Jim McDonald Horsemanship

Jim McDonald Horsemanship

5.0 (7)
2 hires on Lessons.com
23 years in business

About this pro

 I am a horseman and I enjoy teaching horsemanship which includes riding.  My approach is for the rider to understand the nature of the horse and consequently how present cues to the horse in a way that the horse will understand. I am a CHA Master instructor and an AQHA professional horseman. You can learn more about my approach by visiting www.JimMcDonaldHorsemanship.com and Liking My Facebook page Jim McDonald Horsemanship

Teaching people how to have empathy for the horse and how to get along wih the horse to make the horse experience safer and beter for horse and human.

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Hydes, MD 21082
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  • Tara Hayes

    I wouldn't take lessons with anyone other than Jim at Jim McDonald Horsemanship. He has a way with horses and people that allows the rider to learn how to build a relationship with the horse in addition to learning the athletic skills that come with horseback riding lessons. This includes teaching riders how to effectively communicate with their horses to make the entire riding experience a lot more enjoyable for the rider and the horse! I feel like the horse and I are on the same team during my lessons because of this communication, which makes me feel much safer while in the saddle.

  • Sara Macek

    Jim is very kind and patient! He has shown me how to connect with my horse in ways I could never imagine. I feel much more confident about the process of training and caring for my horse. I am a new horse owner and Jim’s knowledge of horse behavior and body language has helped me relate to my horse and form a lifetime bond. Thank you Jim!!

  • Cindy Edwards

    We're so grateful for the wisdom and effectiveness of Jims teachings! My daughter has been learning from him for a year now. She was a already a skillful rider when she arrived (even at 10 years old) but her riding has been elevated greatly and in ways that are valuable even off of the horse. Jim has taught her how to be in partnership and communication with the horse and to see the world thru equine eyes. He has taught her to lead in cooperation and positive relationship instead of trying to control with fear and intimidation. Witnessing the shift has been profound and she loves riding even more than she already did. I came to Jim as more of a beginner and am feeling more confident and comfortable than I ever have in the saddle. Jim's gentle and skillful way of teaching creates an environment in the arena where horse and rider feel safe and in the hands of a wise, experienced teacher and worthy leader. I highly recommend Jim for riders of all levels and also for those who want to understand or bond more deeply with their own horse. He is truly a gem!

  • Nicole Small

    I honestly was at a loss with my mare. After just 15 minutes of Jim working with her I had a whole new horse ! Super happy with her and the way he handled her and all the information we gathered from today’s session !

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

At the first lesson we meet a horse and I start with how to approach the horse and halter the horse to bring them in for the first lesson.  We groom the horse, saddle and bridle the horse while explaining every step of the way, the why and how of each step to make it a quality experience for the horse and human. Then we begin the process of learning to ride.

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

I am a CHA Master instructor  with 50 years of experience with horses. I am also an AQHA professional horseman. 

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