The carolyn resnick Method of Horsemanship
Founder, Carolyn Resnick and Co-owner Nancy Zintsmaster
The Carolyn Resnick Method was originally developed by Carolyn Resnick over 40 years ago and is based on her observation of wild horses. Carolyn immersed herself in studying horse behavior and realized during her years of studying Wild Horses, that she could communicate with them based on a language that was natural to them, how horses communicate with each other.
From this communication she created The Waterhole Rituals, a unique method of training horses at Liberty. In the 1970's Carolyn originated the term "Liberty Training". Liberty Horse training is communicating with your horse without tack in a free and open environment. The Waterhole Rituals teaches how to lead and how to connect with the nature of the horse to bring out trust, respect, and the wiligness in a horse. Being able to communicate in this manner brings well-being to your soul, and to the horses soul, where you will discover your true nature.
In 2018, The Carolyn Resnick Method of Horsemanship launched The Carolyn Resnick Method Academy, and with Michelle Holling-Brooks, co-created an Equine Partnered Psychotherapy and Coaching program, EPPC. EPPC is designed to fuse together the leading therapy models and relationship skills to address the whole being – mind, body, and spirit. We feel that this model will change the face of Equine Facilitated Learning where the horse is a true partner in our journey of self-healing, personal growth and transformation.
Carolyn Resnick has dedicated her life to creating educational programs to bring awareness about Horses and help people connect to their true self.
“The horse has much to share with us in how to communicate with all things in our lives. They teach us how to grow our awareness, our communication abilities, how to guide and influence others to support our wants and needs, and how to build an understanding and a connection in unity and harmony with others.” Carolyn Resnick
Carolyn Resnick's life with horses began in Indio, California in the 1940s. Riding alone in the desert as a child, she nurtured an intuitive bond with horses. In the beginning of what would become a lifelong passion for developing innovative horse training methods, created from her interactive studies with wild horses, Carolyn spent three summers of her childhood gradually becoming accepted into a community of wild horses, culminating her ability to ride a lead mare bareback and without a bridle, just from the bond that they shared.
As a young girl her interest in horses led to training and showing in both English and Western divisions. Her desire to create a championship performance from the willing spirit of the horse led her on a unique quest to gain knowledge of natural wild horse behaviour and communication systems.
Carolyn’s formal introduction to the wider equine community began in the early 1970s from her ranch, Stonehenge Arabians/Dances With Horses, a successful training and Arabian breeding center in Sonoma, California in operation for 25 years.
From her studies of wild horses, Carolyn formulated her own system of relating to horses she named The Carolyn Resnick Method/The Waterhole Rituals. She subsequently toured the United States for several years, giving clinics and exhibitions on her method. Carolyn has an online school teaching her programs, as well Dances with Horses Training Center in Escondido, California. Carolyn teaches her Method in partnership with Nancy Zintsmaster who owns and operates Dances With Horses training center in Arenal, Costa Rica.
Carolyn also serves on the advisory board of Return To Freedom American Wild Horse Sanctuary, in Lompoc, California, as an expert in wild horse behavior.
In 2005 Carolyn released her first book Naked Liberty, which was subtitled Memoirs of my childhood, Guided by passion, Educated by Wild Horses. The language of movement, communication and leadership through the ways of the horse. The book was printed in English, German and Italian.
Nancy Zintsmaster has been a successful entrepreneur for over 30 years. She is co-owner of The Carolyn Resnick Method, and also a certified instructor in The Carolyn Resnick Method.
Nancy has always had a passion for horses and for helping people. For many years she had already experienced the joy that horses have to offer but it was not until she began training her rescue horses, at Liberty in The Carolyn Resnick Method, that she would discover the healing powers that these sentient beings have to offer.
During her studies in The Carolyn Resnick Method, The Waterhole Rituals, Nancy became aware that horses have the ability to reflect a person's inner self which assists us in understanding our true nature. This discovery took her on a journey of personal transformation and ultimately inspired her to travel worldwide teaching The Carolyn Resnick Method, so that others could experience the gifts that horses have to offer us.
As a way to bring what she loves into her work, Nancy founded Kindred Connections to host all-inclusive Equine, Yoga and Wellness retreats in the tropical rainforest of Costa Rica. These luxurious retreats are held held at her ranch, Dances with Horses (The Carolyn Resnick Method, Costa Rica location) and focuses on bringing together like-minded people who want to connect with nature to heal mind, body and soul.
"The connection that I now have with my horses has helped me realize my true nature and has led me to the path I was meant to take in my life! This is something that I feel is possible for all humans and horses."
Nancy lives a life of Pura Vida with her husband in beautiful El Castillo, Costa Rica. She has two daughters, three grandchildren, two dogs and a herd of 6 special horses.
The Power of Connection with Horses, Nancy and Shadow Dance
The carolyn Resnick Method
Equine Partnered psychotherapy and Coaching
In 2018, Michelle Hollingsbrook, founder of Unbridled Change, a non-profit organization with the mission to provide full time out-patient Mental Health sessions utilizing Equine Partnered Psychotherapy and Coaching, brought her 20 years of expertise in Equine Assisted Learning to The Carolyn Resnick Method.
Michelle has over 20 years of training with a number of organizations in the field including: EAGALA, PATH, and Natural Lifemanship. One of her core values is to always be learning and deepening her own growth so that she can have more tools in the toolbox to serve her clients; this includes certifications in Mindfulness and Life Coaching, Reiki Master, and studies/training in Trauma, PST, and attachment work.
Michelle is an amazing teacher and we are thrilled to have her join our team of qualified professionals to share EPPC and her knowledge of how horses help humans in self-healing and transformation.
"I have been in the field of Equine Assisted Therapies as a certified professional since 2000, and a lifelong equestrian from a young age. After a life threating illness in my early teens, I was left forever changed. The trauma to my brain ripped me of control of my body, wiped my sense of self, and left me retreating from life. I didn’t trust humans, but I would trust a horse. Horses gave me a safe place to discover all the pieces of self – body, mind, and spirit–I had lost. Through their support I was willing to embark on the journey of self-healing and transformation."