Testimonials

"Caroline, I really enjoyed your demonstrations at the 2008 Hunterdon County NJ Horse Expo. I think you do a fabulous job, especially with the mental connection; so important. You have a real gift and I truly believe that trainers such as you, are also " horse psychics" communicating on a horse level which is not possible for most horse people. If I can promote your clinics I definitely will."

Pat Jasin, 
Bucks County Equestrian Magazine

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Wow! Thank you Caroline for offering this amazing Course. Your compassion, knowledge and way of presenting information was concise, easy-to-follow and empowering! Your way of teaching and the materials presented are not only innovative, they were inspiring and motivating, giving me and my horse a new sense of direction and confidence. You’ve given us a great guide to follow now as we continue to evolve in our relationship and our riding partnership. I recommend this Module to anyone looking to develop a solid and correct foundation with your horse, from ground to riding.

 

– Monique, Switzerland

WOW! So, I wasn't going to write you yet, as I'm sure you are inundated-so don't feel like you have to respond. Just couldn't help it. The course is a steal at the price you offered. I've only looked at the first couple from the workshop bonus. Already have learned a ton. I spent this much on several clinics from some other trainers. I learned one percent of what I have learned from just this little bit. And these aren't even the course videos yet!!!! I'm having to go slow to process, which is NOT like me. I can plow through 6 hour long lectures on physics and cosmology with no problem. I do hope I will retain all I'm learning. Hopefully, I'll have time to watch multiple times so I can make sure I've absorbed everything. Your comments on learning to meditate to deal with panic, and the law of attraction mention, really resonate with me. There is much in this course to learn about human interaction as well (show up, focus, be clear, ground when there's not connection), as well as for me with my baby (dog). I cannot express how much I appreciate this course and the bonus vids! I wish I'd had this info forever ago. However, I realize to my chagrin, when the student is ready... Thanks so much!

 

-Laurie Capparella

Thank you Caroline! I finally found the right horse training program for me and my horse! Your teaching approach and video presentations are easy to understand, inspiring and full of great content. Each time I reviewed a video I found so much more to learn. It really taught me how to slow down and practice the steps closely. Because of this my horse and I stayed connected and confident throughout our learning process. Your Module has given us the relationship and ride of our dreams! Thank you from the bottom of my heart! – Pam, MA

Dear Caroline, Thank you for discovering this most extraordinary path to a horse's heart. You not only have an amazing gift, but you chose to share it. And I am so thankful for that and feel very blessed to have had the chance to work with you. You are a phenomenal teacher, and the work I've done with you has not only helped me with horses, it has helped me in life. One of the most valuable things I took away is that horses don't lie. If you are not putting your whole mind, body and heart into what you are doing, and if you are not totally present with them, they let you know. It's hard to still the mind sometimes, and be really present, with horses, in life, etc, but when you finally get there, and when you can have this most extraordinary back and forth conversation with your horse, through your intention, your position, your movement, through your whole mind, body and heart, it's a feeling that can't really be described in words. What I took away is the opportunity to have a new relationship with my horse, which will enrich every day I spend with my horse from here on out. So thank you for opening up for me this whole new world and new realm of being with horses. 

 

– Tracey, MD

I am about to start my second young horse with Caroline, which says a lot about my trust and belief in her methods. In 2009 I was considering buying an unstarted 3 year old Arabian-cross mare – my first horse in 20 years.  Caroline didn’t exactly try to talk me out of it but she gave me a lot of good reasons why it might not be the best fit.  I was separating from my husband and was an anxious, shut down mess.  But my mare was love at first sight, a much-needed rekindling of passion and purpose.  I bought her thinking after 90-120 days we would go home and all would be fine. We were not fine. Caroline talks a lot about working with energy, being more aware of our own and tuning into our horses energetically.  While some of my work with Caroline was technique – what I think of as the “how to” – much of it was learning emotional & energetic “agility.” Self-awareness and emotional honesty are part of it, but the other part was learning how to ground my energy or to bring it up when needed, and to relate to my horse from my heart and not my head. I have worked with other trainers and tried other methods.  I also got stuck a lot, and hurt – either my horse didn’t like it & had a strong reaction, or I took offense to the way they handled my horse or what I was expected to do in order to achieve a result.  Caroline has never let me stay stuck.  The mare she started for me in 2009 had to be re-started after going through nine months of dressage training with a different instructor – it ruined our relationship.  My new gelding stopped coming to me in the field after ONE lesson with a different trainer. Now, after starting Caroline’s on-line course & returning to her approach of working from a heartfelt and spiritual place he is once again coming to meet me in the field, he is offering things to me when we work together, and he even hugs me back when we are quiet & I am praising him.  We are still working on boundaries and respect from a place of love and leadership rather than force, which was only feeding into his natural opposition.  I know that when the relationship is there anything is possible because I have seen what happens when it is sacrificed.  It all starts there. The mare who rammed herself into the round pen panels to get away from me in the beginning was the same mare I later rode bareback in a halter through the woods and would walk out of the fields to the barn with me without being led or haltered.  She would walk to the mounting block and wait for me to come & get on. I had people ask me how I got her to do these things. The only answer was, “She wants to be with me.” One of my favorite campaign slogans is from Jerry Brown, the Governor of California, who declared himself the candidate was “most qualified to wing it.” This is perhaps the most accurate statement I could make about working with Caroline.  She brings a broad range of qualifications to her work and regardless of who or what “shows up” she is prepared to work with that horse in that moment.

 

– Nancy

I am love, love loving the videos! Please tell Caroline. She may not like the "guru" status that I would like to give her, but as I've heard in the past, "when the student is ready, the teacher will appear". I must be ready and am so delighted that my guru has appeared (or maybe it's gurus - both Caroline AND my horse!). My life and my relationship with my horse (and with my family) has already shifted dramatically and we've only just begun. There's hardly enough time in the day for all that I wish to immerse myself in with all this new information. I just want to go live in the pasture with the four-leggeds! The family's not too happy about that part! But don't worry, the'll get over it, and when I'm happy and content, so are they! Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you!

 

– Sally

I am on a journey to finding the way with horses that is most suitable for me... I have been studying a lot of what is out there, and find that many clinicians either aren't able to explain their method in an understandable way, or don't have accessible materials for studying them. Most people that I have looked into are either too "mechanical" or too "spiritual" and when I recently happened to come across one of Caroline's Youtube-clip I was completely blown away because it's just what I'm looking for BOTH spiritual and practical :)"

I'm looking forward to getting the DVD (and in time purchase more of her DVD's) and have a "new beginning" with my to lovely horses Silva and Ciwanne! :)

 

- Katarina, Finland

I learned so much, more than I thought possible! The Tao Method Course was comprehensive and results oriented. It showed me so many new techniques to achieving the level of relationship, partnership and horsemanship I was seeking. I also loved that I had 24/7 access to all-of-the Module videos, discussion board and supplemental materials. I now have a better, more fulfilling relationship with my horse and a new approach to working with my horse at liberty, during ground work and when riding. Thank you again Caroline!

 

– Libby, New Zealand

Thank you, Caroline! It is wonderful to SEE the evidence of the relationships you have developed with your herd. The things I noticed most:

1. Your groundedness – I can actually watch the energy you project when you move, both your palpable connection to the earth and the clarity and direction of your energy as you communicate with the horses. I loved the demonstration of “opposing energy” with Smokey. This gets me thinking: when I am unconscious about whether the direction of my energy is “agreeing” or “disagreeing” with the larger flow of my intention, I will create discord and confusion without knowing it. Awesome clarifying moment for me! When we are working from such a “quiet and subtle” place, mastering my own energy is critical and the first step to establishing the foundation of the “language” we are developing together. I love watching the invisible “cords” of energy between you and the horses. Awesome!

