To whom it may concern:
My Spotted Mountain Horse Shilah has just turned 4 years old, and had developed a dangerous habit of rearing, and one too many times I came off. So, after seeing how well trained my friend Nancy's horses all were, I decided to take her to Hope's place and pray that I wouldn't have to sell her.
Just short of 4 weeks later, my horse can now turn on her front end, and rear end. She can also side pass...none of which she had been trained to do by me. I had her going down the trail, and generally being a good horse. Not only is my horse trained, but Hope gave me lessons in how to give the correct commands to do these moves. Now, I feel so much more confident on her and know that she and I will have many great years together!
I want to let you all know how much I enjoyed riding my horse with you, after all the work you put into her knowing that she has had the best training possible.
Hope, thank you for opening your home up to me and allowing me once again to have hope with my horse.
I found the perfect mare. Never thought I'd ever be able to say that, but thank God I can. I knew my priority list on what I was looking for was pretty tough, but I got more than I expected. She is a 7-8 year old Trotter/Walker cross. She's not papered. It's the first time I have purchased a non-registered horse. It just goes to show you, that you must keep an open heart and mind. I got her from Hope Adams. This horse had previously two owners. I have done business with Hope in both buying and selling and I know Hope to be very up-front, honest and dedicated. She knew me for the past 10-12 years, knew what kind of a rider I was, was familiar with the MFT horse I've had for 17 years and had her eyes peeled out for sometime, for the right horse to come along for me.
I am back in the saddle again and loving it. Couldn't be happier.
Ziggy has been out almost everyday since he has come home. I have to tell you that when I left your place we drove up by the Paradise Cafe and rode out on the Pacfic Crest Trail. On getting to that trail I had to open and close gates. Zig side-passed into it & out of it like a pro!!! At the big rock statue he spooked a little, we relaxed and then he walked right up to it and touched it with his nose. I am so proud of my boy - and yes I do think he is going to become a very nice horse as he fully matures.
Thank you soooooooooooo much! ~Lita
"From Foals to the Winners Circle"
I sent Hope a sixteen year old Tennessee Walker who had never been able to do her gait correctly. She had had some professional training and I was a little doubtful she could change at this age. Over the winter months, Hope not only taught her to move correctly, but dealt with every aspect of her physical development, behavior and attitude. She came back not only more comfortable to ride, but also more relaxed, more trusting of people, and a generally much happier horse. Hope has that undefinable quality that makes a great trainer. Her consistent unwavering expectation of success imbues the horse with confidence. And then, great things happen. I can't speak highly enough of Hope as a trainer both of horses and riders. I will always be grateful for all that I learned from her. And....it was fun!
Working with you was great for both of us. Having a bit of a back issue, so have been riding often, but not long ones. She has been great! The rushing and bit chewing have subsided except for a second or two just to let me know what she thinks of what we are doing. So thanks for everything. Even if I leave her here next winter, we will be in Palm Springs some and hopefully you two can take a drive down to the dessert and let us take you out to dinner.
Thanks again so much.
Thanks so much for the pictures and the video. Dan and I agree that we could have spent years watching videos and working with our guys and would never have gotten them to where you got them. As I said -- "money well spent".
The boys seemed very happy to get home. We put them in the arena together and they ripped and ran, kicked up (you can't believe how high Gaitor can kick up his back end!) and genuinely seemed to be glad to be home. We will be running them through their lessons tomorrow then taking them on about an 8 mile trail ride in the mountains. I'm sure they will be great.
We can't thank you enough for all the good things you have done for them. We plan on coming up in another 4 to 6 weeks for another lesson. We'll keep in touch.
Take care and say Hi! to Bill for me.
I love her to death and we make a fantastic team. Thank you so much!
Topaz' is a Reg. Racking Horse, and competes in anything that Emily has asked her do, including dressage, swiming at the beach, trails and to many more events to list.
Jr High Student
I have had several horses in training with Hope off and on for the past seven or so years. Aside from her obvious talent as an excellent horsewoman, she tailors her training program according to each individual horse’s physical and mental ability. In addition she considers the abilities of the owner and their intended use for their horse, whether for show or trail, daily riding or weekend warrior. Training horses is not only what she does, it is who she is.
To All Concerned
My name is Rod Caldwell and I must speak about a very special and talented horse trainer HOPE ADAMS of Anza California.
With the strong support of her Husband Bill Adams she has been able to build and maintain a wonderful boarding and training facility primarily working with and for Gaited Horses and their owners.
I met Hope in the spring of 2005 as my wife and I wanted a “smooth” ride out on the trails.
It was then Hope introduced me to a Red Gelding named REDMAN DYLAN D., the MFT love of my life! She taught me to ride and handle the BIG RED HORSE as he was not for everyone to ride.
Hope has been involved with horses all of her life and has worked as a Wrangler, pack station hand and as a show judge for numerous years. A kinder, sweeter trainer & person can’t be found, I guarantee that.
As my primary hobby the most of my playtime has been spent with horses doing various riding events mostly with the quarter horse breed and had fun with sorting penning and the like. Now that I’m older I find the Gaited breeds more to my liking.
I was an average weekend rider and left a lot to be desired with respect to riding, caring for and handling a horse properly, however, since my acquaintance with Hope, that has all changed. She has helped me understand and care for the horse more thoroughly and appreciate my relationship with my horse much more.
She has a keen eye as to what is going wrong and always has a fix that’s good for the horse, and whatever is good for the horse usually benefits his human companion.
I have watched Hope work with many folks and witnessed their improvements and observed their appreciation for this special lady.
My wife and I spend as much time as possible riding with Hope as she always has something going on such as clinics, group rides, short camping trip rides.
Horses are a learning process which is ongoing, and the more you learn the more you realize you don’t know, which is why we need Hope.
It’s fun and Hope has the talent to help us along this exciting adventure with THE GAITED HORSE.
Rod A. Caldwell