Testimonials

 

Testimonials from the Nokota® Experience 2015









 

Testimonials from the Nokota® Young Horse Handling Clinic 2015

 

 

Testimonials from the In-Hand Workshop- July 2015

This workshop was fabulous! Jack helps break things down into simple steps, when I always seem to complicate things. It was helpful getting a different perspective with my horse and his issues with the bit by being on the ground, watching his expressions and body language more closely. I found it’s really NOT about the bit. Shocking:-) My leadership is usually better from the ground where I can influence him with less tension from my own body. Working in-hand with my horse helped me by getting his mind more engaged in precise movements, where eventually his body will be able to hold the movements for longer periods. It’s always fun getting to see Jack play with his horse, showing us where the in-hand movements can progress to in the future.

Shannon Birkelbach 

Attending the JL Horsemanship In-Hand clinic with my horse Kasey was a fascinating experience. The emphasis on achieving a balanced posture and relaxed state of mind  for the horse sets the stage for progressive training to cues for lateral and vertical flexion and moving forward and backward in an optimal frame- the back is rounded and the hindquarters are engaged. I noticed an immediate response from my horse who is well trained and already light to the cues- he became lighter! The exercises also produced a lot of release from tension and relaxation- yawning, eye rolling, licking & chewing. Through his program, I hope to help my horse achieve a higher level of correct movement and by doing so, prevent the risk of injury.

Shannon Mercer

The in-hand workshop was completely enlightening. I liked how Jack explained how important it is that we keep our horses squared up. I had known it was important, but I wasn’t completely sure how. Now I know! When we first started my horse’s posture was poor, but by the end of the workshop he had improved so much in only a few hours! Now that I have furthered my knowledge, I can go on to help horses in need.

Rachel Gardner

Jack Lieser is a very gifted horseman with the ability to observe horses and their humans and quickly recommend changes that yield big results.  His breadth of experience with many types of horses and disciplines is most evident when he is working with young or troubled equines.  I learn so much from Jack every time I am around him.  We are blessed to have a horseman of this caliber so close to Houston.

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Linda Secrist & Silvertail

 

What can I tell you about Jack?

Jack is one of those people who, simply by being in their presence, makes everyone feel calmer. This holds true for both people and animals.

I have a very sensitive 3 yr. old Paint gelding who Jack started this summer. Try is an especially sensitive young guy, and we had already had a less than stellar experience with another trainer (not a bad trainer, but just not the right match for a horse like Try). Many horses like him are deemed “hot” or “problem” horses, but Jack just said that he was sensitive and started to work with him on day 1.

Day 1—oh, what a day! The term “rodeo bronc” comes to mind… During Try’s first session, Jack attached the rear girth for the very first time and started working him on the ground.

I can honestly say that Try & I would very likely have failed as a partnership without Jack. Jack helped us figure out that Try’s behavioral issues were, in large part, due to stomach ulcers. He suggested I have him tested, helped with the treatments while Try was in training, and started Try with the guidance he needed. Jack also taught me how to become the partner Try needed. He showed me to be assertive and firm, while also being kind and understanding. He showed me how to read Try’s movements and expressions, and when to push, as well as when to step back. Jack taught us both to live in the moment, and take our relationship step-by-step. By the time Try left Jack’s, he was able to walk, trot, canter reliably with a riderJ

Since that time, I have attended clinics and taken a number of lessons with Jack. I’m continuously amazed at how he managed to pick just the right approach for each individual horse & rider. He clearly understands that each pair is unique, and somehow manages to reach everyone on a level they understand. He has continued to be a sounding board for me when I feel I’m struggling with something with Try, and has been a true source of support and inspiration. I feel so blessed to have found someone like Jack to act as my guide in this journey of perpetual learning.

Tara Chatterson & Try

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Jack has a way of knowing when to pose questions to help you work through something or when direct direction is what the rider needs. I have witnessed a 23 year-old mare come in to a clinic series with stiffness way beyond her years, and with diligent work by the rider and Jack’s direction, end the series moving like she was ten years younger. Jack’s patience and insight into horses and people has had a huge impact on the relationship between me and my equine partner. He has helped shape an explosive horse and an insecure rider into a working partnership.

Renee Adair, Star & Dally

 

Jack Lieser is a wonderful instructor that has much insight into what both the horse and rider need. He has a way of explaining things in a descriptive but simple format. He also emphasizes visualization prior to performing the movement. I am looking forward to my next clinic with Jack.

Lynn Turner & Promise

 

Jack Lieser’s Building Partnership on the Trail Clinic. We ALL had great successes!! Everyone was an experienced rider, but w/new horses. That makes for another game. What we accomplished in the first session is what I’d hoped to walk away with after the 4th session! What an amazing clinic it was. I would HIGHLY recommend it. It will NOT be under your skill level. Trust me. Oh, and Toby totally rocked it! LOVE that pony. He’s the best. He’s a superstar!

Nancy Taylor & Toby

 

Jacks clinic helped me the most to push me out if my comfort zone on the trail to gain confidence. Jack helped me to assess when to push through when my horse was having attitude versus when to take a smaller step forward. My favorite part was seeing what my horse would do in all kinds of water and discovering he likes to swim.  I would absolutely participate in another clinic and recommend it to others.

Carol Middleburg

At Jack’s Western Dressage & Working Equitation clinic in Minnesota: “I’ve never seen her enjoy a clinic so much!” said Julianna Langlois’ mother. Julianna is a young college student who is double majoring in equine studies.

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Jack Liesers’ WDC Series at Watts Way *Oct/2011-Apr/2012

October 9, 2011 ten of us stood in the arena at Watts Way introducing ourselves and telling stories of our horsemanship journeys and what we hoped for from this first series of Western Dressage clinics. My personal goal was to have more forward and straightness, ultimately knowing that this would help my horse and wondering if I truly understood what that really meant. When everyone had spoke, Jack said, “Remember what you just set for your goals of these clinics”.

Jack said that there were 7 elements to be able to move your horse in the fundamentals of classical training for Western Dressage: “Balance, Relaxation, Impulsion, Flexibility, Mobility, and Collection”. Wide-eyed, I moved into the arena with Sunny, now looking at my horse with these 7 elements in mind as I asked for movement.

Saturday and Sunday mornings were half ground work and half riding. Afternoons were 1 hour semi-private instruction with Jack. Shoulder in, leg yield, haunches in, half pass, all with the correct bend of course, became our language. Circles, lots of circles, which translates to straight lines, lots of straight lines, with transitions.

Jack often reminded us about intention and clarity when we asked for these movements. I am still not sure how he could see all of us in the huge arena or how he could take each of us step by step individually where we were in these moments, but somehow he helped us move forward with our horses. I do know that it’s always about the horse for Jack, every step… ultimately in balance.

Clinic #2 and #3 came and went, focusing on shoulder in, half pass and finally haunches in. Clinic #4 was just a few days away, and I started to realize how much time I hadn’t been able to ride. I went to the barn, saddled my horse, now up 2 holes each side in his cinch and noticing he seemed taller, and asked for movement with those 7 elements in mind.

 

April 15, 2012, As this last day of this last clinic unfolded, Jack confirmed that I wasn’t shrinking, that sometimes with classical training, horses can become taller. I enjoyed watching each rider/horse pair connect the moves into a dance, allowing our horses to flow into the movement without force. We put the pieces together and rode The Western Dressage Test for Novices. There was clapping, hoots and hollars, some “Way to go’s”, some “You cantered!”, some “Where’d you get that horse?“ from Jack, (and maybe a few tears) but mostly deeper understanding of this journey called horse.

For my last session in this series with Jack, I mounted, walked on and asked with clarity for each movement my horse made. Shoulder in, leg yield, haunches in, half pass, crisp canter departs, all with the correct bend, of course. At the end of the lesson, Jack asked each of us what we gained/gleaned from this series of Western Dressage and had we accomplished any of our goals. I said, “For me, the series had culminated to these last 30 min!”

Thank you Jack, for teaching me that in order to have forward and straightness, I had to understand and be able to feel the Balance, Relaxation, Impulsion, Flexibility, Mobility, and Collection that comes from my horse and remember that we find that together…

Can’t wait for the next series!

Dena and Sunny

p.s. The Watts Way facility owned by Gary and Terri Watts is a beautiful venue and the lunches were thoughtfully prepared by Jacks wife, Sarah and Sarah’s mom Sally. I could about go on and on, but to get the full effect of the warm hospitality, you will need to do that in person. ; )

 

After participating in Jack Lieser’s Western Dressage Clinic I finally understand how to execute the shoulder in. Remy and I did our best ones today thanks entirely to Jack. Jack also succeeded in getting us really moving forward. It was easy to see the improvement in the horses ways of going after proper preparation,circles,leg yields,plus shoulder in done correctly. I really liked working on the canter leg yields. Remy and I have a lot of interesting things to work on.

Gail McNabb and Remy

 

Jack has a way of knowing when to pose questions to help you work through something or when direct direction is what the rider needs. I have witnessed a 23 year-old mare come in to a clinic series with stiffness way beyond her years, and with diligent work by the rider and Jack’s direction, end the series moving like she was ten years younger. Jack’s patience and insight into horses and people has had a huge impact on the relationship between me and my equine partner. He has helped shape an explosive horse and an insecure rider into a working partnership.

Renee Adair, Star & Dally

 

Jack Lieser is a wonderful instructor that has much insight into what both the horse and rider need. He has a way of explaining things in a descriptive but simple format. He also emphasizes visualization prior to performing the movement. I am looking forward to my next clinic with Jack.

Lynn Turner & Promise

 

Testimonials from the Nokota® Young Horse Handling Clinic

When asked: how has working with the Nokota® Horses helped your horsemanship, riders responded that:

*I believe that I better understand the concepts of focus and intent.  When I am working with my own horse now I am trying to be a better, clearer communicator and listener.  Additionally I am trying to achieve a higher level of focus on what I am attempting to do.  Another concept that I better understand is lightness.  Jack pointed out that to be light, say at a level of 1, you may need to go to a level of 10 and that is something that I need to constantly remind myself.  I think I am more confident about getting bigger in my requests and then responding with lightness when I can.  I think my horse is happier when I operate like this and get out of the nagging middle zone.

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Cheryl Whitmore

*It has definitely made me more sensitive to my actions around my horse and more aware of how he’s reacting to me. I’m trying to be so much lighter in everything I do.

Lorna Call

*The Nokotas have improved every aspect of my horsemanship. They have taught me more about feel and timing than I had learned in the prior 10 years of study with other clinicians. And that feel and timing affects everything I do with horses.

Charlie Hautman

 

What did you enjoy the most about the Nokota® Young Horse Handling Clinic?

*I had the opportunity to work in the round pen with a very young, frightened horse and to make a connection.  I believe I was the first human to touch this horse and eventually get a halter on him. I also really enjoyed watching the herd dynamics and interacting with the herd.  The clinic was a unique and rewarding experience and entirely engaging.

Cheryl Whitmore

 *There were so many things that I like about it it’s hard to single out one thing, but I guess the opportunity to work with a horse that had no history was a unique situation for me and such a great learning experience. Plus it’s such an emotionally safe place to learn.

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Lorna Call

*I have two answers to this question.

  1. The people who come to these clinics are some of the greatest people I could hope to spend time with. It seems that those who are inspired to learn in this way have open minds and hearts which makes them exceptional human beings
  2. The Nokota horses are also exceptional in so many ways. They are pure horse. Unadulterated by the human penchant of breeding for fashion. They are so completely authentic that they really demand that the human step up to the plate and be present in a way that they may never have experienced before.

Charlie Hautman

Would you recommend this clinic to someone else and if so why?

*Absolutely.  I had the opportunity to do things I had never before experienced in a safe, supportive environment.  I truly understand the concepts of focus and being in the moment in a way I don’t think I could have learned in any other way and I felt the clinic advanced my horsemanship and improved my confidence.  And it was fun!
Thank you to Jack, Frank, Leo, Charlie and Jerusha for their wonderful teaching and coaching and for the opportunity to observe and play with these remarkable horses.  Someday I would love to own a Nokota.

Cheryl Whitmore

 

* Absolutely!! If you are thinking of getting a horse, or just want to understand horses better, this is ground zero to that end. It’s an in-the-moment experience of how horses think. And react.

Lorna Call

 

*Absolutely. This is by far the best educational experience I have had with horses. I have been a clinic junkie for over a dozen years and this clinic rates up there as a life altering experience. If you want to be in a relationship with a horse you need this information. Your horse wants you to have this information.

Charlie Hautman