Our horsemanship brand at The Trapper Creek Ranch is called AH Horsemanship. You can read in more detail how we define AH Horsemanship and what we are looking for in selecting and partnering with trainers and clinicians like Farrah Green.
The key is being an open minded, respectful and honest professional with the best intentions and skills to improve the communication between horses and humans.
In our journey to find the right training partner, we have worked and continue to work with professionals in understanding horse communication and the technical side of English, Western and other styles of riding. These professionals have had experience with different riding disciplines, breeds and are talented equestrians coming from a variety of backgrounds in Europe, Latin America and the US. The common tread we find is that most successful trainers and horse people use a variation of the same concepts and principles in horsemanship and technical riding skills.
Our goal for The Trapper Creek Ranch is to offer a platform for great horsemanship.
A great Clinician and Instructor offers all the above and more…
While a professional instructor and clinician needs to be excellent in horsemanship and the technique of riding, they also need to be experienced in training humans to communicate better with horses. Holistically integrating and leveraging the communication between human and horse to best of their ability in a fun, positive and safe manner.
They also need to have the teaching skills to break down the techniques into small steps which participants can understand and which help them learn step by step.
Why Parelli Natural Horsemanship and a Parelli Trainer?
AH Horsemanship is about the journey to excellence and being open minded. 15 years ago, when Peter De Cabooter, one of our owners, was looking to learn more about horses and riding, he took some riding lessons. While not knowing a lot about horses, he felt that the training and instruction was not in line with how people learn nor did he find a consistent process applied. Additionally, in most cases it was not a constructive, positive learning environment and involved a lot of stress and pressure.
He found few trainers who could explain horsemanship or who had a knack for horsemanship and who could pass their knowledge onto others in a step by step process.
By searching the internet and reading a variety of magazines and books on horses and horsemanship, he did not immediately find what he was looking for but absorbed a lot about theory and concepts.
At that time there were not many resources available for training methods, DVD’s, etc. While most countries in Europe have nationally regulated and accredited programs, these were mostly about the technical side of riding. The idea was to find a concept that offered strategies for both training and riding horses and which integrated horsemanship and the technical side of riding.
After much research, the program that seemed to best fit these needs was the Parelli Program.
After starting his job in the guest ranch business at The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch, Peter hired and observed many trainers. A clear trend showed that the 3 Star and 4 Star Parelli Trainers we worked with over the years most closely met our expectations of what we expected from trainers and most closely fit with our AH Horsemanship concept.
For the training of our horses we continue to invite other trainers but for the training and teaching of humans we consistently found that Parelli trainers like Chip Ward, Amie Bower and Farrah Green have delivered the best results for our participants, including our own team. Furthermore, the program offers a structured approach to play and gentles horses in a repetitive step by step process.
Parelli Natural Horsemanship – Support and back up of a bigger system
Many people want to learn more about horsemanship but their biggest challenge is finding a trusted trainer or clinician. If they find a clinic or trainer what happens after attending a clinic? How do they continue to improve and learn? Where do they find consistent lesson materials? How do they continue their journey? When they go home, are there certified trainers in the same consistent method?
Our clinics and retreats are not a “one off”. It is part of a greater continued learning system and process. Here again we found that Parelli offered a good answer. Both for our North American and European guests.
A trainer like Farrah Green is very familiar with Parelli Natural Horsemanship and is your resource to help you navigate all the above opportunities, can continue to coach you through the different levels of horsemanship and put you in contact with other trainers that are consistent with her concepts.
Not reinventing the wheel
At The Trapper Creek Ranch and our sister ranch The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch, we are in the business of guest ranching, hospitality and offering a quality platform for horsemanship clinics. We are not in the business of reinventing the wheel or creating our own training brand. Our job is to search what is out there, see what fits and bring it to you in a consistent way. A training concept with a goal to offer answers to your questions, dreams and desires with regard to horsemanship.
To accomplish this we need to work with clinicians and organizations that fit our concept of AH Horsemanship the best. We need to work with a training partner that understands what we do and wants to be passionately part of this mission.
Being authentic means being transparent and recognize value for what it is. Not take that value and stamp your own name on it.
For this reason, we have partnered with Parelli 3 Star Trainer Farrah Green, while we keep working and learning from other clinicians, schools and methods. This is also what Farrah continues to do.
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