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.
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!
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 !
I have been working with Jim for about 7 months now. I am brand new to horses and a rather timid rider. Working with Jim has increased my confidence as a horsewoman, rider and person. He is extremely knowledgeable, compassionate and patient! I have learned so much about the way the horse's mind works. He is helping me to strengthen my relationship with my mare and establish a mutual trust. There was a time when I wasn't able to do anything with my horse without Jim around. Now I am able to groom her, tack her up, go through my groundwork, mount up, and ride ALL BY MYSELF! One of the most important things that Jim has taught me is that learning to be a horsewoman is a journey; there will be ups and downs...but if you put your heart and soul into it, you will develop a bond with your horse that lasts forever. I still have a LOT to learn, but I am giving myself the gift of time. I am so happy to have Jim in my life, as my instructor and new friend. If you get a chance to take a lesson with him, you won't regret it...it might even change your life.
Absolutely the best. Knowledgeable, perceptive, great communicator who can analyze a myriad of challenging situations and devise creative approaches to solving them. And all of this with patience and a sense of humor.
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.
I am a CHA Master instructor with 50 years of experience with horses. I am also an AQHA professional horseman.