My Story

 My name is Kyle Van Splinter and my passion is teaching humans & their horses through

We move as One.

HORSEMANSHIP

  • As a very young child, I had a deep down love and desire to be with horses.  I dreamed about horses amost every day yet I didn't have one directly in my life. I read every horse book imaginable: all Walter Farley books (Black Stallion series),  Black Beauty, My Friend Flicka, etc. Eventually I was lucky enough to have a horse friend of my own. English riding and jumping were my entrée into horsemanship. 

 

"Horses come to trust those that are compassionate guardians/leaders."

In fact, even now in 2021, I have undertaken a broadening of ideas and concepts into the world of Positive Reinforcement strategies and have changed the name of my company from We move as One. Natural Horsemanship to simply: We move as One. HORSEMANSHIP. Natural Horsemanship is still a strategy and is employed regularly, but sometimes the situation (human, horse, behavior issue, etc.) warrants another behavior modification technique; enter Positve Reinforcement training.

  • A number of years ago, the horses in my life were challenging me and I had suddenly lost my confidence riding my 9 year-old thoroughbred and even leading my 1 1/2 year-old filly became frightening.

  • At some point, I thought maybe my horses were trying to tell me something.  So I began looking for answers....which led me on the best journey of my life. 

  • The realization came to me that there was much more to be learned about horses and THEIR nature.  My horses thankfully guided me to a better way; even now, I listen and learn from them everyday.

  • I came to learn that horses come to trust those that are compassionate guardians/leaders; those that address the horse's needs and concerns.  I believe that every successful partnership begins with trust and communication both on-the-ground and in-the-saddle.

  • I try to  incorporate many ideas and concepts drawing from what I believe to be the best sources in order to best connect humans with their horses. I am  always striving to grow my "concept toolbox" in order to best meet the needs of horses and/or humans given their situations at that moment in time.

  • I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to improve my knowledge and skills on an ongoing basis, in person with some world renowned horsewomen like internationally acclaimed liberty horse trainer, Sylvia Zerbini as well as Karen Rohlf of Dressage Naturally (plus one of Karen's licensed DN instructors, Shawna Lewis).  Other international natural horsemanship trainers/training programs and their protégés have also contributed to my horsemanship skills and knowledge including: Sharon Wilsie (Horse Speak), Centered Riding, Parelli Natural Horsemanship, Mark Rashid, Warwick Schiller, and now Mustang Maddy as well as other Positive Reinforcement clinicians. Additionally, I have gleaned energy/chi/chakras learning from acupressure and acupuncture specialists, as well as other unconventional minds in non-equine related fields.

  • ​The name, We move as One. was created to reflect the vision of the horse and human partnership. I am so happy that it remains relevant to the vision today.

  • I feel that I not only relate to horses, but also understand the human's learning process as well as individual learning styles. This knowledge was attained while attended graduate school in preparation for a former career: teaching college-bound special education high school students. Having also had an extensive advertising career in NYC, I bring professionalism to client relationships.

  • I am happy to offer WORLDWIDE assistance to help horses and humans improve their partnerships through the Virtual Online Private Lessons program. And, for IN-PERSON lessons, I teach at clients' farms or boarding facilities to help humans better partner with their horses in Westchester, Putnam, and Dutchess counties, NEW YORK...and Alachua, Levy, Marion, and Gilcrest counties, FLORIDA; as well as Fairfield, Litchfield, and New Haven counties, CONNECTICUT.

Natural Horsemanship Trainer

Contact We move as One.

           HORSEMANSHIP

email: vans@westnet.com

call or text  (845) 598-0069

We move as One. HORSEMANSHIP lessons available WORLDWIDE via the Virtual Online Private Lesson program.

We move as One. IN-PERSON lessons available in:

  • New York: Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess Counties, plus certain towns in Orange & Rockland Counties

  • Connecticut: Fairfield, Litchfield, plus certain towns in Hartford & New Haven Counties

  • Florida: Alachua County, Marion, Levy, Gilchrist, Suwannee, Lafayette, Columbia, Bradford, Union, Clay, & Putnam Counties