About Our Methods
We use a blend of natural horsemanship techniques in combination with classical dressage and techniques learned from cutting and reining to create our western horses. With a blend of natural horsemanship similar to Clinton Anderson, John Lyons, Monty Roberts and Dennis Reis, we teach our horses not only to be responsive to cues, but to think and make solid decisions in sticky situations. We help them learn this by providing lots of new obstacles, from the saddle to the trailer, as well as logs, poles, tarps, barrels, flags, ropes, anything we can think of!
The dressage work on our young (and retraining) horses teaches them to be soft, supple, balanced and precise in their movements. This allows them to develop self carriage, starting from long and low and on the bridle to a finished frame, and this allows us to encourage a horse into its best natural frame, without forcing an artificial frame on them, which often limits a horses potential on hard trails or speed events. It is amazing how much smoother a barrel run can be on a horse who is balanced front to back, and from side to side! Not to mention the advantages on the trail, a well balanced and framed horse navigates obstacles so easily!
Finishing on all performance western horses is geared to having a soft, supple and responsive horse even when traveling at full speed. We like all horses before going on to speed events to not only be in good physical condition, but to have a great stop, solid rate, and a very light neck rein. We also like to have them sidepass, leg yield, rollback, and have a truly soft back-up as well as solid lead changes. While we understand a slide stop is not necessary on a barrel horse, the knowledge that your horse can and will stop on a dime, makes it much easier to feel comfortable pushing them for that extra bit of speed!
We have also been lucky enough in the past few years to have had enough gaited horses (walkers, paso finos, peruvians, foxtrotters) that we have actually invested the time in learning to train them as well. With the dressage training we normally implement, some very simple alterations allow us to help gaited horses find their perfect gait and build up their muscles slowly so they can maintain it well. Without artificial aids or any strong bits/training tools, we have gotten very skilled at teaching and reteaching gaited horses to help them smooth out and move to their full potential. We have even had good success with teaching non-gaited, but powerful walkers (QH and paints) to do a beautiful, comfy one-footed gait.
Please note - ALL of our services are FLEXIBLY PRICED! What this means is that if you truly need a service, but are at this time unable to afford our pricing, PLEASE contact us regardless. We are willing to work out payments, reduced pricing if possible, and trades.
We honestly aim to make our services, time, and knowledge affordable to as many people as possible! Weekly and ride by ride training are also available, as well as strictly exercise riding, please call for details!
Standard 30 day training for trail, pleasure and show horses includes board, hay fed 3x a day, once a day graining (you must provide any grains/supplements), groundwork, riding and two free lessons each week for the duration of your horses training!
Basic training starts at 500$, multiple month discounts available, please contact us for a personalized quote on what your goals are for your horse. And as stated above, we do our best to be flexible on this!
-All horses are ridden to the maximum of their physical ability, for most sound and healthy horses that is 5-6 rides/works a week, and the length of time varies.
- Colt starting (we do not "break" colts) is 2-4 weeks of groundwork, saddling, trailer loading, tying, bathing, feet handling and trimming, and getting accustomed to carrying a rider. Each horse varies, within the first week we can give you a better quote on the time your horse will take to reach the goals you are aiming for.
- We recommend 4 weeks of riding after that, which includes hauling to different arenas and new trails, and miles of good saddle experience!
-Price does not include hauling, trimming/shoeing, vetting, chiropractic/massage therapy work or showing, all of which are billed directly to the owner of the horse, although we are happy to make arrangements to have services done while horse is in training with us.
- We always ensure we have your permission before any additional services are done, and will provide you with a quote as well.
We also offer tuneups, reconditioning, and cattle work to help with each individual horses needs.
-Tune-ups for rope, barrel, pole, pleasure/show, jumping, reining, working cow and trail/family horses available.
- Problem solving for horses who are getting sour, aren't working like they used to (sticky stops, missed leads, etc),Trailering issues, tying problems, rearing, running off, spooking and bucking.
- Reconditioning for the competitive horses you just don't have enough time to keep in performance shape!
- Limited riding services are one-three times a week lightly ridden, perfect for the aged horses for a week or more while you go out of town, keep them moving around well!
These are priced individually depending on what services are needed, so please contact us with a description of what you and your horse need. These packages can also be combined with lessons as well!
Boarding and Board with optional riding available, please contact us for stall availability and current pricing or call the J-6 Ranch Equestrian Center!
We also offer sales services, with the goal of helping place horses with their perfect rider/handler. We can help you either sell your horse or assist you in locating the perfect horse for your family. We are not horse traders, all horses are sold with as accurate and honest a description of the horse as possible.