The Fundamental Horse is a traveling horse trainer offering hands-on lessons for all ages and experience levels. I offer evening lessons during the week as well as several weekend lessons. I specialize in starting or re-starting horses and helping owners overcome their horses behavioral problems. I teach everything from basic ground work to beginning hunter/jumper riding lessons. I travel to Bozeman and surrounding areas.
Amanda brings a refreshing approach to the training of people and horses alike. With nearly 20 years of experience riding, showing, and training horses she knows what horse owners are looking for and how to achieve the desired results. Amanda uses a hybrid of natural horsemanship along with classical hunter/jumper and basic dressage training to safely and effectively instruct both the horse and handler. When you train with Amanda not only does your horse receive instruction, but you also learn how to continue your horses’ knowledge and become a more effective partner for your horse. This method creates strong lasting bonds between horse and rider which is the foundation behind Amanda’s training methods. She focuses on the relationship between horse and human and creates a lasting bond filled with trust and respect, never fear.
Amanda got her start in riding at an early age when she joined a hunter/jumper barn in Southern California as a small child. It was there that she learned the finer points of training a hunter by working with both off the track thoroughbreds as well as her own green pony. Amanda’s education continued when she began working with saddlebreds and Frisian horses with Lance Bennet (Co-owner of Frisian Focus), giving her the unique experience to learn cart driving and saddleseat equitation riding. When Amanda began high school she shifted her focus from showing to training and began working at a breeding and rehabilitation barn. It was here that she discovered natural horsemanship by learning about Clinton Anderson and his methods. She began training young horses from their early foal days through to being sellable weanlings. She also had the opportunity to work with several horses in various stages of rehabilitation and re-training due to bad behavior. It was here that she found her calling in helping horses overcome the emotional and mental baggage they often carried from past experiences or poor foundations.
After high school Amanda moved to Dillon, Montana to study Natural Horsemanship at the University of Montana Western. She completed several degrees including a BS in Natural Horsemanship, a BS in Business, and an AAS in Equine Sciences. The Natural Horsemanship program consisted of four years of rigorous hands on learning where Amanda studied the methods of Pat Parelli, Tom and Bill Dorrance, Ray Hunt, and Buck Brannaman. She also began teaching English riding lessons to children in the 4-h program and discovered her love for teaching both horse and rider.
After college Amanda moved to Bozeman where she has resided since 2014. She has spent much of her free time learning more about basic classical dressage training and helping horses learn to use their bodies. She is now ready to start taking on new clients in the Bozeman area. Amanda specializes in helping riders build relationships with their horses, helping horses overcome fear based behavioral problems, aggression, disrespect both on the ground and in the saddle, and the starting of young or untouched horses. She is a patient teacher who takes the time needed for both horse and handler to be confident in the exercises before moving on. If you are looking for quick fix where you don’t have to do any work, Amanda is not the trainer for you. However, if you are seeking a stronger bond with your horse and would like to either start your foundation training or need to solve behavioral problems please contact The Fundamental Horse today to inquirer about current openings.