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"The key to a respectful relationship with horses is to know thyself, to be humble, to trust that the horse is intuitive, sensate and wise, to be open and curious." -Ariana Strozzi Mazzucchi

Intuitive Horsemanship™-True Unity with Horses


True unity with horses is achieved through trust, respect, and clear communication. Trust is built through your authentic presence, confidence, right timing and consistent cues. Respect is earned through patience, kindness, and genuine curiosity. Authentic presence is gained through a developed self awareness of your inner intentions, your energetic body language and your mind/body and spirit are are aligned for purposeful action . 

To create true unity, it is important to appreciate that the horse is an individual with its own unique needs, personality and preferences. It is also important to be aware of the horse's body language and when he/she is relaxed and engaged versus resistant and distrusting.

As the founder of Intuitive Horsemanship™ since 1989, Ariana knows from experience that creating unity and harmony with horses begins with you. Ariana is not just a horse trainer, she is a zoologist, award winning author, and pioneer of Equine Guided Education and Coaching. As a true trailblazer, she has forged new paradigms for the horse human bond in both english and western horse training models and the human self development realm.

If you are ready to find that lightness and magic with horses that you know is possible, see your options below.

Re-discover the magic and lightness of being with horses

Ariana opens up a whole new way of understanding horses that is universal to any method of horsemanship. Her focus is on the horse-rider relationship from a ‘feeling’ perspective rather than a ‘knowing’ perspective.

Ariana connects her clients to their original passion for horses as ‘good for the soul’, a ‘non-judgmental ally’, a 'friend and partner'.

Ariana begins with non-linear, creative exercises to expand your awareness so that you can nurture your relationship with mutual respect and trust.

Ariana's method is heart felt and compassionate

Ariana has led the Intuitive Horsemanship™ approach since 1989, as she braved the boundaries of a new frontier of creating unified relationships with horses. Her tried and true approach is about being authentic and working from the inside out. Learn to listen with curiosity to how horses mirror the energy of their riders, people around them, the other horses and even the vibe of the barn/stable. Horses primary communication is through energetic awareness and a deep atunement to their instinctive nature. Understanding the similarities between the way horses and humans experience 'life before thought' is essential.

Honor horses like you wish to be honored

Horses, more often than not, are treated disrespectfully. Not necessarily on purpose, but often because of a narrow perception of horses as the servant; a beast of service (without regard to their sensitive nature).

Ariana shares how to see horses as a partner with feelings and wisdom to share. She honors the horse as a sentient being, with feelings, moods, instincts and a social desire to connect, just like people do. 

Honoring horses as sentient, caring beings means understanding that horses have individual personalities, preferences and needs. 

Ariana is a phenomenal horse person. She has a way of understanding the dynamics of horses that is incredible. She connects with horses on a level like no trainer I’ve worked with and makes it easier as a student to really grasp what’s going on in the relationship. -Hilary Anthony, 2020

“My trainer is blown away by the change in my riding since doing the first class with Ariana. Over the past couple days, all she’s been saying is, “Oh my God, you are FINALLY using your core – it’s pretty cool (thanks Ariana).” -Julie Bridge, 2008

“Intuitive Horsemanship™ with Ariana has given me a new sense of freedom with my horse. I am refreshed and have a newfound confidence in myself and my horse, thank you!”

Karen Overby,, Certified PATH Riding Instructor

Horse Sense

Ariana incorporates somatic awareness exercises that develop a renewed curiosity, lightness and authentic feel. She teaches how important it is to understand horses instincts and how to create a 'leadership as followership' mentality where the team moves as one.

Horse sense means being able to ask with energetic and intentional cues. Traditional tools and techniques are secondary. Let go of the outdated dominant subordinant relationship that used to be the 'only way' to gain control of a horse.

It's a 'way of being'

Expand on your existing skills and learn new skills. To improve a relationship with horses that is deeply rewarding for both both you and your horse., requires passion, commitment and willingness to learn new tools. 

Ariana does not focus on one particular method. She is well versed in both english and western riding styles. She knows from 'tried and true' experience, that focusing on being authentic, intuitive and accountable for how we show up for horses is how we build a relationship based on a mutual, respectful unity of willing partnership.

On the ground or in the saddle

Either way, it is about relationship and not control. We can work on the ground, in the saddle, we can work on relationship building, creating unity (a team that moves as one), we can work on your timing, your attention to cues, your ability to get curious about your horse's perspective, their rhythm's and patterns and so much more.

For horse trainers, we focus on developing your ability to observe, recognize, and articulate the non-verbal/body language dynamics of the horse(s), yourself and the local environment. 

“What Ariana revealed to me continues to shape how I extend myself into this world daily. I highly recommend Ariana as a coach, mentor and teacher to anyone seeking illuminating truths through working with horses for professional or personal development." Lucinda Newman, Pathfinders

Courses and mentorship options

Intuitive Horsemanship™

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A new way of horsemanship where:

Horse lovers of all levels and disciplines work with the horse to:

* Achieve success without force

* Partnership without dominance

Teamwork without fear

Willingness without intimidation

* Harmony without coercion 

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