Meet our trainers!
Kari grew up on her family's horse farm near Chicago Illinois. She has been riding Tennessee Walking Horses since she was 4 years old and showing them since the age of 10. Kari has been schooled in English, Western, Dressage, and Jumping and has been training professionally since she was in her 20's. In 2005 she moved to Kaufman Texas to offer her training expertise here at Double Nickel Horse Ranch. Kari is a member of the National Walking Horse Association, Southwest Walking Horse Breeders Association and Walking Horse Trainers Association.
If you’re gaited horse is pacey, trotty or inconsistent, Kari has the knowledge and skill to correct the horses gait to the best of each individual horse's natural ability.
If you have a pushy, disrespectful or spooky horse, Kari's natural horsemanship skills will get those issues under control so you can better enjoy a safe, pleasant relationship with your horse.
Kari is known for her use of natural horsemanship and she develops a partnership with your horse to instill confidence and willingness. She limits the number of horses she enrolls for training to ensure a high quality, personalized training experience for each horse and owner. She can start your new colt, help with your problem horse, prepare your horse for trail riding, or refine them for the show ring. Kari takes the time necessary to use 100% natural methods to develop and enhance your horse’s smooth, four beat gait and ensure your horse is a safe, responsive and willing partner. She starts with groundwork to make your horse is calm, responsive, leading nicely and standing still to mount.
She spends many hours riding in a flat walk to facilitate the development of appropriate muscle memory and improve the natural gait. Through many hours of groundwork and riding, Kari helps your horse develop the muscles, strength, stride and form that contribute to the smooth, and natural flat walk and animated head nod that are so desirable in Tennessee Walking Horses. She has the skill, patience, confidence and willingness it takes to develop a horse’s natural gait. She also takes the time to teach you to continue riding your horse correctly when you are ready to take it home or to the show ring.
Kari is a very gifted teacher and available for lessons. She trains horses but is also able to teach the more challenging pupils, the owners! Kari's optimistic outlook puts both the horse and rider at ease, making for a relaxed and comfortable learning environment. This allows you to develop the desirable relationship with your horse, and the safe, comfortable ride you expect. Her approach helps you develop the relationship and communication necessary to interact effectively and safely with your horse. Kari helps you gain the knowledge required to keep your horse behaving and riding well when you take him home.
Please contact her today at 214-704-0662 to help you and your walking horse enjoy every moment together!
Donna MacDonald is a trainer certified in Horse mastership / The Psychology of Training Horses, a training program created by Dr. Stan Allen of Teasdale, Utah & taught throughout the United Sates.
Donna completed this Instructor training program at Split Mountain Ranch in Utah in 1997, under the direction of Dr. Stan Allen. She has continued her training and traveled with Stan teaching his teaching his techniques to horse owners nationwide.
Training horses is both an Art and a Science and is based on understanding the laws and principles of the basic nature of the horse.
Whether you have a problem horse or a young foal she can teach both you and your horse to have a positive trusting relationship by learning the techniques and tools you need to achieve all of your goals for you and your horse.
Call today and talk to Donna about getting you and your horse started!