The company and the name 'Natural Horse Savvy' began in 2004. I wanted a name that reflected my interest in horsemanship as a catalyst for learning and partnership between horse and human. Natural Horse Savvy incorporated both. However, for many folks, the combination of ‘natural’ and ‘horse’, has negative associations with some ‘natural horsemanship’ trainers and methodologies that I do not practice or promote. The change to Seven Hills Training reflects my increased focus on training – of both horses and humans – as a discipline.
What is not changing is my belief that horses (and humans) naturally seek connection and providing sound training using fair and humane techniques remains my personal passion. For as long as I'm actively teaching and training, I will be shouting the values of good horsemanship, classical dressage, biomechanics and behavioral science as a way to produce versatile, willing and balanced horses and riders.
The Mission & Vision for Seven Hills Training
Seven Hills Training’s mission is to help people develop the skills to work in partnership with their horse. No magic, no gimmicks, no shortcuts – just sound instructional and training techniques that help riders and their horses learn to work together.
Our training philosophy is simple:
... Horse handling and riding should be safe and enjoyable for both horse and rider
... Proper biomechanics and rider position is critical to developing relaxed and forward gaits, responsiveness and balance
... Understanding how horses learn is critical to developing a willing, trusting partnership in the saddle and on the ground
Our current vision is to change the world for riders and their horses by giving every rider a way to work in balance with their horse and improve their connection with every ride.
Today, 90% of horse training is done in a black hole. You send your horse to a trainer, and magically, in 30-60-90 days, the horse learns specific behaviors on the ground or under saddle. My goal is to change that by encouraging transparency between trainer and owner/rider. In doing so, I want to transfer the teachings of the horse to the rider or handler, so that when the horse leaves our barn, the rider is capable not only of enjoying a solidly trained horse, but know how to apply the skills and further their learning at home.
Notable Changes & Announcements
As part of this rebrand, our website, social accounts, and other important resources are also moving a bit. Here's the important ones:
Check out our new website at sevenhillstraining.com
Our Facebook page has changed to Facebook.com/sevenhillstraining
I can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Naturally, with any change, there may be some kinks to work out. I ask for your patience as we transition to our new site, but I'd also love your help - if you discover anything broken/not working right with our site or our social profiles, please let me know by dropping me a line.
Finally, I'd like to say thank you. Thank you so, so much for helping me turn my love for horses into something so remarkable. I'm overwhelmed by the outpouring of support, the offers of help, the kind words, and the incredible community that has supported me over the years. I look forward to learning and growing with you as Seven Hills.