Training should never be so serious that we lose our sense of awe for the horse.
Lessons, training, clinics and more
To better serve your horse and to produce superior results, we take a limited amount of training horses. We focus on the whole horse, with special attention to physical balance, diet, alignment and suppleness, and rider balance and awareness.
All you need for lessons near or far is good cell service, wireless headphones, and someone or something to hold your phone for you! Video lessons make learning convenient and affordable.
The foundation of a horse’s riding career. Horses will learn confidence in their balance, learn to carry a rider, and basic exercises and maneuvers, in a manner that will prepare them mentally and physically for a long and healthy riding career.
This training goes far beyond teaching a young horse to pack around a saddle and to tolerate things. We teach young horses to become balanced physically and mentally, calm, willing athletes and partners. It takes time to prepare a horse’s back to ride safely and ethically, and we believe the results are well worth it: a straight, supple, calm partner you can take in any direction you choose.
Owners are expected to learn to ride with a balanced and supple seat along with their young horse’s education. Because of this, lessons are included in this package because we want you and your horse to succeed!
A six month commitment is required for your young horse to start under saddle. Restarts, or the correction of a poorly laid foundation is classified as rehabilitation and subject to longer commitment requirements.
Horsemanship with a dressage focus for every horse and rider – learn to get balanced and create solid partnerships, no matter what saddle you’re riding in. My goal as a teacher is not to tell the student what to do, but to teach riders feel and to learn to interpret their horses expressions and movements. Lessons focus on teaching riders to communicate effectively, observe and compare what works and doesn’t work for their horse, and to set up situations in which learning is easy for the horse. Teaching riders to be advocates for their horses means learning to carefully observe their surroundings, their horse, and themselves, and to gather an awareness of how their moods, physical fitness, and decisions affect their horses.
We welcome riders of all disciplines willing to undertake the journey of introspection and dedication required to be their best self for their horse
Offering private or group sessions for all disciplines and breeds. In clinics, people can come together to improve their relationships with their horse, learn how to improve their timing and feel, and take home a new awareness to improve their day to day lives with their horses. Clinics offer a fun, low pressure way to learn along with other riders, expose horses to things they may not see at home in a safe, controlled environment, set up situations to improve and expand comfort zones, and to learn from watching other riders as well.
Is your horse troubled, stiff, crooked, uncomfortable, or struggling in some way? This is a thorough, whole-horse approach to helping bring your partner peace and alignment through their bodies. Lame horses are made sound through correct in hand work and/or riding, and troubled horses are brought to calm by developing happy partnerships. We’ll take a look at their diet, hoof balance, dental balance, address physical issues, and every aspect that makes up the whole picture.
We have an excellent team of vets, farriers, dentists, and body workers here to serve you and your horse, and to help bring your horse to the place they deserve to be.
An intensive is a great way to invest in yourself as a rider, horsewoman/man, and a person. You will develop awareness, self discipline, learn to refine your skills in hand and under saddle, and get quality one on one coaching.
Come to Amy’s ranch for personalized instruction! These in are flexible in schedule and can be worked around your preferences. You can come for a day to six days, and take as many lessons as you like each day.
Amy’s breadth of skill is as vast as her attentiveness and clarity as an instructor, which is to say limitless! She is a horsewoman I admire deeply.
I appreciate Amy’s approach to looking at the whole horse in her training. Physical, emotional, and mental well being are all taken into consideration. Her ongoing education and personal development are very important qualities in a trainer and something I value in anyone I work with or refer.
Amy Skinner is a rare being. She understands horses and her whole approach in everything she does with horses involves a softness. Amy is an inexhaustible learner and has reached a point in her career where she has accumulated her knowledge from numerous sources and reached her own high level of horsemanship. I would never hesitate to ask her opinion or for help with a horse and I often have. I consider her to be one of the best.