Taiji Horsemanship is a training progression that produces quiet, responsive, soft and supple horses to work with both on the ground and in the saddle for any type of work. It is suitable for a beginner rider, young horse or to maintain a high level horse for competition. It is what I use to start and maintain ALL of my horses. It’s focus is on a different skill development order and skill set than most riding programs focus on. It was built from the top down instead from the bottom up. We thought about the end result and created a progression with simple energy diffusing tools to get you there. It starts with the most basic focus of the horse on the ground to solid riding. Rider exercises begin with a focus on balance versus hand and leg. Then instead of moving to your typical kick to go pull to stop once in the saddle, we start a young horse and rider out immediately with simple non-energy lateral development exercises that teaches a horse to be soft, supple, relaxed and enjoyable to ride. A great instructor or coach is somebody that has a deep understanding of their topic and can take something complex and make it easy with small steps that are easy to understand and implement. Through my diverse and extensive work with outstanding trainers in many different facets of the horse world….circus, performance, the “natural horseman”, high performance hunters, jumpers and dressage, this is what I have done with Taiji. It takes different skills and exercises from all these worlds to create a unique training prgression, that produces great horses to handle and ride.