" Our inability to be able to help can be really frustrating, but therein lies the challenge and struggle - to develop ourselves from an inability to an ability." Ty Haas"
"The most productive, enlightening experience ever!" Carol Retzer
" Ty is knowledgeable, professional, encouraging, supportive, and kind, and I give him my highest recommendation." Cheryl
" Thanks for the best ride I have had on my old guy so far. I love that you are always thinking and trying to make things the best they can be." Sue
" The goal is to develop a relaxed partnership between you and your horse, and to have fun in the process." Ty Haas
Salt Creek Ranch is pleased to offer riding instruction by Carol Retzer, Osage County’s first Certified Level I Centered Riding instructor. Centered Riding is used successfully by riders and instructors of all ages, interests, and levels, from pleasure riders to international competitors, and in therapeutic riding. It can be applied to any type of horse or horsemanship. Most of all, it makes riding more enjoyable for horses and riders. Centered Riding techniques help promote suppleness, stability, and clearer aids, making riding more comfortable for both horse and rider. These techniques can increase confidence and enjoyment and release tension in horses and riders, making training easier. They also help people cope with old injuries or chronic conditions that cause pain during or after riding. Centering and grounding techniques from the oriental martial arts are used along with body awareness, mental imagery and sports psychology. Through increasing body awareness, inhibiting old patterns, and replacing them with a more balanced, free, and coordinated use of self, both horse and rider can move more freely and comfortably, and develop their best performance.