Debbie Lewis Horsemanship

"the horse experience that you have always dreamed of "

Experience Partnership, Harmony and Majesty

Testimonials

I have been a student of Debbie Lewis since 2011.  Though I have ridden horses since childhood, I was not aware of “Natural Horsemanship” until I brought my newly acquired horse to her for boarding. 

 I’ve known Debbie all of my life.  She actually saved me from drowning when I was three years old because of her acute sense of safety and awareness.  Now in my fifties, she has “saved my life” all over again!  I had no idea how this journey I am on with my horse would affect every aspect of my life.

Debbie is first, and foremost committed to safety and learning.  Her years of experience bring a wealth of solid, reliable  knowledge to her training.  She continues to learn from instructors locally, nationally, and internationally, and brings that knowledge to her students.  Her passion for horses is contagious, and her leadership skills are infinite.  She is committed to “taking the time it takes” with patience, kindness, and love of horses and people.  She is dependable, trustworthy, loyal, and has become a sort of “life coach” with her positive spirit, and all of the healthy fun and goodness she brings to her students.  Whether in the arena, out on a trail ride, or traveling across the country for a course with your horse, Debbie builds confidence and skills beyond measure!

Over the past seven years, Debbie has brought new meaning to my life, both with the advancement of my natural horsemanship skills, and by sharing her gifts of healthy living, boundless energy, love of learning, and adventurous spirit.  We have traveled and ridden horses together, across the country, and even in Europe, and South America, always with love in her heart, and a huge smile on her face.  I am never out of my comfort zone with Debbie as my instructor.  I highly recommend her as a trainer and instructor, whether it be for an adult or for children. 

Thank you, Debbie, for the joy and love you have brought to my life through Natural Horsemanship.  Your encouragement has meant the world to me!

Shannon 2018

After a childhood around horses, i got back into horses as an adult when my children were busy in school and their own activities.  I made the mistake that so many do in going to a “horse trainer” at a popular barn, who found a horse for me that would work really well for the trainer - a horse i would never be safe on outside a lesson program.  My new horse that I loved so much was far beyond my skill set, and i became increasingly afraid of riding him.  Somehow, in my research of why my horse was so “crazy” and difficult to manage, i came upon a whole world that i didn’t know about - natural horsemanship.  I found Debbie Lewis, and she took me under her wing, brought my horse to her facility, and starting teaching me about natural horsemanship and how to find the partnership with your horse.  Debbie transformed my horse, my relationship with my horse, and gave me the gift of a lifetime!  If anyone wants to learn how to have a relationship with a horse that can bring you the greatest joy, you have found the right person in Debbie Lewis.  Under Debbie, I have also learned the fundamentals of riding at a very easy and comfortable pace.  Finally, Debbie provided my second horse an excellent foundation in formal dressage training.  My new barn has two professional, competitive dressage trainers that have given his foundation training top marks.  Thank you Debbie~

Jennifer 2018

I would like to take the time to both thank and HIGHLY recommend Debbie Lewis to ANYONE looking to better their horse partnership or riding. I was lucky enough to stumble across her in looking for a natural horsemanship trainer, and my life has truly been changed and bettered for it. I came to her as an adult with no formal instruction whatsoever. I was very hesitant to show her where as I was at and see where I needed improvement. From day one Debbie made me comfortable. She's encouraging, supportive, and has an amazing ability to instruct you in a manner you grasp whatever you need to gain an understanding of. She is very humble and indescribably gifted as a teacher. She has a knack for dramatizing things so that you can visually grasp what will be or become a subtle cue. So often I found myself smiling at the progress I was enabled to make because of my lessons with her. The things you learn with her are forever, and the confidence she allows you to attain is priceless. Her passion for horses is inspirational and I feel so privileged to know her and be bettered as a horse-person because of her. Debbie, I cannot thank you enough for the time you've put into instructing me. I know that you only began, but the difference I feel is unreal. I am so grateful to you and I can only aspire to one day I have the same understanding you do. From the core of my being, I believe you are a very special person. It's because of you that I am able to trust my horse so fully. I couldn't have asked for anything better. I LOVE working with you and seeing the progress others make because of the extraordinary teacher and person you are.

Forever thankful,
Joni  2010

Debbie brings to the table myriad of experience and background with horses and training.  I have had the opportunity over the years to watch her utilize her knowledge, her experience, and her leadership skills working with students and horses.  I have seen the results, the change and the growth of her students and their horses.  I have personally experienced change and growth in me and my horse.  Her dedication and passion to share her abilities and skills to develop riders and horses is admirable.  I have witnessed riders and horses become better at connection and execution under Debbie's tutor-age.

So why have I spent eight years with Debbie?  After all there are many reputable and great trainers available in this area.

First and foremost, Debbie brings fun and excitement to her training.  As a student of Debbie's, you are going to trailer up and go on trail rides local and out of town.  Don't know how to haul?  Debbie will teach you.  Debbie encourages and facilitates novices to go beyond an hour in the arena.  She truly invests herself in you, your horse and your relationship with your horse.  She is positive in all situations and brings an attitude of "you can do it" to every lesson, every problem and to every horse and rider.

The learning never stops.  She has so much to share and gives it so freely.  Over time I have had issues and reached to others in the horse community for answers.  Only to eventually recognize that the answer Debbie gave me in the first place is the right one.  You can depend on what Debbie says and teaches.

But Debbie would be the first to tell you, she doesn't know it all.  She encourages riders to continue training and learning and sets the example herself, by continuing to train, learn and develop herself.

And it isn't all about work.  Debbie makes horses fun and challenging.  She encourages students to interact and build a riding and learning community.  We go as a group to Parelli summits and conferences to learn from others.  She opens the door to form  not only a riding relationship, but relationships within the horse community and specifically the Parelli horse community.

Debbie embodies what you want in a trainer.  As a student of hers for years, Debbie has made my horse journey unbelievably fun, forever challenging,and incredibly safe.  She loves horses, she loves people, and she loves sharing and helping riders to become more confident, more skilled with more connection.  Leta  2017

 

If you have a love for horses, but fearful about any aspects of horsemanship, Debbie is the lady to go to!!!  My friend’s granddaughter was taking lessons and we went to a little “show” on a Saturday.  I was so impressed and got the bug again to be around horses.  I’m in my 60’s with rheumatoid arthritis and I called Debbie to see if it would be possible to take lessons.  She was so warm, friendly and reassuring that I took the plunge.  It was fabulous.  That was a year ago, and I’m still trying to do whatever I can around horses.  I haven’t ridden in a long time…it’s time to try again.  It’s a blast to visit her home – like going to a resort.   Children love Debbie and her love for them is phenomenal.  Meeting Debbie Lewis and spending time with her has been a blessing.  Lots of Love and Gratitude, Christie  2007

 

Hi Debbie,

I just wanted to drop a quick note to thank you for your holiday workshop.  My daughter Sophia attended with the Fawcetts on January 3rd.  She had a wonderful time and has not stopped talking about about you and the horses.  Thank you for making her first horse experience so special.  The fact that she enjoyed herself so much although it was 30-40 degrees all day long says a lot for you and your teaching skills.  Thank you so much and I would recommend you to anyone!

Sincerely, Penny    2009  

Debbie Lewis has such a talent with horses and with people.  Just pulling up to her home I feel the stress of life’s busyness leave me – I get the feeling of being in a happier place – with fresh air and nature and animals!  Debbie has had such a positive influence on my girls.  They have learned so much from her – about riding and dealing with horses and being at one with nature.  They would love to spend everyday with her!   Gina  2009