Welcome to The Excellent Horse

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Want a safe, fun, and successful relationship with your horse? 

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Welcome to Jan Snodgrass’s The Excellent Horse!  If you need help with your horse, you have come to the right place. Jan offers you her lifetime of experience with horses firmly woven with years of training and hard work under noted professionals in the world of eventing and two unique training methods.


Jan’s knowledge is also gleaned from interactions with hundreds of horses with both physical and behavioral difficulties. Jan understands these behavior difficulties primarily come from fear, pain, fear of pain, poor communication, and lack of fun. 

The solutions Jan uses include TTouch bodywork, unique ground and in-hand work and innovative exercises under saddle for common rider frustrations such as: inattentiveness, fearfulness, sore back, unwillingness, lack of balance. 

These horse- and user-friendly methods eliminate fear, pain and establish clear communication. 


Jan counts a number of professionals as her mentors over the years. They include, Gabor Foltenyi (dressage, jumping), Jimmy Wofford (eventing), Denny Emerson (eventing), Linda Tellington-Jones (TTouch), Carolyn Resnick (liberty training) and several others.


From her base at LightHeart Farm in Marshall, VA, Jan is always ready to help you with your horse!



Logo A Better Topline


Click HERE for information on Jan's training programs which include:

A Better Topline, Private 2-Day Training Clinics, Individual Training

or TTouch Sessions, Monthly Training, Riding Lessons and Open Clinics.


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Jan has provided several articles HERE to give you insight into her training philosophy and to give you training exercises and tools that you can use NOW to help you on your journey with your horse.


Much of Jan's training methods are based in Linda Tellington-Jones' TTouch, a successful program of working with horses that incorporates body work with training. 


Reschooling The OTTB

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 This is a series from several years ago detailing Jan's journey with a horse she purchased at an auction. 


"I zipped around the labyrinth of holding pens and was a bit surprised to see a good looking, but quite thin, Thoroughbred gelding.

It was a little hard to get a good look at him because he was in the back of a pen with two other horses. . . . ."  Click HERE to read more!

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These photos illustrate many of the exercises, techniques and equipment that Jan uses in her work retraining and rehabbing horses. There all also photos from some of her clinics and competition photos of her on her horses. Click HERE