We offer training to a limited number of horses. We
concentrate primarily in trail training, but also perfecting
them for the show ring as well. We do everything from starting
young horses under saddle to finishing the older horse,
correcting existing problems, or just conditioning your finished
horse for the trail season. We do specialize in the gaited
breeds, but will also accept non gaited breeds as well.
We strongly encourage (but don't require) horses to be shod
before coming here for training. We will train a barefoot horse,
but in past experiences, it does limit the amount of riding time
we can put on them. Our trails in this area are mountainous,
steep, and rocky, and can be tough on the barefoot horse and
make them gimpy on the rocks when ridden on these trails day
after day. We do have a farrier available to put shoes on a
horse when they come here, cost is in addition to training
Horses should be up to date on shots and coggins, and in good
health when they arrive. We reserve the right to decline any
horse not presented in good health.
We encourage horses to have a dental check up and have wolf
teeth pulled (if present) before coming to training. This helps
limit bitting issues caused by the wolf teeth and also allows us
to spend more time training the horse, rather than realizing a
week into training that the horse is fighting the bit due to
teeth issues, and then having to get a dentist out in the middle
of training, which sets us back due to recovery time from
When your horse leaves our training program, it will be
willingly crossing creeks, logs, and other trail obstacles. It
will have been exposed to dogs, traffic, deer, and any other
wildlife we may encounter while we're out in the mountains. The
horse will have experience riding alone as well as in groups of
other horses. The horse will be required to lead a group, ride
in the middle, and follow behind.... while showing good manners
in all positions.
We also work on setting the horses in a correct 4 beat gait
without the use of special shoeing or artificial devices. We
promote the sound, natural gaited horse. All efforts will be
made to get a horse gaiting properly and to have a desirable
head set while in gait. We have a gentle touch with our horses,
but at the same time, horses will be made to behave and not be
pushy or disrespectful to the human's "space".
The cost for training is
This will include the training and grain costs. HAY IS NOT
We do have pasture available during spring and summer months but
if your horse comes at a time of year when we do not have grass,
you must provide the necessary hay for the time your horse will
be here (usually 15-20 bales per month). We only put up enough
hay in the summer to feed our own personal horses due to limited
storage space. Any vet or farrier expenses are additional.
We make no guarantees on how long a horse will need to stay here
as it varies between each individual horse, and how quickly they
learn, and also what level the owner wants the horse to be at by
the time it leaves here.
This is not a situation where your horse will be worked with for
20 minutes a day, he/she will be going on 2 to 6 hour trail
rides several times a week once it learns the basics of riding.