We use the "Ray Hunt" method & have been doing so since 1980 with good success / results. We do a lot of "outside" riding on the trails & forests here on our farm. Training horses is simple; teaching them to move away from pressure. We start & ride all our horses in a "side pull", not a bosal, not a hackamore. I prefer not "bit" a horse until his teeth & mouth are mature. Remember that a horse never forgets, whether good or bad. They should be disciplined but not ever hurt. To quote Ray, "You make the right things easy and the wrong things difficult". Our goal is to train a horse that will be able to do the following:
The "hook up" or the "join up" is the key or basis for all.
1. Lead without balking, i.e., if he'll lead he'll Load & follow you anywhere.
2. Stand tied w/o pawing & pulling back.
3. Stand still while grooming & mounting
4. Walk off calmly, and stay in the gait (or gear) he's put in. Walk, jog trot, extended trot, canter or lope.
5. "Whoa" on voice command. i.e, Stop on his back (rear) end, ie, use his back feet to stop.
6. Smell his tail. i.e., bend his nose around to your knee with a minimum of pressure & quietly, i.e., give to pressure.
7. Be accustomed to all the "boogers" or scary things. Black plastic flapping, umbrella's opening, flags flapping, loud sounds, etc. Cars, motor bikes, trains, vines, ropes around their legs, hobbles, etc.
8. Not afraid of a rope being swung from his back & rubbing against his side & rump. saddle bags flopping, canteens banging, rain slickers being put on, spurs, chaps, you name it I try to get them used to it. SO you don't encounter a "surprise" out on the trail or show!
9. Have good manners around other horses & people. No biting, kicking, ear pinning, etc. Know their "place" in the herd.
10. Come when called, i.e., be easy to catch .
We charge $450 to "green break" or start a colt, flat fee, not by the month. It might take 4 to 8 weeks depending on the horse & the weather.
We try to ride or work with them at least 5 times a week about an hour each session.
Give me a call or e-mail & I'll be glad to discuss your horse and what you want done.
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Company / Farm: 3 h Stables inc. - Established working ranch, all phases of horses & horsemanship, trail riding, breeding, boarding training, lessons
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