Mine is the typical story of a middle class family that could not afford to buy me a horse, but my parents did the next best thing by putting me into horse riding lessons at the age of 6. My earliest memory of being horse crazy is 3 years old while I played with my Breyer horses along with Jose and Jay cowboy and cowgirl action figures. Dressage was where I started with my instructor Nancy Knapp who placed playing cards between my knees and demanded I post without stirrups. I was always the youngest in my dressage classes competing with grown-ups expected to meet adult standards.
Two step-dads and three high schools later I quit dressage lessons to live on my own two months after turning 18. I continued high school part-time leaving at 11:00 a.m. and worked two jobs while maintaining a 4.0 GPA and graduating top 10 of my class.
Resuming horses in my life had to wait a couple years until I bought Mazda a Welsh/Arab cross that I kept in the backyard of the house I rented in SE Portland unbeknownst to my landlord. I lived within the city limits so I obtained a livestock permit and had a lean-to built on the side of the garage for Mazda. My neighbors complained so the local animal control officer stopped by every couple weeks to make an appearance while he enjoyed a beer at my kitchen table. Eventually my landlord found out about Mazda so I had to move him to the countryside where I spent evenings and weekends riding and hanging out.
That winter I started skiing on Friday nights after buying a Dodge Rampage pick-up with front wheel drive. One fateful Friday night driving home from skiing I lost control of my car crossing into oncoming traffic where a Suburban pulling a helicopter trailer hit my passenger side killing my boyfriend as we descended down a cliff. When the paramedics arrived I had no signs of life as I was pinned under the dashboard with the gear shift in my ribs. An hour and a half later I awoke with the lights on in the cab as Rod, my boyfriend, lay in the snow out the passenger side (in fatal car crashes bodies can not be moved until the accident photographer arrives). I tried calling out to him, but I had no breath. I told myself not to panic that I simply had the wind knocked out of me, but the paramedics heard my weak voice and clamored down the hillside. The Jaws of Life peeled back the rear of the cab as I was pulled through the rear window of the pick-up. I was life-flighted with a 70 systolic and zero diastolic blood pressure, collapsed lung, lacerated liver, broken ribs pelvis and back. I survived, but didn’t live for many years grieving my loss and blaming myself for killing my beloved friend. After the accident I had to sell Mazda since I was now disabled unable to stand up straight using a cane to walk, but he went to a wonderful grandfather who bought him for his grandsons.
Years went by as I climbed the corporate ladder, giving birth to two beautiful sons and juggling life. I finally moved to the country where I met my husband Ken. He is a gifted artist and craftsman who devoted every day to realizing my dreams by putting in fences and building me a barn. Finally I was able to bring my horse’s home…..
I spent the first year riding my horses with bits in their mouths and English saddles. I soon discovered that I could ride dressage with just a rope halter and lead rope which made my horses so much happier and deeply responsive. I still ride in my Wintec all-purpose English saddle tearing up the hills and swimming the creek with my horses, but I don’t allow the use of bits at my barn.
After 20 years in the corporate world, earning Vice President Titles at two Oregon corporations, I finally quit to train horses full time. My good friend and mentor, Frank Bell, presided over the grand opening of my barn, the Natural Horsemanship Center of Oregon, and I’ve had a waiting list ever since. The realization that there is a source to behavior and training problems became the foundation of my WHolistic Horsemanship Training the Whole Horse™ program. Starting horses under saddle to ride without a bit inspired my IRON FREE Riding DVD Series and the latest WHolistic Horsemanship Audio Stories.
Many people know me as the CEO of Natures Balance Care, a manufacture of organic approved fly control and skin care products for horses, dogs and livestock which I started as a hobby business in 1994. Now the two businesses go hand in hand providing compassion, healing and justice for horses, dogs and their people. Out of the ashes of my earlier life I live my dreams.
Missy Wryn is the founder of WHolistic Horsemanship Training the Whole Horse®, IRON FREE Riding, plus inventor of the ALL-IN-ONE Training Halter Bitless Bridle. Specializing in problem and dangerous horses Missy has developed a unique, fear free, and pain free approach to training horses and riding Iron Free. Training the Whole Horse® is the foundation to Missy’s innovative and simpler approach to training your horse using effective communication that your horse will understand, honor and respect while having fun and being safer riding IRON FREE (no bits – no spurs). Check Missy’s schedule for appearances and lectures in your area at http://www.WHolisticHorsemanship.com
. Missy’s training DVD’s are now available to download and watch for only $1.99 at http://www.WHolisticHorsemanship.com
Missy Wryn is also CEO and founder of Natures Balance Care, LLC. Natures Balance Care is the manufacturer of organic approved (OMRI) fly control products for horses and organic livestock plus organic approved remedies for Dogs suffering from skin conditions related to allergies, bacteria and fungus. Visit http://www.NaturesBalanceCare.com
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