What is Compassionate Equitation?


Compassionate Equitation is a heart-centered, science-backed program for everyone who rides and handles horses. The 25 Principles educate and support the equestrian in their desire to create a safe, healthy, non-stressful and pain-free environment for horses, while encouraging approaches to training and handling based on compassion and a willingness to alleviate suffering not only for their horses and themselves, but for the benefit of all.

The Compassionate Equestrian is derived from over 60 years of cumulative experience between the trainer and veterinarian. We have come to realize many horses are in a prolonged state of suffering, and the root cause of that suffering, whether physical pain or mental distress, may be directly or indirectly related to approaches to riding and training. It is possible these conditions might develop anywhere along the entire chain of human handling from birth and early imprinting to various stages of the horse's education. 

By developing compassion and applying the Principles of Compassionate Equitation to their own lives the horse-person will reach a new paradigm of caring and expanded awareness in their chosen training and handling methods.