As an equine coach and veterinarian, I know how frustrating training a difficult horse can be. Using science-based practices, I educate horse owners on effective handling, training, and riding methods that will strengthen your communication and bond. My methods encourage wanted behaviors through positive reinforcement in a calm environment. Whether you’re concerned about your horse’s stubborn temperament, or you’re trying to rehabilitate it after an injury, I’d be happy to help the two of you move toward a stable, trusting, and loving relationship.
Marla Foreman is an equine veterinarian and trainer with a special interest in behavior science and equine biomechanics.
Marla has been teaching riding and training horses nearly all her life. Her qualifications include !!
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Colorado State University
PhD in Genetics, Texas A&M University
Master Horseman with Certified Horsemanship Association
National Examiner for United States Pony Club
Primary Level certified teacher for Teaching with Acoustical Guidance (TAGteach)
MA Licensed riding instructor
Marla ran her own equine veterinary practice and training stable in Washington State for over 20 years. There she taught riding to students of all ages and trained horses for clients, mainly in dressage and eventing. In addition, she trained and competed her own horses in dressage, eventing, endurance, and cow penning.
A lifelong learner as a teacher and trainer, Marla has studied a broad range of disciplines:
Classical horsemanship (mentored by Charles DeKunffy)
Natural horsemanship (Buck Brannaman, Brian Neubert)
Clicker training (Alexandra Kurland)
Since 2000, Marla has focused on behavior science and training in a low key and positive manner. In 2013, she closed her business in the Pacific Northwest and moved to Quebec to work as Head Trainer at the Cavalia home farm. At Cavalia, she trained horses and students, focusing on rehabilitating show horses with injuries and behavioral problems.
Currently Marla lives in Pepperell, Massachusetts. She travels to teach clinics and to work with individual clients as well as teaching clients from other areas using video. Her specialties include
Coaching clients, in a low-stress environment, to improve their handling and riding technique
Supporting education and development of young pleasure and performance horses
Training of horses who have difficulty with husbandry behaviors and in interactions with veterinary professionals, including horses with past traumatic experiences
Assisting the rehabilitation of horses from injuries by teaching calm and safe behavior during periods of limited exercise and physical therapy
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