Total Transformation Horsemanship

Richards, TX 77873 ~ Phone: 936-577-7511

NOTE: Danielle has recently taken a position as a Mounted Patrol Officer and is not accepting horses to train at this time and will be teaching a limited amount of lessons.

Total Transformation Horsemanship is located in Richards, TX, in the heart of the Sam Houston National Forest (just 15 minutes North of Montgomery) and is also the home of owners, Danielle and Nathan Dove.

Danielle has over 20 years in Equine experience. She began riding when she was 6 years old at a local pony ride. By age 7 she had her first horse and "job" volunteering at "Ponyland" where her horse career began.

For 10 years Danielle competed in barrel racing, pole bending, started young horses under saddle, showed in the local 4H, bred and raised foals, went trail riding all across Texas, showed English in Hunter/Jumper classes and gave riding lessons to adults and children with her first business "D&D Equestrian Centre". Anything that involved horses Danielle wanted to learn about it as much as possible.

In 2003 Danielle attended some clinics by Clinton Anderson. The first time she participated in a clinic with her barrel horse he asked her to become part of his team as his second apprentice. In 2004, at 17 years old, she moved to Illinois to learn as much as possible about training horses and running a business. During that time she also traveled with his team all over the country listening, watching and learning from other trainers and experts at large events like Equine Affaire and The Quarter Horse Congress.

In 2005 after a year and a half of her apprenticeship Danielle took time to discover her own way of training horses and people. During that time she met and married her husband of 5 years, Nathan. In 2010 they decided it was time to start their own business "Total Transformation Horsemanship". They wanted the focus to be on truly helping people, their horses and creating relationships, not just your typical "horse training"

Danielle believes in continuing her training and skills; that's why she took the time to become a certified riding instructor through the American Riding Instructors Association. She certified as a Reining and Recreational riding instructor. She feels these two areas best represent the majority of her customers. After learning the benefits of the barefoot horse and trimming her own horses for the past 10 years Danielle has begun her certification as a Hoof Care Professional through Liberated Horsemanship. At this time trimming is not one of her services but she feels the knowledge helps her to better serve her customers as the training included: an intensive 3 day clinic held at Texas A&M that went in depth into the equine hoof, diet, nutrition, medical developments and equine behavior. During the clinic there was an anatomy class of the lower limbs and bones of the hoof. It also included hands on trimming and dissection of problem to normal hooves. She has since then attended a second 2 day clinic with more personal instruction.

Currently Danielle is a member of the Grimes County Fair Horse Committee and believes this is a great opportunity to give back to the horse community in her area. At the 2012 fair she was the judge for the Reining, Working Cow Horse and Trail classes. In 2013 Danielle began writing training articles for Paints & Quarters Magazine and then in 2015 began writing for their second magazine, Level Up, dedicated toward Horsemanship. These magazines are distributed throughout the Netherlands as their only source of Western Riding information at this time. In October of 2013 Danielle gave birth to the couple's first child, a baby girl, Cheyenne Faith Dove. Danielle remained dedicated to her clients during her pregnancy and continued giving riding lessons and teaching clinics all the way until she delivered Cheyenne!

The atmosphere at Total Transformation Horsemanship is always professional, family friendly, packed with information and fun!

Whether you need a young horse started under saddle in Danielle's Colt Starting Program, want to bring some friends and attend a Horsemanship Clinic to learn something new with your horse or improve your skills, or need some one on one time with Danielle in a Private Riding Lesson to boost your confidence or make a better connection with your horse. Danielle will patiently teach you her training method that produces quick and lasting results.

What makes Total Transformation Horsemanship a unique experience?

· The 8 week Colt Starting Program will give your horse the best start under saddle through a gentle approach. Each colt and rider is assessed by Danielle and she will prepare your horse for the specific career you have chosen for them in the future.

· Danielle treats each horse and rider as individuals in her Private Riding Lessons and understands everyone has different goals. Beginner to advanced riders can benefit as she will meet your specific needs with your horse.

· A wide variety of Horsemanship Clinics are offered year around. You will learn "feel & timing" the key to a soft and responsive horse. Danielle will help you solve problems with a difficult horse or teach you how to refine your more advanced horse. Clinics are divided into Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.

· Danielle's schedule is flexible as she does her best to work with your schedule.

· Financially she will work with you, if needed, to afford training.

· All breeds, ages and sports are welcomed at Total Transformation Horsemanship.

"My goal is to provide an environment of trust, honesty and cooperation to create clear communication and successful relationships" - Danielle


"The experience we have had with Danielle has been truly remarkable. From start to finish everything was handled in a very professional and friendly manner. Danielle's patience and flexibility with us was phenomenal. Not only with the horse but with teaching my son what he needed to know to be successful when we brought our horse home. She made sure he understood what would be required of him as well as the horse. Her teaching technique was outstanding. All instruction was very clear and easily understood. We are amazed at the transformation that took place in sixty days with our horse. When we dropped him off he had barely been halter broke and only in a trailer twice. Now my son is riding him with confidence and ease"............................The Michauds

"Danielle transformed my 2 year old fillies into well trained horses. They came to her halter broke, and left knowing many lessons of groundwork and under saddle walking, trotting and loping. Their dispositions were quiet and willing to do what was asked of them. The foundation is solid and something I can now build on at home. Danielle's technique of patience and teaching both horse and horse owner has helped both me and my horses. Good luck and many thanks and always remember to enjoy the process."...........................Kathy Buckner
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