Ride well in 4 days is possible

posted Jun 23, 2012, 7:37 AM by Mary Dixon

Mary and Rich,

These past 4 days have been so much more than an adventure - most 60 year olds don't dream of flying across fields and forests on horseback. I have lived my dream after not riding in 40 years.

It is still just as real now as then. Lucky for me my two children had the willingness to come with me. They truly learned to ride and ride well in just 4 days.

This has been a life changing experience for me. To all the skeptics you care to share this with: yes, Mary and Rich can teach you to ride in just 4 days.

And...a whole lot more about yourself, where you are, and where you want to go.

With love and respect
Jim C.

Best vacation of my life

posted Jun 23, 2012, 7:36 AM by Mary Dixon

Dear Mary and Rich,

My four days at AHR were amazing! By far the best vacation of my life!

Your knowledge and understanding of horses is second to none. Each and every day was great fun from morning to evening. I never dreamed I would have such confidence on a horse.

What a great thrill galloping up and down the never ending trails. Jumping the fallen trees at a flat out full canter.

Thanks Rich for going back to pick up my hat! I felt like a true cowgirl. I don't think I'll be able to wait until April you may see me this fall! Give the all the horses a big hug for me.

I smile everytime I think about the day they all laid down once Woody and Tiffany left the herd.

Much love,


posted Jun 23, 2012, 7:35 AM by Mary Dixon

Thanks for providing us with an unforgettable vacation. The leadership training, understanding of natural horsemanship, horses and humans will stick with us forever.

That was just the beginning. We will never be able to explain in depth for other to comprehend what we experienced.

It is one of those things hyou need to go through on your own and once you have you go " AHH, now I understand what they meant."

It is a lot like Love you can talk about it but to be in Love is totally different. This was like falling in love.

You took us to places that we know nobody else ever would. We appreciate your trust in us with your horses and your belief in us that we could do it.

Climbing mountains, going up hill, down hill, through streams, running through the pond, walking, trotting, cantering, bush whacking and on and on and on.
Regards, Tom and Helen
Rich instills confidence in you the way he explains things and double checks everything. From the fit of the stirrups, saddle, and how it all lines up on the horse without you on the horse and then again when you are on the horse.

When he told me to follow what he did, I knew the horse could do it and I would follow through.

My confidence grew day by day. On day four on the morning when Rich told Helen and I to go to the upper and lower trail separately, I was anxious and a little nervous but not scared.

Just me and Pozo singing songs. That is what a vacation should be, fun, enjoyable, relaxing and memorable.
Mary, Thank you from the bottom of my heart for helpingme to fulfill a lifetime dream from when I was a little girl. I am blessed to have a husand who loves me and did this for me.

The greatest git was to see Tom smile and truly enjoy himnself and to watch this vacation unfold to be for both ofus. The sstoires that you shared made us laugh, however, Tom had you both beat on make me laugh until I cried, aka duct tape. We have included a picture of "Tom's essential horseback riding gear."

Rich, Thank you for finding my camera, retrieving my hat twice, finding Tom's glasses and for the additional trick riding for our enjoyment. Wow, who would have ever guessed that I no headaches!!

We can't wait till we can come again. Tom thinks he will be ready for Zippy next year so get him ready.

Regards, Helen

BEST horses in the world

posted Jun 23, 2012, 7:34 AM by Mary Dixon

Thank you so much  for providing the BEST, most willing horses in the world, especially Pozo and Dakota.
I will never, ever forget my fews days here from Australia. Much love,Julie

so much trust and confidence in just 4 days

posted Jun 23, 2012, 7:33 AM by Mary Dixon

Dear Mary and Rich,

I would like to take a few moments and thank you both for all you have done. You are both just two wonderful people. You both are very good at what you do. I never thought one person could gain
so much trust and confidence in just 4 days. And, most of all, I cannot thank you enough for building my wife's confidence back up after her big crash just 4 weeks before coming here.
Scott & Edie

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