See all questions FAQ: Learning opportunities
How can you help me learn?
Our primary teaching tools are our DVD’s and clinics. Our DVD's make us available to a large number of people and are an excellent way for you to get to know our training techniques. We also teach at Expos and horse fairs. Check out our events page to see where we’re appearing. Both of these options can give you a personal look at what we teach.
When you want to learn in a focused, small group setting we offer clinics both at our location as well as other select locations. In these sessions you will receive hands on training from Stacy.
Do you offer an apprenticeship or Certification course?
No. We have not offered an apprenticeship or certification coarse and we are currently not set up to do so.
One of our goals for the near future is offering an apprenticeship or Certification course. We feel there is a need for qualified, trustworthy trainers around the country. If you are interested in being placed on a mailing list for information as it becomes available please Join The Herd
I am interested in reining. Where do I begin?
The NRHA rule book says, “To rein a horse is not only to guide him but also to control his every movement. The best reined horse should be willingly guided or controlled with little or no apparent resistance…”
This is what I was working toward as I was studying how to communicate more clearly with my horses.
The first step is to begin studying the horse and refining as many parts as you can. Gain control on the ground and then on their back and all the while, study what they are thinking. Go visit a local NRHA show and watch the “Green Reiner/Green as Grass or Rookie” classes and watch the horses, riders and coaches. You can meet a lot of great people and learn more about the sport.
What do you recommend for someone who wants to go into horse training as a profession?
There are several choices that you have for learning. Each individual should weigh the pros and cons and make an educated decision.
Choices in no particular order:
Go to college: This is an excellent choice especially if you desire a college degree. There are many excellent colleges. This choice also works well if you would like to focus on a specific area inside the equine industry where a degree is valued, such as nutrition, reproduction, etc. The biggest downside is the cost. Also be aware of the class size and student-to-teacher ratio, variation in experience level among students in same class, etc.
Study with a clinician/trainer: This is and should be a growing choice among people who wish to learn more about training horses. You have the opportunity to pick your own teacher and can study their methods and results. The student-to-teacher ratio is small and although there are expenses involved in paying for the teaching they are generally less than college (usually a clinic type setup). There is more opportunity to focus on the training aspect (no general elective classes to take) and the learning can be separated to fit your lifestyle. The downside is the limited availably.
Go to work: Did I mention limited availability in the last one? In this situation the availability is very, very limited. It is an excellent learning opportunity because you learn while you get paid (even if it is very little pay :)). Because you are working for an employer whose business depends on your ability the training you receive is very focused. Generally the student-teacher ratio is excellent (here it is 1.5/1). I already mentioned the disadvantage: very limited availability.