PARTNERING HORSES AND PEOPLE


Alessia and her philosophy 

 

 

 

Thank you so much for coming to Alessia Pagani profile.

Horses have always been a huge force in her life, she has been driven to be with them as far back as she remember. 

 

After the first years, Alessia started to ride other peoples horses to pay part of her studies spending a great deal of time in the saddle and most of it alone; only after college she decided that she wanted them in her life 24 – 7, no matter what challenges she had to face.

In order to follow this decision Alessia decided to move to Colorado. Here she had the opportunity to live, alone with a herd of Spanish Mustangs: the close contact with those horses allowed her to develop her feel, understand their language, their needs and the dynamics of the herd.

Alessia and Buchy, her Hondo
Alessia and Buchy, her Hondo

 

When her visa was expired, Alessia came back to Europe precisely in Switzerland, where she started colts and give lessons.

Until she got in contact with the horse that she didn’t know would have changed her life, “her Hondo”    (a 3 years old open range stallion, with a very high level of self preservation)

Back then Alessia’s knowledge and experience were definitely not enough to keep the horse and herself safe.

“Solution of problems often come from knowing when to ask for help” Buck Brannaman_The Faraway Horses.

 

It was time to ask for help. Going through websites and magazines Alessia noticed that Paul Dietz, a rare last connection to what she calls the world’s greatest horsemen (Tom and Bill Dorrance, Ray Hunt and Buck Brannaman), was in Europe.

Paul, with his humility, talent, dedication and determination, learned from the best teachers, and in the last 20 years has become an international horseman creating partnerships between horses and people.

Alessia was very inspired by him, she remembers thinking “I don’t even know what it is, but whatever it is I need this”.

Alessia was so hooked on that she ended up following Paul back to Arizona and spend 3 months with him. 

Meanwhile, her dedication and her feel for the horses brought Paul's attention.

So much that every winter since then she flies to Arizona helping Paul in his facility in exchange of all the learning that she can get. 

Alessia spends the rest of the year in Europe, interacting in different situations and helping people and horses that need directions. Her trips are mostly to Switzerland, England, Ireland, Italy, Germany and Sweden (with the open minded to extend to more countries).

Alessia enjoys teaching humans as much as helping horses. What she does is above any movement or gimmicks. It’s about "feel, timing and balance"; and as Tom Dorrance once said you can compare it to to the stick of a broom perpendicular in balance on a thumb.

Alessia’s goal is to help people to make a change with their horses from the inside out. Partnering them, improving them to be better than they were yesterday. Letting their horses to be their best teacher. Just like Alessia’s horses have been with her, from the backyard ponies of the suburb to the one she starts and ride today.