Our intention has always been to create a transformative experience for horse and rider during clinics or the Symposium here at Barbier Farm. We are happy to have this proof of what we know happens here…. Join us for our next event in February 2016. Click the link above!
~Amities, Dominique and Debra
At his clinics Dominique Barbier shares his insights and examples of enlightened horsemanship in a format and learning environment designed for seeking and discovery. The symposiums are set apart by their complement of riding clinic and lectures on diverse topics, with abundant space for questions and answers. A light happy horse in constant partnership and communication with its rider is the goal of this training and what you will likely observe in the clinic portion, where horses from all walks of life perform exceptionally and in relaxation. As a participant in one of the symposiums, I found that Dominique’s expansive response to a single question about my horse’s behavior led to a lasting change in my relationship with that horse, from one of mutual inattention and mistrust to one of quiet confident partnership. Another participant, who rode in the symposium on a Barbier Farm Lusitano, was so moved by the stallion’s generosity that at the close of his ride he was brought literally to tears, and the entire audience with him. This is classical training that synthesizes the theoretical, practical, and empathic, a unique experience that can be truly transformative. Not to be missed.” ~ Jane Otto, New Jersey
I was at the New Jersey symposium, and I can attest to Jane’s words. The morning lectures set the stage for three days of discussion and discovery. I brought a new horse whom I had intended to have worked for a month. Instead, he came as a ‘tabula rasa’ and we began our journey with Dominique’s insights and support. I, too, cried during the first day’s work — “This is magic!” I thought, as my (formerly frightened) new friend enjoyed periods of roundness and relaxation after just a few minutes of preparation. It was a transformative event…. Cathie Shiff, Virginia
Thank you for your comments and participation at the Symposium. It was great to see you and as always a pleasure to work with you and your horse. Amities~ DB