Hi! I'm Maria Smith.
I teach people to find harmony with their horses and transform their horsemanship. I focus on the “truths” of the way horses think, learn, and move to get results without force or fighting.
Every sport talks about wanting a happy, confident, athletic, responsive, motivated horse. ...but way too many training programs seem to have trouble actually getting that done. So, here's the thing... the science of healthy movement, learning, and behavior apply to EVERY HORSE. That's the most logical starting place, not a sports rule book.
I've spent 35 years developing horses and riders across many sports disciplines, starting young sport horses, and rehabilitating "problem horses". I know what it takes to teach a skill from a blank slate, and I understand the complexities of helping horses that have been damaged mentally, emotionally, and physically in failed training programs.
Mechanically forcing horses to do tasks seems to be the norm, unfortunately. I want to change people's expectations of horsemanship. There's a better way! My passion is teaching riders "how to train" & "what to train", so that they can step out of the frustration and chaos of what everyone else is doing, and connect with their horse in the way they dreamed they would.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM MARIA
TRAINING CUSTOMIZED TO YOUR GOALS
OPEN DOOR TRAINING POLICY
DOING THE RIGHT THING
& COLTS STARTED
TRAINING OUT OF "HORSES FOR HEALING"
This beautiful 75 acre horse facility is perfect for training horses and riders of all disciplines!
Contact me, if you'd like to come out and take a tour.