Read about the recent interview Tikvah gave, see photos and get tips - at Heritage Organics
Tikvah has been training horses for 9 years now, and in
that time has handled many different types of horses, from
horses that break through fences, spook at everything
around them, and on their back, to horses that are stubborn
and totally spoiled. She has ridden and handled many different breeds of horses,
Quarter horses, Paints, Fjords, Haflingers, Morgans, Tennessee Walkers, Arabians, Thoroughbreds, Mustang, Appaloosa, and ponies.
Ridden Mares, geldings, and Stallions.
Tikvah has ridden with, and worked for a professional horse
trainer, who starts and finishes horses in the Vaquero/Californio style.
She learned from him, that horses learn from the "release",
not "pressure". This training requires "feel", and "timing".
Tikvah was always looking to find a better way to work with
horses that actually made the horse want to be with you
and work with you.
Like so many people in the world do, Tikvah first learned to
ride the horse with no feel, and no care really of how she handled
it, with reins, or legs. She learned to train a horse by tying it up, sacking
it out, kicking it to go, and pulling it to stop.
About a year after she had been training horses, she was introduced to
the Vaquero/Californio style of horsemanship. She learned how to handle
the horse with feel, instead of force.
Tikvah now works with horses in a way that will in the end create a soft, willing,
and usable horse. One that will work with you and not against you.
She works with horses with a lot of vaquero style method.
After riding neighbors horses, starting colts, training raised
horses, training personal horses, training some outside horses,
and halterbreaking young colts, Tikvah has started a business
Tikvah lives with her family of 11 brothers and sisters, who all ride.
When Tikvah is not riding/working with outside horses, she is either
training her personal horses, helping her siblings train horses, helping make
homemade movie westerns, driving horses, or being with her family doing
a multitude of other things.