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HORSEMANSHIP

Located in the Horse Capital of the World, Colton Woods Horsemanship brings to you a custom service tailored to your horse and your goals. We know each horse is an individual and believe they should be treated as such. Our training availability is limited to make sure we dedicate the time each horse deserves who joins us. We live out our mission each day to Educate Horses and People with a Lifetime in Mind and would be honored to have the opportunity to work with you and your horse.

OUR FACILITY

Full Board Amenities: 

12x12 Matted Stall

Hay & Grain

Turnout with Run In Sheds

Blanketing as Needed

90' x 180' Indoor Arena

120' x 240' Outdoor Arena

50' Covered Round Pen

Covered 6 Horse Walker

Breeding Shed

Laboratory

HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD OWNERS APPLY TO HAVE THEIR HORSE IN TRAINING? 

We welcome those interested in enrolling their horse to visit the farm and for owners to come watch their horses in work during their time with us. Out of consideration for everyone's time we do ask to please contact us as sometimes our schedule does have us away from the farm when teaching lessons and clinics. 

Colton Woods Horsemanship's training program is regularly booked out 6-8 months in advance. We encourage owners to submit their horses for our training program as soon as interest arises by filling out the application below. All complete applications will be reviewed within 7 business days. Colton Woods Horsemanship reserves the right to make all application determinations at our sole discretion.  

It is of the utmost importance to our team that horses enrolled in our training program are set up for the best of success. We appreciate your interest in enrolling your horse into training with Colton Woods Horsemanship and look forward to riding together soon! 

OUR PROGRAM

On the Ground

The foundational pillar to all of our horse’s education. Horses will develop their understanding and skills both in the round pen and on the halter & lead, inside the arena and out on the ranch.

 

 

Skills: Leading, Catching, Tying Up, Trailer Loading, Desensitizing, Trail & Obstacles In Hand, Saddling, Balance & Fitness development through Varying Exercises at the Walk, Trot, Canter/Lope

Under Saddle

Skills: Walk, Trot, Canter/Lope, Stop, Back Up, Turning

Performance

With a strong foundation both on the ground and under saddle, it is time to continue on with Performance with Purpose.  Advancing the horses towards their discipline while continually incorporating purpose through cross training and clear concise communication

Disciplines: Dressage, Hunters & Jumpers, Ranch, Trail & Versatility, Reined Cow Horse, Working Equitation

Partnership​

Owner involvement is of the utmost importance to our program here at Colton Woods Horsemanship. In an effort to keep our owners involved and continually furthering their partnership with their horses we are proud to offer 2 great services free of charge to our Training Horse Clients.

FREE LESSONS- All lessons are free of charge to the owner of our horses in training during their entire stay with CWH.

FREE CLINIC PARTICIPATION- From their first day of training and for the next entire year

Frequently asked questions

Can I visit my horse while he/she is in training?


Yes. We highly encourage owner involvement while your horse is in training with us. So much so that we offer lessons for FREE while your horse is in training with us. The only thing we ask is to schedule your visits with us as our schedule has us tending to many responsibilities.




If I visit, will I get to watch my horse in work?


Yes. With enough notice we can arrange our schedule of working our training horses to make sure you can see your horse in work during your visit.




How many days per week will my horse get worked?


Our horses in training are worked a minimum of 5 times per week.




How long, each day, will my horse get worked?


On average our horses receive a minimum 1 hour dedicated to progressing their education each day. Some days their session(s) could last greater than 2 hours, while others may be 45 minutes. We take into consideration the time you are paying for, but our focus is on your horse’s education. The time they need each day varies and we know horses don’t wear watches. Also our education goes beyond their ‘sessions’. We take the time to work with them when they are getting groomed, led to and from paddocks, being washed and etc. All of those opportunities are ones we continue to take the time to educate your horse and make sure we are encouraging positive habits, behavior and understandings.




Can I provide my horse’s own grain and supplements?


No. We work with Winchester Feeds to provide the necessary concentrates for our horses. All premium quality hay (grass & alfalfa) that is fed to your horse is grown right here on the farm. For supplemental needs, we proudly offer the world class all natural Omega Alpha Equine products. From bone & joint supplements to gut health/ulcer prevention and relief, we will make sure your horse is taken care of like a champion! STIPULATION- If your horse is on a supplement that is veterinarian prescribed such as for soundness or necessary for maintaining a healthy life, we can certainly tailor to these needs.




Can I watch Colton work horses before I commit to sending my own?


Yes. We have an open door policy for those wanting to come and see the facility, horses as well as watch Colton work horses. This goes for not just those looking to send a horse in to training, but for anyone! The only thing we ask is to schedule your visits with us as our schedule has us tending to many responsibilities.




Do you offer discounts for multiple horses in training?


