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 Instructors
TNH Generalist Instructor workshops
The True Natural Horsemanship Generalist Instructor program is comprised of two workshops: The first workshop teaches participants the TNH method of working and communicating with horses. The second workshop is a practicum workshop where participants demonstrate and practice the TNH method. Workshop participants can either bring a horse or participate with one of ours.
After the completion of the two workshops, the participant is able to write the TNH examination which also includes a hands-on component where the participant is working with a horse or horses. Upon a score of 80% the participant receives a certified True Natural Horsemanship Generalist Instructor designation certificate.
For a detailed description of the The True Natural Horsemanship Generalist Instructor, please see the TNH instructors information section.
True Natural Generalist Instructor Workshops
Cost: With own horse, $765. With an Epona horse, $865
TNH Specialist Instructor Program
The True Natural Horsemanship Specialist Instructor program is scheduled twice a year. Candidates are pre-screened for the program which is 4 days in duration. Program participants can either bring a horse (horse boarding is available if required) or participate with one of our horses.
If you are interested in being considered for the certified TNH Specialist Instructor program, please read the TNH Instructors page for the prerequisite requirements 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.