2021 Client horse update
We will be accepting client horses on a case by case basis in 2021, beginning in Mid-March. All horses are required to stay in training for a 6-month minimum. Geldings or mares 2 years of age and up will be considered for this program.
In our client horse program, 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, and then stand quiet. We feel that driving, roping, and working cattle builds a partnership between rider and the horse that is unequaled in other training methods.
Depending on the of the horse’s stay, we like to have different wrangler ride him or her during the training. Even though we all practice the Ray Hunt/Buck Brannaman style of riding, each rider has his 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 training. Any horses being brought to the ranch are required to have a current coggins (within the last 12 months), and proof of Rhino and Influenza shots within the last 12 months and no sooner than two weeks prior to arrival).
Email Des at Info@mmgranch.net or call (406) 293-5000 if you’d like more information about our program, availability, and cost.