Tik Maynard

Event rider, Horse trainer

Natural horsemanship, or horse psychology as Tik’s technique is termed, is the wave of the equestrian sports future. The top German riding centers have already invited over “natural horsemanship” people to see what they can learn from them and U.S. Equestrian coach David O’Connor is a huge proponent of this technique. Tik has the support of the key influencers in the U.S and Canada and they are looking to him for innovative training methods.

Tik believes in developing fundamentals at the most basic level to be successful as horses mature. Horses need to learn to walk, stand, catch, come, go, turn, ground-tie, mount easily, and get used to new things before they progress in their mounted training. Tik’s techniques do things such as help a spooky horse relax, or help a young horse get used to the leg for example. 

For those people who are more experienced, horse psychology helps them advance up the levels developing further understanding and better communication with their horses. This is done, through pressure and release of pressure, using horses natural curiosity, and adjusting the program and the speed of the program to each specific horse. Most of all the most basic foundational problems are identified and addressed with empathy, respect, communication and trust through this horse psychology program.

Tik’s methods are proven and have worked with horses who have not responded to numerous other training techniques.  He is compassionate and has a natural ability to help horses reach new levels in various disciplines.

Once a partnership is developed Tik begins the horse’s training. While the relationship is the foundation, competition drives each of us to improve and reach for our potential.

The fitness and athleticism of horses is improved through work and practice, both mental and physical. Tik pushes each horse to reach their potential but also to go in the direction that most meets their innate abilities. The goal: To compete with the best in the world on the International stage.

“…his marrying of natural horsemanship principles with competitive goals could profoundly change performance riding for the better.”  Brenda Jarrell, Event Rider

Watch Tik’s presentation from 2020 ‘What Motivates Horses’ in the Bonus Arena.

You can also watch Tik judge the Grand Contest Final, together with Warwick Schiller and Ben Atkinson, in Arena 1!

For more about Tik visit www.copperlineequestrian.com

To register for a clinic with Tik in the UK in 2021 visit https://www.organisedequestrian.com/tik-maynard-clinic/

Click here to buy Tik’s book In the Middle are the Horsemen