Hi there! I'm Naomi Langdon.
Ever since I was little I have been that horse crazy girl. I had that classic dream of having my very own horse and galloping through fields of flowers. You know… the one where my majestic black stallion would love me just as much as I loved him and would nicker whenever he saw me.
Well, thanks to my family I was able to start taking riding lessons in Western and English pleasure by the time I was 8. I loved learning about all the different aspects of horse care and riding and of course I savored every moment I got to spend with my equine friends. However, after a while I found myself wanting more, I wanted to be able to form a connection and bond with a horse, not just ride. When I found out about the American Mustangs and their grim situation I was captivated by the idea of adopting my own mustang, training it, and forming that special bond with a horse.
As I dove into learning about horse training I discovered a whole other world that I never even realized existed. A fascinating world filled with many different trainers, theories, disciplines, methods, and ideologies. When I thought I made a little bit of sense out of all this madness and had a plan, I adopted my first mustang. The scrawny little bay gelding may not have seemed like much, but he was mine!
However, soon the reality of how much he meant to me, turned into an overwhelming fear of "ruining" him. The words of all who had warned me of what a horrible idea it was to get a mustang and the adage "green on green makes black and blue" were a constant reminder of my inadequacy. I was paralyzed by the fear of failing and letting my horse down or showing my struggle to those who had doubted us.
Back to the drawing board I went. Researching more of the how and whys of horse psychology and learning. I began to understand why my horse was doing the things he was and the theory behind learning. However, I realized I couldn't connect with him and become a more compassionate trainer until I addressed the non tangible aspects of training. I learned that my mindset and emotions played just as big of a role training as knowledge.
After some time, I decided to get involved in mustang training competitions in order to help more mustangs find homes and to further my training skills. Through these competitions I have met so many incredible people and learned so much. Working with the mustangs has taught me not only about horses, but about people and most of all about myself. My journey is far from complete, however I want to use what I have learned and continue to learn in order to educate, encourage, and empower people setting out on their own horse journey. I hope you will join me!
Naomi’s overall goal is to achieve and inspire a more compassionate approach to horsemanship and to showcase what incredible partners the American Mustangs can be.