three hours with you and although I'm not in the saddle…I am able to walk into the pasture and brush all three horses and control them without being nervous at all (and none of them had halters on and when they crowded me they listened when I said to back up, etc). My hubby is totally old school and isn't into compliments, etc but I did overhear him talking to his dad (totally old school as well) that your clinic improved my confidence 1000X over and if that's what makes me feel comfortable then that's exactly what we're gonna do. So kudos to you, my dear! You accomplished in 3 hours what they couldn't accomplish in a year My sister-in-law feels the same way - YOU'RE A HIT!
Cindy P, Edmonton, Alberta -2013
I had started taking lessons with Tracey with the goal of being able to ride my eight year old Thoroughbred gelding in a controlled canter. That's it. That has been my goal for the two years I've been riding Harley. He was being trained for the track for a whole year before they decided he wouldn't race. My poor boy was running out of fear and I didn't know how to tell him not to be afraid. Our first lesson Tracey had me ride walk/canter transitions with him. Before she got me to do this she explained that once he gets out of control wind him down until he stops. So about two strides in to the canter I was bringing him down to a halt and asked to do it again. At next week’s lesson our canter was manageable and we were able to start asking more of him. From one lesson, and a week of practice, there was already tons of improvement and we just kept getting better. Two months later, with Tracey’s coaching and tons of practice on my part, we are cantering to jumps, doing walk/canter transitions, flying lead changes and I am able to bring Harley down from a canter to a halt with no rein contact. I have a new goal now; to show Harley at Spruce Meadows in the jumper classes. I couldn't have gotten this far with any other trainer and I hope it is possible that she be with me on the rest of my journey.
Brooke, Edmonton, 2013