Making Riding Horse

We are commited to making useful riding horses.

We want our horses to be useful for years; in good health and enjoying life. We have horses in their 20s that are retired and simply enjoy life.

We have youngsters that are still learning the ropes, and they get the most attention. And if we are going to show, those horses get even more attention.

Horses are a valuable addition to our beef operation. We use them to ride (check) fences, check on cattle, sort cattle, and safely handle the herd when it's time to do our regular weigh-ins.

And of course, there's the regular trail rides. Time to slow life down, and see the beauty around us, from the back of a willing trail horse.

Starting Out

Starting Out

Starting a colt is a big step. We do the basics here - all the steps that teach a young horse manners, and how to be led, tied, trimmed, clipped, and trailered. But to start a colt, we often use professionals - people who can consistently spend time to get things working right.

Professionals we would recommend in Ontario include John McGrath (Paris), Chet Martin (Arthur), and Greg Crispin (Mt Forest).

Schooling

Schooling

Every ride is schooling, to a horse. How you work with him today, determines how things will go in the future.

That means you need to be consistent. Especially with a young horse, keep a routine of brushing, saddling, warming up, and riding.

Enjoy a break

A Break

Sometimes the best training happens in the break. When he gives you something good, reward him horse with a time-out.

New Things

New Things

Try new things! Grab a rope and try to wrangle a barrel in the arena. Ride outside. Work up to new challenges.

Summary

To be written