Nic, RJ, Star

Peace Haven HorseMindShip™


2019 HorseMindShip™ Events

The following 2019 Educational Events of Adult Workshops,  Riding Classes, Teen Classes, Private Sessions (children and adults),  Seminars/Demonstrations and other Horsemanship Events are presented by Horseman RJ Sadowski, Jr., CHA Certified and Licensed Riding Instructor, Mustang Specialist Peace Haven HorseMindShip™

RJ is your source for building the best possible relationship with any horse

Learn More Today than Yesterday for a Different Tomorrow!

Peace Haven Horsemanship and Riding School ~~  Where you will meet new like-minded friends ~~ human and equine

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71 Pleasant Street ~  Plainfield, MA

   RJ keeps no secrets and will show you what you have never seen before – without force!!

Before:  TERRIFIED, wanting nothing to do with a human                                     AFTER:   wanting to be with rj (10 minutes later)

Before      After


Horse Rides  ~  Demonstrations  ~  Dancing with Horses  ~  Safety in the Herd           and More

Saturday, May 4, 2019  ~~  1:00-5:00

Peace Haven Horsemanship and Riding School  ~  71 Pleasant Street, Plainfield, MA

Call to register to bring a horse  413-634-8800 or 413-335-7151

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We are your source for teaching Teens:   ~ how to read a horse   ~ help them to understand how horses think and why they behave the way they do  ~  teach them good Horsemanship and more – much more than just Riding.  With this knowledge, your Teen can learn to be as safe as possible with horses on the ground as well as in the saddle.

Tack (Western and English) is available if needed.

Check Again for Teen Class Dates

All Teen Classes are from 1:00 to 4:00 and held at Peace Haven Horsemanship and Riding School  ~  71 Pleasant Street ~ Plainfield, MA

These are a Series of Classes.  Registration and advance payment are required

 Call now for more information or to register:    413-634-8800/413-335-7151or email


 (18 years or older)

Creating Powerful Horse and Rider Partnerships

Wednesdays:    May 1;  29      June 12,  26       July 10;  24     August 7;  21          September 4, 18;        October 2,  16            Saturdays:    July 6;    August 3   ~~  All Classes are 1:30-4:30

Join one class or several

Call for more information or to register:  413-634-8800 or 413-335-7151

Participate with your horse or one of our herd 

Beginners Welcome

 We offer a variety of Fun Educational Events/Activities  Children and Adults

Ground Driving – Teaching a Horse to Understand Rein Positions from the Ground

RJ and Nic - Ground Driving


Obstacle Course

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Drew on Red Cloud; Paula on Star Carrying Pole


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ADULT WORKSHOP SERIES  ~~~~  Horsemanship and Riding, Obstacle Course, Drill Team Patterns, Trails

Riding Class Drew on Whisper; Sue on Santana 5-30-18

RJ Instructing Paula and Red Cloud 5-30-18

Paula and Ahliver 10-3-18

Sue with Red Cloud, Whisper and Ahliver

It’s Time to  ~~  RAISE THE BAR ~~  Ground to Saddle

Inquire About  Our Powerful Educational Program of Workshop Classes and Private Sessions 

Call now for information and to register for 2018   

413-634-8800 or 413-335-7151

Our Program of Adult Workshops is a Series of and Commitment to six Classes with the same students in each Series that meet once a month May-October 10:00-5:00, and a minimum of one Private Session per month.   Teen Classes (ages 13-19) are a Commitment to a Series of 6 Classes meeting once a week.  Classes are held rain or shine.  If it is necessary for Peace Haven to cancel a Class due to severe weather conditions, each student will be notified and a rain date will be offered.    Students must be 18 or older to join any Class unless otherwise specified. 




and include Horsemanship on the Ground and Riding Techniques in the Saddle, Fun Obstacle Course, Ground Driving, Trail Rides,  Lunch/Discussion, Fellowship with Like-Minded Horse People and More.   Classes are small with a maximum of six students in each Series.  Each student receives individual attention as well as the opportunity to learn by watching others in their Class.   Our students support and encourage each other.  You may bring your horse or spend the day with one of our lovely herd.     Learn GOOD Horsemanship, Effective Ground and Riding Skills and Get Ready to SUPERCHARGE Your Riding and Your Horse’s PERFORMANCE!  The BEST way to advance your Horsemanship and Riding, while keeping you as safe as possible on the ground and in the saddle.

