As individuals, Daniel and I came from different worlds: him the western side of horses, me the english. At first glance, it looked like we have nothing in common (aside from the horse, of course). But, the more time we spent together, the more we realized, we weren't that different.
Why? Because we actually have the same philosophy on how horses should be started and handled. We believe that a horse should be taught how to be soft, quiet, and responsive. Our experience has led us to believe that letting the horse choose to work with you, rather than making them work for you, goes a lot further in building the trust and respect necessary for a solid relationship.
We also believe that if the horse knows how to do more than one thing (ie. rope, jump, and trail ride), it makes them a better, more confident animal. A confident horse usually means a more confident rider and they become a safe pair that can do almost any job.
Daniel has an extensive background in starting horses from the ground up. He has also competed in many different events: ranch versatility, working cow horse, reining, roping, extreme cowboy, and polocrosse.
I have competed in eventing, dressage, stadium jumping, western dressage, ranch versatility, and reined cowhorse.
Daniel and I are constantly learning from each other. We have discovered that, together, we can make a very versatile horse, hence the name: Versatile Equine.
-Daniel and Sophia