Clients Training Horse Pictures
This page is dedicated to our clients and their horses that we have/had the pleasure to start and/or train and compete. These are only a few of the many horses we trained for clients, we are working on getting more uploaded. Thank you to everyone who gave us the pleasure of training their horses, we have truly enjoyed working with you as well as your horses. Please send us an updated on your horse if we started and/or trained it! We love to hear how well they and you are doing. We are currently working on updating this page, please excuse the mismatching pictures and write ups! Thank you.
This big good looking gelding came to us in July to get his ground work finished and riding under saddle more stable. Handsome has always been leery of strangers but he took to us pretty decent and we've put a couple months of solid riding on him. He's still not fond of riding out by himself but does good in a group now. He's an arena horse mainly, will make a great show horse in halter, showmanship, western pleasure and horsemanship if his owner wishes to take him that way. We are boarding and riding Handsome a few days a week for his owner until she can get her barn ready for him. Will miss this big guy when he leaves, he is a big teddy bear!
Bill is a 12 yr old grade Paint/QH gelding that came in as an evaluation. He was worked with by a previous trainer who said he was too unpredictable and was not safe to ride. His owners wanted a second opinion so they brought him to us. After working with him, we discovered he was out in his back and needed a chiropractic adjustment. Bill is a sweetheart, pushy but is all he doesn't appear to have any other issues. We are hoping that a couple adjustments and he will be good to go, but we will see.
Harlan is a 3 year old AQHA gelding. He was started by another trainer fall 2015 but they were unable to expose him due to the rains. The first few weeks were work on his ground work and manners, getting him tuned up under saddle, then heading out to see the world. He is coming along well but still needs attention with some issues on the ground and exposing outside.
Ace is a 2 year old BLM Mustang gelding. He was rounded up spring 2015 and his current owners adopted him in spring 2016 from the holding facility in Elm Creek, NE. The worked on gentling him down some before bring him to us in August. We just finished his 1st 30 days with us and he has done excellent. Ace is still a bit nervous about being handled but is accepting of everything we have asked of him. We will continue on with his ground work and get him gentled down more before sending him home for the winter.
Ruth is a 5 year old Jenny mule that came to us as an evaluation. At one time, she had a run in with someone that did considerable damage to her trust in humans. We worked with her for 2 months to try to get a breakthrough. Even though she progressed decently, her owners and us decided do find her a home where she will be given attention and time for hours a day. Ruth now lives in western Nebraska and is in a great home where she will get what she needs.
Magnum is a 5 yr old AQHA gelding that came to us in mid June 2016. He was previously started and ridden a lot around town and down the road. We will be putting a good using handle on him and continue exposing him to pasture riding checking cows, trails riding, and hauling him. We can tell he was rough housed at one time but really wants to be your buddy and soak up all the attention he can. He is a bit buddy sour but we will get that out of him in time. UPDATE: Magnum was with us for 60 days and made excellent progress. We got a better, calmer handle on him; exposed him to things he wasn't use to, and just taught him we could have fun riding. His owner was very happy with his outcome as were we.
Hank is a 5 yr old AQHA gelding that came to us in mid June 2016. He was previously started with 60 days but has sat over the winter, so we are putting a tune up on him. Besides not wanting to be around people if he doesn't have to and being impatient, he seems like he knows a good deal. We will be tuning up his handle and getting him exposed to trails, roads, pastures, and working cattle. Update: Hank was started well by a previous trainer and only had to scrap the rust off before we started riding and exposing him. Even though he was diagnosed with navicular, he was always ready to go when we got him out.
Rocky is a 4 yr old QH gelding that came to us in May 2016 to get started under saddle. This beautiful gelding is laid back and easy going, very smart too. He is coming along good, still working through some things but he is well on his way of becoming a nice, quiet trail horse for his owners. Update: Rockys owners were very happy with how well he was going when they came to pick him and Buckly up. However, they decided to sell Rocky to us and concentrate on Buckly. We have turned Rocky out to pasture for a few months and will bring him back up this winter to finish his training.
