My Horsemanship Philosophy
NOTICE: DUE TO THE PANDEMIC, I AM ONLY OFFERING VIDEO COACHING SERVICES AT THIS TIME - NO IN PERSON LESSONS OR TRAINING SESSIONS.
Many students find video coaching just as valuable or even more valuable as in person lessons due to the ability to watch and re-watch their video with my voice-over feedback and notes and see what they actually look like while communicating with or riding their equine partner.
Whisper Training offers beginner through advanced riding lessons (on my horses or yours), video coaching, and foundation training for young, un-started, and "problem" horses, using a combination of Natural Horsemanship and Dressage to help you create the partnership of your dreams with healthy biomechanics.
I believe horses should have as much fun during training and riding sessions as I do! I use psychology and communicate with horses in their own language to cause them to want to do things, feel confident, and get respectful and responsive. Training does not need to be stressful!
Once you have a relationship with your horse, once you have a horse that wants to be with you and wants to do things for you, then no goal is un-achievable, no dream is too big. The sky is the limit to what you can do!
Happy Horse Lovers!
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Rebekah has helped me with two horses. I have had horses my entire life and learned to ride before I could walk, but learned so much from Rebekah. Rebekah is patient, quiet, and teaches both the horse and the horse owner.
Absolutely The Best! We Definitely Recommend Rebekah. She's Patient, Kind, and Has The Know-how and Knowledge. Can't Wait For My Daughter's Next Lesson!
Wonderful teacher! Very patient and encouraging.
Gain a Deeper Understanding Of Equine Behavior & Psychology
Learn how horses think, act, and play; what motivates and inspires them; why they do the things they do; and how to get them to WANT to partner with us.
I can teach you to use psychology to solve problems and challenges such as:
kicking & biting
bucking, rearing or running off
pulling away or pulling back when tied
being hard to catch or herd bound,
being hard to bridle or hard to deworm
being scared of needles or fearful of the vet
pushing against pressure or ignoring you
Being aggressive at feeding time or around treats
crowding you or being pushy
not standing still for mounting, grooming, or tacking up
Not picking their feet up
Dull or oversensitive to your leg,
Heavy or leaning your hands
Behind the bit
Spooky or unconfident on the trail
And pretty much everything in between!
Helping You Help Your Horse
Whisper Training is focused teaching horses using their natural language, without stress, and helping horses and humans gain a better understanding on one another and have a lot of fun in the process!
I help both english & western riders improve their fundamentals, take their riding skills and communication with their horses to the next level, build their horse's confidence on the trail, & learn the importance of healthy biomechanics through understanding & incorporating classical dressage principles into their riding.
Accommodating Your Lifestyle
Many students find video coaching as helpful or even more helpful than an in person lesson because they can watch it over and over. You send me 10-25 minutes of video of a problem you are having or an exercise you are trying to improve and I will voice over the video with my thoughts and suggestions on how you can solve the problem or improve your skills.
The shorter your video is, the more time I have to pause it at various points during my voiceover and go into more detailed explanation of helpful tips, so sending more footage isn't necessarily better - try to zero in on the most pressing issue and just get a good quality recording of that - you will definitely get your moneys worth regardless of how long the actual video you send me is.
Depending on which package you choose, you then have the option to follow up with further questions over email or hop on a 30 min video call with me for further discussion. See the "Video Coaching" tab for more detailed information.
Beginner to Advanced
NOTE: DUE TO THE COVID19 PANDEMIC, IN PERSON LESSONS & TRAINING ARE NOT AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME. HEAD OVER TO THE "BOOK ONLINE" TAB TO SET UP A VIDEO COACHING SESSION INSTEAD!
For students local to my area (Fauquier county & surrounding areas), I can travel to you for a lesson or training session on your own horse. I can help you learn groundwork skills, improve your riding, and learn how to teach your horse new things in a fun, non-stressful manner for you both! My lessons focus on using natural horsemanship principles to take your riding and communication with your horse to the next level as well as offering dressage coaching to help your horse be the strong, balanced, willing, and flexible athlete you know he's capable of.
