Frequently Asked Questions

How long will my horse be in training for?

As a horse owner, I’m sure you know that each horse is an individual, both in character and history. So, a young, gentle natured horse who has been well treated all his life is likely to take less time to train than a horse who already has some ingrained bad habits, is fearful or has a less willing disposition.

I have frequently worked with very fearful, difficult or problem horses and this typically takes longer to get a good result. it’s really just common sense…it takes time to undo the bad habits and build a foundation of trust and respect. Only then can I work on ingraining the good habits that will form the foundation for your horse’s future training.

Is he turned out every day?

Yes, weather permitting.

How often is he fed?

Twice a day, morning and evening.

What is he fed?

12% protein grain mix with trace mineral salt added and a large amount of top quality brome/brome mix hay.

What about the farrier?

A farrier comes to Circle N regularly to shoe or trim the horses as necessary. If you’d like you own farrier to come, that’s fine too.

What about shots?

All horses must have a current negative Coggins and be up to date on vaccinations: EWT, Flu, Rhino, Strangles and West Nile

How much hay will he get?

According to his size, he will get a good amount of hay fed by weight, usually 3 or 4 good flakes twice a day, to keep the amount of grain fed minimal.

Can I have lessons before he comes home?

Yes, this is normal procedure, once your horse is ready.

What bedding do you use?

Kiln dried pine shavings.

Do you ride him every day?

I ride him 5 or 6 times per week, depending on the horse. For most horses, it is 5 days of riding per week.

Will you ride him on the trails?

Yes, when he is ready for that.

Will you ride him indoors and outdoors?

Yes, when he is ready for that.

Does he need a Coggins test?

Yes, he must have had a negative Coggins test within the last 6 months

Do you use my vet, if necessary?

Yes, you may use your own vet or if not, you can use mine.

Can I feed treats?

I discourage treat feeding because aside from creating many bad habits, it has the opposite of the desired effect, causing your horse to be nervous, especially in a stable situation, where you can’t feed one horse without the others thinking they deserve their share.

When used as a training tool, again, it is counter productive, as it establishes a cheap, superficial relationship and prevents your ability to make a genuine connection with your horse. Bribery may make you feel good, but it doesn’t make for a good long term relationship with your horse.

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