- Starting / Breaking
- Foundation Horsemanship
- Mounted Law Enforcement Certification
- Social Club Programs
Full Board Training - $600 month
Full-board training is preferred for starting, re-starting or breaking horses. We have only raised our rates twice in 20 years due to the cost of hay. This profession is a passion. We don't do this for profit.
We carefully evaluate every horse and student participating in one our programs. No two horses or student learn at the same rate or with the same approach. Every training plan is unique, carefully designed around the goals of the rider, with the individual’s physical ability level of comprehension in mind. Using the same priciples of training a horse, we will take the necessary time and attention to ensure you understand each step prior to moving onto the next.
- Initial evaluation of both horse and rider to develop a training plan based on owner's goals and horse's ability.
- A minimum of five lessons a week and with as many owner participation as possible.
- Fresh water and twice a day feeding of horse-quality coastal hay.
- Board in a large stall with runout.
- Lessons are digitally recorded, to show progress and provide critiques. We will provide a DVD keepsake.
- hourly rates
Foundation training covers a wide range of activities and skills, but it starts with the seat. Riding and sitting are two different skills.
We begin by giving you a deep, balanced seat in the saddle. This is different from what is taught in nearly every riding school today, where the immediate focus is on body position, resulting in a stiff and unbalanced rider. In riding, stiffness is your enemy.
In addition to a safe seat, we will teach you how to control of the horse physically, emotionally and mentally. Horses are reactionary, as most prey animals, While we cannot train the instincts out of the horse, we can train their reactions. Most impartantly, we will give you the tools to maintain these standards.
Mounted Law Enforcement Certification
This began as an idea after a speaking engagement at a North American Mounted Unit Commander's Association convention, soon turned into a working relationship with some of the best trainers in mounted law enforcement (Houston PD in particular) with the goal of establishing training standards on a national level for mounted law enforcement units.
This collaboration resulted in the development of a nine-week certification course, still anchored by our core philosophy, covering every aspect of horsemanship with the added element of learning how to teach the same course to members of participant's repective mounted commands. Starndards are high for the certification and maintained through annual program validations.
Amoung the coure topics are horse anatomoy, health care, equine law, barn, herd and pasture managemant, saddle making and leather care and farrier skills. There is heavy emphasis on how a horse thinks (reacts) as wel their physical and emotional needs. For example, two items highest on the list of priorities of a horse are safety and comfort. Food is closeer to the bottom to that list (when was the last time you saw grass runaway from a horse). So when we desensitize a horse, we focus on the horse's work envirnment and the tools of their trade. Police work can be loud, is nearly always dangerous for both horse and rider and there will always be something new out there the horse has not seen or been exposed to yet.
Mindful of these emotional needs, we establihs a trust relationship with the horse. Knowing every horse with shy, spook or even buck, we create a muscle memory so that when a horse does spook, he spooks in place and looks to his handler or rider for direction.
Social Club Programs - Customed Designed
We have developed training plans for young riders in 4-H and Girl Scouts to social riding groups composed of various ages and riding abilities.
Although the inital focus might be on a merit badge, the process is the same: we teach a safe seat and the most important areas of control of the horse. And like every skill, we begin on the ground before moving into the saddle.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Every horse and different and each approach to training is as well. However, on average it takes about 30 days to take an unbroke horse to make him 'green' broke (with solid manners and understanding of what the rider wants). In that amount of time, the horse will have a solid foundation to build from.
Of course. But you should at least have your horse evaluated by a professional. Just please remember that the focus should be on teaching the horse a particular skill in the correct order, and less on the method - so long as the method does not cause pain or confusion.
If you desire foundation horsemanship and do not own a horse, we have plenty for you to learn with. In fact, some horsee are lazy and can be utilized for balance lessons and when your skills develop, you can move on to more easy moving horses.
At most, a horse will get a tap to learn a specific cue. It does not cause pain, more of an annoyance. But no. I would never delivertly hit a horse. The result would undo training and established trust, and creatig twice the work form me as a trainer.