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with your Horse!


At Pure Joy Horsemanship teaching horses and humans with compassion and understanding is the cornerstone of our success.

I offer an alternative to traditional training

based on behavioral science and equine welfare that

you and your horse are going to LOVE!

- Dale Rudin

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Pure Joy Horse Haven!


Meet Dale Rudin​

Dale Rudin has dedicated the past 35 years working with and caring for horses in ways that are beneficial to them. 


She is just as passionate about teaching people how to have successful and rewarding relationships with these highly intelligent and sensitive beings.   

Dale is a positive reinforcement horse trainer, CHA certified riding instructor, certified equine nutritionist, equine rehabilitation and behavior specialist, and saddle fitter.  She co-founded ForceFree Tennessee, and contributes horse training and behavior articles to Horse Illustrated, HorseChannel.com, and WoofOnNashville.com.

"I created Pure Joy Horsemanship to inspire humane horsemanship practices and to creates joyful relationships between equines and

the humans who love them."


Pure Joy Horsemanship offers welfare-centered care and training for all breeds and equine activities. 

Pure Joy Horsemanship gives you the understanding, guidance, and practical skills you need to be a confident equine caretaker and trainer.  (We are all trainers when we interact with our horses!)


Pure Joy Horsemanship is committed to the emotional and physical well-being of the horse.  We only use compassionate methods to teach and care for our equine friends. 

Pure Joy Horsemanship teaches compassionate horsemanship and riding skills to students at every level.


Dale offers training, instruction, clinics, and workshops at her farm, Lyric Valley Ranch in Santa Fe, Tennessee.  For a complete list of services, click here

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We are here to help resolve your horse's behavior issues, teach new skills, and improve performance with healthy, affirming training techniques.

We are happy to share our knowledge, offer guidance, and advise on topics such as behavior, performance, biomechanics, saddle fit, management, and nutrition.

Lessons are a great way to get the one-on-one instruction you need to make each moment you spend with your horse a safe, successful, and fulfilling experience. 

Classes, seminars, workshops, and clinics. OH MY!  We offer live online events, workshops and clinics at our farm, and will soon offer educational webinars.



I am crying, imagining the load that must have fallen off this sweet boy when he realized that "saying" no is okay. I imagined that a tiny part of pain and confusion in his brain was exchanged with a spark of hope! Something worth living for.  Dale, I am so thankful that God created you to be that first encouraging spark for so many sad horses and has empowered you to explain and report your work to us in a way, it touches the heart!

-Melanie S.

You have a gift, Dale. Just call’em like I see’em. I’m ever thankful for the help you gave me and Whiz.

I appreciate so much all that you are doing for both of my horses. I consider you a mentor, teaching me a better way to have a trusting relationship with them. It’s been so great to see the progress being made!

You are a blessing 💖

This is so validating. I recently discovered my reactive little horse’s needs. A: more time to just stand and process "scary" stuff, before being asked to move forward;  B: some unrestricted trotting at the beginning of a ride, to release excess energy. Neither of these are necessarily what I want, LOL. I was so resistant to allowing her to tell me what would make her more comfortable!! But the resulting communication is so much better. Thank you for your workshop that helped me to see things through her eyes.

Thank you, Dale! I always enjoy your emails with awesome tips for improving my relationships with my boys. I am seeing great progress now. Babe is now loading up for me willingly and going places. I hope to bring him there next time you offer a clinic for both of us. Stay well my friend.