Specialties – Figuring Out the Issues

Thursday, May 27, 2010
Posted by Mary

“People have told me I have a wonderful talent for looking past scruffiness to find talent and gaits – but more importantly, for figuring out what a horse’s real issue is, addressing it, and helping the horse become as successful as it can be,” Linda says. “I have also been quite successful at selling horses because I have a good eye and because I can match horses and riders. I have refused to sell a horse because I didn’t think it was a good match – I think in the long run it is why my business has been successful.”

As an instructor, Linda is equally accurate at figuring out rider issues. “I can watch someone ride for 10 minutes and see the problem. Nine times out of ten, I’m dead on,” she reports. “I work primarily with adult amateurs. They inspired me to write my workout book Better Rider, Better Ride. I take apart the horse and rider initially to figure out what the horse’s issues are independent of the rider, and what the rider’s issues are independent of the horse. Sometimes they are related, but you can’t tell until you work on each separately. Most frequently, rider issues are balance and strength related – hence the book.”

Linda can resolve situations that others have been unable to figure out, such as why a horse is off or has inappropriate habits while being ridden. She recounted two of her most recent happy endings: “I had a talented young rider on a horse that had some problems. We got him through them without surgery and other invasive procedures. Nothing is more gratifying as a trainer than to get a phone call from a former client saying she just had the best ride on her horse in two years.” Linda’s newest mount, an Appaloosa gelding, had some issues when she got him – he was green and was being ridden by a green rider.  “I saw his potential and bought him. He’s small but has huge movement and I sold him to Lendon Gray. He continues to come along nicely,” Linda says. “I have done that quite successfully throughout my career – both for myself and for my clients. I train horses because I love to see them become the best they can – they really come out of their shell once they know how great they are! Each one is so different that it helps keep daily training a mental and physical challenge, which I need as well, so my training approach works for all involved – the horse, the owner or student, and me.”