Guidelines of What to Expect & Fees
Jo and John on their main riding geldings Rusty and King.
Watlington Ranch is accepting horses for 2017!! We are getting booked up already with only a few spots left Feb-May. Call or email with any questions, our contact info is on the Home page. We now accept PayPal!!
2 week evaluation-for horses with problems/issues to determine how deep they run and if we can help them
Ground training-tie, lead, load, farrier, lunging, ground driving, trailer loading, saddling, sacking out, etc.
Starting under saddle to finished all around using, show, or trail horse. Ages 3+
Problem Horses-both on the ground and under saddle.
Private Training Sessions & Clinics, at your place or ours. Contact us for current rates.
Sales- weanlings to your finished riding horse, let us know what you are looking for-check out our For Sale page
Training Prices: per month (30 days)-basic hay & grain included. We can work out payment plans, take trades, etc. Just ask!
2 week evaluation-for horses with issues/problems, evaluate if we can help them and an idea of how long it may take: $300
Ground work(for weanlings, yearlings, and 2 yr olds)-$350
Ground Work only(for 3 yrs +)-if a horse doesn't do something on the ground, they wont do it in the saddle: $450
Basic-starting under saddle, tune ups, legging up/seasoning: $595
Intermediate-problem (bucking, rearing, bolting, any issue) putting a good using handle on: $650
Advanced-specific discipline training ie barrels, poles, cattle work, etc: $695
NOTE: Any supplements, extra/special feed and hay, farrier and vet work are all at owners expense.
Owners may bring there own grain and/or hay for a discounted price.
Before you book any trainer, do research on the trainer you want to send your horse to. Just because they are down the road, the cheapest, or say they will be riding them within a week; it does not mean you should send your horse to them. A lot of trainers skip many steps in the ground and riding training resulting in holes in the foundation of your horse. If you don't have a solid foundation, it will crack and cause you issues after you get them home. Ask for references, or better yet ask to come watch them work and ride a couple horses they have in training. That is the best way to decide if they are a great trainer who will put a solid foundation on your horse. Yes, they will cost more and may have your horse for longer but it's a cheap insurance policy knowing your horse has had everything done with them. Potential clients are always welcome to come watch us work a few horses; call, email, or message us on FB to set up a time that will work best for both of us.
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 or 45 days. They all take time to train, even at the end of 30, 60, or 90 days or even 6 months; some horses may not be doing everything or be doing it that fast or doing what is quoted. At any time during your horses training you have questions or issues, please just talk to us. We are here to help you and your horse. 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. 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. These Guidelines DO NOT apply to horses that come to us as "problem and/or horses with issues". However, some horses are just misread and come along very well once understood and given a chance.
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.
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. We can provide transportation, please contact us for a current rate.
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