At Star’s Peak Valley Ranch we understand that, much like people, all horses are different. And when developing a training plan for a horse, we fit that plan to the needs of the horse and the pace at which that horse can be successfully brought along. We also understand that this ‘plan’ is only a guideline. The plan itself is fluid and changes as the horse moves forward in its training. We also consider the wants and needs of the rider and encourage his or her participation in the training process.
We believe that the more tools we can give a horse, the more success that horse will be able to achieve. The ‘mechanics’ of understanding how to do things is important. But, also important – possibly more important, is that the horse have the emotional tools to be able to handle the situations in which he or she is placed.
We also don’t prescribe to the opinion that because a horse is a certain breed or discipline it should be kept in particular equestrian ‘box’, only to do what that box dictates. We believe in exposing horses to different stimuli. Western horses can do Dressage, and Dressage horses can trail ride. An Eventer can pull a log. All these things build confidence and skills that can only improve a horse’s focused discipline.
For horse training, this may be outside-the-box thinking. But, as previously said, we’re not big on ‘the box’. What we are big on is being able to help you enjoy the time you spend with your horse. Our goal is to provide you and your horse the tools you both need to develop that true lasting Partnership.