A huge part of being effective in making positive change, is having a reliable team of likeminded people working to bring their respective strengths together. The following are proficient and talented practitioners that contribute their skills to Whole Horse Equitation’s success.

Shelbie Fredenhagen


Shelbie with her Dutch mare Neira

Hailing from Alaska, Shelbie is a lifelong horse lover who has pursued quality education in horsemanship not only all over the US, but also in Canada and Mexico. Through her business Bodhi Equus, Shelbie has already taught clinics in not only Alaska but Washington, Oregon and Colorado. Still available to travel anywhere, Shelbie now spends her winters in Florida working in cooperation with Mikaila and Whole Horse Equitation.

A student of Ecole de Légèreté since 2011, Shelbie’s work pulls from a diverse pool of knowledge including horsemanship, farriery, body work and rider body awareness. She has also authored articles for various magazines on these subjects.

Always pursuing more education, Shelbie continues to study from the philosophies of Masterson Method, Mark Rashid, and Ortho-bionomy.


Working Students

We are happy to welcome working students for internship during the summer months at Whole Horse Equitation. Applicants must be at minimum 14 years old, have at least 1 year experience working with horses and must be able to commit to at least 2 weeks.

Talika gets a lesson on Wieste

The position includes room and board in a private or shared room, with a shared bathroom, kitchen and living area. It involves working with and riding multiple horses in lessons in exchange for helping to groom and care for the horses, as well as perform routine property maintenance.

Hannah and B have a cross-country lesson!


Fall, winter and spring are our busiest seasons and offer the most opportunities for our students. As summer is the hostile season for our area, our work schedule during this time is limited to early mornings and late evenings. This leaves the afternoons free and open for spending time enjoying the area such as the beautiful rivers and springs, running errands or resting. Please contact for more information if you are interested in becoming a working student!

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Pablo and Toast explore Blue Springs