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Born in Moscow, Russia, I was crazy about horses since childhood, but they remained the stuff of my dreams until I was in my late 20s. Half of my adult life was dedicated to biological sciences. I hold an equivalent of Master’s degree in Zoology from Moscow State University and a Ph. D. in Systematic Entomology from the University of Georgia, Athens, GA. I have published my research in American and international peer-reviewed publications and put my artistic skills to good use doing scientific illustration for my colleagues.

I left science to pursue my passion for horses as a full-time activity. I apprenticed with Ed Dabney, to whom I owe a solid foundation in horsemanship skills, and worked as a trainer for Ed Dabney Gentle Horsemanship for four years. During that time, I developed an interest in Classical equitation and attended clinics with Craig Stevens and Mark Russell. I also had a chance to observe the work of holistic veterinarians, chiropractors, massage therapists, saddle fitters, equine dentists, and farriers, which made me a firm believer in a holistic approach to horses, where training, management, and health care are integral parts of the whole. I learned a Natural Hoof Care barefoot trim technique from Pete Ramey, one of the pioneers and a great proponent of a physiologically based trim that promotes long-term health and soundness.

A new page in my work with horses opened in 2006, when I came across the work of Alexandra Kurland, a pioneer and an innovative leader in equine clicker training, who brings together her love of horses, an extensive knowledge of behavioral science, and a background in classical dressage, to create a cohesive, progressive, and dynamic system of teaching horses through positive reinforcement. Alexandra has since become a great teacher and an inspiration to me. I have hosted her clinics in Georgia and follow her work via the internet and, whenever I can, in person.

Tanya trimming a hoofriding in a fieldThe practice of clicker training brought science and the sense of wonder and adventure back together for me, just like they were in childhood, but at the new level of understanding and experience, bridging my skills with my calling. I am awed and inspired to be in the flow of great interconnectedness of all things, where my natural abilities and acquired experience serve the greater good.

I live on a farm in Georgia with my two horses, help my clients to develop their clicker training skills, and keep a small clientele as a barefoot trimmer.

What this website is for

I want to share the jewels I found on my journey of clicker training with horses. The information I present is mainly of two kinds.

For those of you who wish to start clicker training with your horses, I would love to facilitate your entryway into clicker training. You will find basic theory, instructional articles, and references to other resources in the Training section. In the Horses section, I share the stories of horses who speak Clicker.

In the rest of the website, I invite you to join me in reflecting on conceptual, ethical, and metaphysical aspects of training, horse-human relationships, and being human in the world we share with other sentient beings. If anything I am sharing here sparks inspiration, my mission for this website has been accomplished. With inspiration, everything is possible!

Why EquinoxHorse

Equinox Horse came to me as an image merging the evocative symbology of Equinox with the potent archetype of a Horse.

Equinox is a special time when light and dark, night and day, are perfectly balanced. The Yin and the Yang, the active and the receptive, the impulse and the potential, the manifest and the unmanifest, are in a momentary equilibrium. The past and the future meet in a dynamic interface of NOW.

Horses have been the guardians of our soul and mirrors of our self since antiquity. Horses epitomize so many qualities that we human beings aspire to. Powerful yet in our power, they hold us responsible for thoughts and actions we bring to the world.

What is the reality we are creating? Is it bringing more light into the world we share with horses and all living things on this planet? Do we contribute with more compassion, cooperation, and reciprocity to the world that has seen enough compulsion, confrontation, and competition?

The power of symbols and metaphors lies in their ability to invoke inner truths and bring cathartic revelations out of the depths of our authentic being.  Every horse that we look in the eye is an Equinox Horse.


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