Fortunately, there are more and more natural horsemanship trainers available than ever before. Some are certified by other trainers, such as John Lyons or Pat Parelli, and others are teaching some variation on NH that they have developed on their own. Either way, there is sure to be a good trainer somewhere near you.
How to Find a NH Trainer:
I find the best way is through word-of-mouth recommendation. Ask your horsey pals who they know and who they like, and go from there. If you want to see what it’s all about before you commit, I highly recommend going to a clinic of one of the ‘big names” like John or Josh Lyons, Pat Parelli, etc. If you are lucky enough to live near where there is a Horse Expo, you may have the benefit of seing several well-known NH trainers in one day. This is a great way to familiarize yourself with NH, and to get inspired to start.
I personally have learned a great deal from Tom Dorrance (now deceased), John Lyons, and a great trainer out in California named Deb Cooper (parelli-trained), all of whom I have worked with in person. I have also learned a lot from reading books and watching instructional videos of many other NH trainers, such as Ray Hunt, Dennis Reis, Buck Brannaman, Chris Cox, Julie Goodnight, Sylvia Scott, and many others. If you know which trainer’s style you gravitate toward, you can check that trainer’s website for certified trainers in your area. Some great websites to check out are:
John Lyons: http://www.johnlyons.com/
Pat Parelli: http://www.parelli.com/home.faces
Ed Dabney: http://www.eddabney.com/index.htm
Sylvia Scott: http://www.naturalhorsetraining.com/
Click here to sign up for Sylvia’s wonderful, free newsletter. Very informative!
Dennis Reis: http://www.reisranch.com/
Julie Goodnight: http://www.juliegoodnight.com/
Deb Cooper : http://www.debcooperhorses.com/
I am going to start compiling a list of NH trainers by state. If you would like to be added to this list, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Please keep in mind that I do not necessarily endorse any of these trainers; this is simply a list of those out there. It is up to you to find the one that is right for you.
Sylvia Scott has a great page of trainers here.
New York/New Jersey/Connecticut:
Josef Millis – www.horsegentling.com
Matt Janzen – www.bridgingthegapstraining.com
Kevin S. email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org 715-760-0646
Melanie Moran melaniemorantraining.com
Jo Davis email: email@example.com
Elaine Polny www.training-horses-naturally.com
New Section: United Kingdom!
Plymouth, Devon: http://kellysnaturalhorsemanship.weebly.com
Suzanne Walsh: http://www.allnaturalhorses.co.uk
As you can see, there are plenty out there, now go find yourself one!!