Tanja Kraus Horsemanship was founded in 2010, though Tanja has been involved with horses since she was just a child. Her obsession with animals was obvious to her parents when she was just a baby. Living in an apartment stopped any pet ownership, but Tanja made friends with the neighbourhood dogs and cats, and even a billy goat who lived down the road.
Once the family moved to a small acre block in a rural type community Tanja found horses. Making friends with neighbours who owned horses and hanging around at a local horse club Tanja was soon spending time with horses everyday.
Teaching herself to ride on unsuspecting horses while their owners were at work, having no saddle or bridle did not pose a problem to a young, determined girl. Baling twine fashioned into a halter and reins was enough to get started. Tanja was very fortunate that these 2 horses were so well behaved, it could have spelled disaster, but thankfully these pair were happy to go around a small pen and help a young kid how to ride.
As her friends began to get their own horses, Tanja started to head out with them – on foot. It didnt matter if they were heading out trail riding for the day, Tanja would be there walking along, getting the occasional ride now and then. Seeing her so determined and obsessed Tanja’s parents realised she was serious about owning her own horse.
As well as being an outstanding horsewoman, Tanja is an excellent communicator and teacher. So the take-home value of her clinics is huge. Her ability to read each rider and each horse enables her to tailor her advice and instruction in the most productive and effective way. Tanja’s guidance and support has transformed the way I ride and handle my horses and I cannot recommend her clinics highly enough.
Paula Todd, Bangalow, NSW
Finally at 12 years old her parents relented and bought that first horse – a standardbred named shadow, who Tanja owned until he was laid to rest at 28 years old. Shadow was the steep learning curve that alot of first horses offer their owners. He was dragged to sporting events, shows, taken trail riding, beach riding, swimming – you name it, he did it.
From 16 years of age Tanja served on the committee at the Currumbin District Horse Club, from events co-ordinator to president, Tanja stayed on the committee until she moved to Coffs Harbour at 27 years old.
During her teenage years and into her 20’s Tanja owned an off the track thoroughbred that she rehabilitated and competed at various dressage events across the Gold Coast. Needing help with this horse was what led Tanja to her first Ken Faulkner clinic and seeing the benefits of this style of training, and how it complimented her english training sparked her interest in horsemanship.
After moving to Coffs Harbour to live with her partner Phil, who competed in more western and cattle events, Tanja started heading out to these and finally decided to ‘jump the fence’ from english to western type riding. Her first purchase for this endeavour was Rosie – an unbroken filly. After starting her under the guidance of Ken, Tanja’s passion for young horse starting was born.
Beginning with just her own and a couple of Phil’s horses, Tanja started taking on a few outsiders, which led to teaching horsemanship to students, problem solving and in house training. Tanja Kraus Horsemanship now offers a range of services on the Mid North Coast. Give Tanja a call on 0412 592 033 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire about your needs.
Tanja Kraus Horsemanship has changed my life and my horse’s in unbelievable ways. When we first started TKH clinics my horse was uneducated and frightened of the world and I was stressed and worried about how I could help him. TKH has given me the tools to help my horse and I in a logical and kind way that has prepared us for anything in life that we choose to do. 12 months after my first clinic, I now have a relationship with my horse that is trusting and calm. We both feel confident in any situation and I know whichever path of riding we choose, the essential foundations that we have learnt will get us there. The world is a better place for my horse now and he is a safer horse for me because of it. I would highly recommend TKH to anyone who is looking for a holistic, kind and effective method of harmonious horsemanship. It works !!!
Elly May Wade, Dorrigo, NSW.