True Natural Horsemanship instructors are individuals and horse lovers that want to show others how to work with horses effectively, humanely and with respect for the animal's nature and wellbeing. TNH Instructorship is either a generalist or specialist level.
True Natural Horsemanship Apprenticeship program
The TNH Apprenticeship program is provided for international students who want to experience a month at the Academy of learning the TNH method, practice english, make new friends and learn to ride horses in the classical, European manner.
TNH International Apprenticeship
The one month TNH International Apprenticeship program focusses on learning and applying the TNH method for training and communicating with horses. The individual will have the opportunity to achieve a TNH Specialist instructorship valid anywhere in the world (Please read the TNH Instructors page for details on the TNH Specialist instructorship credential) and a certificate.
The Apprenticeship program is hands-on and working almost every day voluntarily with the care, training and handling of horses. The program can provide the apprentice with on-site accommodation consisting of a bedroom with access to a bathroom. Three meals are served each day and the individual is expected to practice english and communicate in the language.
If you are interested in being considered for the TNH Apprenticeship program, please contact the Epona Academy with details about yourself (country you live in, extent of horse experience if any, the month you would like to inquire about for participation) for the Assessment application and more information.
True Natural Horsemanship
- Recognizes that horses are herd animals and therefore very social.
- Teaches the language of horses rather than the use of fear and pain.
- Respects and honours the Horse and the enduring service to humankind.
- Admires the Horse's intelligence, intuition and highly developed senses.
- Respects that horses reactions come from a place of instinct and that instinct is not logic.
- Cultivates the herd behaviour and the social skills in communication.
- Reprimands when necessary in a language that horses can understand.
True Natural Horsemanship recognizes the horse as the supreme survivor.
The earliest known horses evolved 55 million years ago. We can learn from horses.
Horses are herd animals and are therefore very social!
Horses strive for harmony in their communications with a very clear social order and behaviours that conserve energy and create strong, lasting bonds. Horses are constantly communicating (even when we don't think so!)
Horses come from a place of instinct
Instinct is a powerful survival ally and horses are equipped with highly evolved senses that guide and ensure safety for the animals. The True Natural Horsemanship method teaches us how instinct is integral to understanding the nature of the horse.
Horses are flight animals
Swift actions, loud noises and things being waved at horses ignite the flight response. Instruments of pain, force, and ropes around the neck ignite the fear response. The True Natural Horsemanship method shows a kinder, humane and effective way to train horses than abuse.
We can change some inherent preditor behaviours for horses to better understand.
Making simple changes in the way we are around horses can make a big difference and clear up misunderstandings by us and by our horses. The True Natural Horsemanship method teaches that horses respond intelligently and learn quickly when they understand what is being asked rather than trying to 'figure out' by experimenting with various responses and behaviours what we want.
True Natural Horsemanship recognizes that building a good foundation in communication brings lasting outcomes.
Quick fixes with instruments of pain do not last. Horses are sensitive, intuitive and highly intelligent and react to pain and fear however for horses to learn they must be relaxed, receptive and have trust their handler.
Horses have a social order in all their relationships and interactions
Horses have developed a sense of community that ensures survival, continuity and safety. Human beings are pretty similar. True Natural Horsemanship shows us how we are the same and how we differ for a better understanding of working and relating to horses.
Better CommunicationLearn how simple changes in working with horses produce positive outcomes for you and your horse for horse and human partnerships that blossom and continue to grow.
Humane MethodsSay good-bye to whips, ropes and scary sticks with things attached that frighten horses.
Welcome receptivity, relaxation, harmony and good outcomes in horse training.
No Abuse“Horses that are either inflicted with pain or threatened continuously with pain via the use or presence of the whip has nothing to do with natural horsemanship. Abuse is abuse in any way you serve it.”
- Felicia Allen, Founder
Love & AdorationHorses represent freedom, beauty, intelligence and service to Humankind.
True Natural Horsemanship embraces all that horses bring into our lives.