The original Unbridled Goddess, Misa is the horse that set me down a deep path of learning. Misa is a rescued Andalusian mare who had severe trust issues when she came into my life. As I set out to heal her from her traumatic past, she became my own greatest healer – and teacher. Since she first arrived in January 2016, Misa has transformed into a different horse. Through my practice of patience and understanding, Misa went from despising human contact and shutting off mentally during any attempt to connect, to expressing affection and absolutely loving to play.
Misa is a natural teacher, and as she has grown and healed she has shown an incredible propensity for assisting people with their own healing and growth. She has a true gift for reading others, and is very expressive in her reactions to the hidden truths she sees. Now, Misa truly enjoys helping people learn to experience the magic of dancing with a horse in true freedom.
In my work with Misa, I discovered new ways of connecting that shaped my understanding of how to work with horses as a whole. I truly have her to thank for inspiring my path with Unbridled Goddess.
Sangre de Drago “Drago”
Joining the herd in Spring of 2017, Drago is my Friesian Sport Horse. He is outgoing and exuberant, with a love of learning and curious nature. In my work with Drago, I have been fascinated by his process of unlearning the mainstream horse handling that had been forced on him. Fostering creativity and joyful participation in our training has resulted in Drago becoming expressive and engaging instead of lazy and disinterested. Together we have explored the power of combining positive reinforcement based training with classical dressage movement theory, and the results have been incredible! Exquisitely light and responsive, Drago is an eager and joyful partner who I am incredibly proud to dance with.
A true diamond in the rough, Ixcha was found at a livestock auction on the brink of being shipped to slaughter. With the shaved mane and clipped tail of a Spanish broodmare, and nothing but the most basic leading training, she was disregarded. Unbeknownst to the auctioneers, Ixcha was in her final weeks of pregnancy, and the future of her foal lay in the hands of the highest bidder. Luckily a soft-hearted woman, recognizing her condition, purchased her simply to spare her life. A few weeks after Ixcha was brought to safety, she gave birth to a beautiful filly. Shortly after, both mother and foal came into my life, and once her filly was old enough to travel they officially joined the Unbridled Herd. Ixcha has proven to be brilliantly smart, gregarious and strong, a wonderful mother and curious friend.
As her filly grew, Ixcha began an education in my program. A gifted groundwork partner, all of our training has been at liberty and Ixcha has remained an enthusiastic learner at every stage. Today, we continue to translate our training at liberty into riding, where she has excelled beyond anyone’s expectations. Ixcha has taught me so much about trust and faith, and the marvelous capacity of horses and humans.
Precioso del Rey “Oso”
I had no intention of bringing another horse into the Herd, until I received a phone call that would change my life. Through a series of amazing circumstances, Precioso, an incredible Andalusian stallion, joined the herd in October of 2019. Since then we have navigated a complicated and arduous rehabilitation. With a thorough holistic approach to his recovery, Precioso has flourished and grown into a confident, strong, healthy stallion, able to live in a herd and experience life with deep and meaningful friendships. Together, we challenge the restrictions and stereotypes that so often surround stallions, especially in regards to the safety of training with positive reinforcement. Through our positive reinforcement and energy work, we have been able to explore high school movements at liberty and under saddle, develop healthy interactions with other horses, and create a joyful way of communicating that allows Precioso to maintain his autonomy.
Born September 7, 2017 only weeks after her mother Ixcha was rescued from a high risk slaughter auction, Cina is the shining star of the future. Trained and raised in the Unbridled mindset, and her untarnished autonomy and inner drive have made her a fascinating and talented partner. She is calmly curious, observant and perceptive – with a grounded energy that maintains balance even while she bursts with joy and exuberance! In 2020, Cina found her forever home with the most wonderful family who love her endlessly. Getting to raise this filly and give her the life she deserves has been such a rewarding and beautiful journey.
TwoLena’s Rose ofaDoc “Cricket”
This beautiful mare belongs to my life partner, Patrick, who was drawn to her from the moment he set eyes on her. They connected immediately and she has helped him become a more refined and balanced horseman in their time together. I am lucky enough to continue her training and get to partner with her in our new journey of competing in Working Equitation, through positive reinforcement based training. Together we achieved Top 10 ranking Nationally in Level 3 Working Equitation for 2018. Her tenacity and drive is unparalleled – a true testament to the Quarter Horse breed, she owns her power with a self-assured mindset.