“To all at Pine Knoll Farm: Thank you for a wonderful, informative, inspiring, and fun weekend. Working on the simulator reminded us that small adjustments can lead to big changes. My horses will appreciate the difference in the subtlety of my riding. Thank you for putting together such a wonderful program and giving us the opportunity to participate in your vision for the future.”
March 2011 Clinic
"I had the best horse week EVER! This was the most comprehensive “Spa Like” experience any horse and rider could have. Final result we were working together not against each other."
"I recently attended the Pine Knoll Center for
Integrated Horsemanship because I had heard of their unique program and I
wanted to learn more about the impact and perspective Pine Knoll could give me
and my equine companion a greater and deeper connection. The experience after
coming back home and riding my Friesian in Dressage was perceptibly improved.
Impressively, and logically after they explained it, riding doesn't start at
the time one gets up on the mounting block. It starts with body discipline exercises
both mentally and physically.
I then had a unique experience to move on site to a mount
called Harmony The 4HFSchoolMaster. This mechanism was so close to the real
thing (as I learned coming back home to ride my own horse) that my ride was
smoother, better balanced and harmonious. Having the opportunity to have
professionals scrutinize every detail of my riding balance and aid use gave me
a real perspective of what I wasn't doing to help my balanced riding. I came
from the exercise with muscle soreness and recalled muscle memory which showed
me where I was not taking advantage of correct form. My riding and my equine
partner connection is stronger.
I intend to go back for more of the same care and
attention from the staff at Pine Knoll next month, and I live on the border of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. I went in
with an open mind, and had my expectations exceeded.
Thanks to all of the professionals who take this integrated approach so seriously. It is real.”
-David MarraSpring, 2012
An excerpt from an article called "I'm OK, You're OK" by Sue Clark, about her experience with one of our horses, named OK:
"Have you ever experienced a time in your life when everything
came into place as though it were a beautiful gift which transcended from
heaven? It was like that for me the day
I rode a horse named, “OK” in the Tom Poulin clinic at Pine Knoll Farm.
Read the full article here.
"The scores at Regional Championships were as good as or better than they had been all year. The freestyle scores were significantly better (Gravitas' was 7+% points higher than anything he had earned previously). And we earned 1 Champion, 2 Reserve Champions, and a 5th out of 5 rides in championship classes. In our book, it was an huge success. Even if Mr. Poulin didn't make drastic changes, he made the right ones, and he gave me a big boost of confidence. This confidence, and the peace and blessings of the entire week made for an absolutely amazing weekend of competition."
Read the full account of her weekend.