Here at River Run, working with horses isn't just a job, it is what we love to do. We put in the hours needed
to help your horse reach its potential. When your horse comes in for training, it doesn't just get ridden in an arena,
it gets ridden in real life situations. It will load in a trailer, clip, crosstie, get along with others, or alone. We
ride our training horses! If it is a trail horse you want then that horse will go anywere when asked. Through creeks, over
logs and through the woods. They will also get to know traffic and dogs. It is the same, no matter what you want your horse
trained for, they will experience what you are going to do with them before they go home. Give your best friend the best chance
you can! Send it to RIVER RUN!
I take in 2-3 horses at a time and usually do 24-36 horses a year. My schedule fills up very
fast, sometimes a year ahead. So, don't hesitate to call and get on my schedule early. I have tune up horses and weekend
clinics too. I spend a min of an hr and usually 2 or more with each horse. I work them 6 days a week. Usually the day
they get of is the day it is raining (hard). I trailer my training horses out on group rides when they are ready and one is
scheduled that I plan on attending. These group ride range from 3-8 hrs. So I work your horse the whole day. If they go on
a group ride the next day they have off. I have a round pen, outdoor arena and many trails. We have goats, chickens, dogs,
and children for your horses to be exposed to.
Tentative training schedule:
First week is ground work in the round pen. Working towards being saddled without fear, being
respectful, and learning cues. They will be long lined for a day or two, then rode a day or two. Some can do this in
3 days, and some more than a week. A week is average. I use a side pull for long line work and a snaffle bit when I start
Then we go to the arena for a day or two to make sure I have control to go out on trail.
We work on flexions, horizontal and vertical. It creates a very soft and responsive horse that is always under control.
Then, out on trail we go. Usually after a week and a half. Rarely takes as long as 2 weeks
to get here. Whilst trail riding we work on leg yielding, ect. As well as navigating obstacles. Changing speeds calmly and
with collection, ect. When I feel a horse needs to really focus on working on something we will spend a day in the arena now
and again. As your horse is showing good giving to the bit we can progress up to a shank bit and we will decide what
your horse likes and does not, so that we know what you will be riding him in when he goes home.
In 30 days your horse will learn to: load, bathe, clip, be shod/trimmed, stand tied
in cross ties and at other obstacles like trailers and hitching posts. Yield to you and your legs, lead properly, and be a
safe and sane mount.
In 60 days we will fine tune your horse to neck rein, side pass, and really get those gaits
If your horse is in for 30 days, the last week I like the owners to come and ride their horses
as much as possible. This makes sure you are able to handle your horse and that you both understand the training. Lessons
are free, on your horse, for as long as your horse is in training. Owners are always encouraged to come and watch any aspect
of training. I have sound/sane horses, if the owner wishes to join us on trail rides, I can find an appropriate mount.
If your horse is with me for 60 days, the last week is when I want you to come and ride your
horse as much as possible. And of course you are welcome to ride and evaluate his progress any time after I feel he is safe
for you to ride. I really like it when the owners are active participants. I get feedback on their likes and dislikes, and
what they would like their horse to be able to to. I get to know the owners riding habits and skills and can help improve
on those. I also find out what I need to do to help them and their horse to make a good partnership.
I have been
riding since I was 9 years old and have been training since I was 16 with 30
years of training experience ad 36 years riding experience I have
gained experience in hunter/jumper, roping, barrel racing, pleasure,
driving and my favorite, trail! I have worked for several different farms as a
trainer including working with Arabians, Quarter Horses and Haflingers. With
this many years training experience I have handled over 300 horses and had the
pleasure to virtually work with every breed of equine. Helping me to develop a
talent for “reading/understanding” horses. I focuses on quality not quantity. Correct verses speed, takes
not gimmicks. The last 12 years has lead me to specialize in training gaited
horses, including Mountain Pleasure, Kentucky Mountain, Rocky Mountain, Paso
Fino, Tennessee Walker, Spotted Saddle, Missouri Fox Trotter, Mangalara
Marchadore and a few mixed breed gaited horses and mules. I have found there
was a need for a sound “trail riders” approach to training for these gaited
equine. I own and stands at stud a Tennessee Walker/Spotted Saddle Horse
Stallion who is producing looks, brains, conformation and natural gait. I also
stands at stud a Mammoth Spotted Gaited Jack who is producing really nice
spotted and solid gaited Mules with my TWH mares. Again, in the breeding arena I specialize in quality not quantity.
Only producing 2-3 foals a year so that
they get the handling and attention they require.
Mules have a tendency to be more logical when they are in tricky situations than horses and I feel the mature
trail rider would greatly appreciate a gaited mule because of this tendency.
River Run Ranch
1329 Barney Hill Rd.
Elkland PA 16920