Allen Acres

Amy Allen Horsemanship

I invite you to come join me in my passion for the horse and the joy they give us. Through Horsemanship, communication in the horse's language using 'feel', I create a new understanding for you and your horse. I take great pleasure in teaching people to find that world, to become confident riders who can communicate with their equine partner. I provide full training for the unstarted, green, re-schooling and conditioning training. Groundwork, English and/or Western training available for any breed of horse and level of rider.  Riding lessons using your horse or mine, helping you gain knowledge, awareness, confidence, balance, timing and feel.

Explore my site to see how some of my clients have enjoyed my training and teaching. Feel free to contact me if you would like more information.
                                                                        Blessings                                                              Amy Allen

Amy Allen, a horsewoman who has a good sense of feel when it comes to training horses. Her experience, timing, balance and feel show when you see her working with a horse.

"With all horses, I start with ground work using horsemanship methods, feeling of the horse and clearly communicating with the horse in their language"

Full training 
Includes full care board; private shelter with a large dry paddock (graded and some gravel to avoid winter mud), quality tested grass hay continually supplied in slow feeder hay nets balanced with supplements. Two scheduled lesson per week. If your horse is not ready to be ridden, I teach you groundwork with your horse, or work with you in the saddle using one of my horses. 5 training sessions per week, 20 sessions total. $750.00 per. month  

At Allen Acres with our horse                                                   $45.00 per hour
At Allen Acres with your horse                                                 $40.00 per hour

Offsite lessons                                                       $40.00 per hour, 2 hr minimum
(24 hr cancellation notice required for all lessons)
If you are boarding, please check with the facility owner(s) to make sure it is ok for a trainer to come to your barn and instruct you. If there is an additional fee (haul in) you are responsible for that fee. 

Full training is at Allen Acres, a small peaceful facility centrally located between Shelton and Olympia.

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  If you have any questions about putting your horse in training please give me a call 360.480.5327, or you can send me an email


DestinyAmy Allen is passionate about her work with the horse. A trainer located in Shelton, WA, who enjoys working with all types of horses and people. Amy also uses her horses to teach Horsemanship, or travels to your location to give you lessons on your horse. She teaches a wide range of ages and levels,  building their confidence, expanding their knowledge and increasing their awareness.

Amy's experience began early--at 2 years old, as her mother and sister are avid horsewomen. Her older sister bought her her first pony, a Welsh/Shetland cross by the name of Misty. She spent hours and hours riding and driving her pony all over West Newbury, MA. Over the years, Amy has studied a variety of riding disciplines, took innumerable lessons, worked with talented horsemen and women, and showed saddleseat on beautiful Morgan horses.

During the 90's Amy was part of a great team at Conestoga Run Farm in Pennsylvania.  She worked with trainer Eric Krichten (Cedar Ridge Arabians), and now trainer Julie Witmer (Omni Arabians). It was quite the experience traveling all over the East coast showing Egyptian Arabian horses. "Working with Eric and Julie, we worked hard and played hard. The days were long, especially at the shows, but I do have fond memories of that time in my life."

Amy's training is based upon Horsemanship and Classical Dressage. She studies and has ridden with Buck Brannaman and Leslie Desmond. She also studies the work of Ray Hunt, Bill and Tom Dorrance, Jean-Claude Racinet and Sally Swift. She has also learned a great deal from the horse, the ultimate teacher.

"One of my cherished training mentors was a wise cowboy by the name of Bill Wall. Not a big name, well known trainer but a gentle cowboy who was once one of those break em' cowboys. He learned the gentle methods of Horsemanship and took me under his wing, teaching me the patient way to work with the horse, increasing my awareness, understanding why they do what they do and communicating in their language. Bill is the one who taught me 'wait on the horse', I can still hear him saying it every time those words come out of my mouth. I was not always a patient student, and some lessons were hard learned and frustrating, but it was well worth it".dawnessa.jpg

"Feel of the horse, feel him reach for you when you reach for him" Amy says, "You will have a much better relationship once you understand 'feel'. I am not unique,  nor do I have special talents, I am passionate about what I do and I work hard so I can give the horse a better deal".

This is known as Horsemanship, the idea being to communicate with horses in their language, develop trust and awareness, and have confidence while moving with your horse. Its the oldest method of horse training in North America and stems from Classical dressage.

Amy has learned that rushing to get a result often takes longer if the horse is not ready. "Wait on the horse" is a term that you will frequently hear her say, "timing is everything". Once you understand the horse's reason for what he does and you increase your awareness, you will begin to communicate in their language. Horses are prey animals and will run away when frightened, if they can't run they will fight, another option is to shut down. Once you earn their trust and gain control of their feet, they become a willing partner, working with you without resistance".

As a life-long student of horses, Amy continues to ride with, and learn, from Buck Brannaman.  


"Patience, awareness, timing, communication in the horses language, feel, and an open mind are ways to build a good relationship with your horse. The learning never ends, we need to listen to the horse.  I want your horse experience to be safe, educational and enjoyable."

If Amy's philosophy and approach sound like something you'd like to experience, don't hesitate to call her or send an email, she is usually accepting new students and horses for training.


Allen Acres
Shelton, WA. 98584

Cell: 360.480.5327  email:

by Appointment Only

Mailing address:
Amy Allen Horsemanship
P.O. Box 13008
Olympia, WA 98508-3008

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