Explore The Safe Horse Training Foal Handling Program
Safe Horse Training was created in 2006 with a grassroots effort in North Carolina, after leaving a 20 plus year corporate career in Las Vegas, Nevada. I studied, attended numerous clinics, and practiced every day, until I had perfected one thing really, really well. I could load any horse in any horse trailer. I almost hate to say that comment out loud, because the minute you start to brag on yourself, you’ll find that one horse that will humble you.
The art of trailer loading came from understanding how the horse thinks, learning pressure and release, being able to “read” a horse, honing my feel and timing, but most importantly, comprehending that I was asking a prey animal, a flight or fight animal, a naturally claustrophobic animal to get inside a small metal box that moves and makes a whole lot of noise.
The next eleven years I’ve been working with “fixer uppers” meaning, horses who will run over the top of you, horses who have no forward, a horse that bite, kick, rear, buck. have no steering, no brakes. Basically, horses with a ton of holes in their foundation training. Taking on such horses requires the owner’s participation in the Safe Horse Training Program. It does not matter if I can handle, ride or trailer load your horse. What matters is that you, the horse owner, learn what I am teaching your horse and you, the horse owner, maintain and practice the lessons.
Now, at this stage in my career, I’ve changed my business model to focus on foal handling. Foal Handling is by far the best investment you can make in your colt or filly. The biggest mistake I see being made and clearly experienced is the handler over desensitizing the colt/filly and not balancing desensitizing with sensitizing. That’s a big part of why I’ve developed a new business model that eliminates the problem horses from my program.
In the Safe Horse Training Program, your foal, weanling or yearling is handled twice a day, learning respect for the human and also desensitization to scary objects. It is so important to not only desensitize the youngsters, teaching them to accept ropes, tarps, plastic bags and such, but to also sensitize them as well. Sensitizing the babies, meaning, teaching them to move away from pressure, is one of the biggest lessons we fail to teach at a young age. The initial handling of a young horse has a huge impact on its future. Start ’em right and eliminate problems before they even begin.
Our foal handling program includes desensitizing to ropes, plastic bags, tarps, loud noises. Sensitize to yielding hindquarters, forequarters, backing, side passing, leading from the right and left sides, groundwork on obstacles. We also work on safely trailer loading, tying, clipping, bathing, feet handling and respecting the human’s personal space.