I have put off writing a testimonial for
2 years because what Mary Ann has
done for me and my horse is beyond
That said, I will try to translate. Simply
put, Mary Ann has spearheaded a
beginner horseman and young, green,
worried, colt blossom into a confident,
united, beautiful partnership. Prior to
working with Mary Ann my horse was
very worried and insecure. When
something scared him, he would take
off in a very dramatic fashion…blowing,
head high, etc. He would even spook at
his own farts! When we tried to train him
under saddle, he bucked me off as well
as another trainer.
Today… 2 years later, he is a different
horse and I am a different horseman.
He is a confident, solid, and happy
riding horse. He loves to go on trails, play at liberty, play games on the ground, and hang out
with people. When he spooks, it is on a normal level like most horses. No more drama!
Mary Ann is a warm, caring, supportive trainer and friend. She is there for us WHENEVER we
need her. Like I said earlier…it is hard to express my appreciation for having her in my life
because she has helped and supported my horse in more ways than can be expressed in a
few paragraphs. I now have a relationship with my horse that I always dreamed of.
Thank you Mary Ann xoxoxox
Debra G. Farber
The partnership available between me and my horse
continues to expand and grow through the tutelage of
Mary Ann Brewer of In the Company of Horses. She
shares her horsemanship expertise in a way that is
easy to assimilate from idea to action. My feel and
awareness around effective communication with my
horse continues to evolve. One riding example of this
evolution: having learned to form a clear intention for
a canter depart, I am able to have that departure with
little other cues necessary. This is in contrast to
previously needing spurs and a crop to have the same
response occur. In turn, this sort of connection
creates confidence and trust between myself and my
horse and enables us to be effective in numerous
settings and circumstances. Ms. Brewer's
horsemanship and people skills are excellent; and,
joined together, result in a trainer who can transform
anyone's ability to ride and play with horses for fun or
Many options, I choose love
Our winter coupon
lessons were such a gift
to my relationship with
my horse. All aspects of
our relationship have
expanded. She just
pops in the trailer and
we go! Themes
from each session
always building on
previous learning. I
appreciate being guided
and supported through
all sorts of challenging
obstacles both physical
Loving the experience
and we're not done yet!
Lauren W. - Ur the best thank you so much!
Excited to work with you some more!
Char and Hollywood
Shari and Halo
Debra and Parker
I just completed a series of winter lessons with
Mary Ann and I had a great time learning about
horsemanship and "humanship" (myself)! I know
my horses got a lot out of seeing me become a
better leader and partner, by becoming clearer in
my requests of what I ask of them, still have a lot
more to learn and I am grateful to my to my friend
and teacher for working in honesty with us.
Karen with Charles and Jack
Lisa Drahorad to In the Company of Horses Inc.
7/27/07- A day I will never forget. Annika in a western saddle in
Brian Moore's kill pen. As a volunteer posting hundreds of kill pen
horses every week, I don't know what made me do it, but I bailed
her out and saved her life. That decision would change my life
forever as everything I thought I knew about horses in my 25
years of experience went out the window when she came home. I
had on my hands a still growing at 16h, 4 yo draft cross who knew
her own strength and was afraid of everything. From fear of
haltering to rearing and taking off during hoof trims, to
shuddering and bolting out of the barn I had a real problem and
had no idea what to do. I had made the commitment when I raised
my hand to save her but I had no clue where to go from here. I
knew old school traditional training would not work so after
quizzing dozens of horse professionals, my farrier recommended
Mary Ann Brewer. The first day Mary Ann came out to see her
she just spent hours in her field with her, just being there and not
asking anything of Annika other than to look at her and stay
interested enough to not be rude and trust enough to not run
away. Mary Ann's mere presence at over 200 feet away worried
Annika so much that for the first hour she just ran back and forth
With Mary Ann's help and support through all these years Annika
is a different horse. She stands quietly on a loose rope with the
farrier, my son can stand with her and Pick up all her feet and
halter her. She loves her stall now. She isn't perfect as no horse
is but whenever a new challenge presents itself Mary Ann is only
a text away to provide help.
