Anti-Gimmick Horsemanship - Dedicated to the Cause of Being Great Everyday
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"To keep a horse balanced and square his nose/ head must always follow the lead that he is on in the canter or lope."
Anti-Gimmick Horsemanship is a full service training facility located in Bowie, Texas. It is home of multiple World and National Champion trainer, Steve Kutie. Steve's background in Dressage has given him the skills to be successful in Dressage, Reining, Stock Horse, as well as allowed him to represent the United States in Cali, Colombia for Working Equitation, earning a Team Silver medal. His focus on building a proper foundation has allowed his customers to win numerous championships and year end titles at the top levels of their chosen disciplines. At Anti-Gimmick Horsemanship we believe that having fun is just as important as winning. "As Always; Ride Hard, Be Safe, and Have Fun." - Steve Kutie
"Another VERY successful Steve Kutie Anti-Gimmick Horsemanship Clinic has left all of us participants much more confident and knowledgeable. Our riders were fairly close in age...(with a few exceptions!). The horses, however, went from 4 years to 21 years old and ranged from western pleasure, dressage, hunter/jumper and trail riding horses. Steve did a phenomenal job teaching all of us his six steps "anti-gimmick horsemanship". After 2 days of working in an arena, we ventured out into the woods for a 10 mile trail ride during which we encountered deer, a carriage, and a few other surprises. Then we went to a cross country course where we all had a blast tackling everything from an extremely narrow bridge to a water jump!! Thanks Steve for making us all better riders. Con"t wait for you to return."
Blair from Aiken, South Carolina (Tue, 01/09/2018)
"My local Riding club organized a group clinic with optional private session with Steve recently. Initially I signed up for the private hour session because I am somewhat skeptical of anything other than English classical riding techniques -Texan Cowboy didn"t fit my usual type of trainer! I was told there wouldn"t be ground work - my pet hate is groundwork because I really need to get on and ride with two kids I am busy and I just find that stuff boring. When Steve asked what I wanted to work on " everything" came to mind because I have a 4 year old Anglo Trakehner mare who has a lot of questions and challenges for me, and she"s my first young horse, overall I really wanted more concentration and roundness. Steve was great at seeing within one minute of my warm up I was just doing too much and not giving clear signals and rewards. Steve rode my mare so I could see she could do what I wanted and it made it easier for me to see what I needed to do, some people didn"t need that but I did - I do like to see people demonstrate, I am more of a "monkey see - monkey do" type Without spoiling your session with him I will tell you he gave me a few simple easy tools that my mare very quickly learnt and was relaxed with. My mare was never pushed or forced into anything, everything was her choice. Following my "transformation lesson" I signed up for the all day clinic with obstacles and it was a great confidence builder for both of us. Everyone"s horses had different issues so it"s great to see the techniques applied and work for all sorts of horses and situations. Since the clinic I have far less spooking ( even on windy days which previously I hung up my bridle for) Much more concentration especially around other horses so now I may even try a schooling show now that"s under control, she is so light in my hand, I am not exhausted anymore, she"s bending well and going forward from behind. I jumped her yesterday and she can be a little flat and "giraffe like" but the increased bend has meant a much better approach, rounder jump and more balanced turn after. I don"t have to " half halt" anymore which is quite incredible. My position is better now I can sit up more because I am not carrying her in my hand. I have even ridden on new trails on my own which previously I was too scared to do because she got very nervous but as soon as I apply the method she seems to trust me and go through whatever is scary. I cannot thank Steve enough and the girls who convinced me to do it and who organized it all. "Good horsemanship is good horsemanship no matter what the discipline" as a local trainer told me - and yes that"s it in a nutshell. I said I don"t do " cowboy stuff" well I won"t be so judgmental of cowboy hats and spurs! I had a fun time and I feel more confident and connected to my horse, everyone got something out of it - really was amazing to watch too. Can"t wait for the next one!"
Sally from Barrington, Illinois (Fri, 09/01/2017)
Horse based reality TV show centered around the Kutie family and their friends and the exciting and fun adventures that they encounter on a daily basis trying to be successful at raising a family while trying to make a living in the horse business.