Is your "dream job" horse training, but you don't know where to start?
In addition to teaching horses, I've also trained many successful horsewoman, and love to watch my trainees succeed and develop their own programs.
If you're a horse person who wants to train professionally but doesn't know where to start, look no further.
The internet has a plethora of DvD's you can rent, books you can buy and articles you can read, but if you're like me 11 years ago, watching just doesn't cut it, and neither does a few lessons here and there that slowly advance your skills on one or two horses. I believe aspiring trainers need to work with a wide range of horses, and that's what I offer.
Here's how it works:
For $50. women 16 to 60 years of age can come out to my ranch and get hands on coaching for an hour. I'll teach you the basics of how I teach ground work using an experienced horse, and as soon as you've got it we'll move on to a problem horse where you can put those exercises to the test, while being coached through the whole process.
You'll be working on timing and feel from the moment you enter the arena, and through your whole training course.
Next you'll learn how to desensitize horses to spooky objects. You'll get to work with many different horses in varying stages of difficulty to learn from their differences AND similarities.
Once you've got that down you will have the opportunity to work with a wild horse or mustang with very little to no handling. Here you'll learn the cause and effect of good timing and feel, learn how to catch a wild horse, put the first halter on, and teach them how to lead and lunge.
Your next step will brush up on riding if you need it, and work on timing and feel from the saddle. You'll work on teaching a green horse how to flex, side pass, pivot, stop and back up, hold their gaits, and collect up.
In this stage you will get to work with green horses, good horses that need brushing up, and problem horses.
If you can learn from'em, I've got'em!
The next phase will consist of getting a colt rider-ready and putting on the first rides, using my effective approach to colt starting. You'll learn how to saddle and bridle safely, get an unbroke colt over his first buck fest, ground drive, put them through safety tests, ponying, and putting those first all-important rides on.
From there you'll learn how to deal with common issues like sitting back, trailer loading problems, rearing, bucking, kicking, biting, etc. Everything you need to learn before becoming an official horse trainer.
Those of you who continue to this level in my training course can start my internship program, where fees are waived as you assist me in daily training while continuing to be coached, to advance your skills, and get more time under your belt. In my experience, confidence comes with familiarity, and I'd like to give you that opprotunity. This "continued learning phase" offers morning and evening hours, with sessions ranging from 2 to 6 hours.
Note: If you have a lot of experience with your own horses, you'll move through the program very quickly. Completion typically takes anywhere from 20 to 40 days, depending on your experience. Intern programs can start as early as 16 days in. Again, depending on skill level and experience.
If you have an interest in specific discipline training, I'd be happy to teach you. I teach all western events other than roping.
Contact me for more information, and come give it a try! No contracts, no lock downs. We'll operate one session at a time while you advance your skills. And y0ur custom timeline can start any time - no "start date."
Also: I teach with your schedule in mind! You can schedule 1 to 5 lessons a week, in the morning or the evening.
I'm looking forward to coaching you on your journey to becoming a horse trainer!
"When I was five years old I started taking riding lessons, and that is when it all started. I didn't have a set path of what I wanted to do on my horse riding venture, however I knew my love for horses was growing, and my parents knew it wasn't something they could just brush off.
At the early age of seven I earned enough money picking up rocks for my parents and neighbors to afford a pair of ponies, which were untrained, unbeknownst to us. By then we had moved to another location, so we didn't have the guidance of a trainer to get us through this experienced... I remember sitting down in front of the TV watching Clinton Anderson's Downunder Horsemanship then running out to work my ponies, and this was my day to day, home-schooled life. Fast forward 2 years and I had trained those ponies up to the point that when I outgrew them in size a year later, one went to a special needs 4 year old to help her learn to walk, and the other went on to pull a cart through children's hospitals. By then, the desire to train had already set in.
So I trained my own horses for the years to follow, and studied every natural horsemanship training book and program I could get my hands on. I took this knowledge and applied it to my horses which I trained for reining, team sorting and penning, competitive trail, western dressage, and eventually, speed events, bringing in dozens of trophies, trophy buckles, trophy tack, checks, and many many blue ribbons.
I began interning whenever I could with natural horsemanship trainers, attending clinics and studying the work of Clinton Anderson, Ken McNabb, Craig Cameron, Chris Cox, Monty Roberts, Buck Brannaman, Kyle Shurig, Carson James, Pat Parelli, Sean Flarida, Tim McQuay, John Lyons, Martha Josey, Dena Kirkpatrick, Bo Hill, Troy Crumrin, Sherry Cervi, Lance Graves, Kay Blandford, Charmaine James, Al Dunning and Bill Dorrance.
From all of these studies and hands on experiences, I developed a program that had the open mindedness to reach into this plethora of knowledge to help a wide range of horses. I strongly believe and still do, that every horse is an individual, and that not every horse fits into a cookie cutter program! I believe that natural horsemanship is the clear way to go, and that when you speak a horse's language and get the attention of a calm mind, they are truly able to reach their full potential, and that's something pretty special.
Along the way I have enjoyed coaching students young and old on how to become better horse men and women, in everything from basic horse handling and riding, to accomplished competitors and certified trainers in my Trainer Training Course.
What good is knowledge if it's not applied? If it's not shared? If it's not used for good? I believe in natural horsemanship. I have seen it change literally thousands of lives and to say I have a passion for experiencing this, is a massive understatement. I take pride in my teachings, and in turning out horses with good, solid foundations, built on understanding and clarity, which gives them a happy, healthier life, where they can be adored by their owners.
I'm Sabrina Alvarez, and this is my training program, Unique Horsemanship."