No.




Will you consign/advertise my horse while in training if I’d like to sell them?


Yes. We offer sales and consignment services to owners with horses in training. For more information regarding these services, please contact us for more info!




Can I take lessons with my horse while they are in training?


Yes! We highly encourage owner involvement while your horse is in training. In fact ALL LESSONS ARE FREE while your horse is in training!




How would you describe your ‘training program’?


Our ‘program’ is based on each horse, their needs and your goals. With your goals in mind, we work with your horse from where they are each day. Our goals is for your horse to leave more confident, relaxed, supple, responsive, respectful and understanding. Colton strongly believes in the importance of a strong foundation, building understanding and confidence through versatility in the horse’s work and maintaining owner involvement throughout the education process. We make no guarantees as to how far your horse will progress during your time with us, but we DO guarantee that we will do our very best to help your horse progress with your goals in mind. Throughout their time with us, the particulars of what we do with your horse will most certainly be geared towards the long term goals (your goals). Arena work is great, but we believe in building purpose outside of the arena. Therefore, we get out and work up and down hills, go through water crossings, push cattle, cross bridges, investigate ‘scary’ objects, open gates and more. So whether you’ve got a ranch horse, colt to be started, hunter/jumper, reiner, dressage horse, equitation or any other discipline, we’ve got the tools and knowledge to help you and your horse and look forward to the opportunity to work together.




Do you have any references?


Yes. Below is are references we welcome those seeking outside opinions of our services to contact. Patrick King, Patrick King Horsemanship. www.pkhorsemanship.com 760-473-5206 Bryan Osborne, Jumping Fox Equine 859-533-6673 Kimmy Risser, Hickory Manor Farm 757-617-7188




My horse has a spooking problem. Can you fix it?


Colton has worked successfully with hundreds of horses both on the ground and under saddle with ‘spooking’ issues. Often times we find horses are lacking confidence more than anything. While some horses may have confidence issues with specific objects such as bridges, tarps, flags, etc., some horses are naturally more wary and unsure. The best way we know to help these horses is to build their confidence.




Who is your veterinarian?


Hagyard Equine Medical Institute is our primary veterinarian. When it comes to calling to have a vet come to the farm we are blessed to have the best professionals and specialist in the industry at our disposals. For lameness, reproduction and other needs that require a vet, we call on specific veterinarians through Hagyard that specialize in whatever our horses are in need of attention for. We maintain a strong working relationship as well as friendship with each of our veterinarians.




If an emergency happens can you haul my horse to the vet?


Yes. Hagyard Equine Medical Institute’s clinic is just 16 miles away. We have a great working relationship with Hagyard and our trailers readily available that are the property in case of an emergency.




Who is your farrier?


Lewis Plummer of Jumping Fox Equine. He is second to none and does a phenomenal job with both our personal and client horses. His knowledge is extensive and his ability to explain his reasons behind how he approaches and skillfully trims and shoes our horses is stellar.




What do I need to do with my horse before sending them to you for training?


Documents Needed: Current Coggins, Current Vaccination Record and Current Health Certification 1 Month prior: Have your horse examined by an Equine Dentist to be sure their dental health is well, Have your farrier trim/shoe your horse, Assess your horse’s gut health (checking for the possibility of ulcers or other gut health related issues) and treat if necessary.




How can I get help with my horse after I have taken them home from training?


Owner involvement during training is of the utmost importance to us. Therefore ALL LESSONS are FREE while your horse is in training with us! THEN, after you head home, we welcome you to COME TO ANY CLINIC FOR FREE for the next year, starting from when your first joined us in training!




Why do you use Hay Nets?


Horses naturally graze for 17 hours per day on average. We offer maximum turn out to our horses which usually lasts 12-15 hours per day, weather dependent. When our horses are in their stalls they still need access to forage. We use Hay Chix Hay Nets to keep our horses grazing even while in their stalls. These nets are hung low so our horses can still eat in a low natural position (adjustments made for horses with shoes). From nets that are easy to navigate and simply lengthen the time their hay lasts and does not decrease their intake to slow feeder nets for those that gorge their hay even in the ‘Original’ nets, we have a solution to keep your horses grazing around the clock. One of the large reasons we love these hay nets, besides the fact that it reduces waste is that they help promote a healthy gut. Having hay in their stomach around the clock decreases the risk of ulcers, particularly in horses that are in work.




How much turn our will my horse get?


For the first few days to the first week your horse may get turned out by themselves as we make sure they are not going to show any signs of sickness. Once your horse is settled in, they will get turned out with 1-2 additional buddies. We offer maximum turn out to our horses which usually lasts 12-15 hours per day, weather dependent. When weather is optimal, horses could receive 20-22 hours of turn out, the other time, them being inside to be worked and fed.





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