Getting Started with Trailer Loading Practice

Have you ever heard the old adage, it’s not the will to win, but the will to prepare to win that sets one up for success? Well, with that in mind, we here at the ResqRanch decided that the time is now to practice trailer loading, so that we are ready to go when we find our new, permanent facility.

First things first, we had to dig the trailer out of the snow. Be aware of this fact when you park your horse trailer. Where you park it before winter can make a big difference, should you happen to need to get the trailer out when you least expect it, such as in any kind of emergency.

So pro tip #1, have your trailer ready to go any time of the day or night. Your horse’s life may depend on it.

Think about the fact a trailer sitting on snow may be higher than your ball hitch, so keep that in mind, as well as the footing at the entrance to the trailer.  Personally, I like the trailer backed up to a little snow mound, as that makes for less of a step up for the horses to get in and out.  I like to keep a snow shovel in my trailer at all times, makes for a perfect manure scoop any time of year, and makes it handy to keep the tires free of snow and ice in winter.  Also don’t lodge those tire chocks in too tight, as they can be harder to get out of there with some snow