Christine Amber's Website and Blog -- Combining Real-Life Horsemanship with Online Information Since 1994
Last edited November 3, 2014
Pickle and I at Felt Lake
My Favorite Friesian, Cameron, of Claymore Clydesdale
Horse training is teaching your horse and or yourself foundation skills. I use an eclectic approach, Cross Training, that borrows from all approaches to build foundation skills for all disciplines. It is developing and maintaining good ground manners, flatwork, jumping, trail work, lateral bending, softness, and obedience.
Look at The Truth about Training to learn more of my opinion and philosophies.
I work with your horse a minimum of 1 hour per day, for each training day. Sometimes training sessions last longer than an hour because the most important part of training is to end the session with the horse relaxed and understanding the last task we work on. Young or untrained horses usually require longer sessions in the beginning.
When your horse is in training it receives:
Here are just some of the clinics offered by Christine Amber of Equestriantraining.com. Call 408 888 8703 or email for current clinics or ask her to put on a clinic to solve an issue specific to you or your horse!
Two hours "training and explaining" everything I do, where I learned it, how I learned it, and who I learned it from. You may provide the horse, or I can show you with one of mine.
You may trailer in to my facility or I will travel to you for cost of transportation. For a limited time, I am charging only $150.00 for this clinic. You may have as many observers as you like and the cost is the same. Call to schedule.
Unmounted Clinic -- Learning to "Feel"
lead a horse with a rope
|tried to catch a horse|
ridden with a bit
|used a rope halter|
asked a horse to pick up a foot
|asked a horse to move out of your way|
used a whip, spurs or natural horsemen's stick.
|tried to have a spooky horse be brave|
This clinic will teach you "feel" and then how to improve your timing to be more effective with your horse or any horse. No training experience necessary, but if you already train or teach, this will give you some incredible insights. This is a participation-only clinic, no observers.
Spend 2 hours learning to feel and you will spend the rest of your life with better timing. Your horse will appreciate it!
Date: To be scheduled
Location: equestriantraining.com, Gilroy,Ca.
$10.00 non-refundable spot to hold your place. This will fill, reserve early. Checks or PayPal to: "firstname.lastname@example.org" accepted. Sorry, no visa or m/c.
In my years training, working with people and horses, I see that feel and timing are the most difficult things for people to understand. "Feel and Timing" are the ONLY THINGs horses understand. Only by understanding and experiencing "feel" can you truly communicate or improve your communication with your horse. This clinic will help that happen for you!
Feel and Timing -- the hardest
concepts for people to understand
--THE ONLY CONCEPT HORSES UNDERSTAND
Private or small group learning opportunities for teens and adults. (Because the horses are all large (over 16h), I can not accommodate young/small children, sorry.) All riding levels can be accommodated. Because the groups are small, riders whose skill is greater, may be able to ride at a more advanced rate, even while others are just beginning. The cost is $50.00 per lesson. Helmets provided. download the flyer!
The approximate schedule for a week is as follows:
Monday Orientation/Evaluation - Lecture: Safety basics, Catching, leading, tying - Lunch Lecture: basic equipment, grooming, tacking (putting saddles on) Riding: mounting, walking, stopping, turning, dismounting. un-tacking, cleaning up
Tuesday Lecture: what horses eat and how they live grooming, tacking, - Lecture: basic disciplines, English, Western, Recreation, Competition. - Riding: Walking, two-pointing, posting the walk and/or trot small and large circles, simple obstacles, serpentines, untacking clean up
Wednesday Lecture: Basic training and lunging, grooming, tacking, - Riding - lunch - Riding - Clean up
Thursday Lecture: Basic horse care and costs Riding: - lunch - Riding - Cleanup
Friday Lecture: Where can i go from here, local riding opportunities - Riding: outside the arena, - Late Lunch- Clean up.
Because I am a small facility, I can customize lessons for experienced riders. There are a number of State and County Parks where we can have a trail lesson, as well as the beach. However, these types of lessons are only for riders with experience and fit for riding. I will assess your skills on the first day you come.
Specializing in "your-goal" oriented training and correcting problem behaviors in horses. I can help you by riding for you or with you in any setting - on the trails, cross country or in the arena, English or Western. I can help you acquire the skills to train your own horse.
I have been certified to teach equestrian skills by three organizations:
American Riding Instructors
Association -Level II &
My school horses are well trained and safe for their jobs. They like people and an extra good scratching when not being ridden! Sometimes school horses are for lease as well.
This is a 1 1/2 hour class to learn about basic horse
safety, care and management --Topics presented are horse safety, farm management, feeding, basic veterinary care, hoof care and dental care. This class can be geared to a family, a small group of adults or a small
group of children. For safety reasons, young children 6 and under are accepted on a case-by-case basis, unless
part of a family group. The fee for this class is on the price sheet. .
This Orientation is a prerequisite for monthly lessons or riding club and is the first lesson.
My policies and procedures are available here in pdf format.
We spend about 1-1/2 to 2 hours with the horses -- preparing to ride, preparing for the lesson, riding, cleaning up and putting away horses and tack. This club is a time and responsibility commitment, just like really owning a horse.
Riders may sign up to have a single, individual lesson per week, a month. If you own your own horse, the fee is the same . We spend about 1 hour with the horses -- preparing to ride, preparing for the lesson, riding, cleaning up and putting away horses and tack. You may trailer in or ride for a single lesson.
I offer a testing program that awards a certificate.
On the front of the certificate are levels of accomplishment that have been
observed and verified. On the back of the certificate is a map of the
skills test that the rider completed. You may view a sample of a pdf
certificate by downloading this link.
Whether you are learning about horses and riding for the first time or brushing-up on your horse skills, I have the Qualifications and Resources to help you achieve your equestrian goals. Whether your goals are showing or recreational riding, I specialize in English and Western equestrian foundations that you can build upon.
© Christine Amber, MA, EquestrainTraining.com 1998 - inclusive of the Present Era
Equestrian training.com is a small, personal horse training barn and riding club in Gilroy, Ca. (South San Francisco Bay Area, Silicon Valley) where owner/trainer Christine Amber trains horses and riders. Equestrian Training's focus is teaching adults and teems about, caring for, riding , keeping and owning horses as well as developing safe, strong, and sensible riding skills. You can take private riding lessons in English or Western Riding. You can join the riding club which emphasizes horses as a lifestyle that encompasses exercise, recreation, fun and a significant time commitment of three rides or group lesson a week. Equestrian Training's horse training focuses on foundations that develop safety, relationship, willingness, obedience and balance in an athletic horse.