This is your call to adventure! Our ranch is nestled in the mountains above Napa Valley, dappled with oaks and redwoods. As you drive up the winding narrow roads, take in the fragrance of trees and notice the terraced vineyards along your journey. When you arrive, we’ll have light refreshments on the deck and you can tell me about your expectations, emotions, goals, or fears in regards to horses and R+, positive reinforcement training. This conversation will help me choose the exercises. We will walk down to meet the horses, let them come to us (which they will!) and begin our session. I call this R+ training with the herd immersion, "Meet me at the Gate" because you will connect with beautiful horses in our wooded natural sanctuary. The horses will literally meet us at the gate with bright eyes. What you take away on your own may be your call to new adventures with your own animals. The R+ techniques I will teach you are supported by science to be more humane and effective than using negative or aversive methods. Everyone has fun! Would you like to halter and lead the horse, bathe, walk through obstacles together, or practice activities at liberty? These are all possible! To close our session we will return the horse to his paddock or pasture, then relax with refreshments and a closing discussion which may include questions, homework and scheduling more sessions.
I have taught kindergarten through high school and my favorite subjects to teach are the Language Arts and Mindfulness. In fact, I taught High School English for over two decades! I’m a member of Napa Valley Writers and participate in workshops and writers groups. I’m trained in the “Let Animals Lead” method of Reiki with Animals, and also teach the Mindful Schools Curriculum. Mustang Yogi, adopted from the BLM in 2003 is now twenty years old, and has earned US Dressage Federation Bronze Medal. He’s my heart horse and dance partner in showing Musical Freestyles at competitions and exhibitions. I have taken clinics from Linda Tellington Jones, Manolo Mendez, and clicker training with Alexandra Kurland. Welcome to the sanctuary of the stable and pasture.
Organic fruit, nuts, and bakery treats will be set out. Notify me in advance of your visit regarding allergies.
Join me at Brioso Vineyard Stables on Mount Veeder. We are located off of a steep, winding road, at 2,680 feet. Our area is known for grapes grown on volcanic hillsides. All three of our horses have faced and overcome emotional and physical challenges. Meet gorgeous Black Pura Raza Espanola Andalusian (PRE) youngster Brioso, Bay Mustang Yogi, our wise leader, and welcome the newcomer Buckskin Lusitano, Arteiro.
The energy here is safe, supportive and POSITIVE. No experience is necessary. All are welcome in this sanctuary for the horses. I will provide the treats and the tools for training. Wifi is limited. Please message me your questions.
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