Testimonials

Eagle Tree Horsemanship

Riding lessons & Clinics

Well, where to start? Before I met Pia, I had a disrespectful, rude, spirited horse with absolutely no manners. I still have a spirited horse, but she’s much more respectful now. Through Pia’s natural horsemanship methods, Cupid has become a completely different horse. She now listens much better, and is more of a joy to work with. She still has a ways to go, but she certainly has a good start thanks to Pia. Also, after working with Pia, I’m more capable of handling her and her behavior. Pia has shown me how to respect the horse and still get respect in return. Also, I’ve learned how to deal with troublesome behavior in a way that works for me and my horse. Pia helped me establish a routine and program that works out very well for Cupid and me, and is something I can keep up with and continue. I’ve learned very valuable skills that will allow me (with a little guidance from Pia) to reach my goals with Cupid. Also, through her methods, teaching, and training, I better understand how to work with our other horses in a productive, effective way that doesn’t break their spirit.

Thank you Pia for all that you have done and all that you continue to do for me and others. I greatly appreciate your ability to work wonders with horses and people. I’m very glad I had the opportunity to get to know you and for all the work that you have done with Cupid and me. Thanks!

Kaitlyn Dotson - Minnesota

Riding lessons & Clinics

In just two days, Bucky is a different horse and I have gained confidence and much more riding skills. Pia has a gift of teaching, and understands horses and their behavior so well. I would recommend Pia's class to anyone, whether they be a beginner or an experienced rider. Pia can point out areas that need improvement with sounding judgemental. Bucky had some issues and Pia recognized them, and taught us how to work with him to overcome them.

Kris MacGregor, Crookston MN

Riding lessons & Clinics

We all enjoyed meeting you and all the nice people who were there. We came to the clinic to see if we could find help with some problems the girls were experiencing. We all learned a lot of new techniques and hope to keep with the programs you suggested. The girls are motivated to put in the work since they all love horseback riding and their horses. They enjoy riding together and encouraging each other (although sometimes not so gently) to do their best. Your gentle spirit really caught the attention of us all. Sarah has always been so gentle with her tall "Henry" since he responds better that way but Rachel and Heather have not been so gentle with their horses. As you picked up on immediately, James is not respectful of Rachel so that makes it hard to be gentle but hopefully that will change with work. Heather is a take charge type of person and so she wants things done now. Hopefully patience and gentleness will come as she works with her horse. We have only had Choctaw for about 6 weeks but she seems like the ideal horse for our family. We learned so much from you, we hope to remember most of it as we work with the horses. Thank you.

Melanie Hoiland

Eagle Tree Horsemanship

Riding lessons & Clinics

I don’t know where to begin Thanking You for all that you have done for PJ & me. You have taken a very unsafe, stubborn and resistant horse and shaped it and molded it into a horse that I can now ride. You have taken a person with no horsemanship skills what so ever and taught me how to gain the respect of my horse. Your “People Clinics” have taught me the skills that I need to understand my horse and her natural ways so that I can apply the knowledge and use body language in my day-to-day routine with her. Others have used force to make my horse do what they want it to do but they never achieved the results that your Natural Horsemanship skills have achieved. Not once have you been cruel or unkind to my horse, always making sure not to break the Spirit of the horse. You have always treated PJ with respect while at the same time gaining her respect. It amazes me how focused you are when you are training. You are one with the horse. Thank you Pia for all you have taught PJ & me, you a very gifted & special person and I am very honored to have met you and have you work with my horse.

Gail Thody, Minnesota

Eagle Tree Horsemanship

Horsetraining

I would like to thank Pia for working with my gelding, Artisto, & for teaching me how to work with my horse! The time that Pia spent with my horse made such a difference in his behavior! Pia not only has a real gift for reading & working with horses but also with people. My horse had been to several trainers & he "can ride". His problem was there were a lot of "holes" in his ground work. I found most trainers don't want to take the time to do all the ground work that should be done before riding. Pia spent the time he NEEDED! She worked hard & then taught me how to work with my horse to be a better horse person & communicate better with my horse. She taught me the things I needed to do that were important for him. Pia tailored "our program" to what we both could do & be successful at. I am so thankful to have found Pia, she made my horse safer for me & gentleman I could now work with. She taught him patience & respect. Pia is firm but very fair and I knew my horse was safe with her. Thank you Pia! You were just what we both needed! If anyone has any questions about training with Pia & my experience please email me at nanci9@mac.com.

Nanci Negaard, Minnesota

Eagle Tree Horsemanship

Horsemanship Clinics

We had received training from various trainers but no one had been able to really make us understand horsemanship skills until we engaged Pia as our horse trainer.Pia was able in detail and yet in a very simple way  develop our horsemanship skills whether it be ground work or in the saddle. We finally began to understand horses.

Pia's horse training methods completely changed our views and our ways of handling our horses.Her methods and understanding of horse behavior made us all very enthusiastic and eager to learn. We realized that we had to change our ways and develop our body language which is hard and takes time. We learnt to be patient. We especially learnt  how important it is to treat the horse as a HORSE and not as a human.

Thank you Pia, your people and horse training has made it easier for us to have a good life with our horses. On behalf of the students from Saddle Up Western Riders

Christel Steen Hansen
Purple Beach Ranch - Denmark

Eagle Tree Horsemanship

People Clinic

During May 2005 we were 9  riding students  who participated in Pia's People Clinic Part I and II.

It all took place outdoors which made the course of the clinic seem more intense.

During the first part of the clinic we worked in total silence, no talking. That experience made us all much more alert and aware of everything around us and of our own senses.

We were really confronted with our own and each others body language. New doors were opened  and we gained a deeper insight into the world of horses. Thank you Pia, for this fantastic experience and thank you for teaching us to be more grounded so we can develop our horsemanship further. We will never forget it. On behalf of all the Students

Christel  Steen Hansen
Purple Beech Ranch - Denmark

Eagle Tree Horsemanship

Riding lessons & Clinics

Pia always make sure that her lessons suit the level of your own horsemanship skills as well as of your horse's level.

Pia is really  good in making the riding lessons exciting and funny  while still being serious about her work with horse and rider. She has a good feeling and understanding for horse and rider.

I have really learnt a lot from Pia and I miss her and her teachings in Denmark.

Julie Andersen - Denmark

Eagle Tree Horsemanship

Riding lessons & Clinics

Watching Pia work with horses both riding and doing groundwork  have changed my way of thinking .. When she does groundwork, she works WITH the horse and has a deep understanding of each individual horse, and that has furthermore changed my way of handling and riding my horses. I realize how important it is to give the horse TIME and the effect of repetition. I also realize that horses build confidence through habit, and they react to your body language not your speech.  I also use  the pressure & release methods which Pia introduced to me. I learnt that  TIMING is the key to connect with the horse and I feel I have developed a deeper communication with my horses. We now begin to speak the "same language".

Elin Frederiksen, Maribo, Denmark