Joyce.Jake.SunSafe Horse Training was born out of necessity! After 20 years away from horses, developing my career and raising my family, I decided It was time to have horses back in my life. My sister found the most beautiful horse for me to get back in the saddle. Unfortunately, his beauty faded fast, as his disrespectful behavior became more and more dangerous. From stepping on my toes, knocking me over with his head and neck and refusing to get on the trailer, I was desperate for help. In 2005, I started studying horsemanship by attending clinics, reading books and endlessly watching DVDs.  The biggest discovery for me was understanding how the horse thinks. Once I understood the horse’s point of view, we could effectively communicate and understand each other. Slowly, I started to develop my feel and timing, with that came a life changing experience with horses.  Now, my home stable is  High Point Farm Farm central to Athens and Atlanta, GA. 

Often I am asked, “Exactly what is it that you teach?” Well, in a nutshell, I’d say, Safe Horse Training is your horse’s Kindergarten thru Twelfth grade education. In school, we learned to be good citizens, interact politely with others. We learned our basic skills, reading, writing and math. After graduation, we then went on to college, trade school, or right out into the workplace.

At Safe Horse Training, located near Atlanta, GA in Watkinsville, your horse goes through a specific lesson plan that teaches them basic obedience, such as lowering their head for haltering and bridling, standing still for saddling, mount or dismount, de-spooking, trailer loading, stand quietly while tied, maintain consistent gait at the walk, trot and canter, solid brakes and steering,  basic backing and lateral movement. All horses in my training program go through the obstacle course, learning to navigate scary objects with confidence.

When your horse graduates from the Safe Horse Training Program, he will then be prepared for the next phase of his life, such as dressage, jumping, reining, trail riding and such. Once the basics are solid, the next level of training is easy.