renegade

noun   |   ren·e·gade   |   \ˈre-ni-ˌgād\ :  an individual who rejects conventional behavior

Renegade Equine is an ethical and humane equine training company dedicated to fostering the human-horse connection.

Conscious

We respect your horse’s unique needs, personality and boundaries.

Holistic

We advocate for the most natural living and training environment for your horse.

Humane

We use resistance-free methods and create relationships built on trust.

Our methodology

Founded by long-time equestrian and certified trainer, Katie Dixon, Renegade Equine helps equestrians build holistic connections with their equine partners to improve performance through understanding their natural behaviors. We focus on conscious, connected, holistic and comprehensive equine education. Our training methodologies are guided holistic and personalized approaches based on personality assessments, horse and rider needs, and goals. These include behavior modification for working through negative experiences, herbal support for physical and emotional issues, nutritional influences in well-being and behavior, understanding of natural herd dynamics, and above all, supporting correct horse posture without the use of forceful artificial tools. We specialize in bitless, bridleless and barefoot methods.

About Katie Dixon

Katie Dixon is the founder and managing director of Renegade Equine. She is a life-long horse lover and student of the horse. Katie grew up in Vermont competing in eventing and show jumping, having taken her passion for eventing and classical dressage to Kentucky, Colorado, Oregon, and the UK. Prior to founding Renegade, Katie was the Equine Program Director at Zuma’s Rescue Ranch for 5 years, managing the rehabilitation programs for 50 horses along with teaching a full spectrum of lessons from natural horsemanship to ground work to dressage to jumping.

Katie is passionate about equine language and behavior, full-spectrum healing (physical, emotional, environmental, nutritional), and helping horses from all walks of life grow into their highest potential. She provides ground and under saddle instruction to a wide variety of horses and riders, aiming to improve communication, connection and confidence for the partnership. Katie believes in a relationship-centered approach using holistic and natural horsemanship methodologies that advocate compassion, communication, and leadership. She offers in-person lessons, virtual lessons, workshops, clinics and
courses to people throughout the United States. 

Katie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work (BSW) from Murray State University and currently sits on the Board of Director’s for 3 Sisters Equine Refuge in Oregon. In 2022, Katie founded a 501(c)(3) sanctuary and school for horses in rescue called Ayla’s Equine Revival, which serves the community by providing comprehensive education, rehabilitation, training, and long-term sanctuary placement. 

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Testimonials

Katie teaches in a genuine, authentic way which is both grounding and uplifting to both two and four legged partners. She understands the equine herd dynamic and encourages calm confidence in her riding and training clients. I highly recommend her services.
Adam Clark,

Owner & Operator, Love Loss & Transition, LLC.

Katie is an amazing horse woman! She has taught me so much about building trust with horses that translated into a complete awakening of their voices. I feel as though I can play, exercise and rehab horses and truly have a line of equal communication with them without the frustration that often happened in the past.
Suzanne Kayer

Farrier

Katie is a genuine equine professional in every sense of the word. She is a compassionate, patient, and skilled listener, and a person that all horses gravitate towards. The combination of horsemanship and holistic healing for equines make Katie invaluable part of any barn.
Jodi Messenich

Executive Director, Zuma's Rescue Ranch

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About us

Founded by long-time equestrian and trainer, Katie Dixon, Renegade Equine helps equestrians build holistic connections with their equine partners to improve performance through understanding their natural behaviors.

Our philosophy

Our training methodologies are guided holistic and personalized approaches based on personality assessments, horse and rider needs, and goals. We travel locally for lessons in and around Brownsville, Vermont and are available nationally for clinics.

Say hello

802.222.1163

[email protected]

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