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    mare Honey that had a difficult beginning under another trainer She will be the first rider on the rest of my youngsters now and in the future The correct beginning is priceless Thank you Sonja Nancy Kiester Albionlane Sport Horses

    Original URL path: http://madronehillranch.com/testimonial/nancy.html (2016-04-29)
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    massage appointments and arnica for herself during Tess stay at Madrone Hill Ranch Sonja stays well informed and studies different disciplines methods and the work of many clinicians I believe this is what truly sets her apart from other trainers and teachers There s no one size fits all does all fool proof method that works every time and she knows this She draws on the wealth of knowledge she has amassed by her studies and will get the horse where it needs to be using the training method or style that best suits the horse She can design a tailor made program for any horse or rider or discipline She will get you and your horse where you want need to be as long as the human is willing Sonja knew my intentions were to become an endurance rider so she designed a training regimen that included teaching Tess to take the training from the arena and apply it on the trail NOT an easy task especially on the down hills Tess would RUSH down hill yelling yippeeee and snaking her neck to boot Well if she could yell that s what she would have been yelling Once she got Tess moving down hill nicely she took me out and gave me a lesson on trail so I could learn how to use my seat to ask Tess to go down the hill in a focused manner It was very helpful to have trail lessons on Tess Scroll on right to continue Mixed in all the wonderful training she put on Tess was the training she put on me She taught me how to work with Tess on the ground to teach her to be more polite How to get a syringe in her mouth Very handy at worming time and administering electrolytes at endurance rides She taught Tess how to keep her head down when I put the bridle on Tess was like a giraffe for me when the bridle came out For a 14 3 hh horse she could still get her head just out of the reach of my hands I m 5 5 with normal length arms despite Tess effort to lengthen them before we met Sonja She taught me how to make Tess stand still when I put the saddle on OMG when I think of what the two of us must have looked like tacking up for a ride What my poor friends had to witness Thanks to Sonja I still have most of them Then there s the matter of the best way to keep a clean well organized EVERYTHING Art and Sonja are masters I think they should run a side business on barn management and organization Or at least write a handbook Their ranch is the best well organized clean neat ranch I ve ever seen They pass these skills onto every student and client If you want to learn a strong solid foundation of caring for tack head to

    Original URL path: http://madronehillranch.com/testimonial/patricia.html (2016-04-29)
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    DVD because she wanted your and Art s opinion about me When she purchased me thanks to you my first trailer ride was to your place You taught her about saddle fit and what type of saddle would keep her legs under her You showed her how to communicate with me gently but firmly my favorite way of being talked to Art gave her tips on endurance riding and she ate that up like grain in a bucket She liked that you had very high standards of care with your own horses your tack and your facilities She said this was VERY important for a teacher to have the highest standards This is especially true when teaching young students Perhaps if she had gone to you when she was younger and more impressionable she would be cleaning my bit after every use but sigh she thinks I am getting a TREAT when I have 5 day old crusted hay that is stuck on the bit But she does think of you when she is putting it in my mouth Since our first meeting Stacy and I have done many endurance rides together including four 75 mile rides I certainly would

    Original URL path: http://madronehillranch.com/testimonial/stacy.html (2016-04-29)
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    During a vet visit I mentioned I was looking for a trainer and the vet recommended Sonja at Madrone Hill Ranch That turned out to be the best thing that could have happened for me and Ranger Sonja through gentle and consistent training has transformed Ranger into a dressage pony extraordinaire The excellent training I have received from Sonja has also improved my riding skills and made me a much

    Original URL path: http://madronehillranch.com/testimonial/verona.html (2016-04-29)
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    respect with a gentle reasonable hand never demanding more than the horse has been prepared to give She sets attainable goals and rewards each positive step toward those goals with voice and hand Sonja has worked with two of my horses most recently she counseled a young sweet natured previously un ridden mare who exhibited the most psychotic reaction I ve ever seen to being touched around her poll The vet has said it s probable that this little mare was eared down so severely that she can t let go of the pain memory Via Sonja s methods she now will drop her head wrap her neck around you in a hug and accept the headstall etc Occasionally she ll have a flashback moment but the little mare is 99 beyond where she was She is now going nicely in the arena and on trails Sonja reads the animals put in her care well and looks to the horse itself for what it is capable of doing or over coming Her admiration of and respect for the horse and the amazing animal that it is becomes evident in her communication with them The icing on the cake is Art

    Original URL path: http://madronehillranch.com/testimonial/witcher.html (2016-04-29)
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    horse friends Knowing of the bond that dressage riders form with their horses I couldn t imagine that anyone would share their horses with me and I was not in a position to carry the full responsibility of horseownership again So I told myself that unless an extraordinary situation came along my riding days were over In March of 2008 a friend showed me an advertisement for Sonja Biada s Madrone Hill Ranch which was looking for dressage riders to lease horses That night I spoke with Sonja on the phone and we agreed to meet the next morning The next day Sonja had me ride 3 of her horses an Arabian named Lad a young Thoroughbred named Rocky and a 17 2 hand Warmblood named Wenmar Each horse was well trained responsive and happy not to mention beautiful I could not believe my luck Over the next few weeks Sonja had me ride both Rocky and Wenmar until it was obvious that Wenmar was the one Sonja has helped us get to know each other through lessons and has encouraged me to take Wenmar to local clinics and horseshows At age 51 I feel like a kid again Besides

    Original URL path: http://madronehillranch.com/testimonial/doreen.html (2016-04-29)
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