About

Hello and welcome. My name is Kathryn Barrett. Also known as Katie. I started my horse training business, Centaur Horse Training, summer 2009. I have decide to turn this blog into a chronicle of my horse Picasso’s rehabilitation!

At Centaur Horse Training, I offer training service that include starting young horses, gentling mustangs, and rehabilitating horses with problems. My philosophy is that the horse has a choice. It is not about dominance and it is not about winning or losing. It is simply about choice. We have to prove to the horse that we are worthy leaders. At that point, the horse will choose to give us the role of leader. From then on, little training is needed for non-specialized movements. The horse will accept our leadership and our requests. It is our job to be judicious leaders and not abuse the trust and love our equine friends lay in our hands.

For lack of a better term, I practice natural horsemanship. Natural horsemanship can have some bad connotations depending on who you’ve met. SO I use the term for lack of a better one….

Now I identify myself with certain trainers and not others. I have the utmost respect for trainers who use natural methods. But I choose follow trainers like Carolyn Resnick, Robin Gates, Klaus Ferdinand Hempfling, Paul Dufresne, and Chris Irwin. I believe these trainers have taken horse training to a new level where the horse’s natural behavior in a herd is used the way horses actually use it. The health and happiness of the horse is paramount.

Rowdy the mustang allowing first contact

I had the privilege to adopt and gentle a mustang, the horse above. Rowdy was like no other horse and taught me a lot about true leadership. I owe him a lot. He was a true lead horse and taught me a lot about how to be a good leader, specifically how to EARN it.

Today I only have one horse, my gelding Picasso. I bought Picasso as a yearling. He is now 6 yrs old. He is a dream horse and my pride and joy.

Picasso being cheeky

Picasso is a cheeky boy who would prefer to be the leader and decision maker. I have to remain vigilant in order to maintain my leadership. And sometimes I lose it…. so I need to reacquire it. (sigh)

Please enjoy my stories and share yours.

Thank you for visiting,

Katie

2 responses

18 01 2009
Stina

beautiful pictures, good text,
I am in the caribbean so a bit far from you.

All the best to your new horse programs

1 03 2010
onehorsefarms

I love that lower picture of Picasso, such a fun unusual camera angle!

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