balance of honoring the emotional experience with the implementation of technique is impeccable. She so beautifully holds the space for us to explore the connection with our horse, allowing us to discover all the tools we need to experience success in our horsemanship. She is clear, committed, consistent and congruent in all aspects of her life's work. I am grateful and honored to call her my teacher."
"I love the way that Emily is able to zoom in on exactly what I need as a learner, while simultaneously teaching concepts to a whole group — that's experience! I valued the attention to detail in Training for the Trail from being safe on the trail, to being respectful of the horse, a breadth of topics were covered in the weekend. I love having the knowledge and tools to feel confident out on the trail!"
"The Training for the Trail course for me was the icy on the cake! After a myriad of clinics and lessons with Emily to establish the foundation in my horsemanship, trail riding with my own horse was my goal and here we are! All the time, effort, laughter and tears that come with the growing and learning process has led my horse and I to this wholesome relationship and allowed us to take that relationship to the trail!
"The information in this course was pertinent, usable and abundant -- covering so many worthwhile topics, such as safe trailering, to riding aids to relationship oriented riding."
"My horse and I really grew during MRH's Training for the Trail clinic. The clinic was very focused on trail situations and scenarios, while still teaching and supporting the general skills and concepts that support well rounded horsemanship. Emily found a wonderful blend of keeping the learning going while also my mare and I and others individually whenever a need arose. Every moment of the clinic had value as Emily was able to divide her attention among us and provide individualized feedback that benefited everyone. There were many highlights and effective exercises Emily shared that allowed my mare and I to successfully embark on a trail riding and have a fun and progressive weekend!"
"raining for the Trail was very informative and provided real life advice for all skill levels and abilities of trail riders. Emily is a very engaging speaker and her passion for horses and teaching show in all activities. This clinic provided practical and useful information for the trail and the skills and information presented in this clinic also served to reinforce the everyday riding safety and techniques previously learned in the MRH curriculum."
"It was so great to spend a whole weekend with the horses and going for a trail ride and riding over the obstacles was a highlight to me! Emily is a great trainer and I highly recommend her!"
"My experience with Training for the Trail helped me feel safe and confident out in the wide open world. It can be scary to leave the arena and this clinic provided me the sense of security needed. We took the necessary time in the arena so as to set my horse and I up for success once on the trail. This clinic was packed with all kinds of ways to enhance my relationship with my horse and stay safe and now I feel ready to enjoy a trail ride!"
"I had been struggling with anxiety and frustration whenever I needed to trailer my horse. I had zero confidence in maneuvering my rig and was paranoid that I would have to back up! And to make matters worse my horse started to pick up on my unease and would refuse to load. All of that is behind me now having just completed the Truck and Truck Safety and Handling Clinic at MRHT!
"This clinic is packed with useful information and addresses a full spectrum of topics from truck/trailer combinations to hands-on maneuvering of different rigs to what items should be kept in your first-aid kit. I had questions answered that I didn't even realize I had wanted to ask! All of this is wrapped up in a very positive, friendly, and relaxed learning environment. This clinic has put myself and my horse on a path of confidence and comfort every time we hit the road."
"Emily is always looking for ways to further educate and support both her students and the horses in her care.
"The MRHT Truck and Trailer Safety and Handling clinic is a great product of her creative teaching style. While the information provided is obviously important to anyone who already owns or will be purchasing a truck and/or trailer, it's also valuable for anyone wanting to expand their range of comfort and competence around horses."
"I thoroughly enjoyed MRHT's Truck and Trailer Safety and Handling Clinic. I began shopping for a trailer in the last couple of years, but quickly realized that I needed more information to even know where to begin.
"This clinic provided me with information I didn't even know I needed, such as the equipment to have in case of emergencies and proper trailer maintenance for safety. The hands on experience of hooking and unhooking the trailers, driving and backing where invaluable to my learning. And most importantly, I came away understanding and knowing how to calculate the weights that are important to safety and compatibility between truck and trailer.
"This clinic rounded out my knowledge, helping me to become an educated buyer. Thanks to the Truck and Trailer Safety and Handling clinic I now feel equipped to begin trailer shopping with confidence."
