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Elizabeth Wood
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TRAINING NOTES from Elizabeth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ed Dabney has videos available for sale on his Web site.

 

 

 

Click here to read how Natural Horsemanship has helped some of the buyers of our Thoroughbreds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The mission of Gentle Horsemanship from Ed Dabney.

"The mission of Gentle Horsemanship is to assist horses and their owners in having a more safe and pleasant life together by establishing a relationship of mutual respect and trust through the use of gentle communication." - Ed Dabney

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ed Dabney is pictured on the cover of American Cowboy magazine.

Ed Dabney is pictured above on the cover of American Cowboy magazine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here to read how Natural Horsemanship has helped some of the buyers of our Thoroughbreds.

 

 

 

 

Ed Dabney has written many training articles. Click here to go to his Web site to read them.

 

 

Urbanissima and Allison Bennet believe in "Natural Horsemanship".

Urbanissima and Allison Bennet believe in "Natural Horsemanship" and a fan of Ed Dabney.

 

 

Dr. Robin Cannizzaro and her horsee Alchemy at liberty.

Homeopathic vet Dr. Robin Cannizzaro and her horse Alchemy riding with no saddle or bridle. Robin purchased Prospect horse Vicky Vicky Vicky from us. Click here to read about her natural horsemanship experiences.

Robin purchased Prospect horse Vicky Vicky Vicky from us.

Vicky Vicky Vicky and her mom Robin.

training notes from elizabeth

Our horses > training notes from elizabeth

Our training notes often show schooling at the farm but may also include cross country schoolings and trail rides away from the farm. Go back through our notes to see how we train our off-the-track Thoroughbreds and prepare them for new careers as sport horses.

Ed Dabney Clinic at Bits & Bytes Farm. June 15 -16, 2007

Ed Dabney Natural Horsemanship Clinic
June 15- 16, 2007 at Bits & Bytes Farm

Hello Friends of Bits & Bytes Farm,

We are hosting a Gentle Horsemanship Clinic with Ed Dabney on June 15th and 16th, 2007 at Bits & Bytes Farm.

The mission of Gentle Horsemanship is to assist horses and their owners in having a more safe and pleasant life together by establishing a relationship of mutual respect and trust through the use of gentle communication. This is something we truly believe in at Bits & Bytes Farm. We have asked Ed Dabney to teach us more about the topic.

Here is some information from Ed Dabney's Web site:

Both you and your horse would greatly benefit from the clinic experience. Much of what you'll learn and what you'll be teaching your horse during the weekend centers around developing your leadership position in your relationship with your horse.

Experience Not Required

You do not need to be an experienced rider or horse person to participate with your horse in this clinic. Beginners as well as advanced riders have found the skills taught in Ed's clinics to be very useful. His system of working with horses builds confidence in handling horses on the ground and mounted, equips owners with natural communication skills and establishes their authority as a confident, consistent leader for their horse.

Ed's teaching style is very clear and straight-forward, giving students a methodical and systematic approach which is easy for both horse and rider to understand and apply. His gentle methods have been proven effective by successfully working with hundreds of horses and humans. You will learn problem solving principles and teaching techniques that work with the horse's nature and instincts in order to overcome resistances with confidence, patience and understanding.

Register TODAY! Spots are limited!

Please fill out the registration form and fax the form back to:

770-704-6594

Please then mail the original form with a check to:

Bits & Bytes Farm
1275 Owens Store Road
Canton, GA 30115

 

Enclose your check made out to:
Ed Dabney Gentle Horsemanship, LLC

to guarantee your participation in the clinic. We cannot guarantee any spot without a completed registration form. The cost is listed below.

The Clinic Schedule

Friday Evening 7:00 - 9:30 PM

"Revealing the Mystery of Natural Horsemanship"
A lecture/demonstration on the theory of natural horsemanship.

On Friday night Ed will introduce what the participants will be learning on Saturday. Attendance at the Friday night session will be required for rider participants. This session is open to spectators as well. Topics covered on Friday night:

  • Building a relationship with your horse through Care, Communication and Consistency
  • Join-up for Respectful Catching
  • Predator/Prey Relationship
  • How this type of training relates to the horse's natural instincts by explaining herd dynamics and leadership, especially in the wild horse herd
  • Discussion of tack and bits
  • The tie knot
  • Demonstration with Sunny showing:

    - Respectful Catching
    - Achieving Proper Head Position for Bridling
    - Respectful Haltering
    - Respectful Leading
    - Saddling and Bridling Tips

"Six Keys to Harmony"

Easy to understand techniques for establishing respect and trust with your horse and achieving light responses from your horse on the ground and mounted. Click here to read more about his videos of the topic.

