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Horsemanship Foundations Levels Offered






Horsemanship Foundations the Essentials Level 1[4 to 5 weeks Training]

The Essentials level 1 is the most important training that all owners and horses will receive [it is a must know].  The four to five week course, teaches you and your horse the basics of trust, respect, control and the owner gains leadership.  Along with arena work, your horse will receive extensive training on the trail and over obstacles.  

Here we teach the horse the basics of carrying a rider in a saddle.  For the horse to pass this stage and move on to the next category, they must consistently demonstrate an understanding of riding basics and willingly cooperate with the trainer. The horse must be at least 3 years of age and consistently demonstrate safe behavior.  Skills assessed in this category include but are not limited to mounting and dismounting, starting, turning both directions, stopping, backing, traveling and transitioning at walk, trot, and lope.

What to expect 

After 4 to 5 weeks of ground and mounted training; generally at the completion of this stage the horse is suitable to be safely ridden by an experienced rider capable of continuing the horses training and development.  

  

Horsemanship Foundations Intermediate Level 2 [8 weeks Training]  

In the second month the horse will continue perfecting the skills learned in the first 30 days. New Intermediate exercises and repetition is the key for the horse to grasp the solid groundwork necessary to move on to more complex maneuvers in the future mounted training.  The horse begins or continues mounted training outside the round pen and on the trail.  Exercises that develop a more responsive, more balanced and safer horse.  Understand, willingness, softening/lightening, suppling exercises for rhythm and cadence, vertical and lateral flexion.  The focus will be on For example; speed control, direct rein, indirect rein, casual and neck rein, turn on the forehand, turn on the haunches, leg yield,  forequarters, hindquarters, side pass and begins to attain the coordination needed to gather himself for more collected movement in his gaits and to improve transitions (changing from one gait to another - lead departures). The focus of this stage is experience and responsiveness.  For the horse to pass this training stage they must have a minimum of 200 safe riding miles in a variety of environments be at least 4 years of age and consistently demonstrate safe behavior.  Training at this level includes improving the horse's responsiveness to the rider’s hand, leg and voice cues, as well as, developing vertical and lateral flexion. Practicing smoother and quicker transitions through the gaits, and reducing fear reactions while being ridden or handled. Horses at this level should approach new situations willingly when encouraged by the rider.   

What to expect 

After 4 to 5 weeks of ground and mounted training; generally at the completion of this stage the horse is suitable to be safely ridden by an experienced rider capable of continuing the horses training and development.  


Horsemanship Foundations Advanced Level 3 [12 weeks training]

The third month of training, again, focuses on reinforcing all the training in the first 60 days. The more riding a young horse gets, the less likely his training will become "undone". This is a period of time that we like to bring the horse and rider together. It is highly recommended that the owner begin riding the horse while the trainer assists by teaching the rider the cues the horse is accustomed to and the horse’s tendencies.  The progress of each horse will vary depending on the horse’s desirable and undesirable behavior patterns.  The identification, analysis and recording of our horse’s behavior patterns and best learning style will advance our relationship with our horse.  This process is absolutely necessary whether we are handling, training or riding our horse and far too many people do not take advantage of this necessary process.  Understanding how horses behave, learn and think is essential to development of a training program that is tailor-made to the individual horse.  This stage is about gaining a finer level of harmony and confidence with the rider. At this stage the horse has mastered numerous foundation skills that prepare them for a beginner rider to learn with or train in a discipline of their choice.  To be Level 3 the horse must have a minimum of 750 safe riding miles that includes trail rides off premise, be at least 5 years of age and consistently demonstrated safe behavior.  Training for Level 3 includes collection, lead changes, neck reining and side passing. The focus of the training is to get the horse to readily yielded to the rider’s cues and teach them to move in a collected, controlled manner at all times with minimal effort from the rider.  

What to expect 

After the completion of Level 3 the horse depending on the temperament/personality is suitable for anyone from beginner to advanced looking to enjoy a well trained to compete in a discipline or pleasure riding setting.