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The relationship with your horse is one of the most valuable connections you develop in your life.
Stop doing what everyone else is doing or says you're supposed to do.
Do something that actually matters - for you and your horse.
BECOME THE HORSEMAN YOUR HORSE DESERVES !
When you understand how horses learn, you become a better trainer. You can train more quickly and help the horses you train retain knowledge. You will also avoid accidentally teaching horses lessons you wish they hadn't learned (such as how to pin their ears to get you leave them alone). And you can both have fun!
In my ever-evolving journey of teaching horses and humans, I have come to believe these 3 elements are equally important:
· Autonomy - The freedom to be him/herself.
· Choice - The freedom to engage in a relationship.
· Voice - The freedom to choose to say yes or no.
For years, I was just following programs, methods, systems.... never knowing the why or listening to my horse.
The world is still very divided about horses and behaviors. So many people are trying to sell you their ‘method’. It’s not about buying a ‘method’, it’s about increasing your awareness and knowledge.
When we understand the basics of behavior and how horses learn, we can better understand what our horses are trying to tell us. I believe the handler/trainer must understand how horses really think, and how they really learn, or they run the risk of unintentionally becoming forceful or abusive in their training.
You can learn to adapt your behavior instead of making the horse adapt his, producing a more productive and connected relationship.
Being raised in the traditional performance world of submission with horses, I believed people should "control" their horses. If their horses didn’t do what they asked, they need to force their horses into submission using whatever means necessary to get it done.
I thought I discovered nirvana when I found natural horsemanship in 1999, but about 6 years in, I realized that it didn’t feel much better than control and submission since it focused on dominance theory and possibly taking a horse to a state of learned helplessness.
Thank goodness my path changed with the adoption from the Lipizzan Rescue Foundation of a Lipizzan/Andalusian gelding I named 'Rhett' in 2013. Rhett had been badly abused and traumatized by people in all areas of his short life when he was seized and rescued as a 4+ year old stallion, living in a 20 x 20 box stall for over 20 months with 2 mares, one of them his mother.
The path Rhett has chosen includes learning as much as possible about how horses learn, along with equine cognition and behavior. I continue my horsemanship education teaching and attending multi discipline workshops and clinics, utilizing multi topic online learning, understanding the latest scientific research for horse welfare and training,
I am always looking for a gentler, softer, more connected way with horses and I’d love to guide you this way too!
Book your free 45 minute “Motivational Call" with Karen now to talk about how her evidence based approach can build the connection and partnership with your horse you never dreamed possible.
Member of IAABC - International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants
"Your Training Session"
Video and Phone Lessons is a revolutionary way of learning and progressing with your horse using remote coaching.
Every horse and human is a unique combination.
"Your Training Session" program is designed exclusively for you to 'teach YOU to teach your horse'.
Through your submitted youtube videos and using Zoom/Skype, we will review the videos together.
Real time live comments about what is seen in both horse and human is invaluable. I will point out subtle and not so subtle feedback your horse is showing as you request tasks or exercises from him/her.
I will create a personalized lesson plan for you and your horse so you can continue the plan to progress to success after the video review.
"Ask Karen About Horses'
Research and Consulting could be the best time and money saving service you've ever used.
Time is the most important commodity you have.
You can't buy more time, aquire more time, or create more time.
Research takes time.
How many times have you gone down a rabbit hole while looking for equine joint supplements? Tack and equipment?
I can do this research for you so you will have more time to do the things that really matter to you and your life.
I am a wealth of knowledge, a walking encyclopedia in many equine areas.
If I don't know and have an answer, I will figure out a solution(s) or refer you to your best resource(s) to help you .
"The Behavior Course'
Anyone who owns a horse can benefit from this informative and fun educational course from the Motivational Horsemanship Learning Center.
"My Horse is Great except...
'why does he do that?'"
This behavior course covers the sciences of why behaviors occur, and how adding new learning theories will help you and your horse understand and enjoy training and strengthen your relationship.
The material is presented through videos, written material, pdf's, questionnaires,
quizzes and checklists.
Other courses offered in the MH Learning Center. Click below to learn more!
Karen Jones, Creator of Motivational Horsemanship
Karen is a mentor and horesmanship coach and instructor who specializes in teaching humans to understand and enjoy training their own horses.
"I use and teach the sciences of equine behavior and practical, positive training to improve safety, communication, confidence and connection between horses and their owners.
Another integral part of my teaching and training is employing a holistic approach to the horse's care, management, welfare and training.
Nutrition, hoof care, socialization, and training are a few of the interconnected parts of my 'whole horse approach' to horsemanship."
Karen's offers Private Clinics and Workshops, Private Hourly Lessons, and Long Distance Coaching!
WHERE IN THE WORLD IS KAREN?
Karen travels to scheduled areas regularly in the US for monthly and bimonthly lesson blocks.
Regularly scheduled 'One on One' time can greatly enhance your learning experience, skills and techniques.
Many of current students use my video coaching program between regular lessons to make sure they are on the right track and to continue their progression.
See website Calendar of Events page for regularly scheduled lesson times and places
Connect with Karen to create your dream workshop and lessons!
In-Person and/or remotely!
Join Karen on any of her Social Media Platforms.
ALL Social Media Links are also located at the bottom of this page.
I’m so glad our paths crossed. That was the intersection where my life started changing and I moved into a new direction and I adopted a new attitude with my horses and my horsemanship. ~Renee S.
Karen is available for Workshops, Clinics, Camps, Lessons and Private Retreats with you and your horse.
Listed are regularly scheduled Weekly, and Monthly Area Lesson Dates .