Susan Shields has had horses her entire life; her grandfather was a rodeo cowboy and made a living at breaking and training horses. When Susan turned 13, her father was stationed at Ft. Rucker, Ala. which had stables, and she got her first “real” horse there. It was at Ft. Rucker she began learning how to ride English as a member of the local chapter of the Pony Club of America. At the age of 16 her family moved back to Kennewick, Wash., and Susan was given a really nice horse that she used in 4-H and open shows. Ten years ago, Susan decided to move to Colorado and found a place in Avondale, Colo. As she continues her journey, Susan finds that every horse has potential if you are a kind, patient, understanding human that thinks like a horse. In the time Susan has been in Colorado, she has trained horses with a solid foundation. She focuses on the ground work first, asking for willingness and understanding of movement.
CHALLENGE HORSE: MACK • 12 YEARS OLD • PAINT GELDING