For students who do not have their own horse or who wish to build confidence on a calm, safe, well trained equine partner, come take a lesson on one of my wonderful lesson horses!! I offer lessons for ages 14 to adult. My lessons include learning basic horse care, grooming, leading, groundwork, horse psychology, safety, and riding from beginner to advanced.
If you are interested in learning to ride, learning more about horse care and groundwork, or looking to advance riding skills you already have feel free to contact me for more information.
Riding Lessons Or Training - On my horses or Yours:
Horse Training and Development
Develop Your Dream Partner!
In this video, I show a lovely older broodmare being eased back into training, starting with being ponied off my saddle horse's back.
NOTE: Due the pandemic, in person training sessions are suspended at this time. Check out my video coaching services instead!
Training Sessions: $60/Hour plus $10 travel fee.
I waive travel fees for farms within a 30 minute radius of where I live, for sessions 2 hrs or longer, or if multiple people in the area are signed up for a lesson back to back.
Training sessions can be just me coming out and working with your horse (you can be there to watch or not) or a combination lesson/training session where I do some of the training and then coach you through the same process. The more involved in the process you are the better!
READY TO SCHEDULE YOUR VIDEO COACHING SESSION OR HAVE MORE QUESTIONS? HEAD OVER TO THE VIDEO COACHING PAGE TO BOOK A SESSION OR DROP ME AN EMAIL AT WHISPERTRAINING@YAHOO.COM !
DON'T SEE EXACTLY WHAT YOU WANT LISTED ON MY WEBSITE? EMAIL ME TO ASK ABOUT CUSTOM PACKAGES AND COACHING OPTIONS!
In an in-person lesson, it can be hard to take in all the feedback and instruction a coach gives while you are also trying to manage a million things with your horse at the same time, and video coaching gives you the opportunity to focus solely on the learning and feedback you are being given while you re-watch your video as many times as needed for you to retain the information.
Then you can take your newfound learnings out to your horse and make progress faster than you could have imagined!
Having a series of videos to track your progress over time can also be incredibly inspiring, as it can be hard to see progress day to day while you are taking baby steps but all those steps can really add up over time. Watching your previous videos can remind you just how far you and your equine partner have come!
It also gives me the ability to work with people from all over the USA as I'm not limited by driving distance - so you can get a high quality lesson even if there are no trainers in your area!
I started riding when I was 13 years old and haven't looked back since! I bought my first horse, Breeze, in May of 2005 when I was 17 and immediately started the Parelli Natural Horsemanship Home Study program Levels 1 through 3.
In 2007 I took Breeze to the Colorado Parelli Center to study more intensively for 3 months and learned a lot from the wonderful instructors there. Breeze taught me so much about how to understand horses and what trust really is. I lost Breeze to a horrible episode of colic in May 2012. He was an absolutely amazing horse and I miss him so much, but I will never forget everything I learned from him.
I have worked with hundreds of horses and their human partners since then and studied the methods of many other wonderful Natural Horsemanship and Dressage trainers either in person training, attending or auditing clinics, or through virtual coaching programs (Karen Rohlf, Natasha Althoff, Rien Van der Schaft, Colleen Kelly, Lester Buckley, and Warwick Schiller just to name a few) and have learned so much from each one of them and continue to place a high priority on continuing education for myself so I can always be improving my teaching and training abilities. I would love to help you develop a great relationship and a strong bond with your equine partner and achieve all your horsemanship goals and dreams!
*I am not affiliated with the Parelli Corporation in any way other than as a student of Parelli Natural Horsemanship
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Whisper Training Serves clients throughout the USA & is based in Fauquier County, Virginia, USA
251 West Lee Highway Suite 615
Warrenton, VA 20186