  • Operate the five body parts with suppleness:  head/neck, poll, shoulders, ribs, hindquarters
  • Power steering and follow line of sight
  • Speed control and maintain gait:  if your horse won’t stand still for mounting or walks off before you ask him to, he is changing gait
  • Lightness on the outside and softness on the inside
  • Maneuvers:  rollbacks, side pass, leg yield, turns on hindquarters, front end, super stop and back
  • Collection, head position and straightness
  • Proper use of bits, effective use of reins
  • Ground Driving:  teaches the horse and the human communication through reins which transfers to riding

Ground to Saddle

Was your horse properly started? Is your horse holding you hostage? Has your horse developed undesirable behaviors (bite, kick, buck, rear, strike, move while mounting/change gaits, walk off before you ask, bolt, difficult to steer, turn his butt to you, need to be tied for saddling, etc.)?  Verify when your horse is ready to ride.  Prepare your horse to pass a Pre-Ride Checklist for a fun riding experience.   Learn how to use Training Techniques while respecting the Spiritual Nature of the horse.  Learn how to replace unwanted behaviors with good behaviors.    Learn Horse Behavior, Horse Psychology, Training/Teaching, Riding Techniques, Relationship Building to teach your horse to be a willing partner on the trail or in the ring.  There is a curriculum every horse needs to know to be a safe as possible riding horse.


10:00                 Student arrival

10:00-10:30      Horses assigned/curriculum disclosed

10:30-1:00        Ground exercises/Ride

1:00-2:30          Lunch (BYO) and Seminar (questions/discussion)

2:30-4:00          Ride (warm horses, mounted exercises, patterns,

                            games, trails, obstacles, etc.)

4:00-5:00         Optional (free time – RJ available for: riding, ground

                           exercises, individual assistance).    Students may leave at 4:00


  • Green Series (10:00-5:00):       May 11,   June 8,   July 13,   August 10,  September 7,   October 12      
  • Teen Class:   Dates to Follow (check back in February)
  • Powerful Private Sessions at Your Farm or Ours (Children and Adults)

    NEW FOR 2019


If you have a desire to be with horses, yet experience Anxiety, Fear, Uncertainty ~~ this Program is for YOU!

There is no pressure in these Classes – for you or the horse on the ground or in the saddle (riding is optional).   Go at your own pace.   Small Classes;   Group and Individual Instruction.

These Classes are designed to help you to understand and overcome mild to paralyzing Fear so you may feel Confident, Safe and enjoy being with a horse.

Program Requirements: a minimum of one Private Session per month in conjunction with the once a month Class.

Class Curriculum:

10:00-5:00               Once a month May through October

10:00                        Student Arrival

10:00-11:30             Seminar (horse psychology – how they think and behavior

                                      why they do what they do) ~~  Myths vs.Facts

11:30-1:00               Herd interacting and ground exercises

1:00-2:00                  Lunch (BYO) and discussion

2:00-4:00                  Ground exercises, Tacking and Riding (if desired)

4:00-5:00                  Optional (may leave at 4:00); RJ and Paula available to

                                       answer questions, help individuals with whatever they

                                       need, riding instruction

CONFIDENCE BUILDING Class Dates:  May 18;  June 22;  July 27;  August 17;  September 28;  October 26
For more information and/or to register call:  413-634-8800 ~  413-335-7151 or email  Please leave a number where we may reach you.







Trail Ride Class - 5-26-18 Paula on Red Cloud; Drew on Ahliver; Lisa on Whisper


Rachelle on Red Cloud; RJ on Star 10-7-18

Trail Ride 10-7-18

On one of our new trails - Looking west across back field - 2018

On new trail - house in background - 2018

Have you injured your knee or other body part on a tree because you rode your horse too close and didn’t know how to prevent hitting the tree?

