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At Shane Brown Performance Horses our methods are gentle, educational and all encompassing no matter what your personal equine goals are. We strive to educate both horse and rider with methods that have been time tested and proven to work in most every situation.
When working with young horses safety is always key and so in that respect we start with a firm foundation and a “freezer whoa.” This concept is based on giving the horse and the rider a safe place to come back to no matter how frightened or frustrated the equine pair may be. If a horse understands “whoa” means stop right where you are, almost any situation can be turned around and worked through.
After the “whoa” is in place we work outward in concentric circles of basic maneuvers that are helpful not only in the reining or working cow horse, but in any horse trained to ride. We teach turns on the forehand, turns on the hind, haunches in, haunches out and go through a process called “sacking.” During the “sacking” training, your horse is exposed to a large plastic tarp folded up to paper
sized and gradually opened as they become more and more desensitized to it. This method makes sure that what a horse encounters outside the safety of its stall isn’t scary or dangerous.
All of this education is imparted to the young horse over a period of ninety (90) days. We feel very strongly about this time frame as it almost always gives our clients the results they are looking for. The first thirty days start the education, the second give the equine student a chance to cement them in their minds and the last thirty make sure if there are any holes or concerns we have ample time to work through them. We hope you understand we take this job very seriously and so ninety days is non-negotiable in our colt program.
Outside of colt breaking, our trainers are also experienced in conditioning the show horse and making sure that the competing pair of horse and rider are ready to meet their goals.
It isn’t only the equine half of the partnership that we work on. Shane is experienced and successful riding and showmanship coaches as well. While most of our clients have a horse they keep in training, we do offer some outside coaching services for those that need help at shows or just want to come take lessons to better their skills.