My goal is to create mental, emotional and physical availability in a horse by offering clear communication. The information provided on this site will help raise your level of awareness, increase your ability to assess, offer ideas on correct usage of aids (how, when and why,) to improve your timing and finesse when working with your horse.
Most riders and horses "go through the motions" and tolerate each other with a sense of "surviving the ride." Instead why not encourage your horse to learn how to offer a "try" rather than a "why should I?" mental attitude. The physical actions your horse displays are a reflection of his mental and emotional state. By treating each horse as an individual and assessing his level of experience, trust, respect and past and we can then work WITH him in order to gain his trust and respect to achieve a quality partnership.
"Anyway, I really appreciate all the work you have put into helping me become such an effective rider and to be in tune with my horse. Tango has come so far with your help, and I don't know what we would have done without you. Tango is a pleasure to ride now, and it is not a chore like it used to be before your help. And I am never going back to my old habits again!" Thanks T.H., A
Thank you! Simple words for such a huge difference you’ve made in my horsemanship. I’ve had a great time learning from you!
I learned so much about myself and Twist. I have more time than I think. Plan ahead. Lower my hand. I used “fall apart” when I messed up. I’ve learned to re-direct Twist’s thought, been reminded there’s a sliding scale in discipline and challenged to “feel” his feet. Be clear; be smooth, if I ask for a change-get a change. Be consistent- sit balanced- let it go when Twist or I make a mistake- look where I’m going. There’s more I’ve noted- you are very good- I wish you success- you and believe the best for you again!
Since I’ve been riding with you, we have competed and accomplished:
Western Nat’l Championship 2008 Ogden, UT Finished 7th
World Finals, $3000 Novice Horse, Non-Pro Rider, Finished 5th in the world
AZ Cutting Horse Association, First Place $3000 Novice Horse Non-Pro
Pacific Coast Cutting Horse, $50000 Amateur Summer 2008
Qualified Western National Championships, 2009 in Non-Pro & $50000 Amateur
Circuit Champion, $50000, San Diego Cutting Horse, Brawley, CA Fall 2008
Circuit Champion, $50000, Casner Ranch, Temecula, CA Winter 2008
World Finals 2008 $50000 Amarillo, TX Finished 15th in World
Circuit Champion, $50000, Diaz Ranch, Woodland, CA Spring 2009
Circuit Champion, $50000, Rancho Murietta, CA Spring 2009
Thanks, Harolyn D. Yuma, AZ 5/2008- current
You helped me realize a dream come true. I've wanted to ride English, but more important be able to ride my horse Charlie well. Thanks to your encouragement, patience, techniques my horse and I now work together, we still have more to learn but with you I know we will excel. I am a 65yr. old womnn and you took me an my horse on and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. P.S Your are worth every dollar I spent and more! E.G.
"I've always loved horses and as a child dreamed of learning to ride and someday owning a horse of my own. Unfortunately, where I grew up the horse community was very exclusive and I always felt it was a sorority I would never fit into. As an adult I attempted lessons with three different instructors in
Lessons with Samantha Harvey in no way resemble the lessons of my past. First, Sam's lessons do not start once you are on the horse, they start on the ride to her facilities. She taught me to consider more than the mechanics of sitting on a horse and riding. She taught me to plan for my lesson, think about what I wanted to accomplish, to assess the mood of my horse that day, to feel my horse's energy and use my own to work together with my horse. Sam often asks me questions during a lesson, forcing me to think about what I'm doing, how I feel, how my horse feels, etc. Consequently, I was able to not only learn how to ride but about horsemanship and partnership.
In the summer of 2005 Sam was able to turn a timid, insecure rider and her 14 year old broodmare into a team. My mare had never done anything but make babies, but by the end of the summer she had evolved into a fearless trail horse capable of successfully completing a series of jumps in the arena, a dressage pattern and jumps in the field. She gave both my mare and I the confidence to work together and progress toward our goals." Barb S. Sandpoint, ID
My first exposure to Sam was last year. Due to a debilitating chronic back condition, I found myself unable to ride my horses. I have two horses which have had training but needed to progress and really needed a trainer who would meet not only my requirements but someone who had horse savvy and utilized natural horsemanship. Sam is the first person in the area that I felt comfortable leaving my horses with. Sam has an innate ability to discern the emotional response of each individual horse. She never pushes a horse beyond what the horse is ready to assimilate and specifically tailors each session to the individual horse. Sam does not just train horses she interacts with the horses and their owners. My entire perspective changed as I saw the progress made with both of my horses. Sam is a phenomenal communicator with people and horses. I feel privilege to have met such and exceptional equine specialist. Mary-Ann H. WA
I am at a loss to put into words what an incredible experience your full immersion camp was!! I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything. It was one of the most rewarding weeks I have ever spent with my horse. You have a truly amazing talent with teaching that you passed on to us at camp. You have a gift and the knowledge of understanding horses and the ability to explain what you are seeing and show us what to do about it. I completely enjoyed all the one on one time that you gave us and the time to watch the others work with their horses. It was so fun to watch the changes in the other horses and riders as the week progressed. It was wonderful to feel the changes in myself and my horse as we progressed. You opened up my eyes to see so much more that my horse and I could accomplish. I gained the confidence and the knowledge to work with my horse in a way that I didn't ever know was possible. You were so good at explaining everything to us, if we didn't understand one way you could tell us another way. I am excited to work on everything that I learned with her. I have so many more tools to use now, thanks to your training. I feel like I am still processing all that I learned. Again, I am so very thankful for everything you did for us. I am looking forward to coming back again next year.
J.R. WA 7/07
Thank you so much for having this wonderful week of eye opening lessons. The horse world is sometimes a scary place. You are such a soft spoken, gentle person with so much knowledge, patience and insight that it's just what I needed. Your love of horses is a blessing to all of us.
The camp was so much more than I expected. I learned from you, from my horse and all the other horses and from the participants. But, most of all I learned about myself. It was an experience I will never forget. Thank you for making my fears manageable, my horse happier, my future brighter and my enthusiasm unbridled! J