Horse Training

Ground Training

Horses will learn respect and trust on the ground through various lessons. Leading without rope pressure, forehand turns, haunch turns, desensitizing, backing, lunging for respect, round penning, tying, patience, and more. 

Reining

Build solid foundation for stopping, backing, circling, spins, rollbacks, speed control, lead changes, straight lines, and patience. 

Colt Starting

Following a solid foundation of ground work, horses will be introduced to the saddle, bit, and other tack. 

Goals: standing still while mounting, dismounting, forward, whoa, backing, learning leg and body cues, and all performing all gaits under saddle.

English

Horses learn a foundation in gaits, speed control, and responsiveness to leg and weight cues.  This helps lead to various aspects of English riding disciplines, such as pleasure, equitation, dressage, and hunter hack.

Versatility

This begins after a solid foundation has been placed. Our program will help set your horse up for western or english events, trail, gaming, ranch events, and anything else the horse is capable of doing mentally and physically. 

Gaming

Horses will learn straight lines, turning, rate, pockets, speed control, and stopping. Practicing at all gaits, as needed. Once the horse has learned some basics for a foundation, then getting the horse patterned can begin, if desired.

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Training Fees 

$900 per month

This includes: 

  • 5-6 days/week of working with your horse

  • stall/turnout 

  • daily exercise 

  • salt block

  • valley hay am/pm

  • grooming

  • blanketing if needed

  • daily grooming

  • love and care

Does not include (can be added for additional fee):

  • grain

  • supplements

  • alfalfa/orchard/other higher quality forage

  • transportation

  • hoof care

  • vet care

  • competition expenses

Requirements

Returning Clients

  • 30 days for refresher/tune up

New Clients

  • 60 days minimum to begin and establish a solid foundation

  • 90 days if horse lacks basic ground manners 

Horse Health and Soundness

  • UTD on vaccinations and deworming

  • UTD on hoof care

  • No sickness for past 60 days

  • Sound and moving without pain for the past 60 days

What you can expect in Training

Philosophy

Each horse is an individual, just as people are. We train at their individual pace and consider their background. The amount of pressure applied during training or handling also depends completely on the horse. We find their comfort zone and slowly encourage them to go outside of their boundary of comfort as training progresses. This creates a good relationship with the horse and a well minded, well behaved, solid horse. 

Goals. We want to know your personal goals, as well as the goals you have in mind for your horse. While working towards your goals, we may or may not work on all of the topics listed below. That will be decided as we talk and progress in training.

 

We refuse to start a horse without some ground work first. This process allows both the trainer and horse to get acquainted with each other and learn some ground rules. I don't appreciate getting pushed around, ran over, knocked down, or other aggressive behavior. I'm sure that as the owner/handler, you don't either. Ground work creates mutual respect and trust. When it's time to get on the horse, I sure don't want to have the horse be disrespectful or untrustworthy, very likely leading to various actions  including bucking, rearing, taking off, no control, ramming into things, etc. These actions have a very high probability of hurting both horse and rider, both physically and mentally. If it goes bad, both can lose confidence in themselves and/or each other, break a bone, get a concussion, or worse. I have 3 children to care for, several other animals, a high school equestrian team of teenagers relying on me as their coach, and more. Getting myself injured is definitely not in my best interest and I will do everything in my capabilities to prevent that from happening. In addition, horses are expensive as are vet bills. Plus, I'm sure you love your horse(s) as much as I do and will do everything in your power to ensure they're well cared for. By starting with ground work, you can ensure that I'm also putting your horse's care and best interest to heart.

Basic Ground Manners includes respect of space, moving off pressure, leading, tying, not being scared/desensitizing, being more calm (less reactive or hypersensitive), picking up feet, backing, and more.

Prior to starting a horse under saddle, the first 1-4 weeks is all ground work. Amount of time depends on the individual horse and advancement to work under saddle can occur earlier if the horse has some prior experience, training, and/or displays readiness. You can expect the following skills to be learned:

  • yielding to pressure

  • yielding hip ​

  • attentiveness to handler

  • respect of space

  • haunch turns (may not be a perfect pivot but will be willing and easily maneuvered)

  • less direct contact

  • lunging for respect

    • easily change directions, when asked​

    • stop and yield hindquarters 

    • change speed

  • leading etiquette, from both sides​

  • hobbling (depending on age and physical health)

  • desensitizing to various objects (plastic bags, whips, farm equipment, motorcycles, bicycles, drones, rc cars, other animals, moving and noisy objects, and anything we can think of)

Work under saddle will begin slowly and progress to the horses individual needs and learning abilities. These are some things that you can expect your horse to learn in the first 30 days.

  • being mounted and unmounted while standing still

  • flexing​ side to side

  • flexing vertically 

  • responding to rein pressure

  • responding to weight, legs, and verbal cues. 

  • moving forward

  • stopping

  • backing

  • turning

Once the basics are established, the horse will continue to build on the foundation skills, as well as learn new ones. These may include the following:

  • collection​

  • consistency

  • balance

  • moving the 5 body parts individually and together

  • head, neck, shoulders, ribs, hips​

  • yielding shoulders and hips

  • walk, trot, canter​

  • gait transitions

  • speed transitions

  • leads and lead changes

  • two tracking

  • quicker and lighter responses to cues

  • patience while being tied

  • trust 

  • respect

  • being caught 

  • patience, focus, and respect when rode around other horses

  • herd bound or buddy issues​

  • other riders running past or taking off and having your horse not mind

  • gate or barn issues

  • riding in open space

  • riding solo and in a group