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Private instruction

Marlis will travel to your site to work with you and your horse. She'll help with whatever difficulties you're having. Her services are completely dependent upon your individual needs. Issues may include improving ground manners, clipping, bathing, deworming, lungeing, establishing trust and respect, trailering, standing for the farrier, tying, mounting, desensitizing, or under saddle issues. Each session is an hour and a half long and you're left with a "prescription" to follow. Marlis handles your horse only for a short time in a session, for evaluation and diagnostic purposes. The remainder of the time she coaches you through the process.

The fee for a session is $65 plus travel expense based on mileage to your site. When you contact Marlis she'll give you the quote to include travel. If she is already working in your area on the day of your appointment, your travel expense will be split.


Clinics are offered throughout the year at many different locations. Marlis travels along the east coast working with individuals at a particular facility, or giving full day clinics. Please check the Event Schedule page for a listing of upcoming clinics.

If you would like to host a clinic at your facility, please contact Marlis directly. Hosts participate in the clinic at no charge as a "thank you."

Special Groups

Marlis offers her clinics at a drastically reduced rate to help the horses and people involved in non-profit activities. Two of the groups she is currently helping are the fosters for the Equine Rescue League and the volunteers for Therapeutic Riding Programs. If you are interested in having Marlis teach both horse and humans in your organization, please contact her!

Speaking Engagements

Marlis truly enjoys sharing what she has learned with an audience. She "retired" from her previous position as a college professor to spend all of her time with horses. Teaching is one of her loves. Presentations are dynamic and packed with video footage demonstrating horse behavior and solutions for owners. She fills in the "why" behind behavior.

How Can I Help?
"Your Horse Can't Say NO"
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Quest Therapeutic Riding Center
West Chester, PA
New Release
"The Team Concept: Creating a Partnership with your Horse", by Marlis Amato
Visit the Products page for book description.
"Riding in Harmony - Finding the Center and Balance"
Glendale Riding School, Easton, MD
Sunday, April 10, 2011

Partnership from Ground to Saddle
Quest Therapeutic Riding Center
Sunday, April 17, 2011
"Establishing Leadership"
Hosted by Amy Phillips
Saturday, April 9, 2011
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