Horse and Rider Training

By Terry Golson

My Approach to Training

Whatever you are looking to improve in your life with your horse – riding a dressage test, getting out on the trail, or solving a behavior problem – I can help in a way that is generous in spirit to both you and your horse. We’ll start from a place of relaxation, communicate with clarity and clear intent to your horse, identify and reward moments of correctness, and build on each small success until you reach your goals in harmony with your horse.

Thanks for your clinic, I am using it everyday and would like to learn more.

– Susan J.


Instruction Under Saddle

Do you want to feel in sync with your horse? Do you want your horse to respond with enthusiasm to your aids? I’m a lifelong student of dressage (and compete with my own horse at USDF shows), and I’m also steeped in knowledge of modern, progressive animal behavior science. I combine these two to teach you how to communicate with empathy and clarity. I break down instructions into specific and achievable steps, and by building on what is right, I can improve your position, balance, and timing so that you become a more effective rider and are kinder to your horse. Both you and your horse will enjoy your time in the saddle more, whether it is in the dressage ring or on the trails.

She gave me the best trot I have ever ridden on any horse. So light and animated, really carrying herself.

– Andrea


Trail Riding

Getting out for rides through the countryside is good for the mental and physical health of horses and their riders. But, for many, leaving the ring can be stressful. I can help you work with a barn sour or fearful horse to develop confidence and safety away from the ring.

Thanks so much for making our first trail ride so enjoyable!

– Amy J., DVM


Trailering Issues

For many of us, getting to lessons, shows and trails depends upon getting our horses into a trailer. If your horse doesn’t walk right on, things can escalate and become dangerous for horse and owner. Also, one day you just might have to get your horse on a trailer in order to go to a veterinary hospital or to evacuate your barn. Ease of trailering can be life saving. It can take time, patience, and skilled handling, but trailering fears can be overcome.

Behavior Observation and Analysis

Doing a baseline survey of your horse’s behavior can provide much needed information when planning a course of training. I will observe your horse throughout his day. How he interacts with people, other animals and his environment will be noted. Attention will be paid to how he responds to food (is he a resource guarder? Does he get anxious?) This report will form the basis of how to proceed. For people who board their horses out, having a report on the horse’s activity during the day can provide invaluable insight into why their horses do what they do during training sessions.

(Yes, I work with minis, too!)

I am having the best time reading through the blogs on The Cooperative Horse.

– Karen Pryor


Conflict Resolution

Problematic behaviors, such as anxiety leaving the barn, pulling on the lead, and biting, can be reduced or eliminated by using a combination of behavior analysis and positive reinforcement training. Oppositional behaviors are often attributed to a “lack of respect” but their roots are usually in fear and conflicting motivations. Safe and cooperative behaviors can be trained in a non-confrontational way.

Thanks for all your help with Nate. At least three people over the past two years have told me he was dangerous and unpredictable and that I should get a different horse. But there was something kind and good about him that made me stick with him and try to find a trainer who would bring that out. With your guidance I’ve been able to do that.

– Eileen

Terry is based in York, Maine. and will travel to meet you and your horse. Skype and email consultations are also available. Please contact Terry for a schedule of fees.