Horse Feathers Equine Center
Kim, our Trainer Thank you for all your hard work here! We truly appreciate you and love you!
Training begins from the moment your horses feet are on the ground. Horses do not come already trained to work, lead, groom, etc. The simple basics are taught as foals who have limited attention span so it must be specific for that age and temperament. Consistency, non abusive techniques and a working relationship with the horse will allow you to have a better experience whether on the ground or in the saddle.
Conditioning the horse and preparing it before attempting to "back" (get on) or to saddle/ride is very important to us here. Many times we have had horses come in that are "weak" or "hollow" out their backs due to lack of muscle strength to carry a rider. Along with that are horses that do not know verbal commands at a Walk, Trot, Whoa. Beginning them on a lunge line assists in being able to handle them once you are in the saddle.
This is a great investment to teach your horse to stand tied. Some call it a "patience pole". Check them out its a great product and made in the USA! They are awesome and we will post photos of ours once its installed!
"Ask me to show you poetry in motion and I will show you a horse"
If you are new to horses, simple things such as learning about what a Halter is, how it is put on, how to properly use it are things that will help you in working with your horse daily.
We want to thank the ASPCA for their Training Grant that allowed us to have Kim come to our facility to help work with the horses here on everything from Ground Manners to Saddle training, lunging and more. This grant allowed us to have our most successful year in adoptions of over 15 horses placed in homes!
Learning to Walk, Trot and Whoa on a line can help with toning the horse, building a working relationship and preparing the horse for a rider. Starting out slowly and building up are important as to not over work the horse, cause injuries and set a horse up for failure.