If you’ve got a horse that you would like to be started, or restarted we’ve got spaces available throughout the year. We take a limited number of outside horses and teach them to the same quality as the horses our guests ride here on the ranch.
Our belief is to build in the safety, independence, and gentleness that allows you and your horse to be comfortable whether you are alone on the trail, working cows in the mountains or meadows, or pursuing upper levels of horsemanship in any discipline.
Client horses begin their time with us with quality groundwork, which we feel sets the foundation for soft and balanced riding. Horses are exposed to ropes, flags and tarps.
In addition, we teach off of our client horses, jingle in the herd with them, and perform any manner of tasks that we would ask of one of our guest horses. These exercises tend to build a lot of confidence in a horse.
We emphasize working our horses on cattle as this gives a horse a visual reason to stop, turn around, go, then stand quiet. We feel that driving, roping, and working cattle builds a partnership between the rider and the horse that is unequaled in other training methods.
Depending on the length of the horse’s stay, we like to have different wranglers ride him or her during the training. Even though we all practice the Ray Hunt/Buck Brannaman style of riding, each rider has her or her own nuances, and we like to expose the horse to these. This horse we’ve found to be more forgiving to the novice when they climb on, and the horse actually supports the rider.
We do require the owner to come and ride with us during or at the end of the training.
All horses are required to stay in training for a 5 month minimum. Geldings or mares 2 years of age and up are considered for this program.
Email Des at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 406-293-5000 if you’d like more information our program, availability and cost.