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Stephanie Wood opened up Right Touch Horse Training in rural River Falls on May 1. The training, boarding, and horseback riding lesson business is located at Kinni Valley Farms -- formerly Kinni Valley Riding Academy -- four miles east of River Falls. Wood is shown with Trinity, a four-year-old Quarter Horse gelding that she’s training.

For this horse trainer, going natural means the ‘right touch’

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A growing movement in the horse training industry is going back to the traditional methods of unifying horse and rider.

Natural horsemanship “uses a horse’s natural way of moving, thinking, decision making to teach them to do any maneuver we want,” said Stephanie Wood, owner of Right Touch Horse Training.


Wood said natural horsemanship is very common out West, but not so common here.

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Jillian Dexheimer
Jillian Dexheimer has been a copy editor and reporter for the River Falls Journal since 2011. She previously worked for the River Falls Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau. Dexheimer holds a sociology degree from UW-River Falls.
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