A million years before man they grazed the vast empty plains, living by voices only they could hear. They first came to know man as the hunted knows the hunter. Before he used horses for his labors, he killed them for meat. The alliance with man would forever be fragile. For the fear he struck deep into their hearts was too deep to be dislodged. Since that neolithic moment when a horse was first haltered, there were those among men who understood this. They could see into the creature’s soul and sooth the wounds they found there. The secrets uttered softly into troubled ears. These men were known as the Whisperers.” 
— Nicholas Evans

'The Final Plea' Acrylic on Canvas 2017

'The Final Plea' Acrylic on Canvas 2017

The Plight of the Wild Horse

A true reflection of our history and our story as a nation exists within the hoof beats of the Mustang. Their survival is crucial and right now they are in jeopardy. Continued awareness and education ensures the public remains educated on current events and organizations that help support their continued plight. (Alastriona works one on one with captured Mustangs to help prepare them for adoption.)

'Of the Earth' Acrylic on Canvas 2018

'Of the Earth' Acrylic on Canvas 2018

Art and Conservation

Alastriona Tomasco’s work tells a profound story. A voice for the voiceless. A lifetime spent raising awareness and compassion for threatened and endangered species reflects in each piece. Her work is featured internationally and has left an impact around the globe.  10% of all art sales are given to Charities to help in the conservation and preservation of endangered wildlife.

'Eye of the Beholder' Acrylic on Canvas 2016

'Eye of the Beholder' Acrylic on Canvas 2016

Whispering to the Wilds

A Lifetime of being immersed amongst horses, and labeled by many as a horse whisperer, Alastriona has an undeniable connection with horses which has lead to countless success stories with even some of the most misunderstood horses.  The goal is to bridge the gap of communication between horses and people allowing for greater trust and understanding

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Love Needs No Words. It Exists When One Soul Touches Another.
— Alastriona Tomasco

There is No One Size Fits all In Horsemanship

Just as we as people are all different every horse is different. They each have their own unique story to tell. Their own past and their own history. To be successful in horsemanship you must first understand this one quintessential truth. It is not the method that you use but the trust you gain, the communication you learn and the willingness to give one hundred percent of yourself that makes for a great horseman and builds the foundation for a lasting bond and partnership. If you give your all so will they. There is a visible moment that occurs when an undeniable connection between a horse and human being forms.  It is unmistakable. I call this moment the "meeting of the hearts.' 

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Wiild Ride (Misser Man), Connected at the soul, a part of me will forever remain with him. This site is dedicated to the memory of the greatest friend I have ever known. May you forever run wild.

May 1996- August 2018

You MUST Look Inward Before Looking Outward

Many, if not most, horses that come to me are those who have troubled pasts. Those who have a story to tell that has not yet been heard. They are the horses who have often experienced a lifetime of trauma often by the hands of man or, as in the case with wild captured horses, only enough contact by mankind to become traumatized by it. Regardless of their background they all share one common trait; in one way or another they have been broken. Most horses with, what many people refer to as, "behavioral issues" show great insight into the part of their story that has left a lasting scar. The most crucial part of my work is the discovery of that story and helping to mend what was broken. This takes time, patience, proper communication and most importantly trust. Heart work always comes before ground work.


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Every horse offers an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the true nature of horsemanship. Individuals, they each have their own story to tell. Their own scars to heal. This sweet soul started her first day of school very afraid and lacking confidence not only in people but herself. A three time rescue she bore the emotional scars of loneliness and neglect. She had been taught nothing and had been handled very little. With a little faith and a lot of luck she found a loving forever home with a wonderful family. After two years of love and affection, it was time for her to start the next chapter of her story. That is how she came to me. After 30 days this amazing girl left school with confidence and knowledge needed to succeed. Graduated top of her class receiving her "diploma" in partnership, ground work, bareback and under saddle riding.

Each New Start is an Opportunity

 

Whether starting again or for the first time each new start is an opportunity for growth.  Like every journey, a horse's journey with their owner or at a new home begins with the first step. Abiona means "Born on a Journey, and we want to ensure that the journey is an incredible one. Through education we lay a strong foundation for both horse and rider that teaches essential skills and communication allowing the formation of lifelong partnerships and unbreakable bonds.

Services offered are:


  • The “perfect match” pre-purchase horse and rider assessment

    (Due to the High demand of this program please schedule at least one week in advance)

  • Individualized Educational plans for each horse

  • Equine Partnership training

  • Horse and Rider Partnership Training

  • Communication building

  • Fundamentals of Ground work

  • Teaching trust

  • Restraint free partnership work

  • Riding lessons for horse and rider

  • Under saddle

  • Bareback riding

  • Balancing fundamentals

  • Desensitizing

  • Trauma Rehabilitation

  • Individualized Nutrition plan

  • Halter Etiquette

  • Horse assessments

  • Equine Trauma assessment and Healing Program


    Schedule Dates and Availability

    At True North our programs are designed to reflect our core value "Less Training, more connecting". A forever home for every horse.

    We do not train we teach,

    (Programs open and horses start arriving each Spring and run until the end of fall. Spaces fill up fast so please contact or check the calendar for availability.)

    Important Information:

  • All forms must be filled out and submitted before arrival.

  • Current coggins and vaccinations required for any horse arriving on the premises.

  • Program fees are due before or upon arrival.

  • Be prepared to ask any questions (No question is to small!)

  • Most importantly be actively engaged! Your horses continued success depends on you. For this reason all owners are REQUIRED to be an active and engaged partner while their horse is learning.

 

For the Love of Horses

International Artist fighting to Protect the Wild

 

Alastriona Tomasco has dedicated her life not only to healing horses but also to the conservation of endangered species and Eco systems across the globe. Her devotion to preserving the spirit of the horse and gift of communication she has been labeled by many as a horse whisperer. Her devotion to the protection of endangered species has paved the road to notariaty as an International artist. The depth and emotion of her work leaving an impact on all who view it. Her work is featured in homes and galleries across the globe.  Supporting others who fight for conservation, Alastriona donates 10% of all art sales to organizations who fight continuously for those without a voice. Please view her work and available pieces for purchase by following the Fine Art link. 


 
Finishing Touches on Paintings before making their way to gallery in the UK

Finishing Touches on Paintings before making their way to gallery in the UK

Just completed piece that made it's way to gallery in Scotland

Just completed piece that made it's way to gallery in Scotland

‘Camouflage’ 2016 Exhibition in Waldport Oergon

‘Camouflage’ 2016 Exhibition in Waldport Oergon