excellence in the horse/human relationship globally, through
compassionate and wisdom based horsemanship
with developed trust at it's core.
Long before the 'natural horsemanship' craze, horse trainer Franklin Levinson was teaching and training both horses and their owners using his own gentle, effective methods. Now, with 40+ years experience as a professional horseman, Franklin is sharing his knowledge with groups and individuals around the world..
Showing humans how to have the best relationship possible with their horses and how to keep it has always been one of Franklin's main goals. To be good with horses at a high level requires us humans to come forward with our best qualities and attributes. Similar to a 'great parent', successful relationships with horses require compassion, kindness, precision, patience, clarity, real knowledge (not just opinions and projections), great leadership, acquired skills and more.
Moreover, it is clear that practicing appropriate interaction with horses helps humans to become more highly functional in all their relationships. Thus, in all his programs, Franklin teaches success with horses as life enrichment for the human as well as the horse.
A lot has been happening in the world of Franklin's Way of the Horse. Most recently, Franklin's flagship equestrian cenre has officially opened on the island of Corfu Greece. At Silvaland Equestrian and Life Enrichment Centre, he and his wife, Ilona Staikou, offer Private & Semi-Private Horsemanship Training, and equestrian facilitated learning programmes. Each program is individually designed to meet the needs of the aspiring equestrian.
The New Horse is Franklin’s base in Dorset, UK. He generally returns there during the spring and fall of each year. Visit his “international programs - UK section for specific updates. Franklin strongly endorses The New Horse as a progressive, evolved and truly exceptional place to learn about horses, how to compassionately and effectively train them, experience and learn Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL) programs of many modalities and applications, as well as a wonderful place to enjoy nature, camaraderie and gain life enriching inspiration.
Franklin provides a donation supported Email Help Center from this website. There are nearly a thousand questions and responses archived within this section. The incredible volume of horse behavior questions continuously coming in to the site indicates how successful this feature has become. The tremendously positive feedback from folks who have been helped by this service is a tribute to the effectiveness of Franklin’s methods, even through an email. This 'free' feature and the site itself are in need your support.
Franklin travels frequently to such locations as Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Costa Rica, the U.K., the U.S. and Canada. Whether a competitive rider, trail rider, Western or English discipline, your success with your equine is based on the depth and quality of the trust you have established with your horse, along with appropriate and practiced skills and clear and practical knowledge about horses. Now you can experience one of the few, true remaining innovators of gentle, successful horsemanship by attending a Franklin Levinson seminar. The column to the right will show you where he has scheduled his next horsemanship clinics and seminars.
Franklin currently resides on the Greek Island of Corfu with his wife, Ilona Staikou. When not travelling, the pair offers a unique immersion program entitled "Fundamentals of Elegant Horsemanship". These are private and semi-private programmes tailored specifically for the individual equestrian or group.
Mark Your Calendars!
Be sure to keep your eyes on the right column of this website. Events and announcements change frequently. Or follow Franklin on Twitter, where he'll be announcing upcoming events, along with the occasional equine rumination!
Training Thru Trust DVD:
introducing Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL)
"To be good with horses at a high level, we as humans
have to come forward with our best qualities and attributes."
In this DVD, internationally acclaimed horseman, Franklin Levinson demonstrates how successful relationships with horses can be achieved through compassion, kindness, skillful precision, patience, clarity and real knowledge of great leadership.
Produced on one of his many U.K. tours, the clear step-by-step horse training methods demonstrated by Franklin in this unique DVD offers the possibility of communication with horses at the deepest level.
Duration: approx. 1 hour
Format: NTSC (USA & Canada) and PAL (Europe)
Price: $59.95 Now only $39.95 USD plus S&H