Dressage and Hunter/Jumper Horse Training
“Nothing forced is ever beautiful!” – The famous quote by Xenophon. Barbie believes understanding this is the first step in training a horse.
Barbie Piccinni has been working with horses for over thirty years and her training philosophy at White Fences Equestrian Center is a result of her experiences, understanding and patience. Barbie’s training adheres to classical dressage principles. She believes that riding must be a source of enjoyment for horse and rider, derived from dedication and hard work. She also employs the USDF / USEF Pyramid of Training in her approach and uses it as a basis for discussion with owners. Her training staff has been immersed in these ideas and follows her approach ranging from starting a foal off at birth to appreciate the companionship of humans to starting a training program that brings a young horse under saddle, to perfecting FEI movements. This wide range of capabilities extends to hunter, jumper and western training including barrels but dressage is Barbie’s focus.
Barbie begins with understanding the horse. An awareness of the horse’s physical and mental capabilities, age, experiences and breeding are the foundations of the White Fences training program. It also incorporates the way the horse responds best to training and of course tailoring this training process to the owner’s goals. While her approach is both systematic and disciplined, she aims to ensure the horse is happy and relaxed in the process of “work”.
White Fences offers the following dressage training options but working with you, Barbie will develop a program that will meet your needs, goals and your finances.
- Daily $60.00 per ride
- Partial Training (12 rides/month) $650.00 per month
- Full Training (20 rides/month) $1000.00 per month
- Long Lining $50.00 per session
- Lunging $50.00 per session
Rather than looking for quick-fixes, Barbie focuses on the long-term success and satisfaction of each rider and horse success. Her experience provides a depth of knowledge of different exercises, movements, training aids and when they are useful. Her focus balances training of the horse, the rider, and the two together. Time has proven her approach is very successful not only to the dressage horse but also improves the performance of horses for other riding disciplines and activities.
Whether you are getting ready to horseshow or just to tune up your horse’s skills, we can help you reach your goals.
A well behaved and secure horse is always a priority at White Fences Equestrian Center. Trust is an easy concept to understand and it is as applicable to humans as it is to horses. Trust with a horse goes two ways; your trust in them and their trust in you. The horse’s trust in you is a little more fragile.
Your trust in the horse relates to the foundation, ground manners, training, and quality time spent with the horse. You know how they are going to react to situations. With the proper training based on trust and respect, you can have a horse that you can feel safe and secure with.
White Fences offers behavior training that helps your horse to develop, grow, learn and do so in positive manner. The basis for good ground manners is respect. A respectful horse pays close attention to his handler, obeys commands, and is careful not to do things that could hurt his handler. All of the training at White Fences is based on establishing respect.
Behavior training ranges from ground manners and standing in cross ties, to lunging, trailering, riding and much more. Barbie and her team believe these essentials need to be taught to a horse.
Barbie and the White Fences team can tailor a program to you and your horse.