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COLT STARTING

Colt starting for us starts and ends with the horses feeling confident and willing to work. We strongly believe that listening to the horse during the starting process allows the horse to find growth while not overwhelming them. The continued goal is find ways for the horse to build new skills in a way that leaves them happy to work again the next day.

Regardless of your goal, discipline or sport, your horse will be better suited for the next step in their life.

 

Timelines to meet these mile stones differ from horse to horse and are subject to change. We do not believe in pushing horses into training they are not ready for and will not back a colt prematurely.

Our assessment is broken down into three Levels so we can give you an understanding of how we work and the time it takes to create a willing riding horse. We are always sensitive to taking care of their emotional, mental and physical well-being.  

 

The horses always come first.

Level 1:

Fresh Start

(any age)

 
Our 'Fresh Start' horses are those horses that have not yet built the foundation with humans and need extra time and a gentle skilled hand to introduce them to their new world of domestication.
 
This package is for weanlings, colts, feral horses, horses that may have experienced trauma, may be showing some holes in their foundation of training or just need a complete from scratch start.
We will cover
Catching, haltering, leading:
Willingness to connect and follow feel with and with out halter
Accept halter
Leaving herd mates
 
Introduce new environments:
Round Pen
Barn
Arena
 
Calm reaction to:
Touch all over
Halter
Ropes
Pad
Tarp
Stick and string
Flag
Standing quietly:
Feet handled and trimmed (costs apply)
Vet checked (cost apply)
Grooming
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Level 2:

Working Start

(must be 3 years old and complete level 1 upon assessment)

Our 'Working Start' horses are ready and prepped for learning. Their bodies and minds are starting to mature and develop. Their riders are excited to get in the saddle and start their journey with their partner. Once given the go ahead by completing their level one, we can now introduce the concept of work.

 

This package is for 3 or 4 year olds ready for the next step in training, newly purchased horses whose training may be unknown, reactive sensitive horses, horses that may have been on an over extended break from training. 

We will cover

 

Willingness at liberty as well as on-line:

Back up

Hind quarter yields left and right

Shoulder yields left and right

Send off

Shut down/Stop

Change of Directions

Walk, Trot, Canter with cue

Understanding of Path and Direction

Head position and engagement of the hind end

 

Standing tied:

In tie stall

Wash stall

Farrier

Massage/chiro

Hitching rail

 

Ground tie while being saddled:

Pad

Cinch

Saddle

Rider weight

 

Carry a bit if requested (with vet check and teeth float) otherwise introduce 3/4 inch Bosal

In-saddle:

Willingness to move forward freely

Turn left, right

Change of direction

Stop

Back up

Move off the leg

Walk/Trot/canter

Level 3:

Finished Start

(must complete level 1 and 2 upon assessment)

one on one coaching and mentorship from both Caleb and/or Lindsay for the rider available at this stage at extra cost

 

Our 'Finished Start' is where the partnership blossoms! Horse and rider find rhythm safety and connection within their movement. The horse is ready to explore the world and refine their skills.

 

This package is for newly started horses, horses that need extra confidence and skill building, trail horses starting arena work, or as a rider, wanting to expand your knowledge on how you can help your horse to carry itself with cadence and grace.

We will cover 

Introduce 1/2 inch bosal or appropriate bit (by request) for riding

 

In-hand and in saddle: 

In depth understanding of:

Path

Speed

Head placement

Self-carriage through engaging hind end

Controlled transitions

 

Lateral work:

Side pass

Leg Yield

Shoulder in Shoulder out

Hip Control

 

Introduction to obstacles

 

Safe and secure in various environments:

Trail

Arena

Round pen

Clinics

Trailer loading

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Pricing

 

After thorough consultation, colts will be assessed as to which packages will set them and their owners up for success. We can then give you a better understanding of the time your horse needs to be with us. 

 

Pricing is $1100 per month

(based on 3 sessions per week) 

 

Boarding option $700/m full board with one buddy

(subject to availability)