2. Your presence and responsiveness – I can see how present you are with your horses, even when you are speaking to the camera, you are “with” them; you stay connected. When I think about this in terms of your explanation of the stages or parts of developing a relationship: acceptance, trust, respect, and leadership, I really have to look at myself and the ways in which I relate to myself and others including my horses. How consistent am I? How congruent am I? How clear is my intention, or is my energy split in two directions? Am I sending mixed messages? When I look at how I have lived my life in the last few years that has led to my need to take a break, I have to say that if I were a horse, I’d have really mixed feelings about me as a leader. It makes me question the common misconceptions about leadership; that if a leader is strong and powerful enough, then others will fall into line. In reality, this work seems to be about putting in the time to learn how to embody the qualities of leadership that a horse or another person would feel inspired to follow; in short, it is a path to BEingness and becoming the leader that my horses can’t help but feel drawn to. When I observe you, you clearly have developed true friendships with your horses; they love you and want to be with you.

 

– Ginger

 

Long Distance Coaching

After becoming a horse owner again after a nearly 10-year hiatus, I began searching for something “different” in the ways of horsemanship.  I had some exposure to natural horsemanship techniques, but felt there was something lacking in the approach.  I was looking for something more, but wasn’t sure what it was or if there was even a possibility of “more.” After nearly a week of internet searching, I was led to one of Caroline’s YouTube videos.  I was intrigued by her ease with her horses and how tuned in they were to her.  Her philosophy of being with horses and how she achieved that is what captured me.  I’ve been a student of Caroline’s for three years now and the journey has produced amazing results in my life and horsemanship.  I’ve been blessed to experience all that she and her facility have to offer, and my horses have been able to spend time at her facility as well.  The beautiful piece of Caroline’s method is the personal growth I have experienced; it’s not just about the horses.  My life has truly expanded because I’ve learned to let go, to expand and to find my authentic self.  And while my horses have benefitted from time spent with her, their growth is really showing because of my personal transformation.  We are definitely on our way to being as one. If you are only able to do one thing, I highly recommend long distance coaching with Caroline, especially if you are a student of the Tao of Horsemanship Online Academy.  Her assessments are very through and the feedback back she provides is broken down and very detailed.  You are able to review your submitted video with her feedback and know precisely what is working and what isn’t working.  She is able to clearly to guide you to the next steps.  In addition to her written review, you also have the option to speak with Caroline on the phone, which I also highly recommend!  You can feel her energy through the phone which will motivate and energize you even further! As an out-of-state student, I value this learning option.  Don’t worry about sending in a perfect video or editing for one either.  Just send in an honest snapshot of where you and your horse are at and Caroline will take care of the rest!  The help and guidance you will receive are well worth with it! 

 

~ Traci V., CT

I adopted my mustang mare from a rescue when she was 3.5 years old. She didn’t have much of an education when I adopted though she was under saddle at the time of adoption and had a rider a few times on her back. Shortly after adopting her I noticed quite a few holes in her education. She would spook at many things both under saddle and during ground work. She would spook at the hitching rail when tied and sit back and pull back until she broke her halter or the lead rope would snap. She would not stand to be groomed or have her feet trimmed as she would rear and pull back when trimming her feet. My mare was very buddy sour and anxious about everything. She wouldn’t trailer load or allow me to give her a bath, put on fly spray or anything without running circles around me. I made the mistake of taking her for a trail ride before she was ready and before I was ready and she spooked, spun and bolted for the barn. I fell off and ended up getting seriously injured. My doctor told me that I was not allowed to ride all summer until my fracture healed in my back. I spent the next five years trying to find an instructor that could rebuild my broken confidence with handling my horse and riding. I was also trying to find someone that would train her or help me train her to be a safe riding horse. Time and time again, the “traditional” methods presented to me to “fix” my horse and myself didn’t work for us. Also, the natural horsemanship methods didn’t work at all and only further scared my horse and made her anxious (especially when one trainer used a plastic bag tied to the saddle in the round pen and let her run herself into exhaustion from fear of the plastic bag). My horse didn’t learn anything from this flooding experience except how to give up and be helpless in a situation that made her fearful. I did not want this for my horse. I wanted her to trust me and for us to be partners. I knew there had to be a different way. Flash back to six months ago when my life changed dramatically for both myself and my horse when I stumbled upon one of Caroline Rider’s free YouTube training videos. I always knew there had to be a safer way, a better way to work with my horse. I watched her video on her “pre-flight” process for mounting horses. I was sold. I had never heard anything like this before! Caroline’s method was exactly what my mare and I both desperately needed. I contacted Caroline right away about her online courses and signed up that month. I then decided I wanted a more personal approach and needed the extra assistance to help with my horse, so I signed up for video coaching and long-distance phone coaching. I also booked a weekend for my immersion training at her farm. I just can’t get enough of her method! Now my mare stands with a hind foot relaxed when tied at the hitching rail to be groomed and have her feet trimmed. She is much more confident in the arena and approaches items left around the farm with more curiosity than fear and flight. She is more tuned into my body language and my requests instead of focusing on external stimuli (like other horses, dogs, strange noises and objects) while working together. She also no longer pulls me around to grab grass and graze while I am leading her around and working with her. My mare stands quietly at the mounting block and invites me to get on her back. She also doesn’t bolt and buck anymore if something scares her. She starts checking in with me instead if she gets nervous or unsure and seeks guidance instead of just reacting. This is paramount for me to have a safe riding horse and crucial to our partnership. Having a trusting, calm, thinking mare (not an overly reactive mare) is a dream come true! I have really enjoyed my long-distance coaching phone conversations with Caroline. When I’m speaking with her (and in her emails), she is sincere and holds a safe space for learning. She has always responded to my emails promptly and with in-depth answers to my many horse training questions. Caroline is very accessible and invites me to communicate with her on a frequent basis, even between my coaching sessions with her. She even emailed me to check-in with me when she hadn’t heard from me in a couple weeks. Caroline is truly an amazing human being. I am so thankful every day that I stumbled upon her horse video because Caroline is helping me realize my dream with my mare—fostering a true partnership between my mare and myself.

