Training

The term “natural horsemanship” is commonly used in the horse industry today, yet there is no industry wide definition of what “natural horsemanship” means. Here at Chestnut Farms natural horsemanship means horses are educated in a humane and compassionate way. The training is fair. “Fair” means giving the horse many opportunities to understand what is being taught. Horses are like kids- they do not all learn in the same manner or instruction method. Being adaptable allows us to achieve success with many different horses. Harsh or abusive techniques will not be used. Problems will not be solved with gadgets, and we offer no “quick fix” solutions.  Our commitment at Chestnut Farms is to educate, not break a horse.  Every owner should expect to help their horse’s training in a couple of ways. You should expect to be honest and forthright about the problems you are having with your horse. This includes any behaviors that you have noticed that might be considered dangerous or scary. Also, you must disclose any events that have occurred that have affected your horse’s behaviors. You need to be willing to openly discuss what it is you do not like about your horse … right now. This doesn’t necessarily mean you do not like your horse! It merely means there is something you want to improve so you can better enjoy your time together.

Most importantly you should expect to change some of your habits. Putting a horse in training is a two way street. Your horse will be learning to change its habits, and you will need to learn to communicate in the language they are learning. Keep in mind that by doing these simple things you will ultimately make the most of your training dollar.


One of the most common
reasons people inquire about training is that t
hey have an issue with their horse that they are unable to solve. Some of the areas typically addressed in training include:

        Solving gaiting problems

        Reinforcing manners

         Teaching or improving softness and responsiveness

         Preparing horses for the trail

         Addressing specific behavioral issues or concerns


Owners often ask “How long will it take to….........”.

The answer to this question can be complex. Many factors impact the time needed to train a horse; including the horse’s history, its ability to comprehend what is being taught, its willingness to learn, the owner’s goals and expectations, as well as the owner’s willingness to participate in the process. There is no exact formula or set time frame for solving a particular issue. Each horse is different. The best way to estimate the time needed to achieve your goals is for you and your horse to ride at Chestnut Farms for an evaluation and discussion regarding your goals. However, if that is not possible, an in depth discussion via phone can also shed light on what it would take to achieve your goals.  Every attempt will be made to give a fair assessment. A plan will be outlined, including a time and cost estimate.


All horses that enter training at Chestnut Farms will be required to arrive in good health, current in veterinarian and farrier service. Being up to date on vaccinations is mandatory prior to your horse arriving.  A specific list of requirements will be provided upon request.  Chestnut Farms has limited spots available each month for training so please contact us for details.


For further information pleases contact: 

chestnutfarms@me.net

Jeanne at 612-669-9673