From Fresh Start Riding Program
Sunday was great!!!! I woke
up today with no pain in my arms. Still can't get the walk right though!
2.) I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed
your day here. I certainly learned a lot and learned also how much I don’t
know! You must be just awesome when ‘teaching’ a real class -not just
future ‘consultants’. It would take another lifetime to gain your
knowledge/experience!!! I definitely like the ‘bridle’ thing. I did
something like that before, but not in such a great detail. I just want to
get/keep going and learning FASTER!! HA! Too bad you are so far away! I
would like to be with you someday!!!
BTW...I'm still only on page 10 of
your workbook.....?????....i can't even imagine what more there is,
and Rose, You've accomplished what you set
out to do...haven't you. ("...I'm a happier person....") I'm now getting
the help I've needed all along and you facilitated that.
Upper New Jersey --
I thought I knew basic horsemanship and becoming one with the horse but, you
took it to another level. You have released some of my fears and that
was quite an accomplishments, in such a small amount of time. I forgot
how much fun it is just to be around horses. I felt great to ride both
horses. I was beginning to think I never would ride again because of
repressed fears. Rose, we would like to take the next step on the wondrous journey with you. Please call me and tell me when you can come
again. L. J April 2004 (--first visit)
I always prided myself
on knowing how to ride and be able to get a horse to do what I wanted
Somehow, I always
reached a plateau and became bored, frustrated or afraid because I was
battling my will with my horses natural instincts. When I reached that
plateau or wanted to go up to another level, I failed miserably.
The program has
deepened my connection of understanding of my horses emotionally,
physically, and spiritually.
It has raised the level
of being 'in the ZONE, one with my horse, considerably.
I am gaining
confidence, and overcoming fear every moment working with Rose Foreman and
her program. Before starting any disipline of riding, I strongly
suggest undertaking her program to gain connection with horse and rider.
I now feel much safer, happier, and free to take direction or task asked by
Rose. L. J. (second visit)
I must mention that it
was with anticipation that I began the 'Soft Touch' program with Rose.
I did not know what to expect, but I had expectation of learning a lot.
I did get to learn a lot, even beyond expectation. Every lesson flowed
from one moment to the next. Rose would start with a simple dialog,
and turned it into a lesson with visual, linked to a hands on exercise with
or without the horses. As a student I watched others and myself
transform through Rose's gentle guidance.
Amazingly I watched as
others all 'got' what was a process of self-discovery through learning about
horsemanship. Rose taught with humor and experience. E. W.
(This is from a very
bright young woman who studies way too much. It actually effects her
A 15 yr old.
My thoughts and feelings about this program was that it was great. It
was different from an "average" riding program. You went beyond
mentally, to really make me think about things. I was fascinated by
what you were saying and explaining. I learned a lot about myself too.
I learned that I am extremely tense and it shows. I let myself over
analyze things when it was just unnecessary to do. I learned that I
just "go with the flow" instead of trying to figure something out, I over
analyze it and just drive myself crazy thinking about it. I need to
incorporate what I have learned through this wonderful program into everyday
situations, such as school, friends, family, etc. I now have a new
perspective for riding. Lisa (Day one)
Today I learned that if
I just stop thinking about every little thing inside my head and focus on
what I need to be thinking, I can accomplish it. I need to just clear
everything out of my head and stop worrying so much. I also learned
that I should be more aware of what could happen in a dangerous situation.
I learned how I can be safer in that sort of situation. I learned if I
just relax and stop doubting myself, I can accomplish anything.
[This young woman is
about to graduate, getting her degree for becoming a therapist. (day
one)] She is Lisa's sister, another very intelligent with the same
physical issues, especially with
the hands, an interesting dilemma --for continued study, and writing on
When first arriving to
participate in this program, I felt uncertain and did not know what to
expect. The subject/topics that were going to be introduced appeared
vague and mysterious in nature. As we continued to participate in the
first activity, I felt reluctant, unsure and afraid, standing inside the
stall next to the horse that scared me because he was so large. I knew that
I did not know how to place a halter on a horse, (never had) and was sure
that I was going to make a mistake. I felt surprised, and shocked
myself when I had somehow placed the harness on the horse.
The second activity
frustrated me and I felt that I could not give up the bridle and give it to
someone else until I had figured it out. I felt that I was close to
figuring it out however, thought that I would be taking too much of the
groups time if I has spent additional time with it.
The third activity
(placing the bridle on the horse) frustrated me again because it appeared
easy however was difficult for me to do. I was scared and grossed out
to stick my hand in the horse's mouth! While conducting this activity
I found myself zoning out and not paying close attention to the coach.
I feel that I some how lost interest at this time.
