My main childhood playground was a ten-acre pasture of woods and meadows containing our stallion, three mares, and the yearly crop of 3 foals which arrived in the spring and typically left late in the fall. The stallion was my jungle-gym. The mares were my riding instructors. This band of very distinct personalities and preferences taught me priceless skills necessary for gaining and maintaining willing cooperation with horses (and other species). During the turbulent times of growing up, I could always retreat to the pasture and just be with the horses.
I was attracted to Jim Masterson's work because of his deep conviction that when a human is interacting with a horse and the horse enters the fight-flight-freeze state, the human is at fault and must soften. This focus of not creating a brace in the horse resonates with the lessons learned from my childhood friends.
Horses give to us and work for us physically, psychologically, and emotionally. This is true regardless of use or discipline. The Masterson Method aims to "improve movement, performance, and well-being in a healthy horse." It is a privilege when a horse chooses to allow me access to their areas of discomfort so that I may melt their tensions with tenderness and a soft touch. If your horse has sustained injury and/or trauma, I am honored to become a member of the rehabilitation team upon approval of the attending veterinarian. I am also available for demonstrations of The Masterson Method at your club, barn, or event.