My training philosophy is simple...be creative and find what works and makes sense for each horse and rider to help them achieve their goals.
It all started when my family moved to a small farm in Northwest Ohio when I was five years old. I was obsessed with horses, and my great uncle Red was delighted and helped build our barn. To this day, he remains the greatest horseman I've ever known. He wasn't famous, didn't medal in the Olympics, but he could read and understand any horse and trained with humility maintaining a healthy sense of humor. His father was a teamster back when they drove horses, and he learned about horses sitting next to him on the wagon and helping him care for the team. He served in World War 1 in the cavalry, where he learned that the best horses in the world are "ornery mares" because they will always save your life on the battlefield. With that in mind off we went to the local auction to buy my first pony.
The auction was crowded, and I wanted every horse that passed through the pen. I waited impatiently, watching my uncle closely as he inspected each horse. Then he said, "the cream-colored ponies, those are the ones." Two completely feral pony mares, wild-eyed and manes and tails full of burrs, were run into the pen, and the bidding started. They were beautiful, and I named them Taffy and Ginger. The next few months, I watched my uncle gentle and tame them, and I learned the basics of grooming and eventually tacking. It was a great day that first time my uncle sat me on top of Taffy and led me around. A few days later, I begged him to turn us loose, and he reluctantly agreed. Taffy promptly bolted across a plowed field, bucking me off. I was scooped up and put back on the mare and led around while Uncle Red explained that I was one step closer to being a horseman. I learned a lot that day. I learned that sometimes you have to fall before you succeed. It also set me on a path of discovery, wanting to learn as much as I could about horses. The following days I spent every possible moment with Taffy trying to figure out what went wrong. I pestered my parents and uncle to help me ride her again, and instead, they purchased an older Shetland pony trained to drive with minimal riding experience. Orbit was the pony that should have been my first pony at the age of 5, but I will never forget Taffy.
A lot of horses and people have passed through my life since then. I learned something from every single one of them. I made mistakes, lots of them, but I learned from those. I was fortunate to learn from horsemen from many disciplines, including Tom Dorance, who reminded me of my Uncle Red. I learned that there are many ways to train a horse. In college, I learned from different instructors and many fabulous school horses and studied the great riding masters throughout history and classical dressage. I graduated with a B.S. in equine sciences, but the learning never stopped. I've learned that both people and horses learn very differently as much as each individual horse is unique. Therefore no one training technique suits every horse or rider. Horses and riders are living breathing puzzles, and no two puzzles ever come together the same way. Training is more a path of discovery, and I find great joy in leading riders down that path to success by being creative and finding what works for each horse and rider.
All lessons are given by owner and trainer Rebecca Roach. She meets with the client to discuss goals and make a plan for lessons. The lessons may shift as the horse and rider progress. All lessons are facilitated by audio equipment so Rebecca can communicate directly with the rider through an earpiece during the lesson.
Lessons are given for basic riding, equitation, dressage, combined training, endurance, and pleasure. Rebecca prepares students for shows they wish to participate in by practicing tests and working on basic riding mechanics. Rebecca also addresses rider and horse problem issues.
Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy is available at the farm. PEMF supports healing from injuries or recovery after a long, hard work session. It can reduce swelling, pain, soreness and fatigue. It improves blood flow and cell function.
Moon Rising Farm is one of the few farms in the area that has the Horse Gym available for client horses. The treadmill is optimal for maintaining conditioning during inclement weather and to rehabilitate after injury. The incline function provides resistance making the workout more intensive without the stress of ridden exercise.