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270 Mendon Street Upton, MA 01568
"I won't break your horse.
"Between the rider and the ground is the grace of God"
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Maggie's second ride under saddle.
I specialize in starting colts and rehabilitating problem horses. I have been training horses for over 30 years. Born in Southern California, brought up in the western tradition. I am a proud daughter of rodeo-bareback bronc rider, trick rider, and horse trainer Kathie Jo Hatrick, and outdoor extremist Dennis Shane Hatrick.
Natural Horsemanship Training
I have not used this term in ages as it can cause a gag reflex in many potential clients. Fact is, this is the type of training I do. Please don't hold it against me. This is no way implies that I am soft, I do NOT use treats to train. I am very generous with praise for the slightest try, but I am swift to correct any dangerous behavior.
85% OF MY CLIENTS RIDE ENGLISH
Transplanted to MA I have been training professionally in New England for over 20 years. Don't let the fact that I ride western discourage you. 85% of my clients ride English, most prefer to ride using a bitted bridle. I like to remove the bit to address the problem, then go back to the bit should you require it for showing.
A problem horse is any breed, color, or discipline. I've helped dressage riders with their Holsteiners, Friesians, and Dutch Warmbloods. I have helped back yard riders with ALL types of breeds. Just because I prefer to ride bitless does not mean I can't help you to get your horse softer in his bitted bridle; I do this on a regular basis.
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Ruger and Cathie appeared in this movie that premiered on 11/29/2012
I Come To Your Facility, Farm or Backyard!
I can help you achieve great results, with gentle but firm training methods that I have developed from a lifetime of riding horses! Not just in small confined areas, but in the CA cactus covered foothills and the woods of upstate NY.
Don't send your horse to "The Trainers" ( I am confident I can help you with whatever behavioral problems you may be experiencing. I encourage your hands on participation up to your comfort level. No secret training methods. I will take your horse in for training board if you prefer, but your participation is mandatory for success.
Maybe you just want to be able to catch your horse in a large pasture, lunge him without fear, or learn a few round pen techniques. I ask my clients to make a list. I am usually able to address every issue in our first session. (Most problems are fixed in 1-3 visits)
Does your horse bite, kick, charge, crowd, or intimidate you in any way? Does he dance in the cross-ties, not tie at all, refuse to stand to be mounted? Does he jig balk buck or rear? Yank the reins out of your hands, ignore the bit? Is he hard to tack up. Disrespectful/fearful of the vet or farrier?
Does he refuse to leave the barn, get on a trailer? I encourage video taping, so you can refer to our session again and again. Many times the difference between success and failure is simply "body position" Sometimes it's the lack of following through with a request.
Click on my many youtube videos from the link at the top of the page, there is bound to be some footage of the same problem you are having right now. How long are you willing to wait to improve your relationship with your horse?
I will travel within a 60-100 mile radius of my Upton, Massachusetts farm. (Some exceptions.) I have traveled to every state in New England and as far west as Idaho to train!
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Dr. Driftwood AKA Ruger
I purchased this Reg Quarter Horse from South Dakota as a 16 month old.
Ruger was first trained to drive, and gently started under saddle in Dr Cook's western bitless bridle at 2 1/2 although we have cantered while team penning, cowboy mounted shooting, and versatility competitions, I waited till Ruger's 5th year to ask him to canter more than a lap in my ring. Ruger has been just amazing. He's done three parades, Equine Affaire's Versatile Horse and Rider Contest, as the youngest horse entered 3 years running, placing 21st out of 30 with just a few short months under saddle. He placed 12th out of 30 in 2010, and 11th on 11/11/2011
Ruger lived up to his name placing first in Ladies level 2 at the North East Regional Cowboy Mounted Shooting Competition in 2010 just his 5th event ever. Placing over many seasoned level 3 shooting horse/rider teams. Sometimes slow and steady wins the race.
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