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Welcome to Horses with
Dr. Maria

Explore our new website and start "Creating Magic with Your Horse" today!


With a formal education as a clinical scientist, Dr. Maria Katsamanis wants to help you establish the ultimate connection with your horse.  Through the resources she is offering, her hope is that you will allow her to break down the barriers and myths that block the path between horse and rider and allow you to experience the dance that is accessible to anyone regardless of age or breed.

New Resources

The website isn’t the only thing that is new. Dr. Maria has been hard at work writing, recording, and producing multimedia content to help take you to the next level with your horsemanship.

In addition to the book, “The Alchemy of Lightness“, co-authored with Dominique Barbier, Dr. Maria has created an online educational venue, “Horses with Dr. Maria the Online Course Center“. Her online venue will be constantly growing with courses that provide hours of hands on video lectures with horses and students giving you insights that you can instantly apply to the partnership with your horse.

Our first course in the “Creating Magic with Your Horse” series is now available!

This is my world...let it be yours!


Over the years, Dr. Maria Katsamanis has worked with a wide variety of horses, students, and peers in the equestrian profession. Here are just a few of the responses she has received from those who she has worked with and who admire her work and ability.

The lessons were so far beyond what I knew to be true about [this] subject this weekend.  I had an agnorisis, a moment of recognition and truly saw how my balance, sense of calm, and my breathing really effects the horse on a molecular level.  The author of "The Alchemy of Lightness", horse trainer, and psychologist Dr. Maria Katsamanis truly enlightened her audience and clinic participants.  I learned some in-hand and long lining as well as some exercises under saddle.  I am so thankful for the great education this weekend.  What a wonderful experience all around

Mary Elena Moran

There is no one quite like Maria Katsamanis.  She truly is the "teacher" I have been searching for, for 20+ years.  For her, its not about getting the horse to do something you want them to do; rather it is about "how can I make you more comfortable and happy" so that the horse naturally offers more.  Maria has brought me and my horse back from a place where I was fairly certain that our future was quite dim.  We've got a way to go, but we've come so far already!  Maria is a clinical psychologist, and a professor at Rutgers, yet she is a full time horse trainer because that is her passion.  She is quite simply the best horsewoman I've met

Jeane DeVries

She understands people and she understands horses and she helps to create an improved relationship between humans and the horse.  She has a wealth of knowledge that she freely shares... by helping the horse she helps the human and then it circles back to benefiting the horse.  My own experience with Dr. Maria is with my Premarin foal rescue. The rescue had a lot of issues from early development and is now willing and learning and trying so hard as a result of the time we spend with Maria and the education and philosophy we receive and try to put into practice.  It is astounding what Dr. Maria is capable of as she helps both four-legged and two legged.  In our case, I would call it miraculous!

Brietta Ragette

Training at Maria's is a two-way street: A horse will not only be exceptionally cared for, he will also be recognized and listened to.  Maria's horse training is a true partnership.  Some write about such connection, others speak (a lot) about it, very few achieve it- she does

Helene Freixe

Since I started to work my horses under Maria's way something has changed in my relationship and my approach to them, now I know that they are ready to show you and give you full trust when we treat them with kindness and looking always for their comfort and happiness.

Mario Calcagno - Barcelona, Spain

Remembering H when he first arrived. What a difference!!! Dr. Maria I have seen you transform horses over and over again. Congratulations Trainer of the Year Dressage DVHA!

Helene Hylander

Maria you're amazing!

Alicia Anguera Roca - Barcelona, Spain

Congrats to our trainer, Dr. Katsamanis for winning trainer of the year. That award doesn't even touch her! She is an amazing trainer and I am also proud to call her my friend. She has taught me so much about me and my horse in the little time we have been with her it's amazing. Although Joe and I had our share of ups and downs she made me realize God gave him to me for a reason. We both needed and saved each other. She has taught me to listen to him since he has so much to say and how to communicate better with him. Thanks to her we are one.   Today you thanked me for being opened minded and taking a chance. When in reality I should be thanking you. You took a chance on me too.

Michelle Sabba

What a wonderful day at the barn with Maria! She is such a miracle worker and Cappy trusts her completely and gives her whatever she asks. Thanks to her compassionate care, he has transformed from a tense, anxious horse into an elegant, magnificent creature!

Wendy Hess

Thank you so much, Maria for getting Georgie and I ready for our first dressage show. It was a long road of hard work, patience, and kindness that brought Georgie and I closer together with a solid connection and closer relationship. I often hear-"It is all about the journey" and it truly was and continues to be that for us.

Linda Watson

Contact Dr. Maria

Amwell Ridge Farm
(732) 921-0565

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