Lauren Wink to In the Company of Horses Inc.
November 18 at 1:06pm · Mount Holly ·
I met Mary Ann through a friend when my horse was having issues trailer loading. A
few months later when my horse started rearing under saddle I knew there was only
one person to call! Princess and I have been working with Mary Ann for almost a year
every week now! We have had many ups and downs, tears of frustration and
happiness! Princess has come a long way from where we started and I have high
hopes for our futures together with the help of Mary Ann! She has taught me to
appreciate the little things and the slightest try, to let my Grinch heart grow, and that
bulldozers aren’t red. And that moment when becoming a better horsewoman also
makes you a better all-around person! I would love to thank Mary Ann for her
friendship, leadership, and for sharing her knowledge with me to help Princess and I
have a better relationship. PS: I never thought I’d be riding my racehorse in a rope
Elaine Lange to In the Company of Horses Inc.
November 26 at 11:54pm ·
It was a serendipitous event when trainer extraordinaire, Mary Ann Brewer, came into my
life. It happened innocently enough. No, she isn't a super star in the horse world like Pat
Parelli (although she trained with him), Chris Cox, or Clinton Anderson, to name a few. But
to me, she is in the same league. I became involved with horses in my 50s as a mother-
daughter activity. When my daughter moved away, I looked for help in training my horse. I
was excited to have gotten a spot in a Clinton Anderson clinic. I bought a trailer and had it
refurbished. I taught my horse, Jake, to load into the trailer, or so I thought. The day
before the clinic, Jake had other ideas and refused to load into the trailer. I enlisted the
help of two experienced horse people who were also unsuccessful. Needless to say, I
missed the clinic and forfeited the cost of the clinic. It was then that I solicited for help with
trailer loading on Face Book. I received multiple replies, including a response from Mary
Ann Brewer. I'm not sure why, but I chose to begin with her. We set up a meeting at my
farm. She spent the entire afternoon with me and Jake evaluating our relationship. I was
very impressed with her observations and her patience with my clumsy learning.
Horsemanship does not come naturally to me but she never makes me feel that i can not
learn. She knows that I fear falling and getting hurt as I had a prior nasty spill when Jake
bolted. She always manages to find a variety of ways to boost my confidence. She never
rushes me. Mary Ann has been my trainer for about 2 years now. Yes, we now get Jake
loaded into his trailer without a fuss. Jake and I have attended multiple clinics at her farm.
I can now enjoy my horse instead of fear him. Mary Ann is constantly growing her
horsemanship skills which she generously shares with me. Mary Ann also recommended
an excellent farrier and now Jake's feet are trimmed correctly, which has greatly
contributed to our progress. Mary Ann is not just a great trainer. She is also a wonderful,
gentle spirit. I feel so fortunate to have her enrich Jake's and my life.
Mary Ann has a gracious and calm way of instilling ideas and thoughts to both people and
horses that is hard to find. She has for the better changed the way I am with horses.
6 months after I adopted my OTTB Jack, he was diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia and
was virtually un-rideable. It was really hard for me to accept what it meant for the long-term.
I spent lots of time on the internet and met many trainers in hopes of finding not only a cure
but a way for both of us to find a relationship despite Jack’s symptoms. It just continued to
be a stressful, not emotionally uplifting for either of us. I started to try a few “natural
horsemanship” trainers but found little relief.
Then I met Mary Ann.
In our first session, after a few minutes of watching us do a little groundwork, she said, “Take
off his halter.” I thought she was nuts but did it anyway. Wow! What a world she opened
up to me. Everything I thought I knew was taken away, yet I began having open
communication with Jack in a way I had only dreamed off. It was a pivotal point for both of
I have since attended almost all of Mary Ann’s clinics and have her out to the barn when I
am stuck or need of direction.
I cannot recommend Mary Ann highly enough, especially if you are open to exploring a new
way of thinking about your relationship with your horse. Marcy Johanson Voelker