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."

  • 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.

  • It’s interesting to see how, through increased experience with horses and humans … one’s thinking about better horsemanship changes over the years. I’m currently finding myself driven to focus more and more on a mindset or philosophy that goes beyond mechanical methods, cues, and skills …  to place a priority on energy, intention, and body language; this to better complement horses’ nature.

 

-My horsemanship teaching now is placing a greater emphasis on beliefs and theories from world renowned horsemen/women such as Warwick Schiller, Mark Rashid, Mustang Maddy, Sharon Wilsie (Horse Speak); learning from their clinics, books, blogs, videos, podcasts, etc. I also continue to seek out materials where I can gain further insight and knowledge into the horse’s neurological system and their general nature overall. I consider myself a life-long learner when it comes to horses and the people who love them.

 -Other programs that are still extremely helpful and are a part of my teaching when appropriate include: Dressage Naturally, Centered Riding, Parelli Natural Horsemanship, as well as some positive reinforcement clinicians.

-I have also directly trained with Karen Rohlf (Florida) of Dressage Naturally as well as with two of her certified coaches, Shawna Lewis and Shelby Hume. Additionally, a number of years ago, I gained knowledge and insight from Kelly Sigler (previously a 3* Parelli instructor and now an Instructor/Mentor in Linda Parelli’s new program, Happy Horse Happy Life). For 3 years, I also trained with liberty performer, Sylvia Zerbini at her farm in Williston, Florida.

 
  • ​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