Sandy Vreeburg

My passion for riding is continually revitalized, even after nearly four decades in the saddle. With every horse, my goal has always been to ride with great “feel” and a light touch. And to gain an understanding and learn the idiosyncrasies of the individual horse.

I started out by riding the “orphan horses” in the barn until my late twenties, as I did not own my own horse. Rides were always unpredictable, and often did not go as planned. But I gathered a great equine education along the way.

In my early thirties I began competing, and became fascinated with the “form to function” conformation of Quarter Horses. I studied bloodlines, conformation, and dispositions of proven producers and performers. Saving my money and my travel miles, I set up trips with other interested buyers and their trainers and shopped in Texas, Nebraska and Oklahoma where the Quarter Horse prospects were plentiful. Selecting the next gawky, yet promising yearling and bringing them home to begin a thorough training process was my passion.

My objective was to ultimately find the event which best suited that particular horse.I successfully competed in various disciplines with each of my horses in the AQHA Shows.Once I felt my horse was confident, balanced and ready to go, I would find the perfect buyer, say a very difficult goodbye, and start the process all over again. While it never got any easier to move on from a beloved four-legged friend—especially after their capabilities had been refined —I continued to seek the challenge of developing new horses.

My love for the process is always greater than the end result. As my two children reached their high school and college graduations, I knew that I wanted to find a way to earn money by putting my unique equine skill set to use. I have always given my horses the care necessary to keep them at their best. Sometimes this meant hiring specialists in equine chiropractic, acupressure or myofascial massage work. So naturally I thought, “Why not pursue a career in one of these modalities?” And then I saw an article on the Masterson Method.

I read the article and practiced the Bladder Meridian Technique the following day on my horse. After I had gone over her body, I waited patiently with my fingers over her Ting Points at the back of her left front hoof. Suddenly, she lowered her head, turned toward me and licked my face as though I was her newborn foal. I was sold!

The Masterson Method has reopened my eyes to the extreme sensitivity and responsiveness of our equine partners. My relationship with my own horse, and how I approach others has improved immensely since I began to practice this technique. While I have always thrived on being productive, the Masterson Method has taught me to slow down, be in the moment and truly wait to see what the horse has to say. The responses of the horses I have worked on—and that of their owners—have truly overwhelmed me.

I am thrilled to be a proud member of the Masterson Method Certified Practitioners. In order to pursue the Masterson Method, I took a break from the show arena and am now training in Western Dressage. I live in the Santa Cruz area of California and have four legged clients in Santa Cruz, Watsonville, Portola Valley and Woodside, and beyond.

I look forward to visiting you and your horse at your barn.

Masterson Method Sandy Vreeburg CA