Adoration Equine, LLC

Refinement

Refinement can mean a lot of different things to different people.  Some want a horse that is well rounded in a practical way for trail riding.  For example, how nice would it be for you if your horse would sidepass toward a log you're standing on so you can mount.  Wouldn't it even be nicer if you can do that and be sure he will not walk off when you put your foot in the stirrup.  How about having a horse that will willingly leave his friends behind, cross water, go over bridges, plow through brush and not spook at every rock or deer, etc.  I love trail riding and think it's a great way to give a horse a break from arena work.

Some want a horse that can do all the obstacles in trail classes or do the basics such as sidepassing, jumping small jumps, opening gates, backing through obstacles, calmly walking, trotting and cantering, etc., etc.  I enjoy teaching and doing these things in hand and on the horse's back.  I also believe it's a great way to form understanding and communication with a horse.  And, on days when you really can't get out due to weather, it's just plain old fun to have a play day alone with your horse... or with friends.  Of course, some also like to compete.   

Some want to get really specific in a Western or English sport (or both) and that's great!  In the past couple of years I have been studying dressage. I find learning about biomechanics, the movements and refinement to be very fascinating...and challenging!  Working at higher levels requres relaxation, balance & energy based on partnership, leadership, commuication and lightness. Attending clinics, both English & Western, has taught me that the foundations are the same. It's also just interesting to listen to how others train & teach. We can all learn from each other.

If you do want to specialize, I can help you and your horse know a considerable amount so that when you do look for an instructor in a specific discipline, you will be way ahead of the game and really be able to focus on the sport and not so much on all the foundations leading up to the sport.  Also, when you do get to that next level, you may possibly know more than your new instructor on a few things.  I would hope you wouldn't consider that a negative in all circumstances.  The best instructors are those that are willing to be open to learning from students.  It is my hope that you someday succeed way beyond anything I could imagine and that you will pay it forward to the next generation of learners.