Shelbie has dedicated her life to learn integrative approaches that honor how horses think, learn, and feel. She aims to bring patient, kind work for the horse and aid the rider to understand their horses through feel and intention, bringing better unification between them. This desire to understand the entire picture has led Shelbie to study both Classical Masters and Integrative Bodywork.
To best understand what may benefit your horse the most, Shelbie has pursued education in a variety of bodywork including Masterson Method, Orthobionomy, Myofacia, Anatomy, Acupuncture, Reiki, Hoofcare, and Equine dentistry.
To unlock freedom in the rider’s body and increase clarity for the horse, Shelbie has sought education in multiple styles of body awareness such as the Anat Baniel Method, Feldenkrais, Peggy Cummings/ Connected Riding, Thai Chi For the Equestrian, and Yorkshire Riding Centre.
She spent 7 years as a student of the Ecole de Lègereté learning from former Écuyer of the Carde Noir, Philippe Karl, and his students.
Curiosity drives her to find creative ways to design patient, kind programs for the horse. She appreciates that no two rider and horse combinations are the same, and uses these integrative modalities to bring a unique approach to each individual pair
Currently Shelbie spends the summer teaching and training in Alaska. Clinics are held from Fairbanks to the Kenai Penninsula. While training horses and weekly lessons are taught throughout Anchorage and the valley.
Her winters are spent in North Central Florida where lessons and clinics are held regularily.
She and Mikaila Herold of Whole Horse Equitation, team up for educational classes on subjects such as ethology, and demonstrations of different work with horses. The two work closely together to give their students and training horses their combined, holistic knowledge.
The two also host visitors who want to trek with school horses in Florida's beautiful state parks, lessons, and explore what north Florida has to offer.