Frequently Asked Questions

How long does training usually last?

Training durations will depend on the individual horse’s needs. Training periods are typically scheduled in 30-day increments, but guidance will be provided if the horse would benefit from a longer stay.

How much do lessons or training cost?

Pricing plans for lessons, training, and trailer loading sessions can be found under the One-on-One Training tab at the top of this page or by clicking the appropriate button below.

How do I find my Clear Mental Picture?

The Clear Mental Picture is not something you find, it is a tool to be used that is implemented by knowing exactly what you want. This includes your own and your horse’s posture, attitude, and appearance. It is not a still photograph, but an ever-changing tool that guides you to what you want. A person decides what their Clear Mental Picture is by observing and deciding what they want.

What is Feel?

Feel is an invisible boundary that is put to use through compressed energy. The more responsive a horse is, the less compression is needed. Feel in tack relates to weight. Flimsy tack does not have much feel, but good rawhide, rope, and leather feels alive because of the quality of the material it is made of. A good description of feel with horses can be experienced by the feel of a busy room versus being alone.

Does Dennis train only Western disciplines?

No! Dennis lays a foundation that is applicable to all disciplines and has trained everything from jumpers to ranch horses.

Do I need to bring my tack, brushes, etc. when I drop my horse off?

Dennis uses his own equipment. Fly masks are welcome to bring, though.

Do I need to provide my own feed and hay when my horse is here?

If your horse has a specific feeding plan you would like to continue, you can provide it when you drop your horse off. Otherwise, we feed our own grass hay and grain to horses while they are here.

Can I bring treats to my horse while he/she is here?

To a horse, treats are a bribe to open the door to disobedience. We do not feed treats in our barn.

What tack does Dennis recommend?

Type or brand is not as important of a factor as feel in tack. Tack made of quality material promotes communication. Bits should be selected based on both the rider’s and horse’s experience level and training intentions.

Do Cindy and Dennis ever take a vacation?

Nope.

In training, the reins tend to stay short. Does this hurt the horse?

Reins that are short do not have to be tight, they simply adjust the horse’s posture. Short reins that are steady allow the horse to find their own release.