My name is Troy Griffith. I live with my lovely wife Nancy, a cat, several dogs and a few baroque horses in Aumsville, Oregon.I am a lifelong student of historical martial arts and, for more than a dozen years, have been training myself and my horses in the skills of the medieval knight astride a warhorse.
As part of this training I have developed methods of preparing horse and rider for the challenges faced as they practice such medieval equestrian activities as jousting, mounted sword combat and archery from horseback.
Obviously these sorts of activities require a physically capable, mentally steady mount that a rider can count on to calmly face challenges the average horse might find overwhelming.In the past few years I have begun teaching my methods to other horse owners. While some have an interest in training a warhorse of their own, most are simply interested in having this kind of relationship and level of confidence with their own horse. After all, a horse that has no issue with charging another horse and rider in armor, with shield and lance, is simply unlikely to have much of an issue with more common activities that are a problem for many horses.|
It may be counter-intuitive, but while the warhorse activities may seem aggressive in nature, the methods I use to prepare horse and rider for them are anything but. The “Hands-On” method, as I call the techniques I teach, are based on Classical Dressage, which uses gentle, consistent repetition to acclimate the horse and create a relationship of respect and trust, as well as making the hoarse more supple, balanced and strong.If you would like to discuss your horsemanship goals and how I might help you achieve them, feel free to contact me at 541-535-7974.