ABOUT MARIA

& Classical Naturally

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.

Maria E Smith

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM MARIA

TRAINING CUSTOMIZED TO YOUR GOALS

No two Horse/Owner partnerships are alike.  I'll never stuff a horse or rider into a training plan that doesn't fit. I start off with an evaluation sessions to set goals, do frequent check-ins, and track progress.

OPEN DOOR TRAINING POLICY

Not only are owners welcome at all training sessions, I highly encourage it!  Owner participation is an important part of my training program, and I would never do anything with a horse that I wouldn't do in public.

ACCESSABILITY

I take care of my clients and students, even when they aren't in my arena. Anytime you have questions or concerns, I'm happy to help through text and email between training appointments at no charge.

DOING THE RIGHT THING

I will always choose what's right over what's easy. That's how I'm wired. You will never have to question my motives, and I base every relationship on truth, transperancy, and trust.
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YEARS CLASSICAL NATURALLY

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.

Horses For Healing NWA

132'x74' COVERED ARENA for all-weather training & lessons

160'x 240' OUTDOOR ARENA with stadium lights, great drainage, trot poles, and a jump course

A LARGE CROSS-COUNTRY COURSE designed by USEA Course Designer

OBSTACLE COURSE for Trail Training, Working Equitation, & Play Days!

60' ROUND PEN with great footing, shade, and a track around the outside of the pen, as well

WELL MAINTAINED PASTURES that are drug, mowed, and home to only as many horses as the space can support for grazing. 2-4 horses.

CLASSICAL NATURALLY

Combining the lightness & artful gymnastic training of French Equitation with the relationship building & motivational psychology of Natural Horsemanship for a more balanced & adaptable approach to horsemanship.

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