Whisper Training

Whisper Training Whisper Training combines Natural Horsemanship and Classical Dressage to help you & your horse achieve an amazing, trust-based partnership! Whisper Training provides riding lessons for beginners through advanced students, and specializes in teaching adult beginners and helping fearful riders gain confidence!
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I also offer foundation training for young horses, problem solving, and training tune-ups.

I also offer foundation training for young horses, problem solving, and training tune-ups.

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Another great article by horse trainer Don Jessop!
08/12/2020
At the end of your rope - Don Jessop

Another great article by horse trainer Don Jessop!

With sore hands, a sore brain, and a sore heart, I kept the pressure on the rope. I knew if I let go I would be teaching the wrong thing to this pretty, not so little draft cross, reinforcing his turn and run behavior. But if I held on... I would be no better than a slave master forcing a horse to b...

Love this article! PLEASE take care when you are training your horse to not overdo lunging in circles, roundpen work,  o...
05/27/2020
Too many circles - Don Jessop

Love this article! PLEASE take care when you are training your horse to not overdo lunging in circles, roundpen work, or circling game. Especially on an unfit horse it does not take much to damage their joints and cause life long problems. Get your horse out on big circles (45’ lines) when possible, do long lining, ponying off another horse, or of course riding as the majority of your training. When you do play with circles, build up your horses strength and endurance slowly and make sure you are going both ways equally and using a long enough line.

Don Jessop Everything you are about to read is a bit of a rant on my part. I apologize upfront. I remember attending a Ray Hunt clinic many years ago and I was shocked how insensitive he was to the audience when he said, "I'm not here for you, I'm here for your horse. If you get anything out of it f...

Great article on learning to follow your horse's movement with your seat and learning to communicate using subtle seat a...
04/15/2020
Talking with Your Seat

Great article on learning to follow your horse's movement with your seat and learning to communicate using subtle seat aids!

Following the horse's motion at the walk, trot, and canter enables riders to coordinate their aids and take communication with their horses to new levels.

This is a really good article by Don Jessop on how to understand and fix horse's pinning their ears under saddle - diffe...
04/15/2020
Does your horse pin his ears when riding?

This is a really good article by Don Jessop on how to understand and fix horse's pinning their ears under saddle - different reasons that might be behind it (there are many) and some tips on how to start addressing some of them.

Does your horse pin his ears when riding? How to fix it - Don Jessop First things first, let's talk about the reasons horses pin their ears. Contrary to what people think, it's not just about anger or resentment. Sometimes ear pinning is about inherent playfulness, or dominance over another being. S...

This is so true!
12/19/2019
This Explains a Lot

This is so true!

There’s this thing about working with horses… it’s one of those things that is responsible for making working with horses difficult, soul-shattering hard work. And I don’t want to be Debbie Downer …

These are so true!
12/16/2019
7 Things Only Horse People Understand

These are so true!

It’s true, we are a rare breed. Pet owners love their pets, but the relationship is different with a horse. If you have been fortunate to have a relationship with a horse, it can be

This idea is so awesome - there are negatives to consider, like making sure insects (especially flies), rodents like mic...
12/09/2019
The Hot New Trend Where You Live With Your Horses

This idea is so awesome - there are negatives to consider, like making sure insects (especially flies), rodents like mice, etc weren't getting into your home if it was above the barn, but it that could all be managed I would love something like this someday!

Here’s how to plan for a happy living arrangement with your horses.

12/01/2019
Behind The Scenes At The National Dressage Competition: The good, the bad & the ugly!!

Just love this VLOG by Natasha Althoff- I've been studying dressage & goalsetting with her virtually through her online programs for 5 years now & she never ceases to inspire me. I love how brave, vulnerable, & raw she is showing not just the highs & the amazing tests, & the things that go perfectly, but also the disappointments & the things that go wrong. Its ok to be devastated & disappointed when things go wrong as long as you don't stay there and NEVER. EVER. EVER. GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAMS!!!

