|Natalie and Prince
It was brilliant morning and I was nervous and excited to finally
work with my horse Prince at a Clinic with Carlos.
It is Prince's first week with Carlos and now I am in training
too. I have had Prince for over 4 1/2 years and had never properly
ridden him, I was too nervous and he was too flighty for me.
Prince was a birthday present and the first horse I have ever
owned. He was used as a school horse and, needless to say, had
been traditionally 'broken' in and worked with both a bit and
a whip. Prince had become "brain dead" and tuned out
while working in the school, frustrated and annoyed with riders
pulling and whipping him.
That has all changed now. I'm going back to basics with Prince
and we're both learninhg from each other.
I had no confidence in my ability with him, I was told that I
was better under a horse than on one. That had crushed my confidence
and my spirit. I believed it until I came to Carlos. I told him
what had been said to me and he said "that is the best compliment
anyone could give you", I was puzzled, but Carlos explained
and said if you can't get it right on the ground you will not
get it right in the saddle.
For me, riding Prince is a major achievement because it was an
indication that Prince was learning to trust me and I to trust
him. It was the most thrilling emotion I have had in a long time,
I still can't believe I actually hopped on and rode him. I had
always feared him.
We are both learning to communicate to each other. We still have
a fair way to go but it is progress that will be built on trust,
respect and good clear, consistent communication with each other.
I can't change Prince's past but I can make his future a bright
and a loving environment built on trust and respect. For that
Carlos thank you, you have a beautiful soul that communicates
through horses to humans a gift that is priceless!
Thank you for giving us the skills and tools to teach and heal
each other from our past.
Nathalie and Prince
|Monika and Miora
I had horses for the last 9 years and had this dream:
I wanted my young mares trained in a way that would create understanding
and communication between us and not be based on fear or pain.
For me this also meant that they would never have shoes on their
feet or a bit in their mouth.
I finally came across Carlos's website and gave him a ring. "Will
you start horses without a bit?" I asked him. I very much
liked what I was hearing: "I prefer to start horses without
Well, this was the beginning of some wonderful experiences my
horses and I had from then on.
There was one other problem I was facing: I couldn't ride. Coming
from Germany it is a very expensive sport not a lot of people
Not only did Carlos train my horses but over the last year he
has and still is teaching me how to ride in this understanding
way I was looking for.
I am almost 50 and was petrified of falling off, or the horse
running through a fence with me, or whatever fear my mind would
come up with. Over the last year, step by step, Carlos has built
up my confidence.
I would have never believed that now I am riding all my horses
on a halter and feel absolutely safe. I still have a lot
to learn but the riding lessons are an absolute pleasure and a
lot of fun. I can enjoy the journey of learning to ride instead
of just focusing on the outcome and forgetting to enjoy the moment.
I love to come to the clinics. They are such a good way of learning
and having fun in a safe environment.
Carlos has fulfilled a dream I always thought would never happen:
He has trained my horses with understanding and is helping me
to get a relationship based on good communication between me and
Thank you sooo much. Not just from me, but from all of my horses
you have either started or retrained, they just love coming to
Monika and Larry, Oracle, Missy, Moira and Denis (all my beautiful