Saturday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Saturday you'll be teaching your horse the "Six Keys to Harmony", easy to understand techniques for establishing respect and trust with your horse and achieving light responses from your horse on the ground and mounted and begin "despooking" your horse with "scary" items. All this is designed to build his confidence in you as a worthy leader and to help him be calmer, smarter, braver and more polite. You'll enter the arena with your horse on halter and lead rope unsaddled. During the day you'll be teaching your horse the "Six Keys". In the afternoon you'll be introducing your horse to "Developing the Fearless Horse - Techniques to Build Calm and Confidence into your horse".

The Cost

Rider/Participants at $175.
This is a much discounted rate to our customers.
Minimum six, maximum twelve participants.
Participants are required to attend the Friday evening session.
Spectators may attend on Saturday for $20.
Friday night free for spectators.

Stabling:
We will have a limited number of stalls available @ $25 per night.

What to Bring:

Required: Negative Coggins for participating horses.

Lunch and beverages will be provided by Bits & Bytes Farm.

Spectators please let us know you are coming so that we can provide lunch and beverages for you as well.

Bring a lawn chair, note pad and pen, all horse tack for participants.

No dogs or alcoholic beverages please.

Ed's Background from his Web site

Just to let you know a little of my background, I grew up on my Dad's horse farm where we raised and trained our own horses, taught riding lessons and boarded horses for other owners. My dad always had a gentle, natural way around horses and treated them well. He taught me, at an early age, how to ride with lightness and how to have the proper relationship of respect, trust and leadership with my horse.

As a teenager my brother and I spent countless hours on our horses exploring the countryside looking for challenging terrain for our horses. In high school and college I began traveling the rodeo circuit competing in bull riding until I got enough sense knocked into me to quit that crazy sport!

Throughout my adult life I've been blessed to have had a variety of experiences with riding and training horses. I have participated in Civil War reenactments with a cavalry company traveling around the country to put on battle reenactments and living history demonstrations. With horses I trained for movie work, I was cast in mounted action roles in seven motion pictures.

I operated a horseback vacation business taking guests on week long riding and camping trips in the Wyoming Rocky Mountains near Yellowstone. While living in Wyoming I had numerous opportunities to observe wild horses on the open plains. This gave me a much deeper understanding of their well developed social structure, instincts and communication.

I trained horses for several large ranches in Wyoming. On these ranches I had occasion to work with range raised colts, wild horses and problem horses. I did quite a bit of imprint training on new-born foals and weanling training. All my training was done with gentle communication and respect for the horse. My training techniques were somewhat unorthodox in the land of the "rough and tumble, old cowboy ways". Over time the results of my training techniques were evident in more dependable, calmer, smarter and braver horses.

In the spring of 2001 I moved to Georgia to escape the brutal Wyoming winters. In August of 2002, I purchased the business from my employer and now operate as "ED DABNEY Gentle Horsemanship".

Since moving to Georgia I have enjoyed helping many horses and owners have a more safe and pleasant life together by establishing a relationship of mutual respect and trust through the use of gentle communication. I was honored to have been selected to teach the Horse Training course at the University of Georgia for the spring 2003 semester.

Twenty years ago I made a decision to trust in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. Since then I have committed my life, my family and my business to His glory. God’s word has given me hope, guidance, and peace in my life.

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not unto your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path." Proverbs 3:5-6

-Ed Dabney

 

It should be a fun and enlightening weekend. We have found many of the natural horsemanship techniques useful in retraining our off-the-track Thoroughbreds.

Here are some links to Ed Dabney's Web site to give you a better understanding of him and the clinic.

http://www.eddabney.com/index.htm
http://www.eddabney.com/philosophy.htm
http://www.eddabney.com/experience.htm
http://www.eddabney.com/moviemakers_buffs.htm
http://www.eddabney.com/moviepics.htm
http://www.eddabney.com/psychotherapy.htm
http://www.eddabney.com/articles.htm

We look forward to seeing lots of our friends and making new ones too!

--Elizabeth & Barry owners of Bits & Bytes Farm.


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