Horse Sense Education & Advocacy

Horse Sense Education & Advocacy

5.0 (2)
5 employees

About this pro

By breaking down each goal to the fundamentals you help the horse to understand what it is being asked of him. We find where miscommunication is stemming from and build from there. The program focuses on how to support your horse by building a frame of mind where the horse is focused on you and on the task you need to complete. I help you build a good work ethic with your horse. Through clear communication your horse will be able to carry himself physically, mentally and emotionally thereby creating a magical harmony between the two of you… when you listen to him he’ll listen to you.

I dedicate my life to helping people find Joy with their horses!

" I was always willing to listen to what my horse was trying to convey.  This means that the horse has a say on how they feel about what is taking place between us in any given moment. I never thought riding was about controlling an animal, but with an animal. Riding for me was always about figuring out how to communicate so the horse understood what I was asking. When my horse eagerly or willing complied with my asking, that's when I’d have a GREAT riding day."

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Felton, CA 95018
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  • JZ Martin

    My family has had the privilege of working with Kristin and being a part of the Horse Sense family for the past 5+ years. Her program has enriched the lives of my family members and many others. Her knowledge and passion for what she does instills confidence, skill, and thorough understanding of basic to advanced horsemanship. I highly recommend Kristin and Horse Sense to anyone interested in learning about and working with our Equine partners!

  • Brenda

    Learned the importance of, and how to connect with my horse. Kristin helped me to become a better rider and horse owner.


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Let’s have some fun! No matter what your discipline, English, Western, Gymkhana, Pony Club, Vaulting, or Trail Riding you can expect
to learn and grow in your horsemanship.

Our horses are our Teachers.
Sessions are inspired by the horses, who are honest and reflect what needs to be taught. Our students can expect to learn how to catch,halter, groom, saddle and ride our horses in many different settings. You will have the unique opportunity to understand how
different breeds feel on the ground and under saddle, and how anatomy relates to physical movement. All levels of experience and ages have something important to learn.

Lessons are taught in our lovely wooded parks, trails and local arenas.



What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Kristin taught horseback riding and Managed Stallions while attending U.C. Davis and is currently lucky enough to pass on her knowledge to her equally horse crazy teenage daughter Katelyn.

Kristin has been in the horse industry throughout all the changes of theory and styles. She endeavers to stay informed with current industry theories. Her style of working with the animals has the decided focus of understanding the animal and working with the basic concept of ‘walk a mile in the other’s shoe.

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How did you get started teaching?

Kristin Praly has over 20 years of experience with horses. Growing up in Saratoga, California, she was fortunate enough to spend all her free time at the many local Stables. By the age of 12 Kristin mucked many a stall to raise enough money to pay for half her first horse. A Morgan Quarter horse mare was the first horse the family looked at. “We drove to a horse trader in Morgan Hill. It was winter and she was the prettiest in the line-up.  I remember hoping she was the one for sale. Turns out the first thing that pretty horse did was bite me." Lesson number one: "Do not judge a horse by its color!” Kristin didn’t say a word about being bitten, hopped on and went for a fun ride. You guessed it,  her dad bought the horse. Kristin named the nameless horse Pepper for her personality.  As it turns out, this mare wouldn't allow anyone else to touch her without Kristin present.  "I find that I like to listen to what's being presented to me by the horse. I have since learned that many people cannot connect with horses on the same level I have always just assumed was natural."  I want to help them feel how amazing working with a horse can feel.

What types of students have you worked with?

All types: Youngsters, young adults to young at heart!

I want people to smile when they are around their horse, not feel stressed or depressed. I want to help them to understand that they can do right by their horse and show them how to accomplish the connection.


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Cattle sorting is so fun! This event is when you simply guide cute cattle around. Gymkhanna (games on horseback) trail riding, and obstacle challenges are where is my heart is.. fun, fun FUN!


What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Find a teacher who teaches from the horse's point of view.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

What are your goals?

More imporntantly realize you're here for the horse, not the other way around. When you truly connect you will have an amazing experience.  

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