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My name is Heather Williams and horses have been part of my life for over 30 years! In my earlier days of competing, I excelled in classical dressage, eventing and show jumping. In more recent years, I've helped horses in all disciplines, from gaited horses to warmbloods.

In the past several years, my perspective on working with horses changed. I started to think about the horse as it's natural being, a prey animal. I wanted to work with them in a way that took what the horse was feeling, thinking and seeing into consideration. This began my focus on natural horsemanship. I was looking for a partnership built on trust and softness. I wanted my horses to have the desire to work with me, not work for me because they felt they had no other choice. I now base my training on feel and communication, not technique and mechanics.

During the past several years, I've been honing my skills in rebalancing the whole horse. Horses get out of balance for many reasons. A physical issue can affect their mental status which can in turn, affect their emotional status. An emotional status can cause a physical response, such as bracing against our bodies or aids. Maybe your horse isn't picking up that left canter lead or is leaning in to the right at the trot in a circle. Maybe you're having straightness issues or issues in collection. Some folks often struggle with horses who are not eager to work, or are anxious under saddle. What is happening inside your horse can have a direct impact on their movement and performance. The horse's desire is to be back in balance, physically, mentally and emotionally.

My goal as a trainer is to help both horse and owner gain ground with one another, work towards balance as individuals and as partners. Most people have the same goal in mind...having a soft, willing, trusting horse who they can share their adventures with.

 

Heather and Taktur

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