"I so enjoyed Emily's 'What Trailer?' Trailer Loading Clinic. I was impressed by how Emily made the clinic about the relationship between the horse and their owner. She really understands that the experience owners seek to have with their horse is about communication, trust and building a relationship that is good for both horse and human. In the past, I have been to clinics where the trainer was all about themselves, so it was very refreshing to observe Emily's horse-first approach in her work with these incredible creatures.
"I am so grateful for Emily's time and attention. Attending her clinic provided me with some valuable 'aha' moments that have given me a renewed outlook on working with my mare, Maggie. I love my horse very much and I feel even closer to her now because I am able to better understand her. The horse world could learn a lot from trainers like Emily!"
"I recently took Emily Johnson's 'What Trailer?' Trailer Loading Clinic and found it extremly benefical. I work at Colorado Horse Rescue and a big percentage of the horses we deal with have issues with trailering. After taking Emily's class, I was able to successfully load a mare into the trailer within 45 minutes. This horse would step in but then immediatly back out. Spending time doing ground work around the trailer and teaching her to turn around in the trailer once she got in allowed her to be comfortable closing the door. This was very important to teach her to feel safe in the trailer as the woman that adopted her is planning on trailering her a great deal for trail riding.
"Prior to Emily's clinic , I may not have gotten her to relax in the trailer or would have spent alot more time trying to safely load her. Emily taught me how to be more creative and stay very calm and patient while working with horses."
"I loved Emily's 'What Trailer?' Trailer Loading Clinic. There were two things I thought were wonderful about the clinic. The first is it incorporates the basics of movement and ground work skills that are foundational in her program. Emily is great at explaining what she is doing, why she is doing it and how it relates to the task. The second thing I loved was witnessing the relationship of respect and rapport established before my eyes in a matter of a very short time which ultimately lead to the horse successfully and confidently loading into the trailer. This clinic demonstrates that trailer loading doesn't have to be difficult or scary for horse or human. If you love your horse and want to provide it with a positive trailer loading experience you will seriously consider this clinic."
"Emily, being a clinician is truly your art and your service. I have great respect for you and how you coached me to load my horse, Corazon, into the trailer verses just doing it for me. You have a special blend of intelligence, sensitivity and flexibility that most trainers do not. You are a rock star — the world awaits you! I would LOVE to have you come to my ranch and offer a clinic for some of my students."
Owner of Coaching With Horses
Author of Hope from the Heart of Horses
"It was so valuable to be able to see the language of trouble free trailer loading with multiple horses and to be able to see the whole process several times. I valued Emily's 'thinking out loud' as she worked with each horse and found the ample opportunities to ask questions to be very effective for my learning. This clinic is a must for anyone interested in honoring the horse's spirit and being a dependable, effective leader."
"The breadth of demonstrations with various horses really helped to put the From the Horse's Point of View lecture from the night before into context. It was a highlight for me to see an array of horses to worked with, from a clean slate youngster to older horses with issues, and yet each horse was set up for success and seen through to the completion of their training with the trailer."
"I was completely amazed how the horses responded to Emily's communication and persuasion in the "What Trailer?" Trailer Loading Clinic. In the end, each horse really did prefer being in the trailer to being outside of the trailer. The components of leadership that were repeatedly reviewed in the trailer loading demo was very helpful and really helped to connect the topics discussed in the lecture the night before with the practical application in the trailer loading demo. I really enjoyed this clinic and am looking forward to more in the future."
"So, how do you get a horse into a trailer to trailer her to a training session to train her to get into a trailer? A Catch-22 if ever there was one! I found myself in just this position when, after an hour of struggle, I called Emily to tell her I couldn't make our session. In her wonderfully gracious and accommodating way, she came to my place, spent less than an hour working with Cinnder, who ended up calmly and obediently loading herself into the trailer, turning around and standing quietly at the back of the trailer.
"Then, Emily had me repeat the process which went like clockwork. I know I need more practice to feel really confident that I am doing things correctly, but with Emily’s calm, patient coaching, I feel sure that Cinnder and I will overcome this most dreaded equestrian procedure.
"Emily is truly a master horseperson. Her skills, timing, and patience give both horse and human the confidence to do what neither thought they could or would ever do. I am very grateful."
