Hi, my name is Marcia Pelon. Thank you for visiting my website. My passion for horsemanship began 17 years ago after attending many riding lessons that never seemed to get at the heart of what I needed to know. Back then I didn't even know enough to ask the right questions. The lessons placed a lot of focus on me, the rider, but very little attention on the braced and frightened horse underneath me. As I started to study the teaching of some of the top horse trainers in the country, I knew very quickly that their approach to riding offered the answers I was searching for. It changed my whole perspective. Effective horsemanship is the other side of the coin. It concentrates on relationship. Building a relationship with these amazing animals means that you stop being just a passenger and start communicating . My horses were thanking me every day. I started journaling the information so I wouldn't forget anything and eventually had it published into two books.
Riding lessons that focus only on the rider's balance, rhythm, and equitation while the horse is distracted, stiff, or lethargic, don't really accomplish much. Balance and rhythm are difficult to achieve on a braced horse that's not responding correctly to your cues. A braced horse is a horse that is not relaxed. A horse's defense when confused, is to tighten their muscles and to just grin and bear it. No connection will be achieved. It wasn't long after watching and listening to various trainers that I realized they had a common thread. That common thread was softness. Softness means that the horse remains relaxed in mind and body. Through their teaching I also learned that regardless of my choice in riding discipline or the amount of training on my horse, a breakdown in communication would still exist if I couldn't maintain softness. One of John Lyon's famous quotes goes something like this "A horse will sink to the rider's level of knowledge in about three minutes". I knew from personal experience that he was right.