About Shawn Kohan
About 17 years ago, out of love for
horses, I bought my first horse, an Arabian. I soon discovered that green on green did not work. I did not have enough
knowledge to see things from the horse's point of view and all the helpful people around me made matters worse.
In my search for answers I came across a training barn. Students
there were riding their horses in just a halter and a lead rope, some were riding without a saddle, and yet they were performing
side pass, jumping, stops, canter and Dressage maneuvers.
owner of the center, Terry Haney, told me about the method of training and the name Pat Parelli and Natural Horsemanship came
up. She gave me a book of his to read. I must have read that book 10 times in a week and I quickly moved my horse to this
In less than two months, my horse was
a different horse, and I became a student of Natural Horsemanship for life. I studied Parelli's method and practiced it every
day with great results. I still look back to those days and wish that everyone could experience this method of being around
horses for themselves.
Since those days I continue to
study and learn from masters like Pat Parelli, Ray Hunt, Monte Roberts and Tom Dorrance, to name a few. My current training
methods are modeled after the best practices of these masters. I am a great believer that the horses appraise people and trainers,
not humans. If you are not good enough, the horse will let you know.