Laura Thatcher & "Optico"
The name Aleesha chose for her business (Equal Equestrian) is spot on with the way she trains both riders and horses. Her first priority is always the health and well-being of the horse.
She seems to have an intuition with both people and horses to identify exactly what they need at any given moment. Sometimes it might be a simple bareback ride when she can tell I am on the verge of tears from something going on in my life. Other times she will set up obstacles, poles and jumps both in and out of the arena to improve both our fitness and confidence. I primarily ride dressage now but I love that she provides "Tiko" and I with such a variety. It keeps everything fresh and keeps us both excited and motivated.
The thought that Aleesha puts in the night before lessons to tailor each training session the next day to the horse/rider combination is apparent. Aleesha videotapes lessons and watches them to refine future instruction and provides them to her clients so that we can review and take notes on things we did well as well as things we would like to improve on in our next ride. Being able to watch the lessons afterwards is invaluable and further solidifies my progress.
In addition to the excellent training Aleesha provides, she also creates an incredible, supportive environment in her barn. She truly creates a wonderful family dynamic amongst herself and her clients and I always feel so supported and encouraged by not only Aleesha but also the rest of our barn family.
Aleesha is that unicorn of trainers that constantly strives to provide the best lesson possible and also provides white-glove care for her clients’ equine partners.
I feel truly blessed to call Aleesha my trainer.
If my horse Optico could speak English, he would tell you that finding Aleesha was the best thing we ever did!!
Susan Nelson Thibault
I have a slightly different perspective on Aleesha; because I am her proud coach. I give her and some of her students lessons about once a month. We have known each other since 2016 and she is nothing but professional.
She has all the qualities a horse trainer should have; she is humble, she is kind, she is calculating and strategic and she has infinite patience. The horses well being and the students well being is always the top priority on her list.
She has a keen sense of observation with the horses and her students and she keeps these observations in mind while she creates the best training plan for you and your horse. Whether horse or human, she takes time to break things down, explain them in finite detail and has a phenomenal way to build people’s confidence.
From my perspective, as her coach, she has the best asset a student can have; to always improve upon themselves and not think they know it all. She is very coachable and very willing to listen to new ideas. She also takes what she learns in her lessons to her students so they can learn through her. She is sincere, honest and a hard worker.
In closing, her dedication to the horses well being first and foremost is above reproach. I would not hesitate to put my personal horses care in her hands.
Elisabeth Gritch & 'Lola"
I've been with Aleesha for a few months now and I can honestly say that this has been the best decision for my horse Lola and myself. After a few weeks I already recognized how much my mare had changed; physically, emotionally and behaviorally. Together we have achieved so much in such a short time which makes me excited about our future and next steps.
All of these accomplishments are based on Aleesha's training, guidance and support. Her vast experience makes her an excellent trainer and horsemanship expert. I love her holistic approach which includes my mare's and my body, heart and soul. Both Lola and I just love being guided and supported by her.
Sharon Lonstein & 'Vegas'
I have found Aleesha to be a very special trainer. I came to Aleesha by pure chance after some false starts as a beginner and losing confidence with a rather boisterous off the track thoroughbred I bought with my heart and not my head! Aleesha took her time and managed to build up my confidence again where I could ride him, enjoy the moment and finally being at one with him and finding that connection.
Aleesha has the patience of a saint and is always positive about what you are doing in the lesson. This makes it much easier to learn and retain the positive points in order to make you a good rider. Her determination, care for both Vegas and I have brought about a relationship that I never thought I would have and I am eternally grateful for this gift.
Aleesha has a very special way about her and how she approaches horsemanship. Plus she is the most amazing rider herself with so many skills - she literally does it all. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her no matter what level of rider you are.
Angi Murray of Murray Horsemanship
Aleesha Bees is an amazing trainer. I love watching what she is able to do with the horses in her care. She has the ability to get your horse soft and balanced for dressage while keeping the horse happy and content in learning.
She works with each horse as an individual. This kind of teaching creates a horse that is willing and striving to please their riders. The horses also get the best care you can ask for. Aleesha makes sure each one has the farrier, vet, and nutritional care that they need.
Aleesha works well with her clients and is an AMAZING riding instructor. She specializes each lesson to fit the client’s needs. I cannot say enough about Aleesha and I recommend her to anyone looking to further their horse’s education or their own.
When I began my training with Aleesha, my goals were to learn about horsemanship from a naturalistic perspective, to learn groundwork, with the potential of one day gaining the confidence to ride again.
Aleesha has given me a compassionate safe space to learn, to ask questions, to misstep, then recover and process and use the information to gain a better understanding and build my skills.
It is difficult to put into words all that I am learning about horsemanship, horses and myself through Aleesha's kind and clear direction. I have found a teacher who listens and notices everything.
It is with this experience that I am excited about my lessons and each encounter I have with Aleesha and her amazing horses.
Aleesha has helped me grow exponentially as a rider and in my horsemanship. Aside from her breadth of knowledge and skill in riding and training, Aleesha's positive attitude sets her apart from other trainers. I ALWAYS come out of a lesson with her feeling accomplished with what I have achieved, while also feeling extra motivated to achieve more with my horse! Her positive attitude is also reflected in each horse she rides. She puts the horse first and strives to get movement with physical and emotional relaxation. I have watched her bring horses from places of stress and fear to being happy and relaxed riding partners with her transformative training methods. She helps the horse understand how to learn so they truly become an enthusiastic partner in her training, rather than just a participant.
Whether you are a competitive rider who wants to improve your scores or a horse owner who wants to learn how to have a better relationship with your equine partner, Aleesha is the trainer to help you achieve your goals!
Jennifer & 'Deseree'
So grateful to have found Aleesha! I was overwhelmed and “lost” with my highly sensitive warmblood mare that was a bit of an impulse purchase. Aleesha made me realize very quickly the influence I had on my mare with my very “busy” mind and body and taught me tools and techniques to work within myself that has made a HUGE difference with my riding and my relationship with my girl.
She is also patient, kind and positive and can bring out the BEST in you and your horse no matter what level!
Gail Solomon & 'Atarah'
Aleesha has a very patient and understanding perspective of horses. She has an innate ability to understand the horses point of view and is able to help the horse progress in a way that solidifies its training foundation. From starting horses, jumping or dressage she can help your horse gain the confidence it needs to progress in its training and help any owner find a better understanding of their horses needs and intentions.’