Horselovers Corner

Here we share our thoughts on a variety of horse topics, our joy of a life lived close to equines, and our love of all things about the horse.
(All articles by Yvonne Welz unless indicated otherwise.)

Heart to Hoof Horsemanship
with Yvonne Welz in Queen Creek, Arizona!

In March 2014, James & Yvonne moved to their Wishing Welz Ranch in Queen Creek, Arizona. They are currently developing a unique lesson and training program, Wishing Welz Riding, to share the natural yet classical knowledge that they have developed over these many years. Yvonne specializes in teaching classical schooling exercises in a safe, fun environment, while bringing back the true joy of real dressage. Her discovery of the innovative "bitless-bit" design adds a whole new dimension to their work, and she is now dedicated to training their horses to the highest levels–without a bit. Wishing Welz Ranch is also available for private trimming lessons, horse care consultations, and more! Contact us for details (contact info at bottom). More info: Wishing Welz Riding

"My goal is to school all of my horses to the highest levels, while riding and training with the utmost empathy for the horse. That concern continues on to the horse's total well-being: natural, minimal stress lifestyle and healthy bare hooves. Everything is for the good of the horse, first and foremost. I break all the dressage "rules": My horses do not wear white leg wraps (or any other); they do not wear blankets; they are not body-clipped (they are never clipped anywhere for any cosmetic reason); they do not live full time in stalls; they are not turned out in isolated paddocks; they are not injected in any joints; and biggest of all, they don't even wear a bit! My horses (barefoot of course!) live out in herds, eating natural diets with free choice hay, minimal chemical exposure, and stress-free training. I am, effectively, a rebel within modern dressage -- seeking something better." --Yvonne

Wishing Welz Riding

The Search for Equestrian Truths

My Past with Horses

Photos of My Horses

Favorite Links for Riding and Training

I love dressage. I hate "Dre$$age":
What has Happened to Dressage? A Personal Perspective
Also published in The Classical Riding Club

My Bitless Story by Yvonne Welz
What happens when a dressage rider discovers that... bitless really can work better than a bit?

A Bitless-Bit for Dressage/High School Riders

Our Horses, Our Teachers:
Shayla - Inty - Kendra - Belle - Swimmer

Yvonne riding Belle, Feb. 2014

"Natural horsemanship and classical dressage, done correctly, are so similar that it is easy for us to understand each other."--Walter Zettl

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