I recently attended an Equine Career Conference hosted by Miracle Mountain Ranch in Pennsylvania. The conference was organized by Jesse and Stacy Westfall and Matt Smith. Included in our panel of experts were the conference organizers and Jo Anne Young, and Molly Wagner. Each had very interesting and differing experiences that led to the knowledge they had to share in the conference. The information gained was invaluable for someone like me; someone passionate and determined to make a living in the equine industry. However, what I enjoyed most about this conference, was the incredible generosity of this panel of industry experts. There are no secrets to their successes. They were more than an open book to the attendees, rather they were an overflowing pitcher just outpouring with knowledge and advice for the attendees. Stacy made a comment, I’m sure I am paraphrasing a bit here, but she explained that as she is climbing this mountain of success in the equine industry, she is reaching for the students below her to pull them up as well. She recognizes that she used to be one of those students. And she did not achieve the high levels of success she has achieved on her own. It is so important that for this industry to thrive, and survive, for us to help each other. Share the gifts that we have, and help each other however we can. That message was very clearly repeated, at numerous times throughout this conference.
As I reflect on the expanding business of my own in the equine industry, I hope that I can live up to the high standards of generosity this panel has shown me. I seize every opportunity I can to learn about quality horsemanship practices and am continuously striving to improve my own skills. I am eager to share everything I have learned with those who are willing to listen. During this conference, I discussed my program and future plans for my program with the panel whenever I could. A piece of crucial importance, as agreed by these experts, are the lessons I am including with my training packages. It is crucial that as an industry we continue to educate those willing to learn. With that, we want to ensure that a quality education in horsemanship is provided to them. For some, sending their horses through my program may be the only exposure they have to horsemanship that celebrates the mind of the horse, recognizes the horse’s ability to think on it’s own, and uses this gift to create a calm and willing partner guided by the rider.
I look forward to the opening of our indoor arena. With this, the opportunities to give back to the horse industry, as those who I admire have inspired me to, will be endless. I have big plans for providing educational opportunities in my area, stay tuned for details.
In the mean time, I am inviting questions from the public via my contact page on my blog website or my Facebook page. My primary focus at this time is training from the ground up and rehabilitating horses. But ask me anything, if I don’t have the answer I will consult my resources and find you an answer. Or at the very least, point you in the right direction to an answer.
Seize the day and take every opportunity that is offered to you to #createthelifeyoulove.
I am a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), who has taken my knowledge in Applied Behavior Analysis, and the methodology of expert horse trainers, to create an Equine training program that is anything but average. Working with my own horses has led me to discover my passion for not just training horses, but practicing quality horsemanship. For the best interest of the horses, I hope to spread this interest in quality horsemanship.