"The knowledge and hands-on skills I learned in MRHT's Equine First Aid clinic have been of huge value to me. When my mare recently injured her leg I knew exactly how to care for the wound and was able to discuss it with my vet with confidence and knowledge. When the vet arrived, he was thoroughly impressed with the prompt and proper first aid I had performed on the wound. Thanks to the Equine First Aid clinic I am now equipped to offer my horse the best possible health and safety care!"
"Emily does a great job as an instructor in her Equine First Aid class. The class was very interesting, descriptive and to the point. She has great compassion for the well being of horses and her passion for providing instruction surrounding the care and connection between horses and their owners is evident."
"As a beginner, I appreciated the opportunity to attend a class with an in-person teacher. I know there are many resources available such as books and CDs, but you can't beat having a real person explaining the materials."
"The detailed information provided in the Equine First Aid clinic will help me asses a horses medical situation without panicking. I am certain the vet and horse owner of the horse under my care will appreciate that."
"As a first time horse owner the information I learned in Emily's Equine First Aid clinic has increased my confidence to successfully assess my horses condition and determine the right course of action in treating him. I highly recommend this course to any current or future horse owner."
"I loved the Equine First Aid clinic and having the literature you made as a reference will be great to have. Your explanations and teaching style are very effective and much appreciated. Great job!"
"I found the Equine First Aid clinic to be very thorough. Having the opportunity to practice on live horses was especially beneficial."
"Everyone who works with or owns horses should attend Emily's Equine First Aid clinic. It is an essential part of good horsemanship."
"The clinic provides a great foundation for beginners. It helped fill in the gaps between riding a horse at a stable, where everything is provided, to being able to make good choices for myself as I look for my own horse."
"Thank you so much for a wonderful workshop in "So, You Want to Buy a Horse?". Even after owning a horse for 5 years, I found it incredibly helpful and I got to see all of the places I was so ignorant going into my previous horse relationships! It will be great to have more consciousness going into my next one. It also re-connected me with how important it is for me to actively get back into horses.The handout was excellent and the discussions really helped to clarify things for me. I got a lot out of the time spent observing the horses and their different horsenalities. Emily has an amazing ability to create safety and respect for both people and horses!"
"I really enjoyed the thoroughness of the material covered in "So, You Want to Buy a Horse?" It was great to have the handout to follow along with and the demonstrations at the end were the perfect way to sum up what we had covered."
"This clinic was so comprehensive! And having the handout with so much information on it was really helpful."
"Emily is a tremendous resource both for purchasing/adopting a horse and for horsemanship all around. We plan on utilizing her and her knowledge in the future as much as possible. This clinic was very practical and useful!"
"Emily is a passionate horsewoman who through the 'So, You Want to Buy a Horse?' clinic teaches the how and why organized approach that will help me to have an informed and educated approach to finding my horse partner. The clinic was a great step by step way to think about and proceed with finding and identifying a good match in my next horse partner. Thank you Emily!"
"I think this clinic is great! It was a great length for discussion, lecture and demonstration and was the perfect amount of information for a 'green buyer'. I now know much more about and feel so much more confident about starting the process of purchasing a horse and about the possibility of adopting as well."
"The 'So, You Want to Buy a Horse?' clinic was very informative and the handout was very helpful. Emily is both an inspiring and encouraging instructor and I felt encouraged that I will be able to find a horse to share my life with!
"As a beginner and considering owning a horse, Emily's 'So, You Want to Buy a Horse?' clinic provided me with written procedures and guidelines for how to best proceed in the horse buying or adoption process. She covered a variety of situations and offered a slew of checklists for all the stages leading up to buying a horse. I highly recommend this class to increase your knowledge and understanding of the horse purchasing process before you get yourself into a difficult situation."
"Emily incorporates her solid, clear curriculum of horse communication into all of her workshops and clinics. From the Horse's Point of View was no exception. There were lots of good visuals and real world examples to support the theory being presented. You learn so much more than just the immediate topic at hand with MRH's programs. Every time I attend, I add to my understanding of how to build a real partnership with horses."
"Emily is the best teacher I have come across. Her eyes light up when she is at work. You know this is what she loves and it is evident that she wants to inspire you to feel the same. I always enjoy Emily's confidence in her teaching, her strong audience connection. Her blend of professionalism with transparency makes it comfortable for a learner to connect to the learning process. The fact that Emily regards the horse as such an honorable being speaks volumes."
