To say that Chris Boyer saved my life is probably an understatement. About a year ago, my horse had kicked me in the head, nearly killing me and definitely killing my confidence. A few months later, she kicked my husband in the rib cage and a month after that, me again, in the ribs! By then, I was scared to death of her and was afraid to be around her at all. In fact, I had lost my confidence around the horses altogether. I tried to sell the mare, give her away, or get a horse rescue to take her, all unsuccessfully...
Then I met Chris Boyer ...and he changed everything. I remember him saying "Lady, you need help!" -
"No joke", I replied, "She's going to kill me!"
We made arrangements for Chris to come to our place and help me.
Sugar responded immediately to Chris. His method of communication is very clear and direct and she knew that he wasn't fooling around! He began to move her feet forward, backward, left and right - gaining her attention and respect within moments. She began to relax under his leadership and really crave his attention. Before my very eyes he transformed my pushy and disrespectful mare into a calm, respectful and well behaved horse. I was amazed and yet it was so clear. That poor horse had not been getting the leadership that she needed. The problem was ME!
Over the next couple of lessons, Chris taught me how to effectively communicate to gain respect and control of my horse. He taught me that I am # 1 and my horse is #2. Chris taught me techniques for round penning and groundwork, as well as how to properly tack up my horse, safely mount and dismount and how to do an emergency one-rein stop. My horses are getting softer and more responsive with every ride and I've never enjoyed them more!
Now, as I work and ride my horses, Chris's instructions continuously repeat themselves in my head. His teaching style is that effective! After over 50 years of doing things the wrong way and being unsafe, I'm now using the knowledge Chris gave me to enjoy my horses, both on the ground and in the saddle. I'm no longer just a passenger on my horse, but a responsible driver!
Because of Chris Boyer, I'm sure to spend the remainder of my golden years riding horses like I've always dreamed.