Maine – Twin Birches Farm

WDAA-JimName: James Badger
Address: Beth – Brunswick Maine 04011
Email Address:
Business Phone: (207)729-4725
Mobile Phone: (207)729-4725

Professional Service: Clinician, Instructor, Trainer

Short Biography

I think the real benefit of Western Dressage is that you don’t have to change everything you know and start on the bottom floor, you can bring the horse and tack that you have, training you already have, and use Western Dressage to add another level or layer of expertise. Western Dressage training just adds to your tool box of skills when working with horses, its about communication and a harmonious partnership between horse and rider, I find its also very fun and rewarding.

Description of Services:

I offer Clinics throughout the New England area ranging from 2 hours to 3 days, private lessons for individuals or groups of up to 3. For equine groups or organizations we also offer Western Dressage demonstrations with a discussion, question and answer session. Trainings, clinics, and seminars can all be massaged to address your or your groups needs.

Public speaking on Western Dressage and Veterans dealing with Depression and/or PTSD, Partnership between horse and rider.

Western Dressage Professional
AQHA Professional Horseman

I have and continue trained with professionals: Chris Wonderley, Carol Poulin-Taylor, Olympic Gold Medalist – Arron Ralston, National Reiner Robin Stange. My mentors are: Pat Puckett & Jec Aristotle Ballou.

Memberships: AQHA, APHA, USEF, USDF, RSNC, NSHA, Maine Morgan, MeQHA, CMDA, WDAA. Founder Equine Angels Veterans Program

As riders we manage the horses emotional state through the proper use of rein aids. Balance, cadence and carriage are the principals of classic dressage used in teaching Western Dressage. I feel that for every movement a rider makes on a horse, there is a position of balance. During this position of balance it takes no energy from the horse, the horse is neither pushing or dragging the rider along. My goal is ti teach people to ride with a feel, encouraging suppleness and harmony with the horse. Every time we sit in the saddle, ride bareback, work on ground work, free lunge a horse its a DANCE. I think teaching people to led this dance is very rewarding. Some riders don’t realize that when they were younger, riding was 90% physical and 10% mental, as I have gotten older, I think it is much more enjoyable for the horse and rider both if riders can learn to ride using 90% mental and 10% physical. When this is done properly the ride is harmonious, effortless and beautiful. The best thing about Western Dressage  is any rider of any level can participate safely and build or restructure there relationship and partnership with their horse. It doesn’t matter what you do with your horse, whether your horse competes in reining, roping, cutting, western pleasure, or you enjoy trail riding. Using dressage principals will improve your partnership with your horse and hopefully, help your horse to be happier.


Expire Date: April 8, 2015

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