Have you always wanted to start your own horse under saddle but didn't have the confidence to do it on your own? In this new 12-week series, Master Colt Starter Chris Ruthven walks you through the step-by-step process of developing your own horse – all the way from the ground to that first ride in the saddle and beyond. Chris's new Colt Starting Series is a fusion of the philosophy and techniques he covers in his signature Foundation Building and Repair, Frame For The Future and Along For The Ride Clinics. Chris will guide you through the process of checking for and filling in holes in your horse's foundation. You'll learn techniques to develop respect and confidence in your horse through ground work exercises and desensitization techniques. Chris will also teach you how to read the horse and to react sooner to the more subtle signs your horse presents, which is usually where people run into problems when starting a horse. By the time you are ready to step up into that saddle, your horse will be ready for it – no rushing through the process in this program! Once under the saddle, your horse will learn how to first accept a passenger before moving on to accepting basic rider aids and beyond.
Everyone will get individual one-on-one time with Chris, and will move at the pace appropriate for each horse/human "couple". Chris will assign customized "homework" to do between each weekly session based on individual needs. As with any training program, there can never be any guaranteed outcome. However, what we can guarantee is an insightful look at what it takes to start a horse under saddle, and that you will get out of this program what you put into it. Individual results will vary depending on the age, experience, physical ability, emotional development and personality of each horse as well as the time that you devote to your assigned homework.
We understand that not everyone can just stop everything for 30 or 60 days to attend a full-time training program. So that's why we've set up our program to run once a week. You can still live the dream of learning how to start your own horse from a Master Colt Starter, but still have a life. This series will have 2 groups running at the same time in order to accommodate different scheduling needs. Group 1 will meet every Thursday and Group 2 will meet every Sunday. Between each week's meetings, you'll complete the homework that Chris assigned you. Chris will be available by phone if you run into any unexpected challenges.
- Limited to 4 students per Group.
- Weekly 3-hr sessions will be offered in 2 groups – Group 1 on Thursdays and Group 2 on Sundays.
- This is not a "month-to-month" program. It is a 12-week program designed to be taken in it's entirety.
If this sounds like just the kind of program you've been looking for, and you are willing to commit to 3 hours one day per week for 12 weeks with Chris to build your own skills, then you owe it to yourself to give us a shout. Make that investment in yourself, developing your own skills which can be put to good use starting your own horses rather than investing in someone else to start them for you.
You can find all the details like dates, times and pricing here – http://www.cccoltcompany.com/lessons-clinics/
We look forward to hearing from you!