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Below are several statements that best describe our philosophy.
Ask with as little as you would like it to take and then adjust to help the horse understand.
It is the Reward that teaches the horse, not the asking. Reward often. When progress is slow, Reward even more.
Observe, compare and adjust is part of the learning process. You both need the freedom to make mistakes and the time to learn. Repetition and practice are extremely important.
Attitude is everything.
Always know that your horse is doing what he is rewarded to do. Build upon it without discouraging his try.
The horse moves his feet to find safety and comfort. Never take this away from him.
Break the teachings down into small digestible steps.
Believe in both you and your horse.
Have a clear intention. This gets clearer with practice
Our Horsemanship Philosophy
Each day has four components in our approach.
Improve your skills to develop the horse through movements and exercises.
Learn to better understand your horse.
Learn to better understand yourself to be a better leader.
We provide situations to create experiences that bring the above teachings into reality so that learning takes hold for you.
Safety and fun and building trust and confidence are a very important part of successful learning.
A few kind words from one of our clients from a clinic held here.
“Your hospitality was the highlight of the clinic.”
“I am super happy with my horse and myself.”
Our Teaching Approach
Typical Daily Schedule
Our ranch is located in the upper foothills of the Blue Mountains at around 3400 feet elevation not far from Dayton, Washington. We chose this location for the purpose of creating a livestock and horsemanship facility that would offer unlimited experiences for deepening the connection between the horse and rider. It has proven to be perfect for this purpose.
We have developed this peaceful property to include a safe and comfortable covered arena, horse corrals, other outdoor corrals for riding and cattle working. Our round pens are ideal for practicing and perfecting basic horsemanship skills. Riding through the naturalness of the land around the facility gives us opportunities for putting skills to work. Moving and sorting cattle is yet another fun way to strengthen our understanding. All this brings about experiences that build a more trustful and confident partnership.
We continue to develop the people amenities here at our ranch. Our goal is that you feel safe, comfortable, and connect to nature. Currently, we have an outdoor shower, outhouse and shared outdoor cooking area. Accommodations for vehicle and tent camping are also here. Experience our comfortable off grid solar living.
Horsemanship Weekly Class
These classes are designed to help you further your partnership a little each week.
We will focus on both groundwork and ridden exercises, going deeper, creating a more responsive and happy horse. Each partnership will practice at their level, furthering their skills, understanding and abilities.
The small group atmosphere offers wonderful support as well as increased learning opportunities through watching others and hearing about their goals, challenges and successes.
The location will be at the Dayton Fairgrounds indoor arena November - April, and at our ranch in the foothills of the Blue Mountains May - October.
The price is $50 for the group lesson and $20 for the arena fee while we are teaching at the Dayton Fairgrounds.
Bring the Cows into Cowboy Dressage
This is a co-hosted clinic with Cowboy Dressage Clinician Jenny McKillip here at our ranch May 30-31, 2020.
We will work on horsemanship and achieving a soft feel while learning to navigate the Cowboy Dressage Court, correct bends, circles and straight lines then utilize these skills into working cattle.
The morning will be broke into two groups each 90 minutes working on Cowboy Dressage and exercises that you will then use working cattle in the afternoon.
The afternoon will be 3 fun filled hours with the full group gathering, driving, sorting cattle and more.
No experience necessary and all levels welcome.
We will have three teachers onsite making it easy to provide you with the support and learning that bests fits you and your horse.
Cost: $475, includes pens and camping. $200 non-refundable deposit due to hold your spot with balance due April 1st, 2020. Please email Jenny at for a registration form.