I’ve had the pleasure of taking many wild horses from wild to mild. I was their first touch, I placed their first halter on their face, taught them about captivity all the way up to showing them how to be good citizens when riding. This is the most time consuming way of training but the most rewarding knowing they are the product of your knowledge, if you don’t have the tools and the know-how they can’t progress. I believe it takes a year this way to go from wild to mild and have a well rounded horse with an emphasis on NOT RUSHING them and matching their learning pace with your teaching pace. We’ve all seen or know those trainers that throw a saddle on within a month of obtaining a wild horse. Sure they got them riding but I prefer my foundation solid and not filled with holes like Swiss cheese. Riding isn’t about riding. It’s about communication and patience. Some days I strive to ride but the horse isn’t 100% there so, to avoid an issue we just do review on the ground. Horses gave bad days and good days just like us but with short, successful training sessions you will achieve your solid foundation and a willing and steady partner you can trust because he, in turn trusts you. He knows you understand him. “Patience, understanding and a sense of humor go a long way” -Dave Tate (a close and beloved friend of mine said these words to me and I’ll forever remember them). Pictured is my horse Sebastian. He was wild, and heard headed but with patience, understanding and sense of humor we now have a bond and trust that is irreplaceable. It’s a great feeling well deserved by both parties.
Published by Jillian
I specialize in problem horses, youngsters, horse rehabilitation and achieving softness and a better relationship between horse and their rider. I not only train horses but humans as well. Not your typical riding lesson but I can, if you so choose, teach you to train your horse! I’m always available to help answer questions or share photos or videos upon request to better illustrate my advice. I’ve mastered the “don’t break the bank” way of keeping your horse healthy and cared for while on a budget. If you walk into almost any large barn in Oregon you’re bound to meet a horse I trained or sold! I’ve trained over 623 horses and counting! I post updates as I receive them from clients and buyers. Thank you for taking the time to browse and hopefully learn something new! View more posts