Queen Creek, AZ 85142

(623) 935-1823

Riding & horsemanship lessons - riding with love.
Beginners welcome!


Riding lessons with Yvonne Welz on bitless school horses.

Located in Queen Creek/San Tan Valley: south of Hunt Hwy off Thompson Rd. 

About Us

About Yvonne


Yvonne Welz is a professional horsewoman with over 30 years of equine management and training experience. Formerly a competitive dressage rider, she schooled many horses up to an advanced level and achieved national awards with them. Always focused on learning, she has studied the art of classical horsemanship for over 25 years, including the French classical methods. She has trained many horses from scratch, acquiring them as yearlings or untrained, starting them out under saddle and schooling them to higher levels. She has enjoyed giving riding lessons to children and adults since the 1990's. 

In the 2000's, she studied several different methods of natural horsemanship, and also trained in equine nutrition, saddle fitting, barefoot hoof trimming and natural health methods. She was instrumental in helping to introduce the methods of natural barefoot horse care to the USA in 2000. In 2013, she embraced collected high school riding without the use of bits or spurs, and has not looked back. Enjoy her holistic approach and absolute love for the horse!

Current rates: $45 per hour at Wishing Welz Ranch, or mobile lessons $55 per hour in Queen Creek/San Tan Valley (travel fees apply outside that area).

Lessons for beginners


Lessons available at Wishing Welz Ranch on my own horses, or I can travel to your horse in the local area. Sweet, gentle, well-trained lesson horses are available (they are the real teachers!!). Students beginner through advanced, and lessons are customized to you. Children over age 8 are welcome. Seniors are welcome. And every horse lover in between.

What "style" do I teach? No, it's not "English" or "Western" - it is the language of the horse, pure and simple! I do use comfortable "English" dressage style saddles and bitless bridles on my horses. Advance your skills at YOUR own pace, with no pressure, in a safe, comfortable environment.

Experience horses for the first time - riding or just being with horses and learning from them! There are lots of horse activities that can be done on the ground. Being around horses is healing to the mind, body, and spirit. Learning how to communicate with them using body language can create personal breakthroughs! 

Lessons for the advancing horseperson


Learn natural horsemanship skills, connecting and bonding with horses, schooling exercises to develop horse and rider including liberty work, in hand work, cavesson work. Introduction to obstacle riding and work over poles (beginning jumping skills). For the more advanced rider, learn collected riding skills. Specializing in bitless bridle use and selection, and transitioning horses to bitless riding. Partnership, love, and harmony with the horse always comes first!

We are a genuine holistic center: my other services include consultations for more natural horse care, diet and nutrition programs, natural health management, designing equine facilities and paddock set ups for better horse care, developing therapeutic rehab exercise programs for horses recovering from injuries, Red Light therapy, fine-tuning our communication with equines, and more! On site hoof care consultations and trimming education with leading barefoot hoof expert James Welz are also available.

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Enjoy unique articles by Yvonne, exploring  everything about horses, natural care, equine health and healing, bitless riding,  barefoot hooves, and what it means to be an ethical horse caregiver and horse trainer in this modern world.

Heart to Hoof Horsemanship Blog

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We are a genuine holistic center. Enjoy Yvonne's natural approach and absolute love for the horse!

Current rates: $45 per hour at Wishing Welz Ranch, or mobile lessons $55 per hour in Queen Creek/San Tan Valley (travel fees apply outside that area).

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Heart to Hoof Horsemanship

Queen Creek, AZ 85142

(623) 935-1823