Training

 


 

Facility and Capacity


Our facility consists of a 60ft round-pen that is connected to a 100x200ft arena. Attached to the arena is a livestock pen and a roping chute system for team roping and calf roping. The round pen and arena complex both have lighting capability via stadium LED lights as well as audio/PA capability. The footing is 3" of compacted class I base with 2.5" class I sand mixed with river sand (40/60%), which provides a comfortable and safe footing for performance and lightweight riding alike. The barn has four inside stalls with four covered stalls. Every stall has an auto-waterer and a hay feeder installed. There are six turnouts used in rotation for client horses. Other amenities include a wash rack, four-horse hot walker, and two "patience posts". Our newest addition to our Equine facility is an additional barn with 8 stalls, a full wash rack, and a six horse 70ft Priefert multi-speed panel walker for equine conditioning, rehabilitation, sales prep, and off-season conditioning. We offer several packages to clients including adding conditioning regiments to any saddle and discipline training! We also have a two acre on-site obstacle course; which challenge both horse and rider to a series of jumps, step-ups, drops, bridges, water crossings, a balance platform, and much more! Many of our training horses get worked regularly on the course to gain exposure to numerous tasks that might appear on and off the trail. Our cattle pastures are regularly used for horse training. The ranch consists of 120 acres of pastures with 17 acres of woods, numerous streams and ponds, plenty of hills, and countless encounters with wildlife- from deer and turkey to cattle and mustangs, your horse will see it all!

 

Starting


This package is for starting young horses that are at least two years old. This is a 90 day program (recommended) that will get your young horse green broke and ready to focus on any direction desired! The objective is simple: the horse will be able to start all three leads (walk/trot/canter), turn left and right, back up, and stop. The horse will be able to be saddled calmly, be tied, and be worked in numerous environments in and out of the arena or round pen. A majority of starting horses will be introduced to cattle and those succeeding in the program will be used for ranch work. This program has served our personal horses as well as numerous client horses well in getting to a point where the horse can begin to be finished out in whatever discipline the owner desires. Horses that are being started are worked five days per week, sessions ranging from 45 minutes to two hours all depending on the attention span of the horse. Generally we have shorter sessions in the beginning of the program and work up to longer and more intense riding. All starting horses begin in the roundpen to learn the fundamentals and basics: leads, directions, yielding to pressure, groundwork. Once the horse begins to show a good understanding of what is being asked, we progress into the arena for more reinforcement and new environment. If the horse excels in the arena and roundpen, we begin more pasture riding and critical thinking drills that include trail obstacles and natural obstacles around the ranch. On non riding days the starting horses will be placed on a turnout rotation as well as a hot walker rotation that also includes time on the "patience post" to reinforce standing quietly. At the end of the program you will be offered two free lessons to learn everything about your young horse and to ride while supervised to assure continuation of progress. At any time after the program you can contact us for assistance or to answer any questions you may have about newly found habits. All programs include full board and feed. We feed Alfalfa/orchard hay twice daily. We feed Hallaway Feed grain and supplement for starting horses as the work demand is high. The objective is not to gain weight during the program but to provide adequate nutrition to maintain a healthy weight and to aid in the success of the horse. The price for this package is $1,000/month. To register for this program and select a date, simply select the Starting option when asked which program you would like to register for!

 
 

Tune-ups and Troubleshooting


This program is designed around trouble horses and horses that need miles put on them. This is not for horses that clients want specific objectives such as roping, reining, western pleasure, jumping, ranch and cattle work for. The training horse will see mainly round pen work as well as trail work out riding fences in order to "put miles" and discipline on. The ultimate goal is to work with the client to identify holes in training, issues the rider has noticed and needs help with, or just green horses that need time and miles! Issues we have worked with in the past include rearing, bucking, spooky behavior, bolting (running out of nowhere), barn/buddy sour, laziness, and handling issues when on the ground. On average, horses in this program are worked with 4-5 days per week and the average sessions last about an hour and a half, depending on what is needed and the attention span of the horse. On non-work days, horses in this program will be turned out and/or placed on the hot walker program along with time on the "patience post". This program is considered a 30-60 day program, but sometimes more time is needed/recommended. The decision of more time needed is up to the horse owner and we strongly encourage owner/rider participation to evaluate progress. The cost for this program is $800/month. All programs include full board and hay. We feed Alfalfa/Orchard twice daily, work horses 4 days per week, and turn out on off days. We feed Hallaway Feed grain upon request and extra cost ($50.00). At the end of the program you will be offered two free lessons to learn everything about your horse and to ride while supervised to assure continuation of progress. At any time after the program you can contact us for assistance or to answer any questions you may have about newly found habits. If you are considering this program, we also ask that you have consulted a veterinary professional regarding any bucking/rearing issues prior to registering for the program. More times than not, such an issue can be related to a medical reason versus a behavioral. To register for this program and select a date, simply select the Tune-Up option when asked which program you would like to register for.

 
 

Working Ranch and Performance


This package has one thing in mind: pushing the horse to excellence in a specific focus. This is for those looking to have their horses show ready in numerous disciplines. We here at Shadow Hills Ranch put emphasis on the following disciplines: Rein Cow Horse and Reining, Cutting, Sorting/Penning horses, Team Roping horses, and lastly Working Cow Horse. Whether you are showing at a local level or going for a national association rank, let us help get you to where you want to be! Horses in this program must be ready to make the step to performance horse prior to enrolling. By this, we mean the horse is physically sound and fit, has a good handle, and has shown potential in the show world. If you have a young horse you hope to get started in a particular direction, the Starting program is more for you! Performance horses will see a lot of high intensity work and have high expectations, with safety and soundness being the top priority. A horse can give it's all, but there is no benefit if that all means injury that makes showing a dream versus reality. When in the performance program, we focus on rides that directly related to the discipline. If you enroll in the "roping" program, we work on scoring, tracking, box work, and roping cows as well as physical fitness and quietness in the arena. If you are enrolled in the reining, we work on proper body position, quietness of cues, and smooth/fluid transitions on top of fitness and keeping a quiet disposition no matter the surroundings. Most importantly though, we allow our performance horses to be horses. It is not 100% discipline oriented work, we will take time to trail ride and to ride fences, as well as turn out time. Our Performance Package is a 90 day recommended package. Owner/rider interaction is highly recommended the last 30 days as it will begin the transition from our horsemanship style to yours! The rate for the Performance package is $1,200/month. We do offer an added "Showman" package for all Performance horses that includes travel to local arenas to allow for change of environment and to simulate actual show situations. This add-on is recommended during the last 30 days of the Performance package and costs $300 to cover arena fees, gasoline, and Health Certification/Coggins renewal (if needed). We feed Alfalfa/Orchard twice daily, work horses 4-5 days per week. We feed Hallaway Feed grain and supplement for all performance horses as the work demand is high. At the end of the program you will be offered two free lessons to learn everything about your horse and to ride while supervised to assure continuation of progress. At any time after the program you can contact us for assistance or to answer any questions you may have about newly found habits. Hay and grain is included. To register for this program and select a date, simply select the Performance option when asked which program you would like to register for.

 
 

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