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I now live in Tucson, AZ. My expertise is in training and rehabilitating horses, and training riders for combined training for over 40 years, in Virginia and California. This includes dressage, cross country obstacles and show jumping. In my many years of experience and endless study of Classical theory, and my hands-on retraining horses,I have accummulated much knowledge of the different personalities of horses and how to approach their rehabilitation. At my age, I do not ride as much as I used to, but I don't see why I have to waste the experience I have. I can answer certain questions about starting young horses in English riding: dressage, jumping, cross country obstacles and basic equitation. I can help with rehabilitation of spoiled or difficult horses; however, many problems require sustained riding instruction/training and I cannot do this online. Some issues need to be observed to come to a correct diagnosis. If your problem is of this type, please find a qualified instructor/trainer. I cannot give riding lessons via email.

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Experience in the area: Over 40 years of English riding experience, including Fox Hunting in Virginia where I earned my colors with the Blue Ridge Hunt, training young horses for hunting and/or eventing. Coached a rider from her beginning at Training Level Combined tests through her competition at two Junior International competition Three Day Events. She rode my horse that I also started and trained her to ride. This combination competed in the World Championship Three Day in Lexington, KY in 1978. I trained another horse (TB) through 3rd Level Dressage and jumping. He eventually competed at Advanced level Three Day. I have reschooled several horses with difficulties ranging from running away to running backward, to not allowing a bridle to be put on, to kicking out at the farrier, being "too much on the muscle over jumps", barn sour, etc


National Society Daughters of the Revolution (DAR)


Six novels (I am also a novelist)


Some college. Endless study of Classical Theory and training methods.

Awards and Honors

Who's Who of American Women, Who'w Who in America, Past Board of Directors FDIC-NACM

What do you like about this subject?

Training a horse is a study in science, skill and art. Science is what you do, how and why you do it and when. Skill is your knowledge of the science and your way of applying it. Art is the finesse with which you apply the former and the result. No matter what equestrian discipline you prefer, the result must be beauty in motion: Art.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I am still working with young horses. I will ride as long as I am physically capable because I want to continue learning. And every day with every horse we ride,or when we teach, we learn something. I am currently training an OTTB that stood in a pen for several years. He did not race and had no training for another discipline. He is currently 7 years old and will soon be ready for a new home.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

It isn't necessary to be a competitor in order to be an excellent rider/trainer. One can always complete with one's self. One must study and ride and put into practice what one has learned.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

This is a discipline in which we often find "the blind leading the blind". Beware who you chose as a trainer or teacher. You must read theory and know theory; otherwise you will not know when your trainer is leading you astray with "snake oil training".

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2016-04-17 horse relationship with humans:

Hello Annie,    All horses, not just working horses, will react the same in the face of danger or pain or discomfort. The will flee if they can and if they cannot flee they will fight. It is up to you

2015-10-16 leg in a hole:

Hello Loren,    As a horsewoman AND an author, I would suggest that you might have written yourself into a "hole".    A hand on the shoulder of the free side would do absolutely nothing to prevent the

2015-07-16 Tracking my horse:

Hi Debbie,    From my small amount of experience with brands, I don't think this is a private farm brand. They usually have other than numbers and letters, mayby diagrams or small objects like hammers

2015-07-15 Tracking my horse:

Hello Debbie,    I have checked the standardbred registry and find that the freezebrand on your horse does not match the patterns of Standardbreds.  Their patters are: 1st is a letter, 2nd is a letter

2015-02-10 Gator- partially blind horse:

Hello Tatum,    I have never worked with a partially blind horse, but if I had to I would stick to the regimen of classical training. I doubt if this horse has had any "formal" education, which is exactly


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