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, young horses will be introduced to the saddle and bit. 

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 & Requirements

$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:

  • 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 

What you can expect in Training

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 2-4 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. You can expect the following skills to be learned:

  • 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, 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