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Newsletter – January 2017

January 2017
Welcome to the Wild Horsemanship Center (WHC) Email Newsletter. We have exciting happenings to share. We will be in touch each month but follow us on Facebook or check out our website anytime!

WHC is Building Relationships & Making a Difference

WHC is building a special relationship with Mending Fences, a residential substance abuse treatment facility in neighboring Morriston, FL.

The mission of Mending Fences is to help each client learn to live a happy and fulfilling life free from addiction. Mending Fences uses Equine Therapy to help individuals build trust, confidence, social skills, impulse control, perspective and learn boundaries.

This is where Chris Cook and WHC have been able to assist. Chris has demonstrated strategies for working with challenging horses at the Mending Fences facility, and Mending Fences clients have come to WHC to expand their equine interaction. The clients are referred to as the Mending Fences Crew.

With the guidance of Chris, the Mending Fences Crew has had the opportunity to evaluate horses to use in their program and to help with their own therapy. Crew members have the opportunity to experience¬†firsthand how being persistent with a horse pays off, and are also able to make¬†parallels to their own lives. While working with a very dominant horse, a crew member became frustrated. Chris encouraged the crew member to keep working with¬†the horse, and reminded the crew member that even if it takes a few days to change the horse’s mind,¬†that’s¬†okay. Eventually, the horse yielded to pressure and cooperated. The crew member¬†made an important observation stating, “I have given up so often in the past when things got hard”, she learned that if she is persistent and she sticks with something even when it is difficult or frustrating, as she did while working with the horse, things can get better.

Other crew members observing an upset mare acting out in the round pen at WHC¬†were guided to take a new perspective on this challenging behavior. ¬†This mare was not a bad horse, she was simply¬† dealing with fear and a poor beginning. She is at WHC¬†to have a second chance ‚Äď to learn new behaviors and respect. Crew members made connections to their own situations!

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Annie – Looking for a forever home!


Annie was donated to WHC by a couple of very accomplished horsemen in the area. She had a great start and is spending some time with Chris to further her education under saddle.

She’s a 10 year old AQHA mare with Peppy San Badger and Doc O Lena in her lines. She is very confident and athletic and can be a great ranch/ranch versatility horse. Chris is really enjoying his time with this girl and says she is a pleasure to ride.

Annie will be looking for a forever home in the near future.

If you are interested in meeting Annie please contact us at or call us at (352)620-0477


Congratulations Michelle on your purchase of Travis from Wild Horsemanship Center

Travis was donated to WHC in 2016. He was a former dressage horse that became sour about contact and showing. Just under a year at WHC Travis made excellent progress with the natural sequence of development. he became happier with finesse,  performance and collection.  He is now at his forever home with Michelle of Southern Florida and we look forward to following the progress of this wonderful team!