$200/day, includes day stall & hand-out. Max of 6 riders.
You have Stage 1 Savvy when:
- Your horse comes to you. You don’t have to “catch” him.
- His ground manners are great. He is willing, cooperative, calm, more confident, compliant, friendly and adaptable.
- He is easy to control. You don’t have to use a bit to force him to stop or slow down.
He willingly moves forward at all gaits.
- He stands quietly for saddling and willingly picks up his feet for cleaning and trimming.
- His attitude toward you is positive, responsive, confident and respectful.
- You have started to learn some of the essential keys to reading and motivating the horse. Also learning to understand what it is that humans do that upset and create problems with horses.
A few highlights of what is covered in Stage 1:
- Catching your horse, using approach and retreat and not having to “hide” the halter
- Build respectful confidence in your horse – taking out the spook.
- Learn how to move your horse using steady and rhythmic pressure, backwards, sideways, hind quarters, front quarters, build the quality of your feel and touch for the horse so that you can be soft, effective, and meaningful.
- All the cornerstones for moving your horse online at a distance of 12′ feet – building blocks for liberty, trailer loading, sending over and onto objects, into small spaces.
- Saddling with savvy – the many things that should be common knowledge that is not, saddling without offending your horse.
- Learn the right way to mount your horse, in a way that it is smooth and safe, and how to have your horse respect the process and stand still.
- Lateral flexion – this will give you true control over your horse regardless of what you have on its head, the ability to dis-engage the hindquarters and ride with softness in a rope halter. We believe in saving the horse’s mouth. We also believe in bits when it’s time – we use them for refinement, not control, and we will show you how.
- Step by step fundamentals of the 9-Step backup
- Emergency dismount – how to get on the ground safely when your warning bells go off!