It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.
Leonardo da Vinci
S.M.A.R.T. Ways to Excellent
Horsemanship with Specifically designed Measurable goals, that are Aligned to ours and our horse’s values, that are Realistic and Timed so the horse naturally understands the training, while avoiding fear, force and intimidation in our journey towards excellence.
The School of Eclectic Horsemanship & Classical Riding has been developed around fully respecting the nature of the horse. The corner stone principle of the school is Trust and Respect without using methods of training that promote mechanical restraints or fixing the horse in unnatural positions through the use of artificial aids and force. The result of this is a trusting dialogue between horse and rider, enabling the relationship to promote expressive, joyful and cooperative horses that always respond to the lightest of aids.
The School of Eclectic Horsemanship & Classical Riding combines timeless principles from Natural and Classical into a modern presentation of equitation. The school is based on teachings from Tom Dorrance, Ray Hunt, Buck Brannaman, John Lyons, Josh Lyons, Pat Parelli, Philippe Karl and Martin Black, all of which in their own way share commonalities in their principles not differences.
Our way of thinking and the approach to training is motivated by latest findings in fields such as anatomy, physiology, locomotion and balance, psychology and ethology. The result is a logical and naturally evolving, trust-based partnership that has a clear explanation of timeless principles and their application to training for all disciplines and breeds of horses.
Eclecticism is a conceptual approach that does not hold rigidly to a single paradigm or set of assumptions, but instead draws upon multiple theories, styles, or ideas to gain complementary insights into a subject, or applies different theories in particular cases.