"From the Horse's Point of View was very thought provoking and informative. I liked the concrete examples and general framework of the discussion. The comparison list of prey vs. predator thinking and relating was a highlight for me as well!"
"I thoroughly enjoyed your "From the Horse's Point of View" lecture. I felt that you were very engaging and incredibly clear on what the topic was about and I loved your enthusiasm for horses and everything horsey! I've audited Parelli clinics where they had horses and still didnt get as much from it as I did from you who didnt even have a horse. So I want to thank you for such an interesting and informative evening!"
"I attended your From the Horse's Point of View lecture and wanted to share that you are undoubtedly one of the most organized and thorough speakers I have listened to. It is not that I haven't heard some of what you shared previously in my study of horsemanship, but the way you presented it was outstanding. My only complaint is that I am not able to attend clinics with you and your program on a more regular basis!!! Thanks Emily!"
"I just wanted to let you know that Charlie and I really enjoyed the your From the Horse's Point of View workshop. I have heard a few of the things you mentioned before, however the format you presented them, just clicked with me. I did some 'soaking' over the weekend. It really occurred to me alot of the things my horse does are him being disrespectful and acting alpha towards me. I just want to thank you for allowing everyone to be a part of this great journey you are on."
"Emily is an excellent teacher. She doesn't miss a beat! As I'm thinking of questions, she starts answering them in her presentation. The From the Horse's Point of View was an excellent presentation."
"Emily creates a fun, relaxed and positive atmosphere in a clinic. I valued Emily's ability to give lots of individual feedback and attention even amidst the group riding exercises in the Intro. to Western Dressage clinic. There was lots of feedback about what each student was doing right accompanying her points about what each rider could work on. She takes into account each individual horses breed and past experience when teaching the rider how to best communicate with their horse in that particular moment. She communicates with her students in a manner that is congruent with how she teaches her students to communicate with her horses: clearly, respectfully, softly and effectively."
"I appreciated Emily's clear instruction, no nonsense manner, constructive feedback and the safe environment she created in the Introduction to Western Dressage clinic. Thank you so much for making me and my 'cowboy' horse look so supple, responsive and darn pretty! I can't wait for more clinics!"
"'What am I doing in a dressage class?' I might have asked myself. But after two days spend in Emily's Intro. to Western Dressage clinic I realized that given the correct instruction I can gain confidence in my and my horse's abilities together -- yes, even in dressage! I came away with the knowledge that I can offer the best to my horse and expect the best in return. And we had lots of fun!"
"Thank you Emily for helping me to rediscover soft effectiveness from my core allowing me to best balance and support my horse as he learns. Your support and guidance in celebrating his 'try' was fun and we learned a lot together in two days!"
"I have been a student of Emily's since 2006. The introduction to western dressage is what I am ready for in my journey as a horsewoman and I am grateful for the weekend under Emily's guidance and tutelage. This clinic offered a solid and well rounded approach to the fundamentals of dressage. The skills I learned in this clinic of helping my horse find balance, engagement and proper use of her body will benefit us both in all of our activities together. I highly recommend this clinic for anyone wanting to deepen their partnership with their horse on any level!"
"Emily, you have always been an inspiration to me, both as a horsewoman and a leader. I love and value the way you are continually learning yourself and are able to share. In the Intro. to Western Dressage clinic I liked all the positive feedback and the feeling that my horse and I were improving so rapidly in just two days. I look forward to future clinics!"
"I found Emily's explanation of western dressage to be helpful and enjoyed finding out that this discipline is accessible to anyone and any horse. Covering the various gaits in western dressage and what makes them different from either traditional western or classical dressage was also very valuable. I found Emily's explanation and instruction surrounding the use of the "inside leg to outside rein" to be very helpful. Many riders never learn this and yet she successfully helped all riders in the Intro. to Western Dressage clinic gain a new understanding and appreciation for the importance of this. It helped bring our riding to the next level and allowed us to guide and work with our horses with better clarity and understanding. Because of this clinic, we can do things we never thought we could do, like look like a dressage horse and rider!"
