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The Magic of a Kiss



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The Friendship Training Program






Ready to Ride?

Does your horse coming running to you from across the pasture when you hold up their halter and call their name?

Have you read the 'Suddenly or Bucking article?

Have you checked the list with your horse to make certain he has the opportunity to work pain-free and stress-free?

Do you understand that most of the time what is regarded as a horse's bad behavior' is due to pain? (And that being forced to 'work' under painful. stressful conditions makes your horse hate working with you -- instead of enjoying it?)

Have you created a positive working relationship with your horse?

Do you and your horse share a very intimate relationship?

Do you 'trust your life' with your horse because of the deep understanding, communication, and relationship you share with them?

Or do you believe that force and punishment will make your horse obey you enough to make them 'safe to ride'?

Our Hugs and Kisses...


Round Penning a Stallion


Whitaker Invitation


Friendship Training Part I. Introduction


Friendship Training Part II. All you need is Love


Friendship Training. Part III. Relationships


Yes or No?

Are you searching for a program that will bring you and your horse closer together?

Have you been told that your horse is ‘un-trainable’ and should be 'sold or put down'?

Do you feel something is 'missing’ in your relationship with your horse?

Are you frustrated by seemingly unsolvable ‘problems’ with your horse?

Do you feel some sense of 'wrongness' using our present day horse training methods?

Do you want your horse to come running to you, instead of away from you?

Is the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of your horse more important to you than 'all  the ribbons and trophies in the world'?

Do you love your horse and want that love returned?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, then please consider learning more about this 'next step' in the evolution of the human/equine relationship.


A Critique of Natural Horsemanship

Maladaptive and Counterproductive Care and Training

Suddenly Temperamental or Bucking

In a Nutshell...

#1. It has been irrefutably proven that positive reinforcement is far superior to punishment in altering behavior and results in a lasting behavioral modification. Punishment changes behavior only temporarily and presents many detrimental side effects.

#2. The Peer Attachment (horse buddies) equine relationship represents an intimate, positive relationship that is easily observed in almost any herd of horses. Horses and their humans in Australia, the US, Italy, England, Portugal and Scotland share this same intimate relationship with Friendship Training.

#3. Physiological responses to stress, (stress hormones) inhibit Memory, Concentration and Learning.
(Our FT horses learn easily and quickly because we use a positive, stress-free learning/teaching environment.) We do not use any type of restriction, whips, lariats, round pens, cordeos, picaderos, clickers, sticks or other 'gadgets'.

#4. We take a holistic approach including, (but not limited to) nutrition, hoof care and social environment. We want our horse to be as content and stress free as possible.

#5. We feel that there is no such thing as a 'bad horse'. Every horse in the world was born a perfect horse. The 'Suddenly Temperamental or Bucking' article below explains why they may not always act the way you expect them to act.

The three Principles of Friendship Training:

I. I will make my horse feel that they are the most loved, special horse in the world

II. I will give my horse every opportunity to live a stress-free, pain-free, joyful life.
This encompasses a wide range of subjects that affect our horse's emotional and physical well-being. Bitless, hoof care, social environment, nutrition and physical conditioning are basic considerations.

III. The relationship I share with my horse and their well-being, will take precedence over all else, regardless of where we are, or what we are doing. For what we share is priceless.

In all of our Friendship Training exercises, three guidelines are strictly adhered to:

I. Freedom of Choice (We ask, instead of ordering.)

II. Freedom of Movement (No restriction of any kind is used for teaching/training.)

III. Freedom of Expression (The horse is always encouraged to express their feelings as long as it does not in any way injure their human teacher.)

How Different