Tikvah didn’t start out with this style though. Her father and elder brothers and sisters taught her how to ride, and by the time she was seven years old she could ride by herself. The style she learned from her family was pretty much sack it out, kick it to go and pull it to stop, and didn’t really learn how to develop a relationship with the horse. When she was thirteen she started her first colt under saddle. About a year later, she began working at Chris Bohenek’s training facility. She started noticing how Chris worked with his horses, how they had a relationship with him, and were soft and compliant. She started taking lessons from him and going to clinics, watching videos and reading books on this method.
I asked Tikvah if there was a way to tell if a horse was about to buck or act up and she answered, “Before a horse bucks, that horse has been going to do it for a long time. There's been a lot of things leading up to right before the horse bucks, for example: being bracie, taking over, taking control, and all of that starts out from not being prepped good, and correct. If that horse was prepped totally correct, then you probably wouldn't have to worry about it ever bucking. Because whatever you asked that horse it would be trusting what you were asking it wouldn't get it into trouble.” She also talked about working with problem horses that others may have started and not done the foundation properly. She described using the energy, getting them moving forward while trying to establish this relationship she strives for.
She works at training horses 5 days a week. She can start colts, give older horses a tune up, and can also help problem horses. When she has finished training a horse for someone she will go over with the owner how she has been riding and handling the horse, and will work with people if they are wanting to learn more about how to get the horse working better on groundwork or riding.
We are planning to host a horsemanship demonstration with Tikvah in the spring or summer – check back for dates, or feel free to email us if you want to be put on the list.
You can visit her website at: http://www.vaquero17.jimdo.com/
Phone: (406) 961-3619