Training Philosophy

A study of ideas about knowledge, truth and the nature of horses.

Our training philosophy at MacDonald Performance Training is simple: if training is clear and simple, it can also be calm and kind.   We strive to finish light, winning performance horses while keeping the horses sound in mind and body.   Our influences are many and technique and philosophy is hard to explain in a few words so we strongly encourage interested owners and riders to come out and watch or ride with us.

“When you can direct a horse’s movements through feel, then there’s understanding taking place between the person and the horse. That is the sign of true horsemanship.” Bill Dorrance

Take the Time

Always warm your horse up.

Ride Where You Are

Consider experience, location, physical and mental state for both the horse and rider.


Action with inaction, authority with friendship.