Natural HorsemanshipBeth Hartka

Natural Horsemanship at Graham Equestrian Center

The Graham Equestrian Center values the principles of Natural Horsemanship and we strive to instill those principles in our students, staff and boarders.  GEC’s Chairman of the Board, Jim McDonald, has been practising Natural Horsemanship principles since 1991 – before the term became popular and somewhat convoluted.  To us Natural Horsemanship means many things but most importantly:

  • Training horse and rider when both are in a calm receptive state
  • Understanding the horse’s viewpoint and reactions as a prey animal
  • Respecting horses for the intelligent emotional beings that they are
  • Using the least amount of pressure to achieve results
  • Never punish the horse, only correct the horse
  • Reward the horse whenever they try, even a little bit, to do the right thing

While the principles of Natural Horsemanship are inherent at GEC, Jim McDonald also offers a series of clinics, workshops and private lessons to help novice to experienced riders improve their abilities, overcome challeges, and learn skills that are transferrable to any horse.

Not all of Jim’s lessons necessarily involve riding.  Jim has helped many people overcome their fear of horses and/or become better horseman/horsewoman with excercises on the ground.

If you are interested in learning more about Natural Horsemanship you can contact us using the form below, or check out our events calendar for the next Natural Horsemanship Clinic.