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"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)
"Steve, my horses in general after being up there, are riding better than they have in years. THANK YOU, for the help and a new desire, I need to come back up and spend more time with you!"
R. from Carbon, Texas (Thu, 07/27/2017)
"I really like your way of training to nice and soft gentle."
Cryss from South Yunderup, Western Australia (Wed, 02/08/2017)
"Dear Steve, I have been following you on Facebook for awhile now and I just wanted to say thank you. Thank you for representing what horsemanship should be and keeping the humor in it while always encouraging better horsemanship. I really enjoy your motivational Mondays and training tip Tuesdays. They are always spot on. You"ve become a role model for me and one day I aspire to have a training business just like yours."
Taylor from Aspen, Colorado (Mon, 12/05/2016)
"Steve sure goes the extra mile to help us all. Never gets irritated and always has an answer to help us overcome obstacles and succeed!"
Nancy from Springtown, Texas (Thu, 11/17/2016)
"Steve, thanks so much for what you took the time to teach, it will make my trail rides easier, safer and more fun!! All in all this was a great clinic where everyone learned a lot and it will and should help them in there riding!!"
Greg from Woodstock, Illinois (Wed, 09/28/2016)
"What a fun trainer, this was my year to reach out and learn. Steve Kutie offered me that extra dressage twist to add to my stock horse Reiner. I am confused most of the time trying to follow his dressage based techniques into my world. Learning bend and forward fixes everything has opened a new world to ride in. My horses will ride on a different level now thanks to the Steve′s devotion to his practice. Great web site needs more pictures of my horses to be perfect. NO EXCUSES NO DRAMA. Steve helps you to get there."
Jacki Jo from Azle,Texas (Tue, 09/20/2016)
"I intended to tell you how impressed I was with your new webpage. Attractive and easy to navigate.....I was impressed."
Joe from Dublin, Texas (Tue, 09/20/2016)
"My Kit Dual mare you rode for me was easy, easy, easy when she came back from you. I started on here the next week and took her to a jackpot the next month! What you do works, keep up the good work."
Cheyenne from New Braunfels, Texas (Wed, 08/10/2016)
"Great video about the spin! Steve describes different problems you can come across in the training with your horse, from the green horse to the finished show horse. And he tells you in a clear concise manner how to solve these problems. His explanations are sensefull and pretty easy to follow. Steve shows that the spin is not a big deal. He provides your understanding how to execute each move and why. It is fascinating how easy it can be to control each part of the horse just by having your body - and naturally your legs and your seatbones - in the right position. His understanding of the spin as a forward motion helps you and your horse to turn in a correct way. The video is very educational and recommendable for all levels of riders and horses. I used his advices on different horses and it did work! It is a great feeling to see how easy it can be. Thank you, Steve!"
Diane from Belpre, Ohio (Sat, 06/04/2016)
"Got my tapes and I love them. I especially loved the demo at IALHA. Take care. Happy Holidays to you and your family!"
Sherry from Aiken, South Carolina (Fri, 05/27/2016)
"Hi Steve: Big fan of yours! I live out here in Aiken, SC and am a big PETRI fan as well. I just bought my first Andalusian and OMG where have these horses been all my life. Watching the videos/pics of you and Petri are inspiring! I first saw you on IALHA facebook."
Sherry from Aiken, South Carolina (Sat, 04/30/2016)
"Steve, I watched the video this afternoon. It was excellent! The theory was right on and you explained things very clearly. The best video I have ever seen on the spin. Keep up the good work. I will be happy for our western students to watch this in theory. For a change we won"t have to explain bad riding, incorrect theory, or why the rider is yanking around on the horse! Thanks for sharing."
Faith from Waverly, West Virginia (Fri, 04/08/2016)