♦ My Qualification ♦
I started ridding when I was very young, around 2-3 being lead on my sisters horse, I was 5-6 when my first pony was bought, also the same time I started going to 4-H with my sister (not old enough to be an actual 4-H member but was involved with it all). at the age 9 I bought my first pony with my own money, Became a full fledged 4-H member and was in 4-H until I was 18, then did 1 year of alumni 4-H, but I also have volunteered with the 4-H in the past.
I have done a number of clinics through out my years in 4-H and on my own. I Have not shown much as I am a nervous wreck in the show ring. I am going to be trying to get back into the show ring... I love spend my time ridding, learning and working with horses.
I have also rode a number of horses from the neighbor, from the age 12-18 I would take 2-4 young green broke horses and ride them all summer, using them in clinics and 4-H. at the end of summer the horses were sold and I could look forward to more the next summer.
When I was 19 it was off to college... to Fairview for the Equine Management Course... I spent my time learning new and different ways to train and care for horses. I rode a beautiful paint mare, that had a smooth as silk trot, and a rocking horse lope. I would have loved to buy here but being a college student I didn't have the money.
I have spent a years after college learning all I could (and still am) on ridding, working with and care for horses.
I have taken as many lessons and clinics as I can, and recommend all horse owners to take lessons and attend clinics. I have my Equine First Aid training as well. I have worked in a stable, as a stable hand and training some of the young horses. And I have worked on a ranch putting miles on horses and training a few younger ones.
Lately I have been working on most of my own horses and taking in a few outside horses to work with.
An Idea of my way of working a horse...
I start young horses that are over 3 years & under 20 years old, I prefer to start the younger ones no earlier than 3 year because I feel that they are still babies, both mentally and physically. but will look at 2 year old for very lite starting on a per horse basis
(A horses body is not mature until age of 5 or 6)
I do work with horses that have been started & need miles and prefer that all horses to be at least halter broke.
I offer the first 30/60 days training, ground
work and miles on horses.
I do ground work of; the ground manners, confidence, first saddling, suppling, lunging and ground driving. I then do the first rides, working on getting balance and rhythm first. I also work on getting them to work off of the leg and can start them on neck reining. And then I work on getting collection; at the walk, trot and canter.
I also do put lots of miles on down the trails,
across the pasture and along the roads and ditches. Being exposed to wild life and other
livestock. I have lots of hills, bush trails and open pasture, some water (very
limited). I do have an arena that I do haul to, and can make arrangements with
you to do arena riding as well. There is also the local fun
gymkhana. so can be exposed to riding with lots of other horses, doing gymkhana
These are all good ways to put miles on young horses and expose them to other things.
I work to get a confident, quiet, soft mouthed, supple horse that is respectful on the ground and in the saddle. I take my time with all horses to build confidence. I do not push the horses, and work at their pace. I would rather not have the horse ever learn to buck and try to set them up so they never feel they need to buck.
I believe the first 30/60 days need to be positive to help build a great horse.
I try to work with the horses a minimum of 5-6 days a week. I like to work with the horse as long as needed. Some days that might be 1 hour and other days it might be 3+ hours. My training starts from the moment I walk up to them to catch them to the time I turn them back out. All the work is done by me.
I have a few things that I like to see and achieve in a good horse.
1st - I like a horse who is respectful and kind. This means I like a horse that likes attention but won't walk all over you and respects you when you ask them to move away or to you.
2nd - Is a great WHOA! This is a must. Without this I feel a horse can be dangerous. I like it so when I say whoa on the ground the horse is coming to a stop on the line. Then when I start to ride when I say Whoa, sit deep in the saddle and/or touch the reins the horse starts to slow and stop smoothly. Without pulling on you or running through reins.
3rd - Is a soft supple mouth. This is a must too. I like to be able to touch the reins and have the horse moving in the directions I want and giving to the bit without leaning or pushing through the bit.
4th is willing. I like my horse to be willing to do as I say, when I say it. I don't want a horse that says "yes sir" but a horse that says "sure I will do that, what else would you like?" and "Was that good." But still thinks for itself. Having a horse that thinks but is willing will watch out for itself and its rider. In keeping an eye out of where it's going and where it’s putting its feet.
5th is to refine all above and teach leg yielding, supplying, balance, rhythm and collection.
I know getting perfection is not possible in 30 to 60 days, but it gives me a goal to work towards.
Please understand that after 30 or 60 days the horse is still very green and needs lots of work put into them.
