Trainer /Riding Instructor Jaime Rickard has completed many hours of clinics, horse seminars, and horse expos. Jaime’s students are riders and horses of all ages. In addition to providing individual lessons, Jaime is also available for individual horse training and clinics. She has conducted horse message and de-spooking clinics, as well as natural horsemanship clinics in 4-H, and Oregon High School Equestrian teams.
RIDING FACILITY residing in the Sublimity area and has the use of an indoor, lighted riding arena. Student horses can sometimes be boarded at the facility. Students either haul in their own horses or ride one of Jaime’s lesson horses. Lessons can be scheduled any day or evening of the week. Lessons can take place at Jaime’s facility or your facility for your convenience.
AWARDS AND CERTIFICATE Jaime has won medallions in dressage, gaited horse series high points, gaming highpoints, showmanship medallions, foundation training completion with Steve Rother , trailer loading foundation with Monty Roberts, English and western high points at breed and open shows, award for advancement to state fair, gaited versatility high points, 4-H advancements certificates, ground training and natural horsemanship certificates.
Jaime and Firgrove Xoploshan AKA Happy won the 2007 Dressage horse of the year in Training Level for the United States Equestrian Federation for the Arabian Region Four. The award was presented to Jaime and Happy for the accomplishment in the 2007 dressage year. Jaime and Happy were recognized in one of the UESF subscription magazine and received a plaque. Happy continued to earn horse of the year awards with the USEF in 2008, 2009, and 2010. In 2010, Happy and Jaime competed in Dressage First Level and Training Level as well as Sport Horse In hand. In Dressage They placed 6yh in the top ten nationally, and 3rdin the Sport Horse in Hand division Nationally.
In 2006, Jaime and Miracles Lucky Charm, AKA Baby took the Gaited Versatility High Point Buckle Series at the Roddy Ranch and was competing against gaited and non gaited horses. The Series included English and Western Equitation and Pleasure, Halter, and Showmanship and breed orientated classes.
Jaime has competed in horse dancing with Baby at the Albany Expo during a show. Her routine begins with bareback riding and ends with bridle less bareback riding. Jaime and Baby jump barrels and perform maneuvers such as two tracking, reining, sliding, and some tricks all bare back and bridle less. The finally included a bow to the crowd and laying down. Jaime and Baby won the blue ribbon in horse dancing, reining, costume, barrel racing, pole bending, and other gaming events.
Jaime has ridden in the drill team with the Silver Light Riders and preformed at Albany Expo, the Summer Spectacular, and the State Fair Grounds. Jaime has been a part of the Oregon Mounted Posse for seven years in which she provided state fair parking security, Salem Rodeo Security, and Oktoberfet Security all on horseback. Jaime was the Captain of the Equestrian team and the President of the 4-H club. Jaime is a member of the USDF (United States Dressage Federation,), ODS (Oregon Dressage Society), USEF (United States Equestrian Federation), MVTPGA (Mid-Valley Team Penning and Gaming Association), AHA(Arabian Horse Association),NWPTWHA(North West Pleasure Tennessee Walking Horse Association), And F.o.s.h (Friends of sound horses). Jaime was also involved in the Marion County Horse Search and Rescue Team, where routine searches were preformed for lost persons.
CHIROPRACTOR HORSES AND DOGS
Jaime went to chiropractor school September of 2011 with Dr. Bill Hampton a Retired Veterinarian. Bill Hampton travels now all over the United States teaching chiropractic methods that are from head to tail and hoof for full and complete satisfaction for your horse. An evaluation is done first without touching your horse and observation for chiropractic care needed in areas of the horse’s body. Then a physical exam to start finding out where the pain is and then the adjustment starts at the head. Jaime has rehabilitated several horses including one that was in a multiple roll over trailer accident and survived. After 3 months of Chiropractic care and message treatments the horse became able to ride once again pain free. Another client horse was in so much pain that she would not let her head or any body part be touched without jumping in the air, bucking, and being aggressive. After the first adjustment the horse was not sure what happened but had instant relief. At another horseshow the horse was a completely different horse with her back to normal gait and she enjoyed the loving attention from her owners, and winning some classes at the show grounds. Many client references available to tell you how chiropractic really does work and really makes difference in your horse.
INFLUENTIAL INSTUCTORS, TEACHERS, AND MENTORS
Billy Jo Anderson, Salem OR horse trainer and chiropractic specialist, was a mentor through my high school equestrian years Helping with straightness, and correct rhythm of gaits. Billy Guided Jaime through Dressage and Jumping techniques.
Monty Roberts, the Renowned Horse Whisperer. The Man Who Listens to Horses from Flag is Up Farms in California. Monty held a clinic demo at the State Fair Grounds on ground training and trailer loading. Jaime had a horse that was very claustrophobic and would take hours to get into the trailer. Jaime was invited to have her horse used in the clinic for trailer loading. After a successful clinic, the trailer loading was a success. Jaime gathered valuable skills for working with horses on trailer loading problems.
