2018 Clinics

Looking to improve your horsemanship?  Working on a young horse and not sure what the next step is?  Don’t know how to deal with your horse in an emergency? 

MH Equine is offering a few different clinics in 2018.  Clinics will be hosted near Glendon, AB.  

March 17/18 – Groundwork

April 7 – Equine First Aid

April 14/15 – Horsemanship

May 5 – Spring Tune Up

Please contact Miranda @ 780-614-4874 for rates and availability.

Training Spots Available for 2018

Now taking bookings for training for January 2018 and following months. Offering colt starting, finishing, miles, refreshers, groundwork and more.

Please contact Miranda @ 780-614-4874 for more info.

A few important things I wanted to share…

A few important things that I have learnt so far in my career as a professional in the horse industry:

  • Be honest with your abilities and never stop learning and trying to better yourself.
  • Your way isn’t the only way, the right way, or the wrong way. You can learn something from everyone. Either good or bad. We won’t all be great horse people, but be accepting and give everyone a chance.
  • You can’t please everyone, and no matter what you do there are going to be people that don’t like you or your training program. What matters is the ones that do believe in you!
  • You weren’t born knowing and either was the horse. Always remember to be patient and take the time it takes!  Progress comes before perfection.
  • When we are in control of our responses and emotions, the horse will be free of stress and fear. The horse is our mirror.
  • Remind yourself everyday why you wanted to be a horse trainer, and work with horses for the love of it.
  • What appears to be bad behaviour in response to your expectations is merely the result of poor communication. The horse doesn’t have bad intentions. We cannot blame the horse for acting like a horse. You must begin by accepting, understanding, and respecting the horse so he will do the same for you.
  • Don’t avoid the things that are hard for you and your horse. The only way to get better is to make your hard things easy.
  • After a few productive sessions, it’s amazing what a few days off can do to your horses mind. It is just as important to let your horse body and mind rest as it is to ride it. They can refocus and start back in few days with a whole new attitude.

Wait, and find the right horse…

Never pair a green rider with a green horse. Green riders need seasoned horses and green horses need seasoned riders.  Green horses have a more appealing price range, but they can also be unpredictable and are more work/time/money in the end.  Spend a little more money, and get what you need instead of getting hurt on a green horse.  You get what you pay for.

Know when to stop…

Just like an artist knows when to stop painting you should know when to stop pushing your horse. Not all horses can handle constant pressure. Knowing when to back off a horse is just as important as knowing when to push. Take the time it takes, and it will take less time.

I see too many people wanting to get the job done too fast.  That is why I take my time with each and every colt that comes in for training.  Too many trainers are pushing a colt through a 30 day program and these horses can do some pretty amazing things physically, but mentally they don’t understand.  It takes consistence, repetition, and patience to train a horse, not constant pressure and a set in stone schedule.

The colts that come out of training leave with a foundation to continue building onto.

It often looks ugly, before maneouvers look pretty!

Don’t always judge a horse trainer by the horses they are riding. A lot of great horse trainers have untalented horses and a lot of terrible horse trainers have great horses!  It takes time and patience to make everything look great.  It has to get ugly before it turns pretty!

Bringing out green horses into a  busy setting with a lot of people doesn’t always go as smooth as you want it too.  Most of the inexperienced horses will drop shoulders while loping circles, trickle forward in a stop, and not be as soft and relaxed as they would in your everyday training routine.  The key is to stay with the horse and just keep correcting them and make it a learning experience.  They are lots of horses that don’t bat an eye and go in there confidently without any issues, but for the ones that look a little more messy the first time out, don’t be so quick to judge the trainer.  This is why we are ‘trainers’, we don’t get to sit on top of the broke horses all day.

Trust, Confidence, & Connection = Sucess

Be a leader for your horse!  Inspire, encourage, and reward your horse for trying.  A great horseman I know said you need TCC (trust, confidence, connection) with every horse to be sucessful.   Perfection takes time and patience, but if you keep on guiding them through, you will get there eventually.  If you are a dictator, you might get the results you want a lot faster, but you will have a horse that has fear installed in them, and is intimidated rather than willing.