Buckly is a 5 year old AQHA gelding. He came to us with a lot of resentment and issues, both on the ground and under saddle. After doing excessive ground work with him in his first 30 days, we started riding him in his second 30 days. He didn't progress as well as we would of liked under saddle but his owners were happy with the change in him.
Rosie is an 8 year old paint mare that came to us in April 2016 to get issues addressed and started under saddle. She didn't like her hind legs touched, is very spooky, but in general didn't know much. So we have been doing a lot of ground work with her, getting her accustomed to everything on the ground and a more stable, trusting mind before we start riding her. She has promise and we look forward to bringing out the best in her! Jo put Rosie's first ride on her right after the start of her 2nd month with us. Things went without an issue, not that we thought there would be. Her and Jo have really clicked, Rosie really enjoys attention and being worked now. She has gone down the road and ridden through the pasture; taking it all in good. She is a little skittish but with more exposure, she will come around!
Pee Wee is a 2008 Pitzer bred gelding, he came in in April 2016 for a tune up and work on his ground manners. After a week of ground work, we were on and getting him tuned up for his owner. This gelding didn't know much so we have started at the beginning and he's going good now. Rides down the road on a relaxed rein, in a straight line with no issues.
Curly is a 2013 APHA mare. She came in April 2016 to get started under saddle and a solid foundation put on her. Curly is a very well put together horse and picks things up fast. We did some ground work on her before swinging a leg over it, like always it has paid off. Despite Curly bucking to start off with, she is advancing every day. She still crow hops when we lope her for a few strides but she is coming around. Gives, bends, flexs all very nicely; going off leg, seat, and voice cues well; nothing has spooked this mare yet, goes down the road and through the pastures well. Curly is a big sweetheart and fun to train.
Multi is a 2012 APHA mare, she came to us in March 2016 to get a tune up and get worked around cattle, down the road, and on trails. This pretty mare has a great mind, very loving disposition and really wants to be around people. So far we are working on going through all the ground tests to see where her knowledge lies. We have very high expectations of what our horses should know on the ground and in their first 30 days. This mare needed to be re-started and some ground training before we swung a leg over her. We now have a little over a couple weeks of rides on her and she is doing well. After a lot of thought, we put her in a Little S hackamore to make her more comfortable and happy. Now we are getting a good handle on her, exposed to things, and getting a nice consistent trot & lope going. UPDATE: We took Multi home the second weekend in June and her owners are very happy with her! The day after we dropped her off they sent us a pic and video of their 9 yr old daughter riding Multi all by herself around the pasture. Multi was very laid back and took very good care of her young and inexperienced rider. We look forward to more updates from them!
Frosty is a 2013 AQHA filly that came to us March 2016 for a tune up. She is a watchy little mare but is patient and kind, really wants to please and learn new things. She was started good as a 2 year old and retained most of it. We had a few things to work on before Jo swung a leg over her but she's a fast learner. Frosty was only with us for a month and she needed more work but her owner had a nice trainer close by to continue her training.
Cash is a 2011 paint gelding that came to us in March 2016 to get started under saddle and ridden on the trails. So far Cash is an easy going, laid back gelding that takes everything in very well. He is always watching, always wanting attention. This guy has been passing our ground training tests with flying colors! He may be unsure of things, but is very curious and willing to learn. We have a weeks worth of rides on him and he is doing very well. We look forward to getting a solid foundation on him and on his way to being a great trail horse for his owner!
Slick is a 10 yr old Draft cross gelding that came to us to get some things worked out in his training in Feb 2016 and will be here through the end of March. This big guy is already an accomplished trail horse but his owner wanted a better trained horse. So we took him back to basics, got him back into a D ring snaffle and have been working on loosing him up. Once Slick figured out what we wanted, he caught on very fast and advanced very well. We are also working him on going off leg, neck reining, working cattle, ponying horses and being ponied among other things. We really enjoyed putting a tune up on this big guy! Slick and his owner are enjoying their new relationship and relaxing on trail rides around Nebraska.
