Amy Skinner embraces a training philosophy based in Classical Dressage and sound horsemanship practices. Amy keeps the best interest of horse and rider in mind, choosing to avoid fads and quick fixes, but to seek continual learning from the best teacher: the horse.
Amy offers a training program for all breeds and disciplines that focuses on promoting softness, balance, and relaxation. She believes that any horse can improve given enough time and understanding, and that force and dominance play no part in building a strong relationship. Working with the horse’s mind develops confidence, and an understanding of biomechanics develops correct and sound movement.
Amy also offers lessons and clinics, with a focus on providing information in a way that best suits each student. Amy believes that good teaching mirrors good training: offering information in a way the student can understand, and without judgement or force. Amy’s philosophy of training through relaxation carries over to students working to gain better balance and feel with their horses. She believes that learning should be fun and not intimidating, and she provides a safe, enjoyable atmosphere for riders to improve their abilities.
With years of training experience under the tutelage of fine horsemen and women like Theresa Doherty, Maryal Barnett, Brent Graef, and others, Amy offers riders of all ages and disciplines the ability to gain confidence, improve their riding, and strengthen their relationships with their horses.”
A happy horse is balanced mentally, physically, and emotionally, and the same goes for a happy rider. Balance comes into play in many areas: between work and play, friendship and leadership, and many other areas.
Everything is built on trust. We develop trust by being aware of our horses’ thoughts and needs, and supplying them with what they need to thrive.
Every aspect of good horsemanship takes respect for the horse into account. Respect for their body and mind, and developing the discipline to handle the horse with feel.
Get balanced and create solid partnerships, no matter what saddle you’re riding in.
I offer private or group sessions for all disciplines and breeds.
Mental and physical rehab are often closely connected, learn how we can help your horse.
"It’s real natural for the horse to feel like you are his way when you are actually in his way."
"Your horse doesn’t care who you’ve ridden with, what you know or what your philosophies are…until you prove to him that it benefits him and has meaning for him."
"When the horse is a tool to a person that has no interest in understanding their horse or in becoming a better horseperson, it may make sense to bring the horse to the level of the person. But if the person is interested in the horse, the person should be helped and encouraged to rise to the level of the horse."