Who Am I?
Welcome to my new site! My name is Amy Vanner. I am a 30-something equine expert located in the southern Tennessee & north Georgia area.
Wait. I just called myself an EXPERT? Who gave me that title?
No. I didn't win some big & important international competition. I don't even jump 1.40 meters or run 2* CCI courses. How can I possibly be an expert?
No. I am not the most amazing rider in the world. I am an educated rider & I will pretty much sit on any type of horse. I am always learning, and I will always continue to do so. What I do have is a vast array of knowledge and skills that can help people learn more about their horses, learn to better communicate with their horse, learn the thought process of horses, have more empathy towards the horse and really understand the effect of everything that you do, biomechanics of the horse and the rider, horse management and husbandry practices, equine safety issues, nutrition, and MUCH MORE!
My goal is to help you understand your horse and to help people to learn how to train and ride WITHOUT FORCE and WITH EMPATHY by understanding horse behavior, natural horsemanship methods combined with classical riding principles.
I will post about anything horse-related, but my favorite topics include: behavior, training methods, biomechanics & safety.
I have been a life-long student of the horse. I studied Equine Science at Middle Tennessee State University. I am on the Board of Directors for the International Society of Rider Biomechanics as the Secretary and Safety Officer. I study biomechanics under the tutelage of Colleen Kelly, and I am currently a Level 1 Certified Biomechanics Instructor. I am also a certified Paramedic. I blend my experience as an equine professional and a Paramedic to help create safe and fun programs for the horse & rider.
I am working towards trainer certification with the United State Hunter Jumper Association. I also have plans to complete my USEA ICP certification. I have trained under some wonderful trainers in various displines from western to eventing. My wide variety of experience enables me to understand and work with all types of horses & riders. I am always learning more and gaining knowledge and experience. I still take lessons regularly myself, and also frequently attend clinics and seminars. I have several students that attend schooling shows throughout the southeast.