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dawn & liberty

Dawn and Liberty

Train to Ride Naturally


What's Going on at Babcock Hill!


What is Versatility? Taking your horse through a series of obstacles and challenges. It may be done mounted or in hand. Fun for horse and rider! (Photos from previous competitions)

Clinics, Competitions and Special Events

Visit our calendar page for complete
information and entry forms!


Saturday 5/14 - Kid-Tucky Derby Day 9-12

Sunday 5/15 - Versatility Clinic 12-3

Saturday 5/28 Memorial Day Kid Parade 9-12

Horsemanship Camp 

Available weeks:
June 28th-July 1st  
July 12th-15th
July 19th-22nd 
August 2nd-5th
Calendar page has complete information and signup form


Sunday 6/12- Versatility Clinic 9-12

Saturday 6/18-Versatility Competition- Starts at 9am


Sunday 10/9- Versatility Clinic 12-3

Saturday 10/15 - Versatility Competition- Starts at 10am



You may purchase a dvd of Dawn giving instructions on Leading, Disengaging Hindquarters, Riding and Backing Up. This dvd is available for only $10. Contact Dawn for information on how to get yours today!
email: naturalhorse80@yahoo.com

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Take a tour of Horses Naturally!

"Dawn Bonin has helped me so much with my Standardbred, Ironworkers DJ, in a remarkably few number of lessons...The one rein stop works, and Dawn is patient enough to keep pointing this out in a calm and helpful way. I've owned horses for 24 years, and it's humbling to realize that after all that time, I can still manage to ride ineffectively. Luckily, Dawn has come along, so at long last I can turn the trend around. I've told my husband she's probably saved my life. Without her help, it's very possible DJ and I would be bolting across the countryside, headed for a wreck."...continued
Mary Crombie Geer Glastonbury (Age 62)

Natural Horsemanship at Babcock Hill Equestrian Center with Dawn Bonin.

Babcock Hill

Now offering boarding with 25 stalls, 30+ acres, 2 outdoor rings, an indoor ring, and miles of trails. Come join us where fun and horses goes together.

577 Babcock Hill Road, Coventry, CT 06238

email: naturalhorse80@yahoo.com
cell: 860-985-7611
barn: 860-742-2667

Natural Horsemanship is a method of relating to and communicating with horses. Communicating using pressure and the release of pressure. Learning how to understand the horse's body language. Working, training and riding in a way that complements the horse's personality and instincts.
As a horse trainer and instructor I teach horses and people in a way they can understand and help them communicate better with each other.

Please contact me for more information about training your horse and you!

Lessons/Training Sessions with Dawn Bonin


Single Session

Once Weekly (4)

Twice Weekly (8)

Full Training (16)

Private Horse


$235 (10% off)

$400 (20% off)

$720 (30% off)

Lesson Horse


$275 (10% off)

$480 (20% off)


For lessons/training with our excellent Babcock Hill Horses Naturally Instructors
All training packages with Babcock Hill trainers are overseen and assisted by Dawn Bonin. Weekly meetings with Dawn Bonin, horse's owner, horse and trainer(s) will be organized. Goals, training guide lines, plans, and progress will be discussed and outlined, for partial and full training packages.
Private Lessons/Training Sessions


Single Session

Once Weekly (4)

Twice Weekly (8)

Full Training (16)

Private Horse


$180 (10% off)

$320 (20% off)

$560 (30% off)

Lesson Horse


$220 (10% off)

$400 (20% off)


Semi Private Sessions (2 people - prices are per person)


Single Session

Once Weekly (4)

Private Horse


$160 (10% off)

Lesson Horse


$200 (10% off)

Group Sessions (3-5 people - prices are per person)


Single Session

Once Weekly (4)

Private Horse


$100 (10% off)

Lesson Horse


$140 (10% off)

If you are leasing one of our lesson horses, private horse rates apply.  If you are interested in leasing, see here for available horses: http://www.dawnbonin.com/salelease.html

You are welcome to truck in your horse for sessions.  However for full training, horse must be boarded at Babcock Hill and training prices are in addition to board. 

Off property clinics: $600/day (if over 30 miles, travel fee will apply) 

"Dawn has a great gift of seeing through the eyes of a horse. She understands their behavior and how to work with them on their terms instead of using dominance, intimidation or force." Leslie Wolf ESMT

Now available from Dawn Bonin! The absolutely best fly spray ever. It is totally safe for you and your horse. Not a fly killer but a fly repellant. Not a poison. Lasts up to TWO days! Try Whup-A-Bug today! Contact Dawn for more information.


Whup-A-Bug® is an all natural  eco-friendly and botanicals based insect repellent created and manufactured in America. It is safe for use on family members of all ages, pets, horses, and other livestock.

  • Safe for the entire family to use
  • Made in America
  • All Whup-A-Bug® ingredients are EPA-exempt
  • Pleasant smell
  • Safe for all surfaces, including clothes
  • DEET-free
  • Pyrethrin-free
  • All-natural green product


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