is an amazing horsewoman! She first worked with my horse at a Buck
Brannaman clinic. I was watching her work with him and I couldn't believe what was
happening...it was nothing short of a miracle!
Thank you Bonnie for all you do for our horses and to teach us how to
connect and communicate with them.
- Claudia Logan
Nikko, Bonnie & Buck
meeting Bonnie, I rode in a clinic with Buck Brannaman. I asked him if
there was anyone in the bay area that I could continue to learn from.
He recommended Bonnie Stoehn.
Since I live in Santa Clara and she's in Santa Cruz that means driving
over Hwy 17. So I asked, "Isn't there anyone south of San Jose, like
Gilroy or some place?" Nope. Bonnie was the best. He was solid in his
I've been working with Bonnie for about 12 years now. I can honestly
say that without her help I wouldn't be able to ride my horse, Golden
is so sensitive and had so much bad handling that I’m convinced that
any other trainer and other way of working with a horse, would not have
worked for her. Since that time, with Bonnie's guidance, Golden and I
keep improving together. Bonnie is always encouraging me to try new
things that improve my skills and understanding.
- Mimi Gardner
Riding with Bonnie opened me up to an entirely different way of
communicating with my horse. Based in subtlety, finesse and feel my
horse became lighter and much more responsive. After what I've
experienced with Bonnie and then Buck I've made the pursuit of this
style of horsemanship a priority in my life.
- Jordan Stanton
I have worked with Bonnie several times with my QH "Zip." Bonnie is a
great teacher and has given me so many great pointers from the proper
way to tack up, ground work and riding. I love working with Bonnie and
can highly recommend her for training your horse and working with you
to achieve your goals.
- Cynthia Buseo
I first got Bobalu (an Arab) he had been a lesson horse and had had
many riders yanking and kicking on him for quite some time so he was
really shut down. When I got him he did what he thought he was
supposed to do but with very little thinking involved. Once we started
to work with Bonnie on ground work and he was given the opportunity to
"choose" right from wrong he completely blossomed!
He used to be very nervous and always seemed to be "looking for an
out." Now, he is always the most calm, cool and collected guy on
the trail and really enjoys getting to figure stuff out on his
In working with Bonnie, I also gained so much! I put so much more
thought into how and why I am working with Bobalu and how my behavior
impacts him. I am much more confidant dealing with new situations
because I believe in him and our relationship! Nothing is too scary for
us to try now!!!!
|The thing I
really liked in working with Bonnie is she worked with me
and she worked with Bobablu. With most lessons the trainer is telling
you what to do while you are on the horse and sometimes you or the
horse just can't figure it out so the time is lost and there is
frustration. When either Bobalu or I couldn't figure it out, Bonnie
would get on Bobalu to either show me or help him. That was SO HELPFUL
and rare - most times you either get a horse trainer or a people
trainer, but not both!
- Audra Soltis
is a wonderful teacher. I have come so far in such a short time.
Before I started working with Bonnie, I had come off a few times, and I
had totally lost my confidence. I almost gave up riding completely.
Bonnie has been helping me to regain my confidence, so that I can work
with, and ride, any horse.
Bonnie is also very patient with both horses and people, and she is
very kind. I feel so much more confident since I have been working with
Bonnie! I also now feel that I have a connection with my mare and I can
understand the horse's reactions better. People told me to send my mare
to the glue factory because she was so hyper and reactive, but now, my
mare is a great horse. My mare is so much more calm than she used
to be, and she enjoys her work and focuses a lot better. I really feel
that I am communicating effectively with my mare, and I am also trying
out some of the things I have learned with Bonnie on other horses, and
so the knowledge transfers! It's amazing. I feel like a real
horseperson. I hope that one day I can be as good a horseperson as
- J.S., Woodside, CA