 

– Renee, UT

 

Immersions

Thank you, Caroline, for featuring my boys in this month’s membership videos! For the fellow monthly members out there, I would like to share with you some insight I have had in the few short weeks my boys have been in Florida. When I started on my journey with Caroline’s method in 2015, I had only just recently purchased Diego (Neo wasn’t even in the picture). And then, a month after finding her, I was fortunate to meet and have a private session with her at a clinic. After that, however, my primary form of learning was through her DVDs. And, within the past year, I have been able to attend at women’s intuitive workshop (which is where I truly had my “ah ha” moment to the spirituality piece of her work) and spend a week with her last summer. Of course, each time I was able to have a hands-on experience and work privately with her, it reinforced what I was learning in the DVDs. However, it wasn’t until my boys were in Florida and I spent sessions with her and them, that I realized the value of sending her videos to assist and reinforce my learning experience. I kept telling her (and myself) that I would send a video for her assessment and assistance, and for various reasons, it didn’t happen. NOW, I realize that those videos would have been such a valuable tool in not only breaking through my thresholds, but learning how to also make breakthroughs with my horses. I allowed myself to be “stuck” which, in turn, translated in my lack of training consistency and repetition for my horses. I encourage those of you out there who are “stuck” or think that your horse is “stuck” to use the long distance opportunity of video coaching. It is an invaluable tool in the learning process. Like me, you may have lots of excuses of why you haven’t done it, but I strongly recommend that you take the first step and just do it! A 3 minute video snippet will get the ball rolling! :) I am very blessed that I am able to have both of my horses with Caroline for training, but I didn’t know if that would ever come to fruition. If long distance learning was my only option and I knew Caroline’s method was where I wanted to be with my horses, then I would want one of you out there to tell me the same thing! :) Caroline will help you every step of the way and guide you where you need to be! - Traci V, CT

 

Lessons

In Caroline Rider, I have found an extraordinary Horse Whisperer in every sense of this word, with more depth, dimensionality and soul than I ever could have imagined. For this discovery, I feel grateful, joyful and in awe. In seeking a riding instructor, it was essential to me to find a mentor who had the utmost respect for the horse as a sentient being, who incorporated natural equine herd dynamics and who had the talent of communicating her ideas with clarity and flexibility to her students. Amazingly, in Caroline Rider, I found all three and so much more. I will never forget meeting Caroline when I had my first opportunity to see her move at liberty among her herd and to observe her ride bareback. Watching Caroline and her horses was mesmerizing…like watching a magical symphony dance…poetry in motion of rider and horse moving as one in smooth, fluid, graceful and varied rhythms. There was a magnificent beauty to how Caroline was one with her horse as their choreography evolved before me in a very alive, rich, subtle and dynamic flow. Bearing witness to the bonds between Caroline and her horses revealed a palpable deep, respectful, affectionate yet playful fabric with what I would describe as exquisite attunement. One of Caroline’s many gifts as a horse whisperer, is her amazing ability to sense, ‘see’, ‘hear’ and ‘feel’ the many subtle nuances of equine communication as well as an incredible ability to describe and demonstrate this experience to her students in clear and rich detail. Caroline is fully present every second one is with her and she can also ‘listen’, observe and discern the many dimensions of an individual rider all at once. Moment to moment, with equal ease and brilliance, she can observe, hear and ‘know’ what a rider is doing and not doing to communicate and be present to his or her equine partner. It is clear to me that Caroline masterfully provides the constancy of her exquisite attunement to the horse, rider and the relationship between horse and rider every moment she is present. Another of Caroline’s gifts is her flexibility to instruct, communicate and teach in a multi-modal manner, so that no matter what learning style a student would benefit from at any moment, she has the adaptability to insure a student grasps concepts and directions. I have found her to be patient, encouraging, flexible, innovative and clear in both explanation and instruction in her approach. Caroline is a natural teacher in that she is able to communicate her astute observations in an incredibly precise manner from a solid and consistent conceptual framework. What I have come to know of Caroline’s approach is what continues to touch my heart and soul as well as make incredible sense on a cognitive level, each and every step of the way. As I continue to learn from Caroline, I have a growing awareness of how much subtlety and depth there is to the knowledge she has to offer in her approach. For many years to come, I hope to remain her student and to have the privilege of learning so much more about what I have witnessed as the profound attunement of poetry in motion with the horse. I consider meeting Caroline Rider to be an amazing gift, which has enabled me to learn about the privilege of a horse allowing me to be on his or her back, from an incredible Horse Whisperer who is also a remarkable woman.

 

- Denise, DE

One of the things that most stands out to me about Caroline’s approach to training is her adamance that the relationship between human and horse is what is most important. When she works with any horse, she recognizes that horse as an individual with a unique personality, and she expresses an interest in developing a relationship with that horse through the use of affection. Put simply, she loves the horses that she works with, and she lets them know it. I think that this emotional generosity is one of the factors that enables her to achieve such amazing results. What caught my eye about Caroline was that she had pictures on her website of training and dressage, but in a bareback pad.  For some time, I had thought I would like to try dressage, but it seemed so overwhelming.  But Caroline made it seem so interesting bareback.  So, that is how I ended up trying lessons with her. What I got in return was so, so much more than just dressage. I learned that the cliché of riding and working with my horses doesn’t just depend on ‘wet saddle pads’.  Or hours in the saddle.  I had spent hours and hours riding with Tomohawk, showing, taking him to different trails and venues. I could not understand why one show would be beautiful, and then we would have 10 horrible ones.  Probably like many others, I never considered ‘rehabilitation’ for a horse to be anything other than physical.  I did not know that horses could suffer from PTSD, or need mental and emotional rehabilitation.  I found out that my horse did.  Caroline worked with Tomohawk herself and made breakthroughs with his issues, so that he would be safer for me in general, and to ride.  I never could have imagined sitting on him bareback and bitless, much less riding that way - before her!  I have gained more overall knowledge in many ways.  I now understand ‘autopilot’ and have learned that this is basically a form of ‘shutting down’.  Both of my horses did this, and she taught be to be able to recognize it and work through it.  I have heard many horse people use ‘autopilot’ in a positive way; now I know that it can actually be dangerous once the horse ‘wakes up’. She has coached me to be more focused on my horses.  She has given me so many ‘tools’ to be better able to assess and ‘be’ where I need to be for my horses.  It feels pretty great to just automatically know what to do when experiencing certain issues.  Through her patience, she has helped me become more of a leader for my horses.  Through her expertise, I can actually assess what I need to do, and be able to be ‘objective’.  Before Caroline, I would go home crying if I had a bad day with Tomohawk.  Now, I feel like I have ‘matured’; now I simply think ‘Ok, well, this is what is happening today, so what ‘tools’ do I need to use then? Caroline doesn’t just come over for the lesson only; she gives input on making your barn and area safe; she checks the horses for rain rot, or any other ailments.  She observes as I go out to get my horses or come to the arena for my lessons, and assists with my horses and their respect for me.  She is an all-around, well rounded instructor and trainer.  She has helped me advance my Liberty unbelievably, and this is not even her specialty!  I would refer her for just about any issue someone may be having with their horse, or any type training.  I am not sure what she doesn’t know! When she first started working with us, and helping to rehabilitate Tomohawk, he would trigger and be wild eyed with fear at the sight of the roundpen, as if he had never seen the panels before.  I learned this was part of him ‘waking up’.  She would lunge him and he would severely pull on the line, even one time ‘sitting down’ – which she pointed out that in the wild, could mean death for him (being the weaker one of the herd). I would play music for us to practice at Liberty, and he would stare wide eyed the speaker, scared of it.  If I scratched him, he would freeze, and was suspicious. When I first started working with him to canter at Liberty, he tore off and reeled out of control; he couldn’t handle the pressure. While my other horse, Renegade, loved me to just ‘be’ in his stall with him, Tomohawk hated for me to be in there with him. Though I still loved him, I thought he was simply a ‘hateful’ horse.  Caroline has opened my eyes in so many ways.  This horse has probably been misunderstood most of his life prior to me, and here I was ‘loving’ him, but misunderstanding him as well.  It makes me so sad to think of those days before I met her.  It makes me sad, too, that there are still many others out there like the ‘old me’.  I am so grateful for her. Today, he comes when I call him from his paddock. I have dreamed of Liberty for 10+ years – and now I have an unlikely partner in Tomohawk- who plays at Liberty beautifully; he walks, trots and now canters calmly and gracefully – around me…. at Liberty!  The music does not phase him anymore.  I run with him, I send him out, I ask him back and send him the other way.  I run away from him, he chases me; I run at him, he playfully tosses his head and expresses himself  – it is so stunning! He has become so much more confident with all of this pressure!  I scratch him, he moves forward to tell me exactly where.  He has become just as, if not more, expressive as Renegade. Do things always go perfect? No, but now I understand that this is just feedback; I need to assess what may be going on by observing, and determine where I need to be for my horse.  This is still pretty new for me, but I feel so empowered to even be starting down this part of our journey.  I go home thinking nothing of a ‘bad’ day but that it’s just another day, rather than crying over it.  It is becoming ‘habit’ for me.  It feels amazing!

