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The littlest bit of change the slightest bit of try. -Ray Hunt




My training program consists of a good foundation and basics. Basics include simple lead changes, figure eights, counter balances, roll aways, back, stop, whoa and patterned around the barrels. I work cattle on all horses mostly cold-trailing and heeling when possible. I ride outside the arena several days per week.

If your horse has been in other types of training it is usually good, but previous barrel training isn't necessary. I like 3-yr olds and above as they have the mental capacity and usually the maturity to be patterned and worked for extended time frames. Horses that come off the track or have been ranch worked are ideal but not necessary. I specialize in race track horses.

Depending on the owner's goals on young horses I like to have them patterned in 30-90 days. After that they can go home and get turned out and relax for a couple of months. I can then start them back with more pattern work and hauling them to jackpots, rodeos or other events and exhibitioning them when possible. If they are entered as 4-5 yr olds I can begin to run them competitively readying them for futurity competition. My goal is to have a horse that can run barrels well into their teens or longer. That is why I give our young horses some time off after they are patterned.

I do not ask owners to keep horses with me for a specific amount of time. Each owner has different goals and expectations. I work with the owners to determine what those goals are and work horses accordingly, taking into consideration age, mental attitude and personality of the horse. Every horse gets at least 1 day off and sometimes 2 per week, depending again on the horse and her mental capacity. A horse that has been hauled over the weekend will usually get the day after the run off.

I charge by the month plus shoeing, vet, exhibition fees and hauling costs. If I am seasoning your horse and the horse can be entered, the owner pays the entry fees and I receive a percentage of the earnings. In this way the owner has the ability to recoup some of their expenses. Futurity payments are the responsibility of the owners; I will show the horses at the futurities if the owners wish and will receive a percentage of the winnings.

Futurity payments begin in December of the previous year for the southern futurities and usually in May for the northern futurities. These payments are made once per month until all entry fees are paid with the last payment to include stall fees.

I only ride 1-2 outside horses at a time. When horses arrive the owner will pay one-half of the months training and the second half will be due In 15 days. Additional expenses incurred will be billed on the first of every month. When owners bring older horses to my facility they are asked to ride their horse and then again at an agreed upon time by me and the owner.

My facility is neat, clean and safe. I have pens, some with shelter, some without but I do not stall any of our "working" horses. I do, on an individual basis, take some studs. They must be exceptionally well mannered with good dispositions. Pens are next to each other and a stud may be next to a gelding or he may have to be hauled in the same trailer with a mare, tied on the opposite side of the trailer from a mare.

All horses accepted at my facility must have a negative coggins and show proof that they have had all vaccinations.

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