Ed Dabney, World Renown Horse Trainer Provides Gentle Horsemanship Skills
- Bearfoot Ranch adopts gentle-horsemanship techniques to benefit both horse and athlete for upcoming
SOGA (Special Olympics of Georgia), Forsyth County
- 25 Forsyth County equine community members attended 2-day horse clinic
- Future equine education clinics scheduled at Bearfoot Ranch for Forsyth County Equine Community
Gainesville, GA Forsyth County – March 24, 2015– Bearfoot Ranch Inc., 501(c)3, hosted “Six Keys to Harmony” gentle-horsemanship 2-day clinic with world renown horse trainer Ed Dabney, last Saturday, March 21, 2015. Forsyth County horse riders listened and learned the art of gentle horsemanship, which provides horse and rider essential communication, respect, and safe and natural riding skills for all levels.
“We decided to adopt the gentle-horsemanship techniques of Ed Dabney, as we believe his classical training approach will benefit not only our horses, but our athletes, and their handlers. As we prepare for Special Olympics of Georgia 2015, using gentle horsemanship techniques will enhance our training methods, and allow us to continue our quest of providing healing with horses in a safer environment, ” said Melanie Vaughan, Bearfoot Ranch Board Member.
Continuing Education Benefits Riders and Community
Bearfoot staff, patron, and equine community members learned simple ways of establishing trust and command using rope halters and lead lines. Even riders that have been in the saddle for over 20 years learned fascinating new tricks. The event raised over $1000 from its Forsyth County equine friends, and is planning future clinics to help educate the surrounding equine community, as well as raise funds to help pay hay and vet bills.
Dabney, trainer for the horses used on FOX’s series “Sleepy Hollow”, has also provided horses for major motion pictures and travels around the world teaching the art of establishing control of the beautiful animals. He believes that kicking and smacking a horse isn’t the way to earn trust and there are keys to establish gentle control, making the relationship between horse and rider a harmonious one.
About Bearfoot Ranch
Bearfoot Ranch is a 501(c)(3) non-profit equestrian center located in Forsyth County and is
dedicated to providing therapeutic riding lessons and other riding activities in a safe, effective and compassionate environment. The center furthers its students’ knowledge of horses; offers lessons to children and individuals with special needs regardless of ability; and challenges them to reach their potential through the love of horses. Bearfoot Ranch also acts as a rescue facility for horses that have been abused or neglected.
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