Your horse's well-being is our first priority.

Our program is centered around the healthy movement, comfort, balance, and emotional stability your horse needs to be a happy individual and have a sound and successful life.  

We offer training for health and wellness, pleasure and competitive performance, physical reconditioning, behavior rehabilitation, working at liberty, and trick training,

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Resident Training is our best valued service and gives your horse the individual care and attention needed to make the most progress.  Training includes:

  • A comprehensive functional and emotional evaluation

  • Ongoing assessments during the training process

  • Welfare-centered board and care*

  • Regular progress reports

  • 4 or more training sessions per week

  • Weekly riding or horsemanship lessons for you

  • Custom diet fed twice daily (most supplements included)

  • Accommodations for horses with metabolic sensitivities and grass restrictions

  • Expert hoof care, body work, dental balancing and transportation services (billed separately)

  • An open door policy for owners to observe training sessions - please schedule in advance

  • Additional services are available as agreed upon

We accept a limited number of equine students to ensure each receives a high level of care and personalized attention.

Care and Training


Contact Dale to discuss your horse's individual needs.

*We offer compassionate Welfare Centered Board and Care to all our resident equines which includes:

  • 24/7 access to forage and clean water

  • Spacious mud resistant paddock

  • Roomy "free-choice" shelter

  • Custom diet fed twice per day

  • Regular turn out on grass pasture (if appropriate)

  • Fans in the summer months

  • Blanketing, fly spray, fly mask on/off, hoof and wound care

  • Daily cleaning

  • Fly control



Balance, relaxation, comfort, confidence,

compassion, connection, and FUN for horse and human are at the heart of every lesson at Pure Joy Horsemanship.

We are here to help our beginner and advanced students achieve success in all aspects of their horsemanship experience. 

We offer instruction in:

  • General Horsemanship

  • Positive Reinforcement/Clicker Training

  • Healthy Horse and Rider Mechanics

  • Groundwork & In-Hand Skills

  • Resolving Fear and Anxiety

  • Relationship Development

  • Confidence Building

  • Casual Riding

  • English Riding

  • Classical Dressage

  • Western Riding

  • Gaited Riding

  • Gaited Dressage

Lesson Rates

Private Lessons: $85/hr 

(Please allow additional time/cost for a horse/equipment assessment at your first lesson)

Group Lesson: $60/hr per student


Private Lesson - horse provided: $100/1.5 hr

Remote Lessons: $75/hr + $15 per video evaluation   (Via phone, Skype or Zoom)


Travel Cost - $20/hr

We welcome haul-in students at Lyric Valley Ranch in Sante Fe, TN.



Gain in depth insight into all aspects of your horse's physical and emotional well being.  This is an important first step on the path to resolving performance problems, behavioral issues, as well as horse-human conflict. 

Consultations are also available remotely via phone, Skype, or Zoom.

Comprehensive Functional Evaluation: Dale will conduct a complete  evaluation of your horse's movement, balance, musculature, hooves and teeth.  During the process she will review her findings with you and make recommendations.  This assessment helps owners gain valuable and practical insight into how well their horse is using his or her body and level of comfort. This assessment is suitable for horses of all breeds and ages in heavy work or light work, and companion animals.

Behavioral Assessment - Gain insight into your horse's emotional state, causes of unwanted behaviors, and ways to improve confidence, relaxation, and your relationship with your horse.  Behavior assessments are a great way to learn if your horse is happy or experiencing psychological distress.  This assessment provides a wealth of information and is suitable for all horses.

Tack Assessment/Saddle Fitting: Learn if your tack is helping your horse perform at his or her best or causing pain, imbalance, and restricting mobility.  Dale will review equipment for suitability and proper fit, including how well the  saddle fits you.  A tack assessment is the best way to ensure your horse is comfortable and able to perform at his or her best.

Nutrition Consulting: Dale is a certified nutrition consultant and offers dietary advice and balancing for the individual horse.  She will also explain the impact and importance of dietary nutrients on your horse's health, behavior, and well-being and offer recommendations on how to resolve deficiencies and imbalances.  Proper nutrition is essential for all equines and a lack thereof is often a contributor to reactive behavior, chronic pain, and problems under saddle. 

Equine Management: Ensure your horse has all his or her needs met while  creating a functional, low-stress, enriched environment for your equines.  Learn

how to improve overall welfare and streamline your daily horse care tasks.

New Owner Support:  New to horse ownership and want it to be a great experience? Dale loves helping you get started on the right "hoof" with important information such as understanding basic needs, selecting your first horse, purchasing tack, and gaining those essential skills you'll need to safely, properly care for, and enjoy your new equine companion. 


Hourly Rate: $85  

Complete Wellness Package - $240

Includes Any Three of the Above Evaluation Options

(20% off for each additional horse)

Additional Services

Online Consultations - Make progress with your horse anywhere in the world!  Connect by phone, email, Pivo, or Zoom. 

Online Nutrition Assessments - Dale will email you a questionnaire and instructions on how to take photos of your horse.  In two days, you'll have her report and recommendations.  $75.  Include a hay or pasture report for an additional $25.