Start with the proper beginning so the horse is mentally & emotionally prepared for the next stage of development!
Discovery. Growth. Education. Excellence.
Encouraging and educating your young horse builds confidence, drives a curious, adventurous spirit and most importantly, keeps them easy and fun to handle! Cultivating this 'early education' behavior, prepares the way for an extremely willing, thoughtful riding partner. Our mission with each horse is to set a foundation which transcends their life and extends to all breeds and disciplines. Whether the goal is have a show horse, dressage horse, cow horse, trail horse or simply a safe companion, we will put the right start on your equine friend!
When your horse is ready to begin under saddle work, we can continue their education, or at that point, your horse will be more than ready and prepared for your discipline specific trainer!
A+ Barn Manners & 'Life' Skills
Trail & Obstacle Exposure
Total Body Control: Yielding, Pivoting, Side Passing, etc.
Age Appropriate Under Saddle Preparation, for drama free transition
Best-in-Class equine training, preparing your youngster up for a fulfilling and successful life in any discipline!
Zero to low impact training, focus is mental and emotional development, not physical conditioning!
Safe, happy boarding environment
Opportunity for reserved stall in HORSE SEVERE WEATHER / TORNADO shelter!
Space is limited / construction on second shelter to begin soon
Unlimited owner / handler lessons while horse is in training program
Constant contact, with lots of picture and video updates (as owner desires)
QUALIFICATIONS / REQUIREMENTS:
Currently, ONLY Fillies aged 6 - 12 months are accepted into the program.
Sorry guys, fillies only based on current pasture arrangements.
Once your weanling or yearling is in the program, they can remain in the program throughout under saddle training
Coggins and Health Certification are required. Vaccinations highly encouraged
Ground Work Training Program: Good, Better & Best!
'GOOD' LEVEL 1: Core Competencies
Level 1 is about mastering the basics! Horses in this level will master the following: * Catching / Coming in from the pasture when called * Clipping * Trailer Loading * Leading * Yielding / Flexing to Halter Pressure * Standing Tied Concept Sessions * Hoof Handling / Farrier Manners * Feeding time manners * Bathing * Pony'd in the arena * Offsite exposure with older babysitter horse for confidence * Baby Steps Desensitization including crossing easy obstacles and being desensitized to ropes, saddle pads, etc.
Video example below is of a 'Cocoa', whom at the time of this video, we've only had in training 3 weeks! Still lots of work to do with Core Competencies, but connection and engagement training begins immediately!
'BETTER' LEVEL 2: Better than the Basics
Level 2 is all about building confidence and setting the ground work for higher levels of learning. Horses in this level will master the following: Confidence AWAY from the herd with lots of solo hand walking and hand grazing away from herd mates * Pony'd outside the arena / down the trail * Monitored Standing Tied Sessions * Lunging (as appropriate for age) * pivoting forequarters / hindquarters * side passing away and TOWARDS the handler * Desensitization including more challenging obstacles and "scarier" objects
Video example below is of 'Cricket', whom at the time of this video, we've had in training about 5 months.
'BEST' LEVEL 3: Advanced Level
Level 3 is for your baby equine genius who has been in the program for some time and has mastered Levels 1 & 2. Horses in this level will primarily master Tricks and Liberty Work. Significant emphasis is placed on teaching the young horse to master their emotions and remain calm in stressful situations. Additionally, these horses are schooled to read human body language and understand voice commands, creating an attentive, extremely respectful, willing and obedient partner!
Video example below is of 'Lydia'. We began her training as a weanling and at 3, she was very accomplished at liberty!
(note - footage above is of 3 year old 'Lydia')
Young Horse Under Saddle Prep / Early Education
Age appropriate horses will also learn under-saddle training as well (as owner desires). This includes: desensitization to saddle, bridling, yielding / softness to bit, carrying a rider and learning the basics under saddle. Once the horse is ready for full-time under saddle training, owners are encouraged to send the horse to their specialty / discipline-specific trainer - i.e. dressage trainer, cutting horse trainer, western pleasure trainer, etc.
Video examples below of 3 Year Olds Under Saddle... starting with the proper beginning pays off!