Foundation First Mountain Horse
Training™ Program


It’s not about just reaching your goals . . . it’s about reaching your dreams.

Foundation First
Mountain Horse Training ™

Stoner Ridge Farm provides training services for certification, trail riding, and showing (halter, under saddle, western, driving, canter, versatility, gaited dressage, and trail obstacle).   Boarding (without riding) is also available for horses that can be turned out full time in paddocks.  Lessons and clinics are also available for all divisions and every level of rider.

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Our Training Philosophy

Foundation First Mountain Horse Training™

Our training philosophy, Foundation First Mountain Horse Training™, consists of communication that teaches understanding rather than relying on mechanics or fear. Our approach teaches  our horses from the ground up by first establishing good ground manners. We stress the importance of gaining trust and respect from the horses we train by minimizing the prey-predator relationship. Our horses learn to give to pressure by moving away from that pressure. They learn to bend and flex laterally as they become supple and compliant. Our foundation first philosophy combines the mental, emotional, and physical aspects of our equine companions. They become responsive and willing before ever being ridden. Our solid foundation provides the essential support needed for all future training regardless of the breed or discipline. In the process of learning new skills, it is not unusual for horses to become frustrated. When we have established a solid foundation first, we can back up in our training process to a point where the horse works well. We allow him time to think and make the right choice. Horses will then be able to move on to the new skill from an attitude of confidence. As when building a house, the strength of the structure depends on a solid foundation. Likewise, the mental attitude, emotional stability, and physical development of our horses depend on the strength of our training program - a program like Foundation First Mountain Horse Training ™.

Foundation First Training Pyramid©

The Foundation First Equine Training Pyramid© is a guide that shows how both humans and horses grow as they gain knowledge through education.  The bottom level shows the foundation.  All additional learning and growth is built on that foundation.  Click here to download the Foundation First Training Pyramid©. 



Stoner Ridge Farm is a full service equine training facility located only 30 minutes from the Kentucky Horse Park in Paris, KY. We utilize proven horsemanship techniques to help reduce horses' fears as we teach them to respect their handlers whether we're starting a horse under saddle or helping a  weanling learn to lead.

Horses learning to accept a saddle are all started in the round pen. Before a horse is ever put under saddle, he is educated on the ground. We begin teaching horses to flex and bend laterally as they learn to move away from pressure. From this point we slowly introduce the saddle and snaffle bit to the horse only after an equine dentist has removed wolf teeth and prepared the mouth to accept a bit. 

Within the structure of our training program, we make adjustments to meet the unique needs and talents of each animal with the goal that every horse meet his highest potential whether it is on the trail or in the show ring.

Services offered by Stoner Ridge Farm: 

  • Training for trail or show

  • Versatility training

  • Certification

  • Starting young horses 

  • Standing stallions

  • Breeding

  • Sport Horse training

  • Lessons

  • Clinics

  • Sales

  • Gaited Dressage Lessons and Training



Stoner Ridge Farm 2010 Rates

Hauling/show prep within 50 miles of Paris, Ky. is $60.
Hauling/show prep more than 50 miles of Paris, Ky. is $ .50 per mile,
Board in paddocks is $300. 
Full training for new clients will be $650 per month. 
Mare care will be $10 per day.

Training Agreement (PDF download)


For additional information, to schedule individual lessons, or to schedule a versatility clinic, contact: 

Robert Lawson, Stoner Ridge Farm, 
2469 Clintonville Rd., Paris, KY 40361. 
You may also phone 859.988.9092 or email



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