Horses may sound like an exaggeration, but Alycia Burton’s job rescuing “threatening” horses has given her a new outlook on life, according to Free Riding New Zealand. When videos and photos of Burton jumping a horse bareback and bridle-less went viral, she became a household name.
“I take the horses that no one else wants to ride — or with severe behavior issues — and train them. The results speak for themselves,” Burton says on Free Riding. “I’m here to show others that despite the odds, you don’t need money to do well in the horse world and to look professional — you just need hard work and dedication.”
“It’s not like I say, “that’s a horse that’s bucked everyone off and is dangerous and has a problem,” when I purchase a horse. My first reaction upon seeing it is to think, ‘Wow, that horse is wonderful.’ When you speak your desires into existence, you will receive exactly what you have spoken “In a video for City Impact Church, Burton states.
That attitude has taken her far. Despite the odds being stacked against her (she dropped out of high school at 15), she took a chance. She quit her job at a local bank and became self-employed. She lived in a garage and spent her free time training and shoeing horses, giving lessons and rehabilitating horses with behavioral issues.
Now she travels all over New Zealand training these animals. With no formal training methods to fall back on she has developed her talents via direct experience with the horses. It’s obvious that she has a strong bond with the horses she works with.