 

- Lori, FL

A little over 2 1/2 years ago I first met Caroline Rider. At the age of 34, I finally was at a point in my life where I could realize my childhood dream of owning my own horse. I bought a 3 year old QH gelding, sight unseen, with just 60 days of training. Oh yes, and did I mention, I was a very green, beginner rider and had not ridden in nearly 15 years. I found Carolineʼs web site by accident when I was looking for a place to board and continue training my new horse. I believe that fate sent me to Caroline. Without her help, I am certain that Brody and I would not be where we are today. She took what could have been a disastrous combination of green on green and worked with us slowly but surely, giving us a good foundation. Brody transformed from a somewhat stubborn, dominant, lazy horse to a willing partner. I, in turn, transformed from a somewhat timid rider into a confident horseman. It is a wonderful feeling to have a rough day at work and be able to come to the barn and have your horse gallop up to the gate to greet you. Similarly, it is a remarkable feeling when you and your horse are so in the moment that even a subtle shift in body weight causes the desired response. Brody and I have experienced both of these- and he is only 5 years old! Carolineʼs methods work! With her help, Brody and I have established a deep connection. He still tests me occasionally to make sure I am on my toes. Caroline has taught me what to do when this happens so it becomes just a little blip- not a huge training hurdle. This year we are planning on trying out a few dressage shows. My hopeful success in them will be in large part because of the early training we had from Caroline Rider. For anyone interested in beginning Caroline’s method and her work, I highly recommend her programs and DVD’s!

 

- Beth, MD

I first met Caroline at a Horse expo where she was doing a demo with her horses. I had been working with Natural Horsemanship but never felt I was getting very far. I called Caroline and explained how my 10 yr. old son and I had great fear issues do to some horse related accidents. I had gone out and purchased a pony for him that I thought would be safer than the one we had. The pony we purchased was great but had fear issues of his own and would shut down and go into a blank stare. Caroline took both of my ponies home for a 30 day program and then my son and I went to her camp to learn along with the ponies. The ponies had changed in so many ways. Dots was now more responsive to us. He was comfortable in his own skin now and not so fearful. The more tools Caroline gave to Matthew the more confident I saw my son get. Right there before my eyes I watched a beautiful relationship between My son and his pony. I can't thank Caroline enough. She is not only gifted with horses but with people as well. My own camp experience was with a 4 yr old Chincoteague Pony named Spirit. I was so unsure of myself and of her. Caroline spent the 30 days with her and then it was my turn. I had no confidence in this pony or myself. My riding ability was not great and I always rode with fear. Caroline watched me struggle within myself. I always try to keep things calm and quiet but this pony would test me the whole way. Caroline pushed me and encouraged me to go out of my comfort zone. She taught me to be there for my horse. I had a break through at camp that week. I now ride with more confidence and my son and I are having fun with our horses. I now go on trail rides with friends and love just riding and playing with my horse. Thank you Caroline for the encouragement you have given me, the hugs when I needed one and the new relationship I now have with all my horses. I look forward to coming back to camp and building on what I have already learned. 

 

- Shannon and Matthew Lindsay, Chincoteague, VA

For us, natural horsemanship has been an investment not only of time (months to years with each horse), but of heart as well. We cannot thank Caroline enough for her ability to bring an empathy for each horse's emotional and psychological needs to her teaching that literally transforms these 'fight or flight' prey animals into willing, cooperative, and HAPPY partners -- where both horse and person learn to sense and feel and respect the 'inner being' in the other. Because of Caroline, 'riding with the mind' is no longer simply an ideal, but now a reality attainable as long as we are willing to listen, observe, practice, show patience, and spend the time to learn. Thanks, Caroline, for making a positive difference in the relationship we have with our horses!

 

- KC and Jeremy Seaford, DE 

My horses, my seven year old daughter and I have had the privilege of working with Caroline for about 6 months. The progress we all have made is incredible. Caroline is a gifted teacher who knows when to safely push both student and horse. Her greatest asset is her ability to read a horse and its behavior and know where to go next. She has taught me the importance of taking the time it takes and not to rush through anything. I am a much more confident horse handler and the best part of all is how confident my young horses are becoming.

 

- Sue Hahn, MD

 

Clinics & Workshops

Intuitive Workshop for Women and Horses

My experience of beginning to learn the language of Equus in the Tao of Horsemanship went way beyond any expectations I'd had.  Little did I know that in order to communicate with a horse, one has to go to a place of deep inner peace, relaxation and clarity.  Shifting my energy to find that place was an AHA! of the greatest degree.  I realized how I'd been going through life--like a bull in a china shop, tight, closed-down, protected, anxious and always 10 steps ahead of myself in my mind.  The self-knowledge acquired in this three-day workshop went deeper and was more powerful than any of the truckloads of self-help and spiritual-seeking workshops and schools I've attended over the past 30 years.  Letting my body and mind completely relax and coming from my heart is a brandnew feeling for me.  It's a letting go, a slowing down, a connection to myself, to love, to the Earth, and to the exquisite being in the body of a horse in front of me.  Caroline Rider drops into a place of such mastery, understanding and skill when teaching that one cannot help but feel awed and grateful for the knowledge she has acquired and so generously shares with her students.  An unforgettable, life-changing, magical, awe-inspiring weekend!!!

 

-LKJ South Carolina

I attended Caroline Rider's Intuitive Workshop for Women and Horses. The effect of Caroline's exercises with her amazing horses is unexpected and profound. I wanted to learn to communicate with horses in a soft and loving way. What I discovered was that my ability to be strong in situations that require it, was very limited. What blocked me was a deep pain about animal mischief and an anger over my father's criticism. Caroline's exercises got me in tears and I realized that the sad feeling had to be released. The horse I chose was Zor, a big black and dominant horse. He taught me to be strong out of love and respect. In my life I have been strong out of fear and anger. Especially against people. I have had a high guard and the horses have been my safe room. In the safe room, I have been happy but also sad when I have had to be strong because I have become afraid and angry. It's a big release to let it go and be relaxed when I need to be clear in my leadership. I want to share a movie but it is to long to be accepted enclosed with this email. When the text is accepted by Caroline, please let me know were to publish it or if you would like to do it yourself. I look forward to the photos and our next workshop in April.

