Having a mother who has loved horses her entire life, it was only a matter of time before I experienced the magic that horses bring in to your life. At age 7 I started out riding rental trail horses which soon led to me taking up jumping lessons. I became addicted to everything horse related...the smells, the sounds, the feeling I had when I was around them...I was hooked. At the age of 11 my family and I moved to Texas where I became familiar with the Western side of the equestrian world. Far different from my English background! It was while in Texas that I started on my journey with Natural Horsemanship. Once I started to understand the concepts and theory behind this way of thinking and acting around horses, my whole world transformed. Through my teen years I would go to local fun shows and participate in Western speed events while also being an avid trail rider. I started helping people with their horses and discovered that I loved teaching. I loved sharing knowledge and seeing horse and human come to a mutual understanding. Their relationships with their horses blossomed and they started to have FUN! I participated in clinics with Carol Coppinger, an amazingly skilled and brilliant horsewoman, and even performed a demo with my horse Aramis in front of 700 people. In October of 2010 I was accepted to go work at the Parelli ranch in Florida. During my time there I received one-on-one instruction from many high ranking instructors and in February of 2011 I took the month long Fast Track Course. My horse and I received high marks and were at the top of the class. After my time at the ranch, I moved to Aiken, SC where I spent a season working with and riding fox hunting horses. What an adventure! A sport certainly not for the faint of heart, I am proud to say I survived and enjoyed the experience! I then moved back to Ocala, FL where I spent nearly 5 years as the assistant to Karen Rohlf, creator of Dressage, Naturally. During my time with Karen I began to understand the importance of healthy biomechanics in the horse and how to use movement to create relaxation. I loved every day at her farm and am so grateful I had the opportunity to work for her. Currently I am now living in Gulf Breeze, FL where I offer lessons in Pensacola, Milton, Pace and the surrounding areas. "The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why." Mark Twain. I feel my purpose in life is to make a difference in the lives of horses and the people who love them. No other feeling satisfies my soul like knowing I helped make a difference. I look forward to helping you achieve your dreams with your equine partners. -Rebecca Eddins-
The first photo below is one of myself and my first horse, Rango, an Appaloosa gelding. He came into my life at age 12 and I had no idea how much this incredibly special horse would teach me. Rango taught me valuable life lessons that, I truly believe, no human could have ever taught me. Patience, humility, creativity, how to be humble...the true meaning of unconditional friendship and love. Rango was such a beautiful soul and everyone who met him instantly fell in love with his personality. Truly a once in a lifetime kind of horse. I feel so amazingly grateful to have spent so many wonderful years with him until his passing. I miss him as much today as I did the day he crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. When Rango started to go blind, he passed the torch on to my next teacher, a gorgeous Hanoverian gelding named Aramis (second picture below). Aramis was due to be euthanized because of his extreme aggression toward people. The first few months after I brought Aramis home were extremely difficult and scary at times...his behavior included biting, kicking, charging, rearing and mashing his teeth while in a stall, striking and trying to body slam you while being administered shots, going completely catatonic while trimming his feet...just to name a few things! The energy I felt around him was very negative, dark and untrusting. He had been pushed so hard and had some horrible things done to him that this behavior is what he had to resort to in order to survive. I made a promise to him that I would not give up on him like everyone else had, that I would prove myself to him and become worthy of his trust. Through this process he, as my sweet Rango had, taught me life lessons that have transformed me. I watched Arie give me his trust and forgive me for other people's sins against him, and in turn he helped me forgive people in my life who had hurt me. If this horse, who had every reason to hate me because of his past experiences with people, could learn to trust again and forgive, then why couldn't I? He and I have helped heal each other, and in this process have created our own very special bond. Rango and I had a very outwardly expression of our relationship, but with Arie it is more internal...it's a connection and bond that has been created on the foundation of healing, forgiving, trusting, letting go and moving on. If you met Aramis today you would never think that he used to be a horse who would lunge for your throat...any time someone comments on what a sweet horse he is, I can not hold back my smile. Happiness overflows inside me for Arie because I know he is happy.