We offer starting, retraining and conditioning for horses of any age. All horses will be assessed from the ground before being asked to acquire more advanced skills. Once ground work is completed and a good foundation established, horses are introduced to tack and rider. Horses with limited trail experience or that need conditioning are ponied with other horses until they are physically and mentally ready to be ridden on the trail. While being ponied some of the skills they will learn are crossing water and bridges and safely riding in traffic.
Our facility is located in Maple Valley, WA.
Ground training includes learning to tie, loading in the trailer, hauling safely, going out alone and with other horses, picking up feet and working with the farrier, and bathing. Horse must also lead, stop and stand quietly. From there they learn how to yield to pressure, lunge, and work from both visual and verbal commands. Horses will be introduced to common trail obstacles on the ground before they are attempted under saddle.
All training techniques used with the horses are gentle and focus on forming trust, confidence, and a willing partnership between horse and handler. Horses will not advance to the next step of training until they are comfortable and calm with previous lessons. In addition, horses will not be rushed or pushed to do things they are not ready to do.
Our facility specializes in trail horse preparation. There is a trail course set up on the property that is also used during training. Along with trial riding, horses have exposure to a great variety of items they may encounter on the trail. Some of the trail obstacles horses learn to calmly deal with are bridges, tarps, dragging logs and branches, highway traffic, balloons/plastic, mailboxes, gun fire, and heavy machinery. In addition, horses are exposed to a variety of animals including elk, deer, dogs, bobcats, llamas, goats and pigs.
Training sessions are catered to the needs of the horse and owner. All horses are individuals and have different learning styles. Owners are welcome to observe training sessions and work with their horse or ride while in training.