Training Services Available & Rates
We both have
a lifetime involvement with horses, with over 40 years experience
in starting young horses under saddle. Our knowledge and experience
ranges from breeding foals and handling stallions through to top
level competition and working with all breeds from Thoroughbreds,
Stationbreds to Warmbloods, which enables us to confidently work
with youngsters and unbroken horses through to more specific training
or re-schooling with older, experienced horses.... whether they
are for dressage, jumping, eventing, trekking, hunting, racing or
simply pleasure riding!
We only take
on a small number of horses for training at a time which allows
us to offer a personalised service for horses and owners and ensures
we have plenty of time to work with each individual as they require
on a day to day basis.
all owners to come and spend time with us prior to taking your horse
home so we can show you where they are at and help you learn the
same skills to get the best ongoing progress from your horse when
back at home again.
Long-reining young horses out around the farm and
surrounds provides fantastic education and life experience.
YOUNG HORSE HANDLING - FOUNDATION TRAINING
all year round)
in Foundation Training - working with young horses and giving them
a sound start to their early handling and training.
The key to developing
a positive "breaking in" experience and succesful riding
future for a horse begins in the foundation building blocks established
well before a rider even sits on their back. These essential life
skills, basic respect for people and solid understanding of what
is being asked of them helps setup the right foundation and habits
that give the horse the best opportunity to progress positively
no matter what type of riding or discipline they are later destined
for. Leaving it too late or allowing bad habits to consolidate can
result in a horse that has become pushy or disrespectful, "stuck"
in their ways, difficult to handle and can compromise both of your
If you have
a foal, weanling, yearling or 2 year old that is not ready to be
started under saddle but could benefit from some professional handling
and life experience, we can give them an excellent early education
including the important everday basics such as:
- Tieing up
- Wearing a cover
- Being hosed all over
- Having their feet handled
- Being paddocked on their own and get used to being in a stable
- Float loading etc.
If your young
horse is ready we can also further their Foundation Training education
by teaching them some or all of the following to help further prepare
them for future breaking in:
- Basic groundwork exercises established
- Accept all appropriate gear (roller, saddle, bridle, boots, etc)
- Lunging using both body language and voice commands on both reins
- Mouthing and long-reining, exploring the farm and river surrounds.
- Accept a rider sitting on their back.
exercises help establish respect and good manners while also encouring
your horse to work calmly and softly.
We achieve all
of these foundation skills through pressure / release principals
and groundwork exercises, consistent daily handling and a regular
routine that helps horses relax and gain confidence. We aim to make
early handling sessions fun and interesting and seek to produce
a respectful, understanding and attentive young horse. We
can also assist with the weaning process and with teaching young
horses to trot out in-hand for showing etc.
All of this
will give your young horse an excellent foundation to their life
and future training and will help make them much easier for you
to work with and manage at home.
A good foundation of the essential basics means your horse will
also be much more independant and confident when the time comes
for breaking in later down the track.
We strongly encourage all owners to come and spend time with us
before taking your horse home so we can help the two of you work
together for best progress and consistency once you take your young
horse home again.
to a limited number of horses at certain times of year only.)
We currently only accept a small number of horses for full
breaking in at certain times of year, although we can take horses
up to the backing stage all year round (see Foundation Training
Our "breaking in" training combines both traditional and
horsemanship methods crafted to suit each individual horse to create
a calm, non-aggressive learning environment and acheive positive
Sending your young horse to us for breaking in or starting under
saddle means your horse will learn to:
- Be paddocked on their own and get used to being in a stable
- Accept all appropriate gear (saddle, bridle, boots, covers etc)
- Basic groundwork established
- Lunge and long-rein
- Stand calmly for mounting and dismounting
- Be ridden walk, trot, canter, turn and stop
- Be hosed all over
- Be ridden in the round yard and arena
- Stand for the farrier and be shod for the first time (as applicable)
- Work over poles on the ground
- Float training (as applicable)
basic groundwork for trust and respect.
around the farm and surrounds.
From starting with groundwork in the round yard establishing softness,
respect and trust, progressing to long-reining around the farm and
river and then following through to riding under saddle, these young
horses gain great inner confidence, strength and mileage that sets
them up very well for their future riding careers.
Our general time frame for starting horses under saddle is 6 - 8
weeks (depending on each individual). As well as accepting and understanding
a rider and the basic aids in all paces and situations, we firmly
believe that developing a solid work ethic through regular routine
and consistency for this period of time sets up a young horse with
the strongest foundation for its future, helping to ensure that
owners can continue on their own with success once the horse goes
We encourage owners to have several rides with us on their horse
and offer ongoing support, advice and lessons for all owners once
the horse has gone home again.
on the arena
the river under saddle (Photo: Trish Dunnell)
have space available for horse agistment, short or long term. Horses
are kept in their own individual paddock, cared for and fed during
our normal daily routine. Handling or training sessions, lessons
and facility use can also be included if you are looking for an
agistment and occasional schooling type option. If you are going
away on holiday or have a horse needing injury care we can also
offer support and daily care as required.
Please contact us to discuss your specific requirements.
GENERAL INFORMATION & RATES
We only take
a small number of visiting horses in for training at a time which
means we can give each horse the time and attention they need, so
bookings generally need to be made in advance. Depending on your
training requirements and on each individual horse, most horses
stay with us for between 2 to 8 weeks. Horses are worked 5 days
All horses are treated as individuals and as if they were one of
our own, including paddocked individually and stabled. We believe
horses thrive on regular routine and can provide them with a very
peaceful farm setting, good facilities and a safe learning environment.
Owners are kept
updated regularly throughout their horses' stay with us via email
and phone, including progress photos. Owners
are encouraged to come and work their horses with us before taking
them home, however for those who live further afield, we provide
photos and can take DVD footage of your horse so you can see them
Rate: NZ$350+GST per week for training and agistment. Provide
your own feed and hay (unless otherwise discussed).
Discounted Rate: may be provided for longer term training
or Young Horse Foundation training, please enquire for more details.
Agistment Only Rate: please contact us to discuss your specific
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