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Philosophy - In Service Of The Horses

Clark Montgomery on Universe - dressage"That’s what my life is about. Serving the horses.

Getting up every day and spending every moment that I can, trying to help them be the very best that they can be. I know that sounds competitively driven but it really isn’t. Contrary to what some may think, you can’t force an event horse to compete well. Believe me, I’ve tried and it’s nothing I’m proud of.

At this point in my life, I believe that eventing successfully at any level is about the horse’s daily process and its overall impact on the horse's life. The most important thing you can do as a rider is try to understand your horse both physically and mentally and base your training on that horse’s natural abilities.

By treating each horse as an individual, you are bound to get the best out of them without destroying their character to do so. Everything I do every day for them has a reason and it’s always with the goal of helping them feel safe and centered. First and foremost, is meeting their emotional needs. I believe a happy and confident horse will want to work. Then I consider the nutritional needs, fitness, soundness, the list goes on and on.

While the competitions are important from both a team and a business prospective, let me be honest, I’m not in this just to make teams or money. I strive each day to become a better horseman. I try to listen to what my horses are telling me, all the while encouraging them to push their personal boundaries.

I believe that through my program I can help any horse reach its full potential whether that’s 1st place or 6th in the novice or the advanced. It is my goal every weekend that each horse finishes feeling successful no matter where they placed."

-Clark Montgomery

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