Merikle Waters Paints & Quarters

Producing & Training Quality Family And Show Horses

Here at MW, groundwork is of utmost importance. It effects how the horse will not only ride, but interact and perform, in a big way. Relationship building and nurturing plays a very large role in Brandi's method, allowing incentive for partnership with each equine student. Her belief being that, strong relationships between humans and horses allow for a learning outlet that is like no other. Providing proof to your horse that you will look out for him and keep him safe, in turn does the same for you.  Ultilizing pressure and release, encouragement and leadership  - this opens the door to acceptance and relaxation.


 Basic 'showmanship'  training is completed with every horse in training with Brandi Thiessen, as it creates a horse who is responsive, obedient, and has superior ground manners.  Her training view is based upon positive reinforcement and redirection, using natural "try" to help create a willing, accepting partner.

Please check out our photo and video library, offering a wide variety of horses trained by Brandi

We realize that the standard approach to

sending horses away for training of the past, is

 quite different than the program we are

 currently offering. We are however also

aware of, and would like to share with you, the

ability and opportunity to better your equine

communication skills. Not only for your horses

 benefit, but yours as well.

This is a full support program offered

for those seeking to refine, or perhaps

 redefine their communication skills with their

 horse. Allowing you to learn along with your

 horse and not be left out of the training

 process. Through this, it also greatly enhances

 the likelihood of continued success and

continued improvement once you take your

 horse home.

 Great communication is the key to any healthy

 and balanced relationship. In order to support

 your end of this relationship, do you know how

 to communicate clearly, and do so often with

 your horse? Would you like to learn how to

 better offer this to your horse and support

 this relationship?

- Learn effective ways to communicate on the

 ground and in the saddle with your horse.

- Learn more about husbandry and how you can

 better support health for your equine partner.

- Learn about equine behaviour/communication

and how you can use this to the benefit of you


- Learn how, and why, we want to clearly

communicate with our horse, and understand the

 importance of leadership within your


And much more!

For someone who understands why they were

 asking or 'supporting' the horse in a

 particular way, having it not work for the

horse does not cause much concern. However,

 for those who may know what works 'now',

 but not *why* it works, often become

 overwhelmed or frustrated. Equally the horse

 will feel the same, and the degrading of clear

communication between the two of you quickly

 sets in.  This truly is the root of all 'problems'

that surface with horses (sometimes whether

 or not you were the initial human involved in

the miscommunication). You can quickly see the

 importance of not only understanding how to

 apply a technique or form of communication,

 but also understanding why that form of

 communication is useful in that moment.

 Without understanding, clear communication,

 and therefore the balanced, healthy, happy

 and mutually beneficial relationship most

 people seek with their horse, is extremely

 difficult to attempt to achieve.