The last activity that
I participated in for the day (on the horse) integrated, facinated, relaxed
and made me feel sad. At first I felt that I was having a surreal
moment ~ simply preparing to get up on a horse. I was in shock and
could not believe I was doing this because I feared not throwing my leg over
the horses back and slipping off once on him. I thoroughly enjoyed
this experience because it has allowed me to see first hand that despite how
tense, anxious and afraid I can be at times, I can relax and let myself go
into a moment by centering myself with my breath and allowing my muscles to
relax. *This was a powerful moment for me because I realized that if I
was able to become calm in such an alarming situation, then I have the
potential to change my anxiety responses in other situations that arise that
appear stressful. Lori
By the second day of
this program I felt less fearful and more comfortable with the horses.
I still felt a sense of fear however, it was not as significant as compared
to yesterday. At first when Rose described the schedule of events that
were going to take place today (Lisa and I getting on the horses again and
going outside to ride) I did not feel a sense of anxiety come up,
however, I thought back to yesterday and felt trust in myself, the horse and
the coach, This trust eased me through my anxious feelings.
While riding outside I
again felt a feeling of disbelief (that I was actually riding a horse
outside) I felt a great sense of freedom once riding around and
looking outward into the distance. Lori
May 17, 2004
Rose: I have owned my horse for almost 5 years now, he is an Arabian/Morgan
mix. When I first got him, he would like to buck people off, spook at the
slightest little thing and was basically unsafe. Boy, did I have some rides.
I took lessons for awhile, have done a lot of reading on horses and taken
night school classes, but most of all just spent a lot of time with him. Our
connection got stronger, but I knew deep down inside there was something we
were missing. You see, I refuse to conform or believe in traditional
methods. So, I would take what I had learned and combine it with what felt
right and although, Blackjack and I have come a long way in the past five
years basically on instinct and what felt right to me, we needed more.
The two days you spent with us were truly incredible. Yes, the program
starts off extremely slow and at points I thought, what am I doing. But then
we rode, bareback on the second day. Something I have never done for more
than 5 minutes. Everything started to fall in place. Even though, we may
think "we know how to do this", you’re methods are different and natural.
Natural for the horse and natural for the person. I realize the great
importance of taking such slow baby steps, I also realize that I came away
from those two days with a better connection with my horse and incredibly
relaxed. I feel that I came further in those two days then I did in a month
of "riding lessons"
My husband, who was skeptical and not interested in taking the program,
has since changed his mind, since your visit with us. His is a true
testimony to what the program is capable of, as he suffers from a closed
I am excited and look forward to completing all of your programs, and
becoming a Coach/Consultant, so that I can help others experience its
incredible results. I presently have custody of three children that came
from foster care and are suffering so many things from what they have been
through. It is one of my goals to use the program to help them and other
children like them. I also plan on using horses that no else wants, to prove
that they still to have a purpose. The possibilities of who can benefit from
the programs are unlimited.
People around me have never understood the connection I have with horses
and animals. I tried explaining this to others, however they just did not
get it. YOU DID!! You not only understood what I have been trying to
explain for years, but you have taken it further and developed it into so
much more. You have made great sacrifices to do this all on your own. My hat
is off to you. You have developed a truly natural connection with horses
that can benefit anybody and found a way to pass it on to others. Anything
we can do, to help, just let us know, we are behind you all the way. What
you offer can truly change the quality of everyone’s life, horse or human.
B. J. --Ohio
How do I explain to people what a great program
this is? Well lets start with me I was in an auto accident, now I have
trouble sleeping, memory loss, anger and a hole list of other things. My
wife saw your ad a few years ago and looked into it, sounded like nice
idea, but not in our schedule so when she saw your ad again few months
back looked into it again and had you come out. Now I wasn’t really into
it, but when you were here you and my wife talked me into it and I’m glad
you did with all the problems I have with my mind and body, I didn’t
really think your program (soft touch) would help me, but I did it. Your
teaching of this program helped in a number of ways, the headache have
lessened, the body is healing, and most of all it gives me a focus again
on working with the horses. I have a background in the medical field,
trucking, computers office work. And with my knowledge of all these I
think this program can do wonders for children, adults people from every
walk of life Physically/ mentally challenged, marriage problems, battered
or just anyone wanting to learn more about themselves, horses or life.
The only thing I could tell people who are interested in the natural
aspects of the horse and their relationship with them is to take a hard
look at your program; and to participate in some fashion either as a rider
or consultant or whatever the lord lays on there heart to do. There are so
many aspects of this program that any and everybody could help, from
finding unwanted horses that still have many years left; to supporting a
horse, a child, and even adults that have things wrong with them and even
healthy people that just don’t have the few dollars it would take a person
for gas, which brings up a another idea not everybody has a car or can
even drive. People that have no interest in riding could help others with
transportation, Volunteering to help with horse care, clean up. Or even
just be there to cheer a student on. I could go on and on. So I better
close for now.
Richard /Equine Natural Hoof Technician/Lameness Prevention Specialist --Ohio