Groundwork exercises and horsemanship (leading, moving off pressure, tying, picking up feet, trailer loading, bathing, clipping...),despooking over tarps, longeing, work in the round pen, long lining, ponying, free jumping, basic arena work at walk, trot and canter, trail riding, jumping and dressage can all be part of the training process depending on what level your horse is at and what your intended use will be. I believe in an all around education especially at the start of every horse's riding career.
The training progress starts with horsemanship exercises on the ground and in the round pen for green horses and advances to longeing and getting them used to the tack, long lining and first rides in the round pen or covered arena at walk, trot and canter (it depends on the horses natural physical and emotional balance on how soon I start with the canter) and eventually trail rides when a basic understanding to the aids is established, together with a seasoned horse.
Getting a solid start under saddle for a green horse requires 2-3 months at the least. For horses who come for training and not starting we can figure out what your goals and budget are and come up with a training plan.
For horses who are already ridden the training can include work on particular issues and weaknesses, progression of Dressage training by improving the flexibility, mobility (transitions), balance, impulsion, lightness to aids, new movements and introduction to gymnastic jumping as well as trail rides for fitness.
Your horse is either boarded in its own pen or can join our herd of 4-6 horses which graze on 40 acres at nights and is brought in for training during the day. This option is only for horses who stay a minimum of one month to warrant integrating him into the herd and the risks involved. No hind shoes for this option please.
Horses get worked on average 5 days a week and is charged per training session (in case the horse gets worked less as I do go away for weekend clinics). Sessions are usually around 1 -1.5 hours per day including brushing, tacking and groundwork if needed. If the horse does something really well I will stop early as a reward and time is made up by sometimes longer trail rides. Often it makes sense to give the horse an extra day off in between rides for the muscles to rest as a sore horse would connect riding and training with being unpleasant and would start to resent it. Young and unfit horses need time for their muscles to adjust an recuperate.
*$35.00 per session (max of $700 per month) plus GST
*Board on 40 acre pasture with our herd is $220.00 for one month plus GST (includes some hay fed during the day and any supplements you want your horse to get)
*Pen board on full hay in a individual pen is $12.00 per day, $360 per month plus GST or if you supply the hay $9.00 per day, $270 per month plus GST