The World of Living with Horses

Caroline Invicta Stevenson: For the Love of Horses

I have loved horses all my life. Known as “horse crazy” from the time I could really talk, all that mattered to me were horses and ponies. Once I felt I knew enough about them to help others, I started teaching.

Caroline Invicta Stevenson

I don’t consider myself a whisperer; I speak in a strong voice or am silent and listen.  I don’t carry a magic wand or rattle plastic bags.

I don’t sell a rope halter and lead that will make your horse follow you to greatness. Nor do I have an 800-number where you can call and subscribe and learn how to ride and train horses.

I just want to help teach those of you who are receptive a simple, safe and more rewarding way to enjoy your horse.

I hope to do this using my lifetime of experiences.  These are lessons drawn from teaching, training and living with horses.

Every time I work with a horse or rider, I learn something, too. I hope you will enjoy my recap of some of this horse-life learning. It has taught me how to convey an understanding of horse and rider, and teach accordingly.

The result is a career that has taken me from the world of thoroughbred racing to the training of equine movie stars, with many stops in between. I designed major equestrian centers in the Southwest. Most recently I was responsible for the day-to-day running of Las Campanas, a Santa Fe, New Mexico facility I designed that became a benchmark for top equine centers nationwide.

Today, I oversee  Invicta Farms in Nambe, New Mexico, teaching and training with my daughter, Sarah, at this full-service hunter-jumper barn. And I still appreciate and participate in all breeds and disciplines.

Now that you know a bit about me, I’d like to get to know you by inviting you to share your thoughts about when you knew you loved horses. Please send me a story of your first experience or those of your children or grandchildren.When we next “meet” online, I’ll tell you when I fell in love with horses. I’ll also start incorporating into our conversations lessons related to my experiences.

Since I can’t work with each of you directly, please feel free to ask questions.

I have two rules you must follow, as all who work with me come to know.

Rule 1: These exercises are meant to be tried using the “buddy system.” It is always safer to have someone with you when riding and a second pair of eyes is so helpful during a training session. Rule 2: Wear your helmet when riding.

NEXT WEEK: That first love — a pony memory. 

Caroline Invicta Stevenson

My career has taken me from the world of thoroughbred racing to the training of equine movie stars, with many stops in between. I designed several major equestrian centers in the Southwest. Most recently I was responsible for the day-to-day running of Las Campanas, a Santa Fe, NM facility I designed that became a benchmark for top equine centers nationwide. Today, I oversee, teach and train with my daughter, Sarah, at Invicta Farms in Nambe, New Mexico -- a full-service hunter-jumper barn.

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