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BITS 101

This page will be updated for the summer of 2012. My training fee is $20/hr with you & your horse, or just your horse, or just you and one of my horses or mules.
That is at my place or yours. There will be an aditional travel charge to go to your place depending on distance.

You, your horse, and me.  I will ride and work with your horse, as needed.  But I prefer that you do as much as you are able, both on the ground and in the saddle, under my direct supervision.   
We will fix your horse's problems and advance your skills. Teach your horse to be safer, braver, and more dependable.
Every rider/owner IS a trainer whether he wishes to be or not.  Every time you interact with your horse, training takes place.  Every interaction is either construtive or destructive in advancing your horse's training and their relationship with you.
Some trainers get the results they want.  Some trainers get results they don't want.  Often is just the "little things" that make the difference.   I will teach you to get the results you want. 
Stop your horse with your seat.  Ride out, cueing with a slight movement and still be able to wiggle and move all over in the saddle without your horse being nervous to take off.  Turn your horse by looking where you want to go and yet be able to "look around" and have your horse ignore it.  Teach your horse to learn "your intent".
A horse's behavioral issues are seldom changed just by fixing the horse. The owner/rider also needs to learn how to continue with  building communtication and advancing the training of their equine. This makes the two of you a team.
Our private training is for what ever you and your horse needs.  Colt starting, problem fixing, dependablizing, or teaching a specific action to a cue, such as laying down or loading into a pickup.
Camping, and trailer parking is avalible at no charge if you are training two days in a row, or need to come in the night before. Electricity is $5 extra. No sewer hook up.  Your horse can be pastured over night with mine or kept in round pen at no charge. Stall is $15/night extra.  Hay is $5 bale or bring your own.
# 1 "Back In The Saddle Again"
Max  6 students.  Basic horsemanship and horse care. This is an all day class. 
This class covers feeding, health requirements, handling, grooming, foot care, how a horse thinks, leadership, catching, haltering, basic leading, basic groundwork, saddling, saddle fit,  bridling, bits, basic riding techniques, leg cues, training tips, light trail/obstacle practice,  how to "flow with the life of your horse" during a spook, and the "emergency one rein stop". 
#2 "Obstacle Training" 
Max 6 students.  All day class.
This is for the intermediate-to-advanced rider with a "good minded horse" that are wanting to prepair themselves and their horse for public use, or mounted patrol work. Develops their horse's self-confidence to a higher level as well as bonding them as a team.
In this class we will go over: How to teach in small steps.  How a horse thinks.  How to reward.  How to send a horse from the ground. How to approach an obstacle.  How to leave an obstacle during practice, and when to leave it. 
We will practice some lateral flextion and disengaging of the hindquarters.  How to "flow with the life of your horse" and how to control a spook, and the emergency one rein stop.
We also cover the most often "rider induced obstacle problem" that happens when approaching an obstacle.  This simple change that you make will often immediately change your horse from "fearfull" or "stubborn" to "willing" and "obediant" when approaching or crossing an obstacle.   
We will practice going over obstacles both from the ground and from the saddle. 
#3 "Dependablizing Your Horse"
Max  5 students.  All day class.
This is a class for those horse and riders, with fear issues and/or other behavioral problems, that wish to make their horse a safer and more dependable partner.
This class is somewhat of a mix of the first two classes, with the inclusion of individual problem fixing of any issues your horse may have, as well as fear issues the rider may have. 
Classes start at 9 AM.  Student are required to bring a horse, or mule, or donkey.  Also a saddle, saddle pad, bridle, rope halter, and lead rope to any of the classes.   You are welcome to bring  a 3' whip, stick, flag, or cane, as a pressure device. Or a longer lead rope (12' - 14') if you prefer to twirl the end as a pressure device. Spurs are optional, helmets advised, riding boots required.  Also bring a noon lunch.
Snaffle bits are prefered for the classes. The rider has more control and more communication with the horse when direct and indirect reining with a snaffle. 
A snaffle bit is a non-leverage bit.  It does not have shanks.   The reins attach directly to the rings.
A curb bit is a leverage bit.  It has shanks.  A horse should only be neck reined in a curb bit.  Unless a horse does not spook (in the surroundings he is working in) he should not be ridden in a curb bit.
The mouthpeice does not make the type of bit.  A snaffle bit can have a solid mouthpeice.  A curb bit can have a broken mouthpeice (tomthumb).
Kimberwick bits are acceptable for training even though they are technicaly a curb bit.  Bosal hackamores, sidepulls, and double rein Pelhams, are also acceptable. 
Mechanical hackamores, gag bits, and tomthumb bits are discouraged for training or general use.

My style of training and instruction is based on the training concepts I have listed on the Training Concepts  page.