About Kelli Horsemanship
Hi, I’m Kelli Paulson, Kelli Horsemanship + Training with Trail Obstacles
I was born horse crazy, grew up with horses, was a good rider and did a little showing with some success, but not as much as I’d hoped for. I took on a few training horses with some success. I was a good rider. Howerver, I knew wanted more but I wasn’t clear on what that really meant or what it even looked like.
One day at a horse event, there appeared this horse that was soft, willing, relaxed, confident and obedient.
I wanted THAT!
I just didn’t know exactly what it was or how to get it.
And that is where my new journey began!
Attending numerous horsemanship clinics and learning many more tools, I refined my skills working with dozens of horses over the course of the next year.
With practice, the pieces came together.
Horses began to want to be with me. My timing and feel were developing. Horses willingly responded to all of the questions and challenges put in front of them.
In 2004, Mid States Ranch Horses, LLC began with a friend. We specialized in colt starting and making ranch horses while teaching a few clinics. This was a time of intense learning, as we started 8-10 colts per month, taught clinics and turning out really nice horses. Horses who knew how to try, be willing, and grow in confidence.
Trail Rider Challenge (TRC) was developed in 2006 by Kelli Paulson Crist to give people a way to measure their skills, develop a partnership with their horse and set goals. TRCs are a great way to have fun with your horse, expose a horse to new things and meet horse friends.
HORSE TRAINING is …
Having the RIGHT TOOLS and PRACTICE.
Learn the tools. Take action. Practice.
When the foundation is right,
you can accomplish anything with your horse.
However, I soon discovered my passion was not in colt starting or ranch horses.
My passion is teaching people, like myself, who have horses, but want something more!
THE FOUNDATION IS NOW FIRMLY IN PLACE.
However, another skill was needed to get to where I wanted to be.
That skill was dressage. As a youth, I fantasized about dressage but didn’t have access to learning about the discipline, it was pre-internet days.
Once again, I jumped into the learning process.
- First, just learning the basics of dressage; how to ride a test, what happens at a show, terms and vocabulary.
- Next, learned training techniques and how to get a horse to look and move like a dressage horse.
- With tools and practice, learning to understand “on the bit” and collection.
- Finally, with more tools and lots of practice, it’s the whole package of my dreams!
Finally, I have the tools and the ability to “make” the horse I want!
In 2014, I was introduced to Working Equitation.
Oh, Happy Day! Working Equitation consists of 4 trials: Dressage, Ease of Handling (similar to a trail course), Speed (on an obstacle course) and Cow (similar to team penning). This is my dream sport. I soon began a Working Equitation affiliate in Nebraska and hosted a bunch events. Becoming an “L” Judge for the Confederation for Working Equitation and WE United.
Quickly I realized there needs to be a better way to learn the sport of Working Equitation. Many details where not written down. The sport needs an instruction manual as well as a training and practice guide. Tarrin Warren and I spent months writing it all down and co-authored the Working Equitation Handbook, released Summer 2017. The Working Equitation Handbook received a prestigious 2017 Winnie Award!
Learn more at www.WorkingEquitationHandbook.com
I love learning and looking at things as building blocks.
This helps me teach and communicate in an effective, simple, easy to understand way.
Teaching Clinics is my PASSION!
How to Build Simple Trail Obstacles
I love Trail Obstacles! They have so many benfits for both horse and rider.
Many of my clients ask me about my obstacles, dimensions and how to build them. They would ask to take pictures and more than once, a rider would call her husband, to come and see the obstacles. He would then arrive, tape measure in hand!
So, I decided to write it all down so many more horse owners can experience the benefits of trail obstacles.
I look forward to meeting you!