Monti is a 3 yr old AQHA cow bred gelding that came to us to get started under saddle Feb 2016 and was with us for a short 25 days. This cool little dude has been a pleasure to train and ride. He is very smart and so easy going with everything. Jo was on him after the first week of ground work and he has progressed so well since then. The first week he was with us, we did ground work with him; all of which he took in like an ole pro. His first 2 rides were in the round pen; then we were out riding in the pasture, road riding, working in the big arena. Monti had a nice little handle on him after those 15 rides. (Remember, each horse gets at least 1 day off a week, young horses like Monti get 2) He had a nice collected walk/trot/lope, nice stop using his hind quarters, going off leg, give/bend/flex to each side & down, started on neck reining, and very calm about everything we asked of him. Monti will make a great little easy going gelding for his owner.
Frosty is an AQHA Pitzer bred gelding that came in in mid December 2015 for a 2 week evaluation to determine what was done with him by a previous trainer and get a rough idea of how long it will take to fix what issues he has. After we determined his issues and started fixing them, he is coming along well in his training and really starting to trust us. We put the first ride on Frosty the end of January 2016 and he is coming along nicely. We are hoping to get him on the trails now that they are dried out and cattle in March. This gelding is turning out to be a nice boy.
Lilly is a 2012 appendix AQHA mare that came in late summer 2015 to try to fix what issues she acquired from being started wrong as a 2 year old by a precious trainer. Even though she has progressed greatly, she still has a ways to go to get her to be a trusting horse. We have done extensive ground training on her to help de-spook and get her more trusting of people. We have been able to get some riding training done on her and even through most days she does great, she still has her moments of nervousness. Horses like Lilly take a long time to fix, most people and trainers would give up on her after a few months. But even the smallest steps are huge for her.
Shiloh is a 3 yr old Baskur Curly gelding. John started him under saddle fall 2014 and Jo put a tune up on him spring 2015 for his owner. In April 2016 he came back to us to get some advanced training put on him. His owner wants him in a shank bit, neck reining, and going off leg. This gelding was pretty easy to going, his owner put a great ground foundation on him and that makes things go much smoother and faster for us. Shiloh is used for a trail and general riding horse.
Zoey came to us for a refresher course and to be started on the barrel pattern in spring of 2013. She had some holes in her training we had to fill but her owner did an excellent job with starting her. Her main issue was trusting new people and after we got around that, she excelled very well. We have taken her slow and as of July she is trotting a good pattern and is a lot more relaxed under saddle. She will be going back home to Iowa in August so her owner can get re-acquainted with her before we put a lot of speed on her. As with all our of training horses, this picture represents how we work all our horses on obstacles in and out of the arena. After Zoey found out how much fun swimming and playing in the water was, it was hard to get her out of the pond. This mare will excel in barrel racing, pole bending, trail riding and just being a good level headed riding horse for her owner. She may even be good at working cattle if her owner wants to take her that way.
Cooper is a 2006 quarter horse gelding that we got in for training summer 2011. He was started before we got him but had a lot of issues that needed addressed. We had him for 2 months and got him straightened back out. This gelding loved attention & was always ready to be rode after we had him for a month. He has a bright future ahead of him, he will make a great rope or barrel horse or just an everyday using gelding.
Dee is a 2005 APHA mare that some good friends of mine own. She is in to get started under saddle and general training. She had some issues that took us about 2 months to fix, now she is well on her way to being a great riding mare. I have started to haul and exposure her to playdays, rodeos, and barrel runs; shes still a little nervous but coming around great. She will be going back home in August 2011.
