Natural Horsemanship Clinics with Tim Hayes

Natural horsemanship clinician & author, Tim Hayes teaching at The Center For America's First Horse in Johnson, Vermont. Photographed and video created by Mary Anne Machis.

Natural horsemanship teaches us how to:

  • Develop a great relationship

  • Communicate without force

  • Know your horses state of mind

  • Problem solving & groundwork

  • Become your horses leader

  • For beginners to advanced

  • For English and Western

  • For all disciplines

Tim’s program for all clinics at your location include:

Principles of Natural Horsemanship

  • How to communicate in their language

  • Transferring natural communication from the ground to riding

  • Building confidence and problem solving on the ground

  • Gentleness vs. Firmness- which one, how much and when?

  • How humans read horses, how horses read humans

  • Domination vs. Intimidation

  • Force, the horses enemy

  • Tools and Phases

  • The round pen


  • The only technique that needs to be perfect 100% of the time

  • Horseplay and groundwork that establishes love, trust and respect

  • Getting hurt from gentle horses

  • Loving humans and loving horses-the right and wrong way for both

Natural Riding Skills

  • Focus, Feel, Timing and Balance

  • Natural saddling skills

  • How to execute an emergency stop

  • The natural principals and methods of Go/Whoa/Turn/Back

  • A program for the future

Herd Dynamics

  • Pecking Order

  • Leadership

  • Horse time vs. human time

  • Horse fear vs. human fear

  • Desensitization

  • Advance and retreat

Attitude Awareness

  • Anger, Assertiveness, Frustration, Patience, Acceptance, Dominance

  • Five super human senses of horses

  • Petting places

  • Vulnerable places

  • Blind spots

  • The four reasons a horse says NO

  • The two mental lists horses make and never forget

  • Right brain vs. Left brain

  • Adrenaline vs. Endorphins

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Tim’s Clinics are available in all 50 United States, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Mexico.

Tim teaches and is regularly available in: New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.

Hosting a Clinic


To host a Clinic please contact Tim Hayes at 917-816-4662 or

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