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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.

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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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