This week we take you behind the scenes of the Australian National Dressage Competition that went over 4 days. You'll see what goes on behind the scenes and ...

12/01/2019
Change Your Self to Change Your Horse

WOW this is SO powerful - if you are a yogi or horseback rider (this is NOT just for horseback riders) or interested in personal development at all, you NEED to listen to this! I've always loved Warwick Schiller's training style & videos, but in this video he gets deep into his own personal development & talks about how when we suppress negative emotions & remove our ability to feel those, we also supress positive ones & lose some ability to feel joy, peace, & happiness & also discusses judgmental thoughts & how to re-frame them to build your confidence & happiness & the happiness of those around you. The yoga instructor I study with online (Brett Larkin) has been discussing these same ideas in some of her trainings, so I guess the universe really wants me to focus on this! I wasn't even trying to watch one of his videos, I was watching a horse training video with a different trainer & this came on automatically after.

Warwick has hundreds of full length training videos filmed with REAL horses, REAL people, REAL problems in REAL time on his online video library. Get a free ...

This is hilarious
10/16/2019
24 Positive Affirmations Guaranteed to (Sorta Maybe Kinda) Improve Your Riding

This is hilarious

According to Oprah magazine, positive self affirmation is shown to help combat stress, boost your overall health and bring more positive energy into your life. If it’s good enough for the “O of O,” we’re thinking it’s probably good enough for the U of You and most certainly, for the We of ...

Another great article by Don Jessop on how to teach your horse to be light & soft!
07/24/2019
Soft hands vs. Soft to the hands - by Don Jessop

Another great article by Don Jessop on how to teach your horse to be light & soft!

Soft hands vs. Soft to the hands - by Don Jessop Do you want a horse that is responsive and light? Do you want to feel what the master horse trainers feel on a daily basis every time they work with an upper-level horse or help a horse move toward the upper levels? If so... it starts with light, soft...

Horse Instructor's Worst Student Ever!
06/19/2019
Horse Instructor's Worst Student Ever!

Horse Instructor's Worst Student Ever!

Don't worry... I'm not talking about you when I say "Horse Instructor's Worst Student Ever!" It sounds like a juicy title, right? "Worst student ever!" However... it might not be what you think. This article is a self-realization that occurred to me during my own education process. I'm a master hors...

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Whisper Training provides instruction for students who want to improve their riding and training skills while developing a great relationship and better communication with their horses, naturally! I offer beginner through advanced riding lessons for ages 9 to adult, both to students who already have their own horses and on my two wonderful lesson horses. I specialize in teaching adult beginners ready to finally realize their dream of learning to ride and helping fearful or nervous riders gain confidence! My riding lessons include all aspects of horsemanship such as horse care, grooming & tacking up, handling horses safely from the ground, understanding equine behavior & psychology, and of course RIDING!!! I also provide foundation training to young horses, un-started horses, and "problem" horses using a combination of training methods I have learned from studying Parelli Natural Horsemanship, classical dressage, and other techniques that I have learned from many great instructors and trainers over the years. I work throughout Fauquier & Surrounding counties. I have been riding for 17 years and bought my first horse, Breeze, 13 years ago. I lost Breeze to a horrible episode of colic in May 2012. He taught me so much about how to understand horses and what trust really is. He was an absolutely amazing horse and I miss him so much. I now own 3 amazing horses who help me give lessons - Dancer, Satya, and Destiny. I started studying Parelli Natural Horsemanship the day I got Breeze and have been an avid student ever since, including spending 3 months studying intensively at the Parelli Center in Colorado back in 2007. I use a combination of Parelli methods*, Classical Dressage, and techniques I have learned from great instructors and horsemen/women over the years. My goal is to motivate and inspire every horse and student I work with and help you take your partnership beyond where you thought possible! *I am not affiliated with the Parelli Corporation in any way other than as a student Of Parelli Natural Horsemanship References available upon request •Contact Info: o 540-497-2587 o [email protected] o www.Facebook.com/whispertraining & www.whispertraining.com

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