Melanie's Natural Horsemanship

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Melanie's Natural Horsemanship Problem solving, horse foundation, and teaching people how to get better results with their horses using horse psychology and improving their body language

Offering beginner riding lessons for ages 6 through adult on my horses or yours, horses available for on farm lease, also re-schooling, problem solving and/or training. Gentle methods using horse psychology rather than fear or intimidation.


Im looking for a confident rider to help me put miles on my 2 green horses. They are trained with natural methods, I can teach you the methods in exchange for your help, so you dont necessarily need to know these methods as long as you are a confident rider, not a beginner. The greenest has at least 3-4 months of riding but he has been out of work for the last 2 months. I injured my arm or I would be doing it myself. Located in Holts Summit. This is a great opportunity for someone who wants to learn natural training methods or to get more time in the saddle.


Just got off of Destin for her second ride since the Lee Hart clinic. She has a lot of go and is a bundle of nerves, but I am working on getting her used to things and relaxing. I believe we have made some significant progress. I am riding her out alone at walk and trot even out in the fields out of sight of the other horses. I also worked on her lope (which tends to be more of a gallup!) today and I was actually able to get both leads at a more relaxed lope that she sustained for a couple of circuits around my arena. So major break throughs! I think we may be over the hump. I should be putting her in a bit soon! Her downward transitions to a backup are getting smoother too. Will be taking her to the Ranch Dressage at the Von Holten Ranch this weekend.


Nemo learning to trot on lead.


Nemo update: He is doing VERY well with myself and Olivia. We are finding him to be more and more trusting to the two of us and even more so with even strangers (at least he goes up to them for a treat, he is not comfortable for strangers moving around his body). We are finding 'things' do not bother him, his only real issue is not trusting people. As he gains in his trust we are now asking him to move his feet for us which has been a big obstacle since human movement has been so scary for him, now he is learning that they are a form of communication. He is easy to catch now, even on grass, LOL, which I can't say for the all the other 'trained' horses! He is available for adoption. He is very athletic. If you can win his trust I think he will make a very good pony. He is very athletic, so I could see him doing any kind of performance sport. He is still young, not even 2 yet, so I do think he has and excellent chance of becoming a performance star for the right owner.


Update on the new arrivals at Snortin' Horse Farm. They are learning their ground work and doing well. Sorry I have no photos or videos since my camera person has been to busy to come take some for me. Both these horses are very nice and will soon be available for sale. Chief is about 14.2 or 14.3, 10 years old, kind of a Cremelo or at least light colored Palomino gelding. He is half Tennessee Walker and 1/4 Arabian. I do believe he will gait but he also trots and will canter. He is very laid back. I have a saddle on him and started ground work but he has a little swelling in his shoulder from trying to socialize with horses across fence and I am waiting for that to go down before doing much more with him. Prince is a darker Palomino and is a real looker! He has beautiful movement. He is a full brother to Chief, but does not seem to gait at all. He has beautiful floaty movement that would turn heads at any dressage show! He is small though at about 13.2 hands. He is rather charismatic and full of himself so will probably need an experienced rider. Both horses are not spooky and seem to have already been desensitized to many things. Nothing seems to spook them. More later and hopefully some video and photos soon!


Anyone going to the Savvy Summit, or would like to go????


Opening Hours

Monday 06:00 - 22:00
Tuesday 06:00 - 22:00
Wednesday 06:00 - 22:00
Thursday 06:00 - 22:00
Friday 06:00 - 22:00
Saturday 06:00 - 22:00
Sunday 06:00 - 22:00


(573) 808-0584



Beginner-intermediate lessons in horsemanship, problem solving for both rider and horse, and foundation training. Get the right start with your horse, build confidence and increase safety while improving your skills with horses both on the ground and in the saddle.


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