 

– With love, Madeleine from Switzerland

I attended Caroline's Intuitive Horsemanship Workshop in the fall of 2008. I thought 2008 was going to be a good year...in the space of the first three months I lost a beloved horse, a wonderful canine, my job of 28 years and the trust of a best friend. Feeling like I was floating around in the middle of the ocean on a rubber raft with a slow leak, I decided to take a holistic horse clinic with Caroline Rider. I help care for twelve horses at our horse shelter, so I thought it might be a good idea and help me to deal with some of the more "spirited" horses. Little did I realize it would be a life changing experience. I was teamed up with "Smokey", one of Caroline's horses. The connection with this exceptional equine totally changed my life. I have worked with many horses, feeding, grooming, cleaning stalls, turning them in and turning them out. I experienced that same connection briefly, only one other time. I thought it was just a freak thing, but I never forgot it. I didn't realize this connection could be made with all horses. I know horses have a healing effect on many people but this was much more. Smokey taught me to let go, to trust him first and he would trust me and, very important, to live in the moment. It has given me a deeper more spiritual understanding of horses. It not only helped me in dealing with my horses at the shelter but also helped me in finding my way in life. I have learned to stop fighting the current and fear of letting go. My creative side, which was stuffed in a box and suffocating has now been released and allowed to grow. 
This was perhaps the best clinic I have ever attended and I would recommend it to horse people and non-horse people alike. Everyone has something to gain from this experience. 

 

- Linda, Healing Spirit Farm

Caroline Rider’s Intuitive Horsemanship Workshop for Women was one of the most profound, deeply fulfilling, joyful and heart opening experiences of my life. I first signed up for the workshop from a desire to understand and communicate with horses on a deep energetic and spiritual level, learn how to read their body language and subtle cues, and to let go of fear and feelings of intimidation.  I came away with all of that and so much more!  On the first day of the workshop when it was my turn to go get Smokey, the beautiful horse I chose to work with, Caroline intuitively knew in that moment to ask me how I was feeling.  The truth is I was experiencing a lot of anxiety.  I tend to worry a lot and hold my breath, and in that moment my fear of the unknown and wanting to “get it right” was overwhelming me.  Caroline had me stop right in the middle of the pasture and do the breathing exercise she taught us earlier that morning.  I realized that I was so anxious that I couldn’t get my breath down into my first and second chakras.  Allowing myself to be guided by Caroline I trusted and breathed and finally just wept for what seemed like a long time.  My heart was bursting open, I felt the tension melt away, it was a real breakthrough for me, and when I went to get Smokey he came right to me!  Like magic!  He felt my heart open and wanted to be with me!  Smokey is a beautiful, old soul, a mystic, a sage and the work we continued for the rest of the weekend was simply allowing myself to receive the love that he was sharing.  When I would get back into my head and tried to “get it right”, push him out, make him walk or trot, he would feel my heart open but my mind “trying” to make things happen, so he would come back in to join with me, reassure me, let me know that I am lovable.  More tears, more heart opening!  Before the workshop, I had horses on a pedestal, I was intimidated by them and just wanted to pour love onto them so that they would accept me, seeing myself as not worthy of a partnership with them, they are so majestic and wild!  I learned from Smokey that horses and humans are equally sacred beings and that, allowing myself to open up and receive, he actually wanted to join with me.  He also taught me that horses always reflect what’s going on inside of us, they intuitively know us better than we know ourselves and the greater awareness I have of my energy, the easier it will be for me to connect and be clear about what I am asking. At one point I was trying to send Smokey out and ask him to trot but he came in and gently pawed the ground and Caroline explained that Smokey was confused because I was trying too hard to make things happen with my mind.  Caroline was able to help me see how I can be too hard on myself that I get disappointed when I can’t “make things happen” the way I think they’re “supposed to”.  She taught me that with horses, first I need to be grounded, connected, to pause and be clear about what I want. Caroline is an amazing teacher and facilitator with a deep knowledge and intuition of both horses and humans and is able to help both access their heart and become open, trusting, confident and joyful partners in the sacred human/equine dance. Caroline is a true gift to horses, as well as to the humans that love them!

 

- Christine – Ojai, California

 

Riding as One Clinic

I hosted and participated in a Riding as One clinic with Caroline last weekend, and I really had a great time through every aspect of the clinic. The way Caroline progressed through the exercises made each step come so much easier. I discovered a new appreciation for the horse, and the kind of connection we can find with these wonderful animals. Most importantly for me, I was able to leave the clinic with not just a set of exercises and things "to do" with my horse, but really a different mindset around training horses and an understanding of the feel and theory of Caroline's work. I would highly recommend a Riding as One clinic for anyone that wants to interact with their horse on a whole new level.

 

- Callie King
Owner/Trainer/Instructor, Honey Brook Stables

I have had a lifelong attraction and fear of the horse.  At the age of 58 I decided to confront this fear and took my first official dressage-riding lesson.  A year and a half into my journey I was still dealing with some apprehension with the horse. At this point I decided to take Caroline’s Riding as One clinic.  With her superb teaching style and vast knowledge of the horse she was able to guide me into a comfort and confidence I had not known.  I was able to feel the connection of love and wisdom available in the Equine presence. This experience of deep energetic exchange has awakened an ancient knowing in my own body.  I am so grateful to have discovered Caroline’s path with the horse.  It is a way of being in the world that brings compassion and intimacy with the natural world that we share with the horse.

 

- Kathleen, ME

A group of dressage riders hosted Caroline for a 2 day ground work clinic in Southern Maryland. We had a diversified group of horses, most of them working well under saddle but with areas that could use improvement, from spooking at strange objects to not loading in the trailer.  Caroline's approach is to get the horse to focus on the handler, using rein backs and engagement of the hind end. Some of the horses had more trouble focusing on the handler than others and it was wonderful to watch Caroline work with the horses and determine what they needed and by the end of 30 to 40 minutes each horse would be standing calmly totally focused on Caroline. Her basic techniques to improve mental engagement under saddle began with softening the horse to the bit. Each of us was taught to massage the rein, creating a light feel/contact for our horse's nose to follow. It also encouraged stretching the horse's top line, specifically the center of the neck. Center of the neck was the goal since so many horse's are taught to bend at the pole, however they still maintain tension through their top line, thus heavy on the forehand. The softening and stretching exercises not only helped us achieve more mental engagement from our horses, it helped to physically prepare our horses to move more effectively off the hind end. Caroline then asked us to begin backing our horses, all the while maintaining softness through the hands and top line. This encouraged communication through the bit and rein aids as well as helped break away any brace or opposition our horses may have been expressing. Of course there is much more to it but in a 2 day clinic you start at the very beginning. Most of the handlers were able to accomplish all three by the end of the first day. On the second day of the clinic, a tarp was laid down in the arena, which of course set all of the horses back. But the same techniques were applied from the day before and by the end of each lesson, the horses all walked calmly across the tarp. It was really lovely to see. Another clinic is planned in a few months and we are all looking forward to it!! 

