Training Services

Free Heart Stables’ trainer Stephanie Walker offers comprehensive training programs for a wide variety of horses and needs. She has a background in natural horsemanship and classical dressage and has competed in Hunters, Equitation, Jumpers, Dressage, and Eventing. Stephanie also has extensive experience working with horses exhibiting behavioral issues such as aggression, fear, ring sourness, explosiveness, nervousness, bucking, rearing, biting, kicking, not standing or tying, not trailering, and being shut down. Stephanie also works with young horses and is available to start your horse in a slow, correct way.

Stephanie’s Training Philosophy

“A relaxed horse should always be the end goal of any training program. My foundations in natural horsemanship and classical dressage have taught me the importance of feel, timing and returning to basic elements in order for a horse to have the trust and respect that invite relaxation. I put an emphasis on allowing my horses to problem solve their own way out of situations, which helps them become willing partners. This focus on relaxation, feel, and basic skills encourages confidence, softness, and adaptability in the horse.”

Training Packages

Free Heart Stables strongly believes that the owner should be an integral part of a horse’s training. Owners are encouraged to schedule times to watch training sessions, ask any questions that they may have, or work with the horse under Stephanie’s supervision. Training sessions are between 30 minutes and 1.5 hours depending on what is being covered and how the horse responds. At Free Heart Stables we believe that it is more important to work through any issues and end on a good note than fit our horses into appointment slots. Training sessions will be tailored around the individual horse to meet the needs of the owner.

Stephanie is available to travel to your horse if it is local, but a travel fee will apply based on location. Free Heart Stables currently services the Milpitas and San Jose areas.

Full-Training Package

⚛ 5 training sessions per week
⚛ Ideal for horses with behavioral issues or who have been in inconsistent work
⚛ Provides the quickest progression in training

Fees

⚛ $750 / month
(small travel fee may apply)

Partial-Training Package

⚛ 3 training sessions per week
⚛ Allows owner to continue to work with horse 3-4 times per week
⚛ Ideal for horses needing tune-ups or a continued education once basic training is complete
⚛ Not recommended for horses with behavioral issues

Fees

⚛ $450 / month
(small travel fee may apply)

Single Session

⚛ To tune-up a horse previously in training or work through a small behavioral issue
⚛ Session may be limited to only ground work or include both ground work and under saddle work depending on the needs of the horse and owner

Fees

⚛ $40 / ground work session
⚛ $50 / ground work and under saddle session
⚛ $50 / training evaluation
⚛ up to $20 travel fee per session