Shadowbrook Acres Horses

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Shadowbrook Acre’s Natural Horsemanship


A little about me; I have been riding from a very young age. My family use to breed paint and pinto horses when I was a child and I would constantly be training the broodmares and even our stallion. I grew up riding western out on the trails as well as 4H with the guidance of my trainer. Then I become a 4H leader and started doing Posse and cattle drives. I have worked with problem horses, an untouched mustang, as well as taken on rescues, rehabilitating them, and then training them before I rehomed them. This has helped gain me experience and knowledge over the years. I will work with a lot of different horses, whether it’s as simple as teaching a foal ground manners, starting a horse under saddle the right way, or putting miles under the saddle, I make sure your horse is trained without cowboy breaking them.

(Above: 2 year old filly)

(Above: 3 year old filly)

Here at Shadowbrook Acres I train horses using Natural Horsemanship techniques to build a bond with the horse. My goal is to make the horse become a part of your team, so they will strive to learn and work with you, not against you. My favorite quote is “Make the wrong thing hard and the right thing easy.” When you let a horse learn, it is not only rewarding for them, but they learn so much faster and lessen the chance that they will make that mistake in the future. I will start your horse with a solid foundation to continue on in any discipline of riding. I not only work with horses, but I work with the owners. It is a waste of time training a horse if the owner doesn’t understand how to handle and continue his training. I want to make sure that you, as the handler of the horse, will be able to understand and handle him safely. I want you to know how to react to certain things your horse will do.

(Above: Weanling filly)

(Above: 11 year old mare)

I will start all horses brought to me with some basic ground work. In my eyes if they don’t respect me on the ground, why would in the saddle be any different. Groundwork is a great way to gain trust and create a partnership with your horse. Not only will your horse be more willing, but your horse will respect you and have confidence in what you ask them to do. After I can tune them in the arena and finish them out on the trails.

(Above: When this paint filly came to Shadowbrook Acres she was barley halter broke. You could not catch her without spending your time chasing her and once caught she was an unpredictable rocket waiting to blow. With groundwork I was able to turn her around and her owners were able to put children on her as a 2 year old!)

(Above: Weanling filly)

Do you have a wild young one that isn't ready to be ridden? Or perhaps a horse with naughty and even dangerous habits when working with them on the ground. I also work with horses who simply need that foundation and its not just for weanlings or yearlings. Any ages are welcome to learn some good basic respect. Does your horse have proper ground manners? Are they halter broke, lead, pick up their feet, load trailers, and just have overall respect for you on the ground? If not bring the on down!

(Above: 3 year old filly)

(Above: 3 year old and 4 year old)

I train with pressure, not force. Horses learn when pressure is taken away, so, for example, I want the horse to move forward. I apply pressure by squeezing my legs. Until the horse takes a step forward I will increase the pressure. As soon as they take a step, I release and reward the horse. By doing this I try to prevent them from building up nervous energy. Instead I hope to have them look for the correct answer with confidence knowing if they make a mistake I will not beat them. This is so they will start to use their thinking side of the brain instead of the reactive (flight and fight) side of the brain.

(Above: 2 year old stallion)

(Above: 12 year old gelding)

How long will your horse need? In my training I try to train at the level of the horse. If I have two horses that need to be started, but one has the mentality of a 3rd grader and the other of a 10th grader it will take me longer with the 3rd grader than it will the 10th. Some horses will just need longer while others will pick it up like its nothing. Just like children, every horse learns at a different speed and level. It is my job to find their limit and find ways to help them learn. 


One Month (Starting) - $500

Second Month and Up - $400

Horses Needing Groundwork - $300 a Month

(Above: 3 year old filly)

(Above: 11 year old mare)

Here are a few examples of horses I trained in 2012. 

May's 3rd Ride Click here to see the video.

May after about 25 rides and first time in a halter.

Macie after One Month. Click here to see video 1.

And click here for video 2 of Macie

Here is a video of a dun filly's Second Ride!

(Above: 10 year old mare) 


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