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, but health insurance greatly appreciated.

We carefully evaluate every horse and student participating in one our programs. No two horses nor 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 make sure you understand how to the duplicate each step as well as its purpose before we move onto the next skill set. What you can expect with full board training:

  • An initial evaluations for both horse and rider. This is used to assertain the owner's expectations and abilitis and condition of the horse.
  • 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. If recommended, suppliments and grain will be provided by owner, and administered by staff.
  • Boarding options inlcuding pasture or stalled with runout. Herd composition is as important as size. Understanding the behavior and ocial status of each member is useful in managing the herd as a whole or modifying the behavior of a single member.
  • Lessons are digitally recorded, not only to show progress, provide encouragement but allow for criticism. We will provide a DVD keepsake (but if it moments are exceptionally entertain, we promise to share with all our fans.

Off-Site Training - hourly rates

Training at your facility is limited to fixing a behavior (whether the behavior is yours or the horses - cauased by you).

Lessons are skills presented to the horse in a specific order. We prsent these skills to both horse and rider, always testing for comprehension. When the meaning of the lesson is understood, the lesson is complete. Time is not the governing factor. We are looing for results. A single lesson may conclude inside 20 minutes while others take hours.

Cost for off-site training is $60 a lesson. Althogh slightly more expensive due to the travel time and I make Bubba do it. This time of problem solving on average takes four lessons. A bad horse behavior is a learned behavior (more times than not taught by the current rider or owner of the horse). Regardless of its origins, the behavior must be corrected before it becomes so ingrained in the horse it is almost impossible to correct. Think of it as a bad Yelp review. There is no way to simple delete. In the case of bad Yelp review, you must bury the bad with overwhelming good reviews. In the case of the horse, you 'bury' the bad behavior with corrective action, building new muscle memory.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long with it take to train my horse?

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.

Can't I train my own horse?

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.

Do I have to bring my horse to you?

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.

Do you hit 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.

Our Training Approach Explained

Our training is skill-based. We present skils to the horse in a specific order to build a solid foundation. Learning the skill is more important than the method used to teach the horse the lesson, so long as the method does not cause pain, fear of pain or confusion.

Based on their own launguge of pressure, we can communicate with the horse (pressure motivates and the release of pressure teaches). However, every pressure must have a purpose and release. Although lacking the capacity to reason, horses can and do make associations. What makes the horse trainable is their ability to connect associations and develop muscle memory.

Our system is designed to cause the least amount of confusion to the horse, allowing the horse to get the answer right, earn the relief of pressure, without causing pain, fear or fear of pain.

Everything is initially taught on the ground, preparing the horse to accept a rider. Breaking the horse then becomes a natural progression built on preparation and rarely results in a buck. That is our define natural horsemanship.

Let`s start planning your improved relationship with your horse

  1. Talk

    Actually, I'll listen as you explain the goals you have for you and your horse, your expectations and fears. Then I'll design a personalized plan for your to reach those goals (there will be homework).

  2. Visit

    Visit our facilities. Watch us train a couple of horses. We will explain everything. There are no secrets. This is a working ranch, not a show barn, so it does smell a bit like the "Fair."

  3. Plan

    Mostly plan to participate. This is a bit non-negotiable. Without your open-mind and particiapation, you are not going to get your money's worth nor enjoy this journey.