Guidelines of What to Expect & Fees
Taking a break from working our barrel and rope geldings Rusty & Blaze.
Watlington Ranch is no longer accepting any client horses for 2013. Thank you to all who have sent horses to us. We do have prospects and a few experienced riders for sale, please check out our For Sale page.
Ground training for all ages
Starting under saddle to finished show, trail, and/or ranch horse, ages 3+
Private Training Sessions
Hauling-Horses, livestock, hay, farm/ranch equipment
Sales-weanlings to your finished riding horse, let us know what you are looking for.
Training Prices: per month-basic hay & grain included.
Basic-starting under saddle, tune ups:$550
Intermediate-legging up, seasoning, hauling:$600
Advanced-specific discipline training ie barrels, cattle work, etc:$700
NOTE: Any supplements, extra/special feed and hay, farrier and vet work are all at owners expense.
THE FOLLOWING "WHAT TO EXPECT" ARE GUIDELINES.
(Horses are just like people, they all learn at different rates and take different methods of training to help them understand. Some horses we will only do ground work on for the first 2 weeks or even first 30 days. They all take time to train, even at the end of 30, 60, or 90+ days some horses may not be doing everything or be doing it that fast that is quoted. Please understand that us as trainers can get your horse to do a lot more than the owner can until you learn how we trained them. The majority of the time, the rider is 90% of the issue; we will help you and your horse as much as we can in communication. Also, if we believe a horse is not ready to ride we WILL NOT step on them.
What to expect after 30 days training:
-walk right up to you, and will be able to be caught anywhere
-quietly stand for saddling/unsaddling, bridling/un-bridling
-stand tied quietly
-pick up all hooves, and stand quietly while you handle and/or clean them
-be brushed and touched all over
-be desensitized to objects
-lead and lunge without balking
-stand for mounting/dismounting
-be able to get on your horse cold-backed without any issues
-walk, trot, and lope
-be starting to pick up correct leads
-have a good "whoa" on them
-give their head to both sides and down
-be able to back at least a few steps
-be started on hind and forehand pivots and side passes
-be able to ride outside with other horse(s) and alone
What to expect after 60 days training:
-We will start refining everything the horse learned in their first 30 days training.
-Your horse will do everything within a few steps/strides of being asked and do it in a calm, collected manner.
-going good on working off leg pressure, seat, and voice commands
-neck rein decently
-able to be ridden two-handed and one-handed
-be throwing leads when asked
-have a good start on flying lead changes
-trail ride quietly
- depending on which discipline you want your horse to go, your horse will be started in that direction
What to expect after 90 days training:
Everything the horse learned in their first 60 days training, will be refined. Your horse will do it all without hesitation and in a calm, collected manner, on a loose rein. Whichever direction we want the horse to go, whether it be Western or English pleasure, trails, kid's horse, barrels, cutting, reining, jumping, etc; the horse will be well-started in that discipline. It also depends on the horse, they may not want to do what you expect. We will not rush a horse or ask them to do anything that they are not ready for. A finished horse is one who is calm, collected, willing, and just a good all-around horse to be around and on. They will do anything you ask of them, and if they are not sure they will show you that are not. After 90 days training the horse will be rode in the arena, down the road, haul to a show, or trail ride and have a calm all around horse that will adapt to anything you throw at them.
The first month of every horses training that we get in will be 45 days, no exceptions. The horse needs to settle in and get use to us before we start doing a lot of training on them. The first 15 days you will be charged for board/feed, the other 30 you will be charged feed/board/training.
Prior to horses arriving at our facility, a horse MUST have: a negative coggins (within 6 months), 30 day health papers, and current on basic shots. If you need help acquiring these, we may be able to come and assist you.
Watlington Ranch will evaluate your horse before you leave it, both mentally and physically. If a horse comes to our facility and we feel that the horse is too thin or too heavy to withstand strenuous training, we WILL NOT do a lot of hard training. Especially riding on that horse until we feel they are at a safe weight and health. After a few weeks of training our evaluation may change due to the horse settling in.
Please contact us with any questions you may have, check out our home page for all of our contact information! Thank You!!
John & Jo Watlington