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, trail obstacle, equitation, and showmanship). Boarding can be arranged as space permits. Lessons and clinics are available for all divisions and every level of rider.
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 ™.
Our mission at Stoner Ridge Farm is to serve the needs of our clients and their horses. We utilize proven horsemanship techniques to reduce horses’ fear as we teach them to respect their handlers.
We make adjustments to meet the unique needs and talents of each animal with the goal that every horse meets his highest potential whether it is on the trail, in competitive sports, or in the breeding of potential offspring. We desire, also, to build trust and friendship as we help our clients learn about, safety, effective ownership, and selection of their equine companions. In addition, we want to gain knowledge through professional activities and organizations that influence the Mountain Horse industry.