If you want things done right, and you want to make a lasting change in your horse, you have to be willing to take the time it takes. I have a mare who came to me as an 8 year old. When I first started working with her it was clear that she hadn’t had any quality work put into her. Recently we have started working on backing up. When we first started, it was clear that someone was hard on her mouth in her past. She was very dull and resistant to my cue to back up by picking up on both reins. We probably worked on backing up for about 30 days. By putting that time in, we now have a nice, soft, bend at the pole, rock her weight back, and step back, back up. (I have videos posted on my facebook page, www.facebook.com/forevertranch/)
When a horse comes to me for training, I want a minimum of 30 days with your horse. Sometimes 30 days isn’t enough. But in that 30 days, if it is your horse’s first time with me, I will go back to the very beginning, with basic groundwork, to determine where your horse’s starting point is. Groundwork provides what your horse needs, before we start asking for what we want. On my way, working up to the skills you want your horse to have, I will work to perfect every step along the way. If I uncover any underlying hiccups on our path, I will take the time that it takes to correct those hiccups before going forward. At the end of your horse’s first 30 days, it is likely that all of the goals you had for your horse will not be met. However, the goals that were met, or the problems that were resolved, will have been met and resolved in such a way that it will be a lasting change for your horse. Meaningful change takes time and if you allow, I will take the time to make that meaningful change.
Occasionally I see training ads advertising a week’s worth of training for a certain rate, or a certain number of rides for a certain rate. I call this superficial. These are the trainers who put a band-aid over a temporary issue or make a short term change. Often I hear of horses engaging in a problem behavior, in a certain situation, and being sent back to a “band-aid” trainer. Upon return to the same situation a couple months later, the horse repeats the same problem behavior, and is sent back to the trainer again. It is cyclical. Not only do I want to uncover and solve the issue causing the problem behavior, but I want to provide you with the knowledge of how the problem was solved. This is why within every 30 day training period I have with your horse, I offer you three lessons included. This allows me to teach you how to cue your horse and follow through with your cues so that you have the same results with your horse as I did. I want to provide you and your horse with lasting results, not just a band-aid fix. To do this, I’ll work with your horse, but more importantly, I’ll train you to understand your horse.
I am a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), who has taken my knowledge in Applied Behavior Analysis, and the methodology of expert horse trainers, to create an Equine training program that is anything but average. Working with my own horses has led me to discover my passion for not just training horses, but practicing quality horsemanship. For the best interest of the horses, I hope to spread this interest in quality horsemanship.