Cricket is a 2003 AQHA mare that is Blue Valentine bred. She came to me needing a tune up and her basics fixed. After a month, her owner was able to ride her through the pasture with easy and control. We wish them both luck in the future!!
Star is a 4 year old quarter horse mare that was used as a race horse in backyard races. She was very impatient and nervous around people when I first got her, with a couple weeks of ground training she is not a joy to be around on the ground. In the saddle she only had walk and run. Even after teaching her the usual basics from the ground this mare was so nervous that I have to go slow and re-teach them under saddle. She can now walk, trot, and lope in a controlled manner.This picture was taken about a month into her training with her owner riding her at a barrel run.
Jack is a 3 year old registered Morgan gelding has 30 days of training into. Jack came to us with many issues both on the ground and under saddle. We spent the first 30 days on just ground training, getting Jack to trust people. He had a very bad kicking problem and he was very disrespectful. This picture was taken 1 week into his second month of training.
Caliber is a grade paint gelding owned by Tristian Davis of Weatherford, TX. He is in to get started under saddle and general all around training. He will be used for a variety of western events when he goes home in the summer of 2011. This picture was taken the first time weight in the stirrups and first ride.
Lana is a registered Bashkir Curly mare I am starting under saddle and putting general training on starting April 2011. Lana hasn't had much done with her at all and is improving very well. This picture was taken on Lana's 4th ride, after a couple weeks of ground training.
Lilly is a 2005 Fjord mare that was sent to me to start under saddle and start on driving. She was going to be used for kid rides/drives and is currently doing great and loving her job.
Layla is an Arabian Gypsy Vanner cross mare owned by Brenda Moulder of Kansas City, KS. Layla is in for a tune up and to smooth out a couple issues she has with trailer loading and spooking out on the trail. I spent almost the first 30 days I had her on ground training, fixing her holes in her foundation. This picture was taken the 2nd week of her second 30 days, she is a lot more trusting and confident with people now. Check out her video on youtube!
Koko is a 1998 perlino Mustang stallion, he came to me pretty much untouched off the range from the mountain valley of Wyoming. Koko knew how to get away from humans and did not trust. It took me a few months to get him to come around, but at the end an experience horse person with confidence could handle him. Koko now stands in Wisconsin keeping the mustang breed alive while putting color to the breed.
Jewel is a registered Morgan mare that I put advanced training on for her owners Jim & Linda Baumli of Maryville, MO.
Wendy is quarter horse bred mule that I started under saddle. She is used for advanced trails with her owner Kenny Cordonnier in Missouri.
Dalton is a Bashkir Curly gelding owned by Nancy Scott of Raymore, MO. Dalton is getting started under saddle and in for general training.
Robin The Ladies
"Whiplash" was bred by Moss Creek Paints of Bagley, IA and owned by Linn Pritchett of Kansas City, MO at the time that John started him under saddle with 30 days of riding. Whiplash and his brother JJ both went to California to be with the Glory Rider Drill Team. This drill team has all "white" horses, both are owned by a young girl who rides them both.
DJ is a Paint/Arabian cross mare owned by Bob Ivester of Nebraksa. I started DJ under saddle and put 30 days on her, she is used primarily as a trail horse for her owner.
Meiko was a young mare John started under saddle while at ECC.
HKS Masters Jim
"Big Daddy" is a 1996 AQHA stallion that I started under saddle at the young age of 14. Daddy came to me very ill tempered, taking advantage of his handlers, and a hole in his back hock. After much doctoring, I got Daddy's leg better and sound. I put 60 days of riding on him and in the end you were able to lead him by mares with just a lead rope around his neck without any issue. Daddy stands in central OK working cattle with a young man.
Lilly is a 2006 mustang mare owned by Nikia Valley of Kansas City, MO. John started Lilly under saddle and put 60 days of riding on her. She is used for trails, lessons, and cattle.
Spirit is a Bashkir Curly mare owned by Nancy Scott of Raymore, MO. Spirit is getting started under saddle and in for general training.