Established in 2011, A Bit at a Time Coaching & Horsemanship started out as a small, independent riding school aimed at providing a more personalized experience for those looking to learn about horses without having to cope with the large, busy, riding school environments. As it evolved, the business began to head in a different direction, and began to focus more on the theme of horses helping people. In 2013, A Bit at a Time Equine emerged to broaden the scope and add rescue/rehabilitation and therapeutic aspects to its strong coaching and horsemanship foundation. A partnership with Kentel Equine Services made this transition possible and together, they continue to work in this direction.
Founder Rachel Noonan brings 20 years of riding experience and almost 16 years of dedicated horse ownership to the industry and has been involved with horses for most of her life. From summer camp counsellor and riding instructor to A-Circuit show groom, program facilitator and barn manager, Rachel has rarely worked in a role that did not involve horses in some way. As an Equine Canada certified Instructor of Beginners with an educational background in the social services, she continues to focus her work and the vision of the business in the direction of using horses to help people. Operating from a strong belief that working with horses can benefit anyone, Rachel aims to provide as many people as possible with the opportunity to work with horses in whatever fashion they choose. Though an accomplished rider herself, Rachel believes that just being around horses is where the learning really happens and encourages her clients to develop their horsemanship knowledge beyond what they learn in the saddle so they can use their education to better themselves, the equine industry and their communities.
Above all, A Bit at a Time operates from the belief that horses are teachers, inspiring positive change in people and aims to create as many meaningful horse/human relationships as possible to continue that inspiration.
"Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."