Riding Program

Horsemanship: We are going to do everything we can to make you the best rider you can be. We will have tons of different approaches/disciplines of riding so that you can see riding from many perspectives.

woman preparing her horse during practice for the next day's test

A rider prepares her horse before a dressage test at Rebecca Farm one of the prospective sites for the international horse back riding school here in Montana during the summer.

Instructors: PeaceHorse will recruit instructors with their own horses first. The horses have to be good at the riding discipline they represent. they have to be able to articulate and communicate and teach what they do, and why they do it. Their philosophy of riding has to be in tune with the philosophy of PeaceHorse. We are partners with the horse. We are not the dictator, the abuser. We will learn to treat the horse in a manner that is fair and effective. That respects who and what he is, his capabilities and leaning style, his instincts and his prejudices.

Trainers: You will not get on a horse and just ride. You are a partner with that horse as you are a partner on this planet with the rest of the riders who ride and the rest of the people who walk this planet. If you know what goes into the training of a “good” horse you will be able to be consistent with that training. You will not de-train the horse. You will be able to enhance what that horse can do. We want you to learn how to train from the trainers. We want the trainers to work with whatever horses need work. You will get to watch, participate, improve, learn, and incorporate. Our trainers will be good trainers for good horses for good students.

Student Riders: We are going to attract the best riders we can of that age level. We need riders who are willing to listen, try new things, and be different because of PeaceHorse. Their riding souls will change and we expect their hearts will grow. Their talents on a horse will be brought to new life and new levels. Their friendships will circle the globe. Their ability to do small and big things to make peace a reality will blossom and turn into a firm capability.

Going over cavaletti, the three of us.

The partnership between my two horses and me was astounding. I loved having them together. One would be my mount, the other my companion. Riding in Montana during the summer is such a fantastic pleasure for an equestrian. If you are going to go to a horseback riding school to get better, have fun, and how to make peace in a thousand ways, why not do it where it is naturally beautiful.

Friends: The people you are with will their own ideas and will start to modify their ideas and style and form and practices as the days. Take advantages of the opportunity to talk with others, listen to them, share and combine ideas. It is possible that you will come up with some great ideas that PeaceHorse can incorporate into its program so that everyone will benefit even more.

Horses: It is impossible for PeaceHorse to own and control the 150 or so horses that are expected to be needed by this enterprise when it is operating at full gallop or enrollment. The instructors are expected to bring some of their own qualified horses. Our trainers will work with any extra that are needed to develop them into suitable horses for the school and you. We will be accepting applications from “HORSES.” If conscription. requisition, procurement, and donation of horses can be done to supply horses for war and cannons, we certainly expect decent unselfish horse owners would be glad to share their horses temporarily or permanently for the purpose of teaching peace Together we will learn harmony with the horse, with your fellow riders, and with your neighbor. Your neighbor was described by Jesus in the story of the good Samaritan. Your neighbor is everyone. Your neighbor can be next door or around the world. You will treat your neighbor as you would wish to be treated.

Rules and Regulations: There are general principles that will guide everything done at PeaceHOrse. We will also try to provide enough guidance through specific rules to avoid ambiguity about what is acceptable and unacceptable behavior.

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