The Four Cornerstones of Our Program:
A Focus on the Basics
Fun! (the most important one)
Every horse is an individual, and when it comes to training there is no “one size fits all” approach that will be successful with every horse. Billy likes to get to know the horses, to let each horse tell him how it wants to be trained, and then to adjust his methods to best suit that individual horse. Billy stresses a solid foundation in the basics, because everything rests upon that foundation. And building (or repairing) a foundation takes time and patience. If a horse is rushed in this process, you will have a horse who has lost confidence in himself and in his rider, and in the long run that will take much longer to fix than it would have to have done it right in the first place.
The ultimate goal is to have a horse who is willing to do whatever you ask – not because you are forcing him, but because he wants to. If you have taken the time to make sure the horse understands and enjoys his job, and have trained him so he has confidence in himself and his rider, you will have a horse who is fun to ride and is a true partner.
The same philosophy applies to riders. Like horses, people learn in different ways and at different paces. They have different issues and different strengths and weaknesses. It’s important to take the time to figure out what approach works best for each person so that their experience is rewarding and fun.
And not everyone has the same goals, abilities and resources. Some may want to go down the road and run for the World (i.e. go to a lot of Cutting shows and try to win an NCHA World Championship). Some may just want to be able to go down the road for a nice trail ride. Both of these goals (and everything in between) are equally important to us, and all will get the same amount of care and attention from us. Our goal is that you accomplish your goals, and that you have fun doing it!