"I have been studying with Emily for over 5 years now and have grown so much as a horsewoman from our lessons, so I was pleasantly surprised at how my video/phone lesson with Emily allowed me to see my horsemanship from a whole new perspective. I never imagined that a 3 ½ min video could turn into a rich one hour lesson! My video lesson was with a prospective new horse and it allowed me to see what I needed to bring to the relationship in order to be an effective new partner for her. It also allowed me to see how I would need to work with the mind and emotions of my new horse. The video lesson not only helped me to make a conscious choice to purchase my new equine partner, but it also helped me to start our relationship with more understanding so that I can be aware of her needs. I would highly recommend tapping into Emily's knowledge and support through the convenient means of phone and video consultation."
"It is hard to find the words to describe fully enough what the MRH'S trail rides have done to improve the partnership with my young horse and for advancing our training! Emily ALWAYS handles every horse and rider and every situation and challenge with safety in mind. Being out on the trail presents training opportunities you somewhat know you there is a possibility of encountering such as water crossings, bridges or animals in the wild. Then there are situations that arise that are unexpected or unplanned. Every one of these situations are great opportunities to work through with your horse and having Emily there to guide you through these experiences are priceless training moments.
"Not only do we work on the natural obstacles out on the trail, but under Emily's tutelage we work on leg yielding, shoulder-ins or collection. Working on the trails is so much more fun than going around and around doing circles in the arena! I believe the horses welcome the change of scenery as much as the riders do!"
"I have been on over 200 trailrides with Emily, as when I first started training and boarding my horses with her in Colorado we went on a trailride practically every week all year round. On EVERY ride I learned something new, fun, helpful, and practical for advancing my horsemanship skills and deeping my understanding of my horses and my horses learned how to be trusty trail partners. Emily's trailrides are a unique way for humans and horses alike to learn while having fun."
"Age does strange things to the mind and body! After trail riding for over 15 years I got to thinking that maybe it wasn't a good idea to ride my wonderful partner Chopper out anymore. I thought something could happen and my 55 year old body wouldn't bounce back as well as it used to. Well, Emily helped to set me straight by having me trail ride with her in a group in which I learned techniques that improved my confidence and partnership with my horse. She is an amazing horsewoman that seems to intuitively know what the horse is thinking! Thankfully, all negative thoughts I had are gone and I am enjoying the trails again with Chopper."
"Breathe, trust, rub....the mantra for the day trailriding with Emily in the MRH Trail Riding program. This little reminder was just one of the many useful tiles and tools I acquire when riding the trails with Emily and it made such a significant impact for me and my horse. Our day, as so many rides before have been, was successful, splendid and oh so fun!"
"This isn't your grandmothers trail ride! Prepare yourself for a day of learning as you and your horse develop partnership around every bend. Emily will give you tips and pointers including how to get your horse to stand like a gentleman when the group is stopped, how to position your body on the steep ups and downs of the trail, and the trick to keeping your horse a safe distance from others whether you're riding in front, in the middle or bringing up the rear. Here's your chance to practice navigating trail obstacles, ride a spook and use your emergency stop outside the arena.
"The lesson begins before you even mount up. Be sure you bring all the trail essentials that were discussed in training for the trail. Your knife or cell phone could save a life in an emergency situation. By the end of the day you'll feel more confident in your ability to enjoy a relaxing trail ride while staying alert and prepared. Trail etiquette isn't just about looking good on the trail, it's about your safety and the safety of your riding partners (both human and equine).
"Oh, and if you enjoy good food and the companionship of other riders, the lunch time pot luck is a perfect opportunity to tell stories and get to know other enthusiasts who share your horsemanship goals. So bring your favorite dish or snack to pass around and join in the lively conversations that are sure to reflect the exciting experience of riding the trails!"
"I had a wonderful time riding with Emily and the other riders in the MRH program. Learning how to correctly ride up and down hills at a walk and how to set my horse to honor the gait I was asking for, was invaluable to me. To me, this really was taking a lesson to the trail! I appreciated all of Emily's objective criticisms, observations, demonstrations and instructions tremendously. I also appreciate the 'extras' such as, correctly tiring to the trailer, hanging a pail of water versus putting a pail on the ground, mounting on a hill — so thank you for those 'mini' lessons, too. It was truly a great day! I look forward to doing it again soon."