|Event Types||Mounted Shooting & Obstacle Challenges|
|Willing to Travel?||Yes|
|Willing to Train Outside Horses for ETHA Events?||Yes|
Eric Anderson has been a trainer in mounted shooting, obstacles, horsemanship and mounted police tactics for over 22 years. We are so pleased to have him on our team as a certified ETHA approved trainer and official ambassador of Extreme Trail Horse Association.
“ Our Approach:
“We value many of the basic horsemanship techniques that are often overlooked for a mounted shooting or obstacle horses. To be proficient a horse must first be “broke” and able to be ridden safely. We believe in the statement, “you can tell a lot about a rider by the way his/her horse acts”. Horsemanship first! That’s what we believe in. When you are riding with your horse, there’s better communication between you. Whether in the mounted shooting arena, out on an obstacle course, or even on a trail ride. Good horse/rider communication is important, not only for safety but also for a solid trusting relationship.
Obstacle training is done to build confidence and assist in a more trusting relationship between horse and rider. We will show you how to properly introduce your horse to scary objects. How to build your horse’s confidence and reward for bravery. How to keep him/her under control when they spook. Your horse needs to know that, at times, you are willing to leave with them, so he/she doesn’t decide to leave without you. You will be shown how to turn their leaving into staying and overcoming scary objects. You will be able to show your horse that you do recognize danger, and to trust your judgment in the matter. You want your horse to know that you will never ask him or her to do something that will put them in any danger. Then you know, you and your horse have a partnership of trust.
We realize not everybody wants to set up an obstacle course in their back yard. We also understand not everybody wants to maintain an arena, a round pen, or a dressage arena. So in 2009 we decided to do just that, giving you a place where you and your horse can come and get better acquainted. By 2010 our love for the sport of mounted shooting began to take the front seat in our training facility. As our training evolved several of the horsemanship techniques we learned while training as mounted police officers and obstacles trainers were incorporated in our mounted shooting classes giving a more well-rounded equestrian experience to all of our fellow horsemen and women. We currently host a mounted shooting practice once a month as well as private training and group sessions as well on an as requested basis.”
As an Extreme Ambassador and Certified Trainer, Eric brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to ETHA in many areas of horsemanship. He will be travelling across North America to certify and teach other Trainers as well as holding clinics to instill confidence to our members and their horses. We are so happy to have him on board with us!
For more information about Eric please visit his site at: www.xtremeshorsemanship.com or visit his Facebook page @xtremehorsemanship