True Natural Horsemanship builds on effective communication to earn respect and trust.
- Felicia Allen, Founder
The Epona Academy of True Natural Horsemanship teaches the language of horses and how we, as human beings, can make simple changes for positive communication with our equine partners.
develops a bond with a horse based on mutual respect and trust.
The Academy's True Natural Horsemanship teachings consist of the basics of horse communication. Your horse knows that you are not a horse however the horse will recognize the movements and language that you learn. TNH is also about learning about the horse's nature and our own: There are some simillarities and some differences. Bridging the gap between preditor and prey evolves into better understood communication between both of you.
Participate in a workshop where the practitioner does not even carry a whip in any part of the experience with horse and human connecting, bonding and discovering each other. See how the horse responds and socializes naturally. The TNH method achieves everything that commercial natural horsemanship methods achieve with one big difference: No whip in hand, no whip anywhere!
Why should we learn the language of horses when we can use whips to invoke fear, mistrust, confusion, apprehension, submission, action, and eventually, breakdowns in the animal? Because, there is a better way, that's why. For those who have made simple changes and reached out to learn about their equine partner, the rewards are enduring, humane and effective.
Learn how to change conditioned
The Way Of The Horse
We love to watch and touch horses but what do we really know about their views, perceptions, communication and personalities? The Way Of The Horse workshop takes you on a revealing journey of discovery ...
The Miraculous Self
A personal, supportive, self-exploration workshop with horses and their advanced sensory perceptions guiding you to your miraculous self. Horses possess the supreme evolutionary apparatus to pick up our every nuance and emotion silently and effortlessly. We feel safe on this exploration ...
Horse Owners Workshops
Language & Communication
A hands-on workshop with a maximum of six participants and their own horses or an Epona Stable horse. The workshop encourages participants to being situational challenges in either riding, communication, horse handling or training so that ...
TNH Instructor Workshops
TNH Generalist Instructor
The Epona Academy of True Natural Horsemanship method is portable and anyone who is comfortable with horses and wants to share the basics (foundation) of our humane method can become a TNH Generalist Instructor.
TNH Specialist Instructor
The TNH Specialist Instructor is a graduate of the Generalist Instructor workshop and examination. The TNH Specialist Instructor has a solid horseback riding background and is proficient with horses generally (usually a horse owner).
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!)
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 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.
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.
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.