I am not a big name trainer that is not my goal. I want to be the best I can for the horses, not to prove to others what kind of name I can built for myself. I am not your 30 day wonder trainer, and I do not cowboy or ride the buck out of a horse. I am also not a finishing or show ring trainer.
I am not one to Rush a horse or Make them do stuff.
I go at the pace of the horse, If there is something that they are unsure of I
take my time and build their confidence at that point, I do not push them.
Depending on what your horse knows when they come to me is depending on how far I get them along in the training.
I do a min of 15 days ground work, but it depends on the horse some need more and few need less.
I work at the pace of the horse, this may cause me to need more time than 30 or 60 days. I do work with horse that have problems, with problems comes the need for time. Depending on what the problem is and how ingrained it is.. will determine the time needed. The rule of thumb is .. for every 1 bad experience; the horse needs 100 good experience to rule out that 1. Now with that said some horse do take less and some take more time.
I find If you take the time to build a good foundation with a horse you will have less problems down the line. with taking my time with the horse's there is less chance that there will be holes in the training.
I am more of the western - pleasure horse rider, I have rode western most of my life, and love the simple life of riding the trails and having fun with my horses. I have rode English Flat and some Jumping; but English style ridding is not my strongest. All horses have to start somewhere, and the saddle you put on their back dose not determine the style the horse will be rode in for the rest of their lives.
I have worked with many different breeds of horses.
Everything from Azteca's, Andalusian's, Morgan's, QH, Draft cross, Paints, TB,
Arabians, Standerbred to warmbloods, Friesian cross, Rocky mountain horse, New
Forest pony to Grade horses.. I am always willing to work with new breeds.
♦ Training Rates ♦
Please contact me if you are interested in me working with your horse.
Boarding Agreement, Training Agreement and Liability Waiver to be signed.
Starting is $500 per month, Plus Board $262.50
Miles and Refreshers $400 per month, Plus Board $262.50
The following is Required for All Horses coming in for Training
All horse need to have feet Trimmed a min of 1 weeks prior to coming in for training. this is so our horse is not sore when they show up, and I can start working with them
All horses need to be Wormed 1 weeks prior to coming in for training.
All horses need to be Vaccinated 2 weeks prior to coming in for training.
Required Vaccinations is:
5 way Vaccination of
Eastern and Western Encephalitis, Tetanus and Influenza and Rhinopneumonitis
Optional Vaccinations are as Follows:
For more info on Vaccinations please speak to your local vet.
info can also be found on this web page. http://www.albertavetcenter.ca/site/view/117301_Vaccinations.pml
This is a reference from one of my clients.
April has a natural ability to communicate with horses and gets a horse to do what she wants it to do with the least amount of resistance possible. She takes her time and allows the horse to figure it out and do a task on its own. She has more patience than anyone else I know and does not rush a lesson or session, only putting enough pressure on a horse to help it understand what she wants it to do and she doesn’t give up until she has the result she wants. She adjusts to each horse and breaks steps down completely if that’s what a horse needs.
I had a young mare that I know no other trainer would touch. She had zero confidence in herself and was terrified of everything around her and her reactions were extreme. April took her time with her and despite people telling her that she should give up and send my mare home, she stuck it out with her. The horse that came home to me was not the same horse that went to April. Most people who knew my mare before April worked with her have a hard time believing that she is the same horse. My mare has gone from being a horse that I thought I would never be able to ride to one that I would trust and wouldn’t hesitate to get on. Both my vet and farrier have made comments about how good my mare is now and what a difference there is in her behavior and reactions.
April is very knowledgeable about horses,
their care and the best training methods, and has done her research. She looks
at each horse as a challenge and her goal is to get good results, especially
with a horse that has issues. She takes pride in doing a good job the right
way. Everything that is done is done with the horse’s wellbeing and safety in
mind. At the same time she is honest and forthcoming about your horse and the
end result. If something is going to take time she tells you. If she is having
an issue with your horse she tries everything she can think of to find a
solution. If she feels that there is nothing she can do she tells you and
doesn’t want to waste your time or money if she doesn’t think she can get
results. She always keeps you informed, gives you options if there is a problem
and asks you what you want her to do. Having had numerous trainers work with my
horses over the years, I know that these qualities are extremely hard to find
in the horse world. I would never hesitate to send any of my horses to April. I
always know what I’m getting back when my horse comes home. There are no
surprises. I know when they are with her they are being well taken care of, are
being treated with kindness and that my horse will have a newfound confidence
and have new skills/talents when he/she comes home.
More References are available upon request