Listening to the horse is an exploration. It begins with curiosity about ourselves and extends to curiosity about our horse. It is sustained by seeking to step more into looking at life through a horse’s perspective and venture away from relying solely on technique. While we will always need a certain amount of technique, at some point in our journey with horses we can experience what it is to let go of using it exclusively.
Crissi strives to share her understanding of how to go beyond technique, as well as how she has come to more deeply understand these beautiful and inspiring beings. It is her passion and joy to accompany you in the exploration of enhancing the relationship between you and your horse.
I have been horse crazy since I was two years old. I don’t remember that particular first meeting. I do, however, have a photo of me in a t-shirt and diapers, holding with two chubby fists onto a rope that was attached to the halter of a Shetland pony, standing in the Arizona desert. I went through a journey many of us do: lessons, mucking stalls in trade for a ride on a friend’s horse, babysitting to earn enough money for lessons, watching (and then later participating in) horse shows, getting certified as an instructor, getting a first horse (and then a second, third and fourth!), experiencing falling off, and getting back on. A lot.
I’ve had the pleasure to learn about and experience western riding, working cattle, leading trail rides, managing large herds, showing in Hunt Seat Equitation and Dressage, taking jumping lessons, and working with many different breeds of horses and people from all over the world.
Currently, after having worked with thousands of horses and riders for the past 20 years, I am enjoying giving private lessons and Masterson Method® equine bodywork in Colorado, as well as teaching at clinics with my husband Mark Rashid, throughout the United States.