 

- Mardee Rochelle, MD

 

Private Lesson Clinic

My involvement in Energy and Reiki work as a Master-Teacher for quite a number of years, along with my long career in the medical field as an RN, has brought me on a most circuitous pathway. And one that I could have never have imagined.  And where the Journey ends is all up to the Universe!  I answered a call to learn Reiki with Horses.  I had some exposure over the years to horses and had a great fondness of them but had a definite curiosity to sharing Reiki with these wonderful animals!  A local horse farm was providing the teaching and I was ready.  The sessions unfolded and I began to quickly learn that though I would be providing holistic caring with horses, little did I know that the learning would have more impact with connecting with my inner self and continued transformation. It was then that I was invited, of course, not by chance, to meet and share in a session with someone very special named Caroline Rider, an intuitive horsewoman who was coming to the farm here in New England to teach further true connection with horses.  After spending about 30 minutes in an initial meeting with this confident, enlightened woman, my eyes were opened to the idea that this was to be a lesson more about “Who I am” and  “Where I am”  moment by moment, and living my truth. The horses were to be the measurement of my honesty and ability to remain balanced and well-grounded  – not only in the presence of these wise beings but to carry into my daily life. It was nothing short of magical and spiritual to observe Caroline masterfully communicate and become one with the horses, where the lines of separateness between the two beings merged.  I quickly was able to understand her message of taking these moments into our own relationships both within our personal self, and spreading it out as pond ripples to others in our world to bring healing.  Caroline also helped me gain further understanding of Energy flow and Awareness, and how to more effectively open intuition through exploring feelings, and the importance of the breath and grounding in connecting with the horses. I also realized how critical it is to ‘turn off’ the left brain and allowing the right brain to ‘come through’ to facilitate ‘listening’ in the equine partnership.  These honest, spiritual beings are mirrors of our mental and emotional status.  Caroline is a veritable reflection of true connection with nature, with her openness to love.  It is a blessing to have shared a piece of her confidence and knowledge and would encourage others to share a sample of some of her wisdom  – and as it is often said:   ”Horses Don’t Lie”! 

 

- Sandy Jack, Guilford, Vermont

In this fast-paced world in which we live, the opportunity to connect with our human friends, let alone our animal friends, has become incredibly challenging. Participating in Caroline's clinic forced me to slow down, to stop even, to actually connect - not only to human friends, or animal friends, but to myself as well, and it wasn't easy. The connection I achieved with my horse was amazing! Under Caroline's tutelage I was able to achieve an intimacy I thought couldn't exist between horse and human. I will forever be in Caroline's debt for coming alongside me in this journey and showing me what a focused interaction, one with intention, can do for all of my relationships." With love and thanksgiving

 

– Heather, PA

 recently attended Caroline's Riding As One clinic.  I was very impressed with the way Caroline worked not only with the horses but how she connected with the clinic participants. You could clearly see her goal was to have the student understand each little nuance and movement and to feel their energy so that person could then understand what they were trying to convey to their horse. She is very nurturing and supportive in her teaching style. Caroline's aura is extremely strong when she is working with a traumatized horse. I could literally feel it over 10ft away and see how the horses responded to it. She is very patient and takes as long as the horse needs to open up as far as it can at that time. She shows you how to truly be present in the moment. I look forward to attending her future clinics.

 

- Athena Clarkin, PA 

Horse Training

I have so many things that I have to say about Caroline and the way she teaches, and what she has done for our Horse, My husband and Myself. From the First moment I met her and until the day our horse was being brought back. If I were to use one word to describe Her to others with how she teaches a Horse and Humans with her Techniques I just couldn’t, because I have used so many starting with Amazing, Incredible, Patient, Honest, Understanding, Caring, Unbelievable, Unique, and I could go through the entire dictionary of words that I alone have used and never just find a single word to describe her and her way with the Horse and Humans, not to mention the quiet whispers between my husband and myself watching her with a horse and whispering to one another "Did You See That". So, instead I will tell you my story. I bought a horse off of a very well-known website. I am disabled and could be seriously hurt, so The description of this horse was my dream horse. She could do everything and was even safe for a youth. I saw pictures, requested videos, and was provided with very short ones, and asked all sorts of questions. The moment she was paid for the videos were pulled and the horse that was shipped started to be a nightmare the moment she was taken into a stall -  running it back and forth and the first time I led her on a lead she almost knocked me to the ground. The owner/trainer of the stable I was to board her at recognized this too. Along, with every boarder there. She was aggressive, feared everything, didn’t like to be touched much, very high strung, and kicked my husband with both back feet. Her 1st evaluation by the half owner/trainer was that she was part mustang, she was still green to half green at best, and he agreed to re-train her. He couldn’t even put a saddle pad on her without her all over the place. He then had her running around the round pen and she was bucking and kicking and kicking out, and she even ran into the fence very hard. By the 3rd week she was there we were yelled at to remove our horse from the property. That she was un-trainable. That I could never ride her, and that she didn’t have a brain and to get rid of her. I was so scared, because I didn’t know where to take her on short notice or if any other facility would except her and cried that it wasn’t the horses fault and feared for the worst that I cannot even write what I thought could happen to her. The second owner must have over heard all of this and said that all he had a problem with was getting her in a stall that he would just have to keep backing her in and that we could stay. Even though we were told we could stay we were not going to have our horse already troubled be with someone like this and we also had to find someone to help her, so I searched the internet and found Caroline Rider and made an appointment for her to evaluate her. From the moment Caroline arrived we were amazed. Caroline stood outside our horses stall for at least 15 minutes just for the horse to get her scent, then walked in and stood patiently until our horse went to her and let her un-halter her re-halter her with her equipment and take her to the round pen. From there we watched her do things with this horse that we didn’t even know was possible. After that, It was if our horse was telling Caroline Her own story. We could tell she totally Trusted her. Caroline then had my husband and myself work with her showing us how to handle her and teaching us how to lead her the proper way into and out of a gate, then we all went on a peaceful walk as Caroline explained to us that she could help her. She explained that she was Green and Very, Very, troubled and that when She was done re-starting her that not only could I ride her, but the horse would come to me to be ridden. After our walk and talk we took my mare Cheyenne back by her stall and hosed her down to cool her off and then I led her right into her stall all by myself. After Caroline left, the owner came out and asked if someone else had given me False Hope of our horse and I just said, No! So as not to start trouble, but my Husband and I looked at each other knowing we were just given All The Hope In The World. Over the next couple of days we had made arrangements to have Caroline come pick her up. It would be a little over a week before she could get her. In that time My Dad had passed away and we couldn’t get up to see her for 4 days which was the day before Caroline’s arrival. In that time we were told that our horse tried to bust through the fence for no reason and was left to get out herself. She was a mess. She had two large chunks of skin missing on one side, electrocution marks that are still very visible to this day and when Caroline arrived she could not believe it. She said that it wasn’t the same horse she just saw a week ago and showed us that she had totally shut down from even humans and pointed out more injuries on her legs that we didn’t even see yet. We stood and watched as Caroline So Patiently waited almost forty five minutes for our frightened horse to be loaded onto her trailer on her own for her journey to recovery. Before, we even made it down to Caroline’s to see our horse, Caroline was already emailing us pictures of her being lunged, then another picture came through my phone with a saddle pad on her. Finally, The very first time that we were able to make it to Caroline’s house to see our horse we couldn’t believe our eyes. She was so calm and so responsive to Caroline and us, but most important she was Happy! Caroline had a surprise for us though. She took her to the round pen and to our amazement Caroline had her come to the mounting block to be ridden. It was amazing to see how Cheyenne stood quietly, relaxed, almost asleep and leaning into Caroline as if to help her get on her back. She proceeded to walked her off calmly, then stopped, and to our amazement again, she backed her up. She did all of this with just a lead rope. It was incredible! As the weeks went by and with Caroline’s unique way with the horse we were even able to groom her and touch her all over. My husband and I also took a class with Caroline and this I have to say is the best thing anyone can do with their horse with Caroline. She had my husband leading our horse while I walked beside her holding her at her wither. As we were walking I noticed that my horse was walking almost leg for leg like mine, but at first I just thought this was just coincidence. Then, all of a sudden she started doing this funny thing with her right leg and I thought she may have hurt herself. Caroline had already picked up on this before I did and knew what she was doing. Now remember, I am disabled and I walk kind of funny, but I didn’t know how funny until I realized that this is what my horse was doing. She was walking as if she was lame in her right leg or hurt and as I walked I realized that my right leg looked like what she was doing. It was so funny! After this, we were not able to see her for a while due to my disability, distance and my husbands work; however, we were kept up to date on everything that Caroline and her Assistant were accomplishing. She was scheduled to come home on January the 1st but we were finally able to make the trip the day before, December 31. On this day, We were given a Gift, something that we had so longed for. We watched our horse saddled, and mounted by Caroline’s assistant Chelsey and ridden to the gate where she even helped to open it. Even though there was a lot of snow on the ground Chelsey, her assistant, trotted her so beautiful. Then, Caroline came out on her horse Legend and I was walked to the mounting block as my horse walked up to the mounting block and stood very still and very patient as I mounted her. Then, with Caroline next to me and holding on to a lead as I requested, because I was a little nervous, we walked off together, riding my horse all around, with a bitless bridle, and she was so careful and graceful with her footing making sure I was safe. I even backed her up! I am still in my Glory! So, through our experience with Caroline and our Horse if I had to use one word to describe Caroline then the word would have to be a name and that Name would be CHEYENNE the New Name we have given our New Happy Horse. Caroline becomes One with any horse she works with, or any Horse She is just with! This, I have seen for myself. So, Caroline is My Horse, Your Horse, the Troubled Horse, The Abused Horse, The Starved Horse, The Gentle Horse, The Aggressive Horse, The Fearless Horse, The Talented Horse, The Athletic Horse. The last amazing thing that my husband and I were privileged to see and will remember the rest of our lives with Caroline’s relationship with her own horse was on this very day. She wasn`t there at first but she was on her way. The snow covered the farm grounds as if it were a picture and as car caught our eye driving up this very long road we then saw a Horse running as fast as he could trying to keep up with this car. I then heard someone shout out 'Here comes Caroline' and it was her in that car and her horse chasing the car all the way up this road to greet her. Again, this was unbelievable! I’ve seen dogs do this but never a horse, so if you would like to have this kind of relationship with your horse, like we are now beginning with ours. You can buy her videos or go to some of her one on one classes or clinics. Even if you don’t own a horse, are thinking of getting one, or even working around horses, you should go see one of her shows just to have the experience of Caroline as One with Horse. The experience that we have had to take home with you too. Who knows we may be at one of the clinics that you decide to take! Gary and I, and especially Cheyenne would like to Thank You So Much Caroline and Chelsey, With all Our Hearts for all you have done! and for making My life long dream come true! Ps. Yesterday, Cheyenne was behind me and took her head and put it on my shoulder and her face was laying and touching mine, and she kept it there for what seemed like forever. Then, she took her tongue and licked my face. I Really Liked it and wished it would have lasted forever!

 

- Robin, Gary and Cheyenne, MD

If you are looking for a skilled and personable trainer to start your horse’s foundation or rehabilitate and/or restart your horse, I highly recommend Caroline Rider of Rider Horsemanship! In the fall of 2014, I made the decision to send my young (6 or 7 year old) gelding to Caroline Rider for restarting. I adopted him from a rescue organization in 2013. I was told that he had suffered some physical abuse, as well as neglect, prior to his arrival at the rescue, but detailed information about his past experience wasn’t available. While he was at the rescue, he spent several months working with a volunteer trainer. At the time I adopted him, while I knew that he had been ridden, I didn’t have much information about how far his training had really progressed. Given his uncertain training status, and given the complicating factor of some history of trauma, I sought out the help of a trainer who employs natural horsemanship techniques and asked her to approach Bandit as she would a horse with no previous training, ie, to start with him at square one.  Bandit worked with this trainer for 3 months, at which point I moved him to a barn closer to my home so that I could see him more frequently. He continued his training under saddle with the trainer at the new barn. I began taking weekly lessons on Bandit. It was an extra challenge for him to work with me, since I am a beginner rider, but things went reasonably well for us at first. However, we started to have some problems with mounting, which I think had to do with both of us feeling a little nervous and feeding each other’s nervousness. These problems culminated in Bandit bolting and bucking me off one day as I mounted. Though I only had a minor injury (a small finger fracture), this incident really shook me up and prompted me to do a lot of thinking about myself, Bandit and our relationship. Lack of assertiveness has been a longstanding issue for me, and I realized that it was getting in the way of providing leadership for Bandit and gaining his trust. Though Bandit had been making progress in terms of the physical/technical aspects of his training, it felt to me like his progress was made difficult by a significant amount of nervousness. During training, he always appeared tense and uncomfortable and not like the playful horse that he was outside of the training context. It was as if he felt unsafe whenever something was asked of him. I suspected that because of his past traumatic experience, he couldn’t trust that he wouldn’t get punished for something he did or didn’t do in training. 

I so wanted to help Bandit feel more comfortable and confident in learning situations, and just in general, but I didn’t know how to go about doing this on my own. I wanted help with this from a particular type of trainer, someone who offered a breadth of experience that included rehabilitative work with traumatized horses and whose training approach valued the importance of the human/horse relationship. Caroline Rider has proven to be the type of trainer that I hoped to find. The results of her work with Bandit have surpassed my expectations. Bandit’s overall demeanor is significantly more relaxed. Previously, I would have described him as reactive, but after working with Caroline, he is now able to respond instead of react to things, because he has developed a calmer and more confident state of mind. The result of this change is that his innate personality—easygoing, loving and playful—is more apparent. One of the benefits of working with Caroline is that because of her emphasis on the importance of the human/horse relationship, she is very attuned to relationship dynamics. Watching Bandit and I interact, she immediately picked up on my non assertiveness, and she nicely but firmly observed that I needed to change my carriage and behavior in order to provide leadership for Bandit. Since meeting me, she has used her knowledge of both Bandit’s and my personality characteristics and related challenges in our relationship dynamic to encourage me in my effort to make our relationship work. Because she is perceptive about both horses and people, she has been able not only to rehabilitate and train Bandit, but also to act as a relationship coach for the two of us. In addition to being perceptive, Caroline is also a good communicator. During the training process, she has reliably kept me up to date on Bandit’s progress through posted videos, email messages, texts and phone calls. I live in the midwest, and even though I have only been able to make one visit to see Bandit during his training, Caroline’s effort to communicate regularly with me has made me feel included in the training process and assured me that Bandit has been making progress.

 

– Brenda, MN

I highly recommend Caroline for anyone who wants to connect with their horse as partners. Her methodology is systematic, it deals with the heart, soul, the way they think, etc. It is not just physical it is as much of a mental training. She trained my 3-year-old Shire to become more confident and trusting being handled. We were not able to clean his feet or clip him before the training. She worked with him to learn to respect my personal space. I wanted to be able to trail ride him and later to learn to pull a cart and drive. He had received 0 training, and was pushy, bullying his way through when scared for during uncertain situations. He knew how to push his weight around. Caroline systematically taught him to be connected as a confident partner. Kohl trained for 90 days at her training center. She trained him to be a more confident horse at liberty and under saddle. As an observer I watched his progress 2 steps forward 1 step backwards and in the end he learned to listen and please. He has become less anxious and more sure of himself. I learned that I had to be consistent with handling him and he tested me just to see what he could get away with. Yes I definitely learned knowledge that I did not expect. As you are going through the learning process by watching her train him I could see constant learning going on. It is a constant process of grooming him. As much learning as relearning.

 

- Laura, FL

I am about to start my second young horse with Caroline, which says a lot about my trust and belief in her methods. In 2009 I was considering buying an unstarted 3 year old Arabian-cross mare – my first horse in 20 years.  Caroline didn’t exactly try to talk me out of it but she gave me a lot of good reasons why it might not be the best fit.  I was separating from my husband and was an anxious, shut down mess.  But my mare was love at first sight, a much-needed rekindling of passion and purpose.  I bought her thinking after 90-120 days we would go home and all would be fine. We were not fine. Caroline talks a lot about working with energy, being more aware of our own and tuning into our horses energetically.  While some of my work with Caroline was technique – what I think of as the “how to” – much of it was learning emotional & energetic “agility.” Self-awareness and emotional honesty are part of it, but the other part was learning how to ground my energy or to bring it up when needed, and to relate to my horse from my heart and not my head. I have worked with other trainers and tried other methods.  I also got stuck a lot, and hurt – either my horse didn’t like it & had a strong reaction, or I took offense to the way they handled my horse or what I was expected to do in order to achieve a result.  Caroline has never let me stay stuck.  The mare she started for me in 2009 had to be re-started after going through nine months of dressage training with a different instructor – it ruined our relationship.  My new gelding stopped coming to me in the field after ONE lesson with a different trainer.  Now, after starting Caroline’s on-line course & returning to her approach of working from a heartfelt and spiritual place he is once again coming to meet me in the field, he is offering things to me when we work together, and he even hugs me back when we are quiet & I am praising him.  We are still working on boundaries and respect from a place of love and leadership rather than force, which was only feeding into his natural opposition.  I know that when the relationship is there anything is possible because I have seen what happens when it is sacrificed.  It all starts there. The mare who rammed herself into the round pen panels to get away from me in the beginning was the same mare I later rode bareback in a halter through the woods and would walk out of the fields to the barn with me without being led or haltered.  She would walk to the mounting block and wait for me to come & get on. I had people ask me how I got her to do these things. The only answer was, “She wants to be with me.” One of my favorite campaign slogans is from Jerry Brown, the Governor of California, who declared himself the candidate was “most qualified to wing it.” This is perhaps the most accurate statement I could make about working with Caroline.  She brings a broad range of qualifications to her work and regardless of who or what “shows up” she is prepared to work with that horse in that moment.

 

– Nancy

Thank you, Caroline, for featuring my boys in this month’s membership videos! For the fellow monthly members out there, I would like to share with you some insight I have had in the few short weeks my boys have been in Florida. When I started on my journey with Caroline’s method in 2015, I had only just recently purchased Diego (Neo wasn’t even in the picture). And then, a month after finding her, I was fortunate to meet and have a private session with her at a clinic. After that, however, my primary form of learning was through her DVDs. And, within the past year, I have been able to attend at women’s intuitive workshop (which is where I truly had my “ah ha” moment to the spirituality piece of her work) and spend a week with her last summer. Of course, each time I was able to have a hands-on experience and work privately with her, it reinforced what I was learning in the DVDs. However, it wasn’t until my boys were in Florida and I spent sessions with her and them, that I realized the value of sending her videos to assist and reinforce my learning experience. I kept telling her (and myself) that I would send a video for her assessment and assistance, and for various reasons, it didn’t happen. NOW, I realize that those videos would have been such a valuable tool in not only breaking through my thresholds, but learning how to also make breakthroughs with my horses. I allowed myself to be “stuck” which, in turn, translated in my lack of training consistency and repetition for my horses. I encourage those of you out there who are “stuck” or think that your horse is “stuck” to use the long distance opportunity of video coaching. It is an invaluable tool in the learning process. Like me, you may have lots of excuses of why you haven’t done it, but I strongly recommend that you take the first step and just do it! A 3 minute video snippet will get the ball rolling! :) I am very blessed that I am able to have both of my horses with Caroline for training, but I didn’t know if that would ever come to fruition. If long distance learning was my only option and I knew Caroline’s method was where I wanted to be with my horses, then I would want one of you out there to tell me the same thing! :) Caroline will help you every step of the way and guide you where you need to be!

 

- Traci V, CT

A little over 2 1/2 years ago I first met Caroline Rider. At the age of 34, I finally was at a point in my life where I could realize my childhood dream of owning my own horse. I bought a 3 year old QH gelding, sight unseen, with just 60 days of training. Oh yes, and did I mention, I was a very green, beginner rider and had not ridden in nearly 15 years. I found Carolineʼs web site by accident when I was looking for a place to board and continue training my new horse. I believe that fate sent me to Caroline. Without her help, I am certain that Brody and I would not be where we are today. She took what could have been a disastrous combination of green on green and worked with us slowly but surely, giving us a good foundation. Brody transformed from a somewhat stubborn, dominant, lazy horse to a willing partner. I, in turn, transformed from a somewhat timid rider into a confident horseman. It is a wonderful feeling to have a rough day at work and be able to come to the barn and have your horse gallop up to the gate to greet you. Similarly, it is a remarkable feeling when you and your horse are so in the moment that even a subtle shift in body weight causes the desired response. Brody and I have experienced both of these- and he is only 5 years old! Carolineʼs methods work! With her help, Brody and I have established a deep connection. He still tests me occasionally to make sure I am on my toes. Caroline has taught me what to do when this happens so it becomes just a little blip- not a huge training hurdle. This year we are planning on trying out a few dressage shows. My hopeful success in them will be in large part because of the early training we had from Caroline Rider. For anyone interested in beginning Caroline’s method and her work, I highly recommend her programs and DVD’s!

 

- Beth, MD

 
 
 

DVDs

This is the best riding DVD I have ever seen!!! The slow motion segments were a GREAT idea. You actually get to see the synching up of your body and Sundance's body. I love no kicking or jerking reins-why are people so eager to kick? To me as a musician, it's much more natural to use rhythm. To me as an equine massage therapist, I know the anatomy underneath is getting compromised at best by that action. And bit less bridles-thank goodness! Finally! Someone teaching us to ride like the Indians did.

 

- Laura, NC

I have been following your blog, so amazed at these cameos, how spirit and technique have meshed in perfect yin and yang. I also ordered and received your Lunging with a Purpose video this past week. I have to say I have explored so many avenues of training, but this video gave us so much. I finally understand how I may get that bend in the body. My little filly, Sparrow at 3, has such a weak top line and has no idea how to carry herself. We see this as help for her. Your video was lovely as well, a delight to the eye and our hope for connection. My mares and grey gelding so thank you.

 

– Nan

I am on a journey to finding the way with horses that is most suitable for me... I have been studying a lot of what is out there, and find that many clinicians either aren't able to explain their method in an understandable way, or don't have accessible materials for studying them. Most people that I have looked into are either too "mechanical" or too "spiritual" and when I recently happened to come across one of Caroline's Youtube-clip I was completely blown away because it's just what I'm looking for BOTH spiritual and practical :) I'm looking forward to getting the DVD (and in time purchase more of her DVD's) and have a "new beginning" with my to lovely horses Silva and Ciwanne! :)

 

- Katarina, Finland

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