“The beginning is the most important part of the work.”
From the very start of a horses training at redMare Equine, there’s no part of their body that is off limits. After each training session, we spend time rubbing, patting, poking, and pulling all over to be certain there’s never any funny business. Our grand manners are never taken for granted with our horses – having a horse that will be tied for long periods of time, stand quietly with the farrier, and lower his head when you catch him will make a world of a different in everyday interactions with him.
Your horse will spend seven weeks thoroughly going through the Fundamentals level of the Downunder Horsemanship Method. Once a horse completes the program, they are ready both in mind and body to do whatever it is you want. They have the potential for trail competition, ranch riding, cowboy dressage, mounted shooting, barrels, roping – the possibilities are endless. Whether you’re in the arena winning ribbons, or you’re riding up mountainsides, you’ll have a trust worthy, reliable and safe partner in your horse.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Success is not an action, but a habit.”
2 hours a day, six days a week.
Each day your horse is worked, the first hour is spent either in the arena or out in the 20 acre paddock – doing a series of exercises (yielding, lunging, backing, etc) to help build your horses confidence and respect on the ground. The second hour is spent under saddle – starting off in the arena and heading out on the trails that are directly connected to the ranch, going through a series of impulsion and softening exercises to get your horse as responsive, respectful, and quiet as possible.
At redMare Equine, we believe one of the keys to building your horses confidence is to expose them to anything and everything possible. Here on 40 acres at Horse Power Ranch located in Englewood, FL your horse is exposed daily to: vehicles, tractors, mowers, trailers, power tools, garages, cows, dogs, emu, cranes, ducks, boar, deer, guns, flags, tarps, different trail terrains, ponds, hills, logs, roads, mailboxes, dumpsters, and whatever else we may run into along the way…
“Tell me, I forget. Show me, I remember. Involve me, I understand. “
– Chinese Proverb
Horses are a lot smarter than we give them credit for. “By communicating with a horse in a way they understand,” Jordan says, “makes both of your jobs a hell of a lot easier.” Horse training is more than getting your horse to understand you… First, you have to understand your horse; how his mind works, how he communicates, why he does the things he does. Once you speak his language, you’ll “ask a question” and “know the answer” without him having to show you that you’ve been asking the wrong question all along.
“Horsemanship is the art of mastering our own movements, thoughts, emotions and behaviors; Not the horses.”
– Mark Rashid