Bruce Anderson grew up on the West Indian islands of Trinidad and Tobago and it was there on the family cocoa and coffee estate that he began his relationship with horses. He learned to ride on the estate and then represented his country on the National Show Jumping Team. From there he moved on to breeding farms at home, in the U.K. and in the U.S. While in England, he earned an agricultural degree and in the U.S. worked with racehorses in Florida. He eventually moved into the hunter/jumper show circuit. Bruce and his partner, Julianne Neal, currently make their home in Camden, South Carolina, where Bruce started his present path, the evolution of Nature's View Equine Programs. They work in Camden, and around the southeastern U.S., with counselors and mental health professionals, law enforcement agencies, school and church groups. Bruce also enjoys working with horse owners and their horses to assist them in building better relationships. Bruce's work is the subject of an award-winning documentary produced by The Art of Storytelling entitled "The Edge: Bruce Anderson - Natural Humanship." The documentary was presented the award for Best Environmental Film by the EQUUS Film and Arts Fest, as well as the Prix d"Argent from the Deauville Green Awards in 2017.
Excerpt from The Coaching Digest, the Creative Spirits Unleashed Blog by Lynn Carnes: "Big changes often come from small moments, like the one I describe here. Ultimately, there would be many more visits to Bruce’s place after this day. However, it would take me a LONG time to understand his idea of “thinking in pictures.” Temple Grandin wrote a book called Thinking in Pictures, And Other Reports from My Life with Autism. In the book, she described how she thinks from an animal perspective. She thinks in pictures. On that day several years ago, Bruce was introducing me to one of the greatest tools I would come to know, which is to visualize a picture in my mind of what I want to create. Following that, he had me break the picture into smaller and smaller frames. Even the biggest, most imposing idea becomes much simpler when it’s broken down into its pieces. It’s a difficult idea for someone like me to adopt. Yet when I remember to picture what I want to create, it’s almost magical.
Bruce's 2022 Presentations
If You can Imagine It, You Can Create It - 15 min. 10 sec. Day 1 Horse; Mind, Body Spirit
In this introductory video, you’ll meet Bruce Anderson, native of Trinidad and Tobago and
international equine trainer/clinician, and learn about his system of Natural HumanshipTM.
From mental tools such as timing, feel and problem-solving, to your pressure threshold,
exploring the steps of the system will help you balance your negative and positive poles to
create a better relationship with your horse, as well as within your daily life.
Why I don't Want My Horse To Load Into The Trailer - 16 min. 37 sec. Day 2 Horsemanship
In Part 1 of this focus on Trailer Loading, Bruce breaks down the steps to experiencing less
stress for a horse with an aversion to the trailer. At the same time, he actually uses loading to
work on the horse’s mindset and build his pressure threshold, so he actually uses the situation
as a training tool and DOESN’T want the horse to load too soon, or he may miss out on the
opportunity to teach him about dealing with pressure. Of course, there is always the
understanding that you have to load in order to get to the horse show or event, but with a
consistent training method that works on mental tools and mindset, the loading part of your
day can become a positive experience for you and your horse, and that positive mindset will
carry into other aspects of your training routine.
To Load or Not To Load - 16 min. 51 sec. Day 2 Horsemanship
In Part 2 of this focus on Trailer Loading, Bruce is assessing a sale horse on behalf of one of
his clients. He uses a variety of situations to see how the horse will handle pressure, including
putting on the halter, experiencing a new setting and loading on and off the trailer. With the
focus on movement, both forward and backward, the trailer is simply seen as an obstacle in
the way of the movement exercises, taking the pressure away from the person and the horse.
This tool allows Bruce to decide whether this particular horse will be suitable for his client.