Steve Rother, renowned natural horsemanship trainer. Jaime participated in a foundation training clinic learning the behaviors of the equine and dealing with the disrespectful horses. After a two day clinic with Steve, Jaime completed the foundation training for respect, ground work and saddle work for problem solving. Jaime learned the values of communication and simple keys to a successful relationship.
Tiffany Bush: specializing in your equitation, Tiffany Bush, an instructor with excellent equitation skills. Tiffany guided Jaime on the tools for perfect equitation, the proper placement of seat, hands and legs and how to use the body to communicate to the horse. Tiffany has guided many individuals through common equitation problems. After being given equitation guidance, the students became unstoppable in equitation and were always placing in the blue and red ribbons.
John Lyons, Pat Peralli, Clinton Anderson, Cleve Wells, Jane Savoie, Stephen Peterson, Scott Hansen, All influential instructors/Trainers/Mentors. Jaime was a spectator at several Expo Clinics with their training techniques and tricks for successful horsemanship. Jaime gathered information on fundamentals of ground training, basics of dressage, natural horsemanship, and safety on the trail and in the streets, De- spooking, halter breaking, colt training and starting, saddle fitting, and more. Jaime continues to go to Expos at Albany, OR and WA for the newest updates and training stats.
Teaching Natural Horsemanship techniques has been used by many horse trainers for centuries. It is been tugged on and tested with new improvements to the training process. In a whirl all of the techniques are still using proper communication for best results.
REALISTIC GOALS AND EXPECTATIONS
My training environment is primarily the Salem/Keizer, Jefferson, Albany, Brooks, Woodburn, and surrounding areas, or wherever I am needed. My students are for the most part people who work at jobs in our out of the home, and youngsters in school. I work with all ages and all levels. Most of the horses/Students that come to me did not come into this world with a great attitude. The horses have problems such as; Biting, Kicking, Bolting, Striking, Rearing, Bucking, or Sour Pushy horses with bad attitudes. Also specializing in Mustangs, Mules, and Donkeys, and training cows.
We want to teach ourselves and our horses through communication that works. Using natural aids such as body language and position to get a fast response and your horse’s attention. The natural ways teach communication using a wide variety of movements by horse and/or rider that give lasting results. The problems we run into are solved through the horse’s natural abilities. We want the horse to be better behaved than when started. We want the horse to be loyal and willing, and to be a lasting friendship for life. These qualities can all be accomplished through proper communication the natural way.
Words and body language are crucial to teaching and learning for the serious horsemen and horsewomen. The students accept the notion that development of the horse requires empathy (not Sympathy), and as a result they continually seek to understand how horses think and what they are thinking. Consistent with the foregoing, I offer a way of thinking as well as a short list of considerations for the riders to apply in all their work and play with horses, and these are reinforced during lessons. When they are at home and on their own, riders are thereby better able to thoughtfully experiment and to ultimately make real progress.
How we use (don’t use) our bodies is what allows or gets in the way of our horses progress. My ongoing focus is typically on the rider/handlers body control in terms of position, stability, isolation, coordination, and dynamism. Without serious body control such communication is not possible in my opinion.
I also provide students with warm-up exercises for the horse that can accomplish two things. First is getting the horse physically loosened up and mentally tuned. Second, the exercises are helpful tools that once learned can and should be utilized to deal with specific problems whenever encountered.
Early on and of course subject to the safety and welfare of horse and rider I teach join-up, follow-up, lateral movements, and respect from the ground. To the contrary, it is my view that working on lateral movements and yields improves everything else including the quality of ground work and while in the saddle. However, those lateral movements must be learned and executed correctly in order to have beneficial effects.
If Natural Horsemanship were easy, many would do it. In fact relatively few do it.
Thank you to My mentors Monty Roberts, Steve Rother, John Lyons, Pat Parelli, and Tiffany Bush, Craig Cameron, Chris Cox, Buck Brannerman, Clinton Anderson, Billy Joe Anderson, Of course my mom for all the many years of supporting my youth and horses,and the many others who have helped me on my journey and life with horses. While I would not presume to compare myself to you in terms of riding, knowledge of horses, and teaching ability, I confess to patterning my style of teaching toyours, and I can think of little that I have learned from you over the past 20 years that was not uniquely helpful.
It’s always a fine line. Going too far too fast can build resistance; doing too little gets us nowhere. Unfortunately, riders often rather not try than run the risk of doing something wrong. On the internet go to Monty Roberts.com, Steve Rother.com (Horseteacher,.com), Johnlyons.com(Americas most trusted horseman).
Of course, there are some to whom this comes naturally, but for most of us we must grind in out.