I just wanted to let you know that I have been getting rave reviews from people who took home horses (either as adopted or as halter projects) that you had worked with and they are astounded by how much you got done in such a short time - they can already catch, halter, lead, groom, fly-spray, and more with their horses ... they are thrilled.
Nancy Kerson, Event Manager Napa Mustang Days
In the past fifteen or twenty years that I have been a low-key Mustang person, I have seen a lot of big name trainers and local trainers do a pretty good job. However, I still see an awful lot of that slick and cocky stuff that doesn't have anything to do with the makings of a good horse or a good person. Either you are the slickest of the slick and have me fooled, or you are a genuinely good trainer and good person. My instincts tell me that you are a pretty good person.
A few years ago a dear friend of mine went to one of your demonstrations in Corvalis or Albany, Oregon. She was in her sixties then and has since passed away. You took the time to talk to her and were considerate of her thoughts and feelings about Mustangs. She became a huge fan of yours and talked you up to a lot of people. In a large crowd, most of the trainers zero in on big hats and flashy boots, but I have seen you talk to each person with the same respect and consideration. On another occasion, in Burns, Oregon, I saw you take time with anyone who approached you. You were polite and respectful.
Most importantly Lesley, thank you profoundly for the work you do to show and teach us how to be with horses — in a lot of ways, it's how to be, period. I so much admire, respect and appreciate your quiet, perceptive and practical way of working with horses. It's generous and open — both to the animals and to those like me, who are fortunate to be there watching.
Mary S., California