Learn how to operate your horse to ride through tight spaces on a trail

Has your horse jumped or otherwise avoided an obstacle (log, brook, other) on a trail because he had not learned to look to you for guidance?

Learn how to ride your horse so he/she will look to you for direction when approaching an obstacle

Horses ask us questions all the time

Learn how to recognize when/what they are asking, as well as how to answer them


Learn how to be able to teach your horse to approach and ride through any obstacle without worry, by trusting you – no force needed!!

Call NOW to inquire about joining a Class Series in 2019



If you choose to email, please include your phone number


Whether you are ready to learn the basics or bring your Horsemanship and Riding to a whole new level, we have a Program for you

Have you always wanted to learn Good Horsemanship and Effective Riding Skills, but just never got around to it?   Were you involved with horses as a child or young adult, but stopped to raise a family, pursue a career or for some other reason?   Do you have a desire to spend time with/understand horses, but  fear and anxiety have held you back?   Would you enjoy being involved with horses, like to learn how to be with them, but don’t have a horse?  (no problem – we have a lovely herd just waiting to meet you)   Do you want your child to learn Good Horsemanship and Riding Skills without force and to be as safe as possible?   Have you participated in Workshops or Clinics with so many students that you were barely noticed and did not receive the instruction you hoped to and paid for?   You are not alone  ~  our Program with no more than six students in a Class, combined with Private Sessions, will help you achieve your goals, re-connect you with what you enjoyed in the past, and our sensitive teachers will help you overcome any hesitation due to anxiety.  There is no time like now to make your dreams come true!

RJ on Star Instructing Class Sue on Santana, Thea on Paul E Whisper on left, Red Cloud on right 5-30-18

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Star and Paula

Paula & RJ




Call RJ or Paula at 413-634-8800 for more information about our School.  We have found the combination of a Workshop Series and Private Sessions is the BEST Educational Program to introduce you to a journey with horses or advance your skills


If you prefer Private Sessions rather than a Class, we offer that option.  Consult with professional Horseman, RJ Sadowski, 413-335-7151 or 413-634-8800 to speak about a Program best suited for you and your horse to meet your individual needs and attain your goals. 



RJ on Star, Rachelle on Red Cloud

The Chemistry of Connection Retreat Weekend:  May 31-June 2, 2019 ~~ The Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY       RJ has guided and coached Tara Bennett-Goleman, best selling author of Emotional Alchemy, in her new release Mind Whispering.  He is participating in Workshops/Retreats at the Omega Institute. These Workshops are presented by Tara and Dan Goleman, Aaron Wolf and demonstrated by RJ and his horses, Red Cloud and Star. The Workshop explains horse whispering principles, a method for developing a rapport with horses. Together Tara, Dan, RJ and Aaron will discuss how integrating these principles with training the mind can help free us from self defeating emotional habits.   ONE EXAMPLE OF A DEMONSTRATION ~ RJ, developer of HorseMindShip™: connecting with and understanding the horse’s mind, demonstrates with his horse, Star, how you can ride with lightness and feel to create a willing relationship with your horse. The premise of this demonstration is the building of a willing partner relationship.  In this premise, the relationship has four components:  spiritual, mental, emotional and physical. Through an educated approach, RJ demonstrates how you can build a relationship with your horse starting with the spirit of the horse, the mental second, the emotional third, causing the physical to be a given. RJ begins the demonstration by riding his 16 year old gelding named Star. Star is well on his way to being considered a “finished” horse. RJ will demonstrate what the horse has learned and what the rider has learned for the two to meet at this advanced level with Star wearing a rope halter.  He also explains when Star wears a bit,  which one is used and why – all on a loose rein.  He explains and highlights the nearly invisible ways in which communication is happening.  For the rider to be mindful and connected, he/she must know what to be mindful of. Using evidence based principles clinically proven techniques, RJ highlights effective  strategies and presents a refreshing guide to mindfully interact with your horse. If you would like to host a Seminar/Demonstration at your home or barn and receive FREE training with your horse(s), contact us now to reserve a date for the Event.

Please contact RJ or Paula at 413-634-8800 for more information about what we offer or to register as a participant or spectator at any Event

Paula and RJ