I would like to share, with anyone who is interested in training, live or through video media with Karen Jones and Motivational Horsemanship, my experience with Karen (live!) in Longmont CO in August 2021.
First know that my horsemanship journey has been scattershot until 2018.
From age 11-18:
I did Texas "traditional" pleasure and parade riding.
I learned English riding from age 21 to recent retirement (from the live theatre arts).
Also, sporadic western pleasure riding with friends horses.
I loved horses. BUT I did not like the way even "the best" owners treated horses: "breaking" them for saddle, bits, check reins, spurs, shoes etc.
I was told:
1) "To be with horses, you have to ride them.
2)This is how you ride them."
In 2017, past the age of 70, I retired. Circuitously, I encountered "Natural Horsemanship."
I scurried to find a trainer and a horse while devouring books & online videos.
I could only "lease" a horse. For 2 years I learned R- & studied herd behavior with rescued horses.
Then I discovered Liberty using R- and some R+. I changed "horse homes" in 2020 for full on R+ training at Liberty.
My new "barn" and 2 fabulous on-site trainers also found and shared Intrinsic Movement concepts.
All of these approaches I loved but how to mix those" tools" was a lot to absorb.
Then my trainers gave us KAREN JONES!
Karen's approach to all the tools for bonding, being a lead mare, horse being 1st priority and having a choice in order to dance with your horse (my goal) was fabulous!
She gives one practical, integrative, individualized assistance for human and horse.
The "tools" she shares for your toolbox are invaluable but she also happens to be a very fun and caring communicator of those tools! (Having been on stage and presenting concepts to students for 50 years, I know a good communicator when I see one!)
Whether you are a seasoned life long trainer of 30 years or a senior lover of horses returning to a childhood passion, I can't recommend her enough.
My teaching mantra is: Love what you teach and love sharing it. Your goal should be to create an environment in which students can do their personal best.
KAREN JONES is all that.
CO Aug 2021