RR Horse Training is a program within A Touch of K.l.a.s.s Paints. I'm Serenity List, and I've been training horses for as long as I can remember, but I've been training more heavily in the last 5 years. I've been stepped on, bitten, kicked, fallen on, thrown into fences, slammed into gates, kicked in the head, thrown on my head, and in time, through it all, I've learned to land on my feet. But as horsemen, we've all been there. My goal is to make every horse I train respectful and responsive, so the horse will be as safe to climb on the first time as any horse can be.
Whether you are looking for a trail horse, a gaming horse, or a pleasure show horse, each horse needs to be respectful and responsive. Each horse I start will walk, trot, and canter on the first ride. If I'm not confident I can climb in the saddle and successfully accomplish all three gaits safely, I won't even put my foot in the stirrup.
Finishing a horse for a specific discipline requires different training. I do light trail riding with all of my horses, but the arena is my favorite riding spot. Leg yields are essential for making a good show horse, but not necessary for a beginner's trail horse. I try to train each horse to suit the rider, but the variance in rider cues is impossible to replicate. I simply do my best.
If your horse respects you, you can teach him to be soft, supple, and responsive. You've never went to look at a horse and said "Oh man, that horse sidepasses, I don't want that!" No, you've likely looked at a horse and sad "Wow, that horse is so pushy and disrespectful he's dangerous." If your horse is respectful and responsive, you can teach him to do anything, and stay safe doing it. Safety is what every rider ultimately wants.
And this leads us to trailer loading. We've all seen it, that horse that won't load. He might be scared, the trailer might be small or dark, but truthfully, he won't load because he does not respect you enough to get in the trailer. I teach horses to WANT to be in the trailer, without treats, without grain, without bribery, and without abuse. I haven't come across one yet that I can't load, it's not always pretty, but it's effective.
Starting horses is my specialty, and I have a real knack for trailer loading. I owe it all to the methods of Clinton Anderson and his Downunder Horsemanship.