have known and worked with Eddie since 1989. He has
worked very hard at developing his horse training skills.
I would recommend him highly to anyone who wants a knowledgeable,
caring, giving teacher to help them and their horses."
Lyons & Ed Thornton
Reason for training:
My main pupose is to become a well-educated horse trainer.
After taking Ed Thornton's Level I class my skills as
a rider and training has improved dramatically.
I am looking forward to the next Level's.
Best part about Ed's
The process in which Ed runs his class is absolutely
perfect. Ed himself is a remarkable trainer and
teacher. He can teach anyone methods from John
Lyons. The hospitality that Ed and his lovely
wife show is a great attribute. You always feel
welcome. I came seeking to become a horse trainer.
I went home with skills to start today.
I got to know Eddie when
we were both members of an equine emergency team. He
was completing his training with John Lyons. I had a
three year old gelding that I had raised from birth.
My horse and I were both at a point where we needed
someone with more expertise to step in. Ed agreed to
evaluate "Petey" and we've been with him ever
since. Eddie is skilled and caring - sensitive to horse
and student. He is always willing to adapt and expand
his method to fit the level of both. He taught me to
ask simple questions so that my horse can guess correctly.
He taught me that repetition and positive reinforcement
are the keys to learning. In a perfect world we would
have that connection with our beloved horses that God
intended. In the real world, making that connection
requires focus. Our concentration and consistency truly
result in the horse's consistency and concentration.
Therein lies the "connection". I highly recommend
Ed Thornton as a skilled trainer who will help anyone
become a better horseman. Judy Christie
"Ed helped my mare learn to handle her fears, so
now she can focus on and move forward with her Dressage
training." LeAnne Hagerty
Mike Miller and STALKER, his Tennessee
Walker - Client
"....the week I spent with Eddie
was one of the most valuable experiences in all my years
of owning and enjoying my horses. Eddie was not only
a great teacher and role-model, he was also a great
student. He learned about me and my problems and was
able to quickly adapt his approach and help my 'learning
curve'. The progress I made personally in my ability
(and confidence) to work with my horses was unbelievable.
The progress, in just one week, of my horses was equally
dramatic. Some friends who came to watch periodically
during the week were amazed at the results.
those who might be experiencing some of the same frustrations
as I was 'doing it on their own', I would strongly recommend
getting someone like Eddie to help. In a very insightful
and personal way, he made the Ground Control Manual
come alive, and in so doing, he helped me create a solid
foundation to build on. I've got a long way to go but
I now know I'm on a path that will get me where I want
to be. Mike Miller
- Ringoes, NJ
"I was a novice rider with a 3 year
old Arab gelding. Ed's training paid off recently when
a trail ride got exciting. I was apprehensive about continuing.
But, I immediately went back to Ed's lesson plans and
within 15 minutes I had a quieted, collected and connected
horse." - Tom
I'd like to tell you about a trainer
named Ed Thornton who has been working with me and my
horse. He is a John Lyons Certified Trainer and a Godsend
to me. Ed solved Lucky's "walking off" problem,
without any trauma to the horse (or us). The other problem
with Lucky was his "speeding". He really does
love to get up and go, but again thanks to Ed, Wayne
(and Lucky) are learning how to control his speed.
I have had several "trainers" during the first
2 years I had my horse, "Sailer". All of them
combined did not do as much for me and my horse as Ed
has done in just a few lessons. I truly believe if it
had not been for him I would have given up on having
a horse. His motto is "Safe Horse, Safe Rider Through
Education" and there are many of us who are living
proof it works. I can't say enough good things about
Ed. The best thing is that his is not only a really
great horse trainer, but his is also really great with
people too. He has a gift. - Terry
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Valley, Ca 92284
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