My name is Klay Klemic and I have been riding horses all my life, and have had the opportunity to learn from several horsemen and cowboys. I have worked horses on large cattle ranches in Northern Nevada, Northern Utah, New Mexico and Arizona, which taught me how to get by with a rope and how to handle cattle from horseback, as well as how to work long hours and ride rough horses. Thankfully, I have also had the opportunity to learn some refinement from reining and cowhorse trainers such as nearby Jim Montgomery in Veyo Utah.
Each horse I take on to train here at Rising K Ranch receives a solid foundation in the Cowhorse tradition, and will LEARN at least the basic arena maneuvers such as a decent stop on a loose rein when you sit down in th saddle, the beginnings of a good spin, and general suppleness all throughout the horse's face and body. Just how far the horse goes into being a reiner or cowhorse is up to the horse's own ability and interest, as well as the intent of the horse's owner; but even the basic ranch horses and mountain trail horses we train here will receive the foundation of cowhorse work. It is this suppleness of the horse's entire body and wilingness in his spirit that is the primary focus of most of our horse training, as this is the general foundation that is used in all other areas and places for the rest of the horse's life no matter what he ends up doing.
Each horse will LEARN such ground manners as leading, lunging, feet handling for farriery, and trailer loading.
Each horse will LEARN to be comfortable with being roped off of and will learn to drag logs and cattle; and will LEARN to be comfortable with carrying a pack saddle with loaded panniers.
Each horse will LEARN to be comfortable with my obstacle course, which includes log bridges, tarps, tires and more.
Each horse will be taken on mountain trails, and will LEARN to be comfortable with water crossings, fallen logs, steep hills, strong winds, and whatever else the mountain may provide. Since I run a horseback trail ride called Rising K Ranch https://www.risingkranchtrailrides.com, most of the horses I train will also learn to be comfortable guiding large groups of beginners out on the trail. (They will not have any dudes riding them.)
I have capitalized the word "Learn" because my goal in horse training is not to simply force a horse to go through things; but to take the time to build a willing partnership with the horse. This is accomplished by understanding and blending 3 different aspects of horsemanship.
1. Horse Psychology. Understanding how a horse thinks naturally aids in understanding what to ask of him and how much to ask of him in our training process. Understanding how a horse learns is essential in effectively training horses. This understanding of a horse's psychology comes, not from my own observations, but from years of learning from older horse trainers and horsemen who themselves learned from other older horse trainers and horsemen. Horse Psychology, understanding how a horse thinks and learns, is what allows us to create willingness.
2. Horse Anatomy. This is the "Form to Function" aspect of horsemanship and horse training. While the psychology aspect creates willingness, the understanding of anatomy allows us to use that willingness in a manner that is best suited to a particular horse at any certain point. Many times, we ask our horses to do things that they are quite willing to do, but are simply unable to do, either because of the way they are built in their conformation or by the position their body is in at the moment. For example, if a horse has high hocks, steep shoulders and a short and high neck, it would be quite unreasonable to demand a perfect sliding stop of him. Such a horse may well surprise us with unexpected abilty and talent; but it will be through more time devoted to teaching him how to reach with his hind feet, lift his shoulders and use whatever good is in his body to his best advantage. Simply getting frustrated with the horse and thinking the horse is not trying hard enough will do us no good in our training.
3. Timing. In order to acheive success in horse training, it is absolutely necessary to have proper timing with your cues such as your legs and hands. This timing, for me and for most horsemen and horse trainers, is not attained by reading books, watching videos, or riding your own horses. This timing is only attained through years of riding with horseman and horse trainers who are far better than you and by riding horses that are far better than anything you could make or train on your own. For quite a while, it is the good horse that makes a good horse trainer and not the horse trainer that makes a good horse. Once you have ridden a few truly great horses and have had several years of coaching from truly great horse trainers, you will have the timing in your hands, feet and seat that makes it easy to use a horse's willingness (horse psychology) and anatomy to the best advantage. Once a horse trainer has had such help from other horse trainers and from top-notch horses, he will be able to make even his two year old horses better than anything most people will ever ride.
Pricing: $650/ Month with a 3 Month Minimum Stay
This includes feed twice daily.
The horse will be ridden (or otherwise worked with) 5-6 days per week depending on the horse's best interest.
Videos of each horse's progress in training are posted on the Rising K Ranch Facebook Page quite often.
If you are interested in a week-long "Tune-Up" or some such thing, I recommend you bring your horse out for a Riding Lesson where you can evaluate what you and your horse really need.
A Typical First Ride for a Young Horse in Training at Rising K Ranch
For the first several rides on a horse, my primary intent is not so much to "Train" the horse to do anything; but is simply to give the horse time to gain confidence with a rider on his back as he moves around the round pen naturally. For a horse's first rides, pulling on him with either a bot, bosal, or even just a halter usually creates life-long bad habits, so I do all I can to keep out of his mouth or face. If he must be pulled on, such as when the rider first climbs on his back, he should be pulled on with only one rein for the purpose of moving his hip out of the way to keep him from moving too quickly and scaring himself. Once the horse is calmly moving his hip away from my leg, I can allow the horse to walk or trot out at a loose rein. At this stage, I am not concerned about where the horse goes, as long as he is moving forward.