training services

Clinics, workshops, seminars, Western and Classical Dressage. Jec is available for lessons in Santa Cruz, CA and at clinic locations nationally.



Jec A. Ballou brings riders and horses measurable progress — while avoiding boredom, confusion, or injury — though correct physical conditioning of the horse. Her training emphasizes science-based exercises to improve movement and performance. She advocates cross-training for every horse and rider with training plans free of short-cuts or methods that restrict the horse’s movement.

Through this, I’ve identified five fundamentals of training horses and riders:

  • Healthy Movement
  • Simplicity in the training approach
  • Consistency
  • Mind-body connection for both horse and rider
  • Cross-disciplinary

First, a rider needs to be educated and developed. Next, and often simultaneously, his or her horse also needs to be educated and trained. These are separate jobs. Development of riders is not synonymous with training horses. Education of each entity must be treated distinctly and appropriately. Separating the education requirements of horse versus rider demystifies much of the training process. This is necessary for a holistic and compassionate training journey.

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I just wanted to reach out to you to tell you how much I LOVE your books (I have the 101 dressage exercises and liked it so much, I got the Equine Fitness book). I first read about you in Horse Illustrated and just love your simple grids and patterns. - Bridget Bellocq

"Thank you so much for all the extra effort; you gave much more than was expected and then kept at it till you got results. It was encouraging to watch Mystic change."
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"You know I do admire your work, so am grateful to have you and any others like you out there."
- Donna Snyder Smith

"I wanted to let you know I am on the 4th week of your back conditioning program and my horse is making good progress."
- Carla Hawks

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- Kris Van Roo

"My brother has several mustangs on his ranch located north of Sacramento. He has your books and has had much success with his horses applying your lessons. Thank you for the will make a huge difference in my life." - Jackie Hare

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Training Services

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