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 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 classical hunter/jumper and basic dressage training along with natural horsemanship 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, Amada 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 inquire about current openings.

Individual Lessons

$45/ Lesson

Avg. lesson 2-2.5 hours

$45 due at the time of each lesson

6 Lesson Package

$40/ Lesson

Must be used within 6 weeks

$120 due upfront, $20 due at each lesson

12 Lesson Package

$35/ Lesson

Must be used within 12 weeks

$180 due upfront, $20 due at each lesson

24 Lesson Package

$30/ Lesson

Must be used during 2017

$240 due upfront, $20 due at each lesson



Typical Training Session

A typical lesson lasts two to two and half hours. It starts with a discussion, usually while the handler and I walk to wherever the horse is kept. The discussion centers around what has been going well since the last lesson. I like to start with what’s going well because in the end that’s...

Being Boss Mare

One of the hardest lessons when training horses is learning to be the boss mare. The boss mare is the leader of the band. She is who the other horses look to for direction and what she says goes. Occasionally others will test her, but ultimately they know exactly who is in charge. She...

When is it too cold?

Here in the northwest one thing we deal with a lot is the cold. And for most of us that means our horses are out in the cold as well. So when is it too cold to work your horse? In Montana we tend to tough it out and use grit to make it...


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