Natural Artistic Horsemanship

Our courses empower you to train your own horse.
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Punkin Patch Farm is a small horse farm which promotes and teaches Natural Artistic Horsemanship. Instead of conquering and forcing our language on them, we learn to use the body language of horses. It opens us to new ways of communication, not only with our horses, but with other animals as well as with other humans.

Because horses are prey animals, horses look for good leaders to fulfill their needs: safety, shelter, food and play.  Natural Artistic Horsemanship is about learning leadership skills. It’s a “never-ending journey of self improvement” according to Pat Parelli, the man who coined the term “Natural Horsemanship”.

The Punkin Patch Farm Natural Artistic Horsemanship Program is a program of horse care. We teach our students the basics of horse care: feeding, grooming, keeping them clean, healthy and happy. They learn safety and how to use as little pressure as possible, increasing only as necessary. They learn how to work with horses with patience.

Horses are very intelligent and sensitive and read the inside of a person before they read the outside. It is up to us, as students, to become more aware of ourselves, our feelings, our emotions and our body movements. It’s about building relationships. Then the horse will be more playful and willing to learn.

Punkin Patch Farm has developed a Natural Artistic Horsemanship Program incorporating training and coaching from over 35 years of experience working with people and horses. Natural Artistic Horsemanship provides a solid foundation for any discipline of riding. Your horse will look forward to the time you spend with him.

Our Natural Artistic Horsemanship Program starts students learning about safety and playing the games horses play with each other. The more the student is interested and puts time into the program, the faster they advance. The first ten lessons are the tip of the iceberg as far as learning is concerned. Students learn how to find the resources they need to continue their journey. When the students have finished the first ten lessons they can go on, but now they know the direction and can ask their instructor for specific lessons.

Why this course works—we use the Seven Keys to Success:

1. Attitude: You provide that. It’s the Heart and Desire to learn, and the commitment to begin your horsemanship journey.
2. Knowledge: You bring a binder, we fill it with information so you don’t have to take notes.
3. Tools: Simple tools. If you don’t already have them, we can provide them.
4. Technique: We provide the technique. You and your partner practice and refine it.
5. Time: We schedule class time, you provide practice time.
6. Imagination: Once you have the knowledge and the technique, we show you how to use imagination to make it fun.
7. Support: We provide a list of references, answer questions, and your class mates provide encouragement. Together we learn. People teach horses, horses teach people.