I just wanted to write and say thank you, thank you thank you!! For your online video database. Two years ago I became a groom/working student for a trainer in my state, Colorado, and a few months ago I bought a horse who was one of my charges. I had been struggling greatly to grasp the concept and aids for haunches-in, but after watching most of your YouTube videos, had much better results with shoulder in, haunches in, turn on the haunches, and general self-carriage. I also applied your groundwork videos and very quickly found a much deeper trust bond with my horse. My horse, who had an abusive past with a demanding German dressage trainer, has benefited endlessly from the soft, sustainable philosophies like your own. Someday I will come out to your barn and take a lesson in person! Thank you for who you are and what you teach. Compassion and true feel is largely absent from the dressage world as I’ve experienced it, but you have maintained and expanded the heart of this amazing art.Johanna Bloom, Colorado
We’ve been to Brazil twice with Debra and Dominique Barbier, our French Classical Dressage trainers and friends. In May 2003 we attended the auction to buy Primo, our Lusitano stallion. We spent several days traveling to the major horse breeders, seeing hundreds of horses and riding those we and the Barbiers thought were good choices for us. At the auction, the bidding stopped at exactly the number we’d given Dominique. We had won, and a few months later Primo was flown into LA to spend several months with the Barbiers, during which we often flew out to train with him. Primo is truly a high quality horse, with a level head, a sweet tem- perment, a strong work ethic and beautiful gaits.
In 2007, we returned to Brazil with the Barbiers and, in addition to traveling to the horse breeders’ Haras, we attended Carnival in Rio de Janiero and then relaxed at the beautiful Toca do Marlin 10 room resort in Bahia. Rio was crazy and wonderful. We watched the best six Samba Schools from the exclusive Brahma box parade – with free beer, free food and the most energizing music and dancing you’ll ever experience. We did some sightseeing in Rio, sun tanned on Ipanema beach and then flew to Bahia. We were all so happy just to relax on the deserted beach, eat the wonderful dinners cooked by Lucia’s staff, do some sightseeing, and of course, ride Lusitano stallions every morning!Laurie and Leigh Wachter, Healdsburg, CA
Working with the Barbiers to find a horse that is perfect for me has been a remarkable experience. From traveling to Brazil and exploring the breeding farms and meeting the breeders and riders to having individual horses hand selected just for you, one cannot ask for a more complete and educational experience.
Universo has turned into the horse I never knew could exist and every day I can’t believe I get to share my life with him. Incredibly generous and kind, I could not have asked for a more perfect match. Oh, and he just happens to be absolutely, amazing gorgeous!Rebecca, Santa Rosa, CA