The Pyramid of
Natural Foundation

As many people are finishing the “show” season with their horses or are winding down the journey up the pyramid of training for this year…. I hope you didn’t lose sight of the first floor…the foundation!  In the end, what were you left with?

I would hope for most of you…it is the connection that we are striving for, the trust, that we want with our horses….a deeper knowledge that speaks to us on the feeling that we get, learning how to communicate with these beautiful animals. This to me it is the Pyramid of Natural Foundation. I know it is the reason that I get up every morning and the reason that it feeds my soul. What do you get up every morning for?


I am in the business of helping people from the ground up before riding, as this is where I believe true partnership begins.  This is where the perils of fear are dissipated, sometimes for the human and sometimes for the horse, where horses that have “problems” learn to trust a human, some for the first time, out of unity. not just obedience. A strong foundation becomes the framework of everything else, every discipline, every level.


Never comprimise your "Principles" becasue your horse will know

For me, competing at the highest level of anything isn't worth it without the relationship. There is no colour of ribbon that is as meaningful as the feeling of asking and allowing, dancing with my horse, feeling that intimate communication between my body and his, and knowing when its time to stop what I am doing and give my horseback to his herd. It is the best feeling that we have both had a silent conversation that no one could see and have shared heart and mind energy together.




Don’t get me wrong, I think competition isn't bad, in fact it is a great tool for anyone to set goals, to have a purpose, to move outside of their comfort zone, and to aspire higher, but when it is put ahead of the relationship then we lose sight of what it was that we started with.

I see this all of the time in the competitive world, particularly when by adding

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a time element, or an element or a bigger prize or both, the language sometimes changes from asking and allowing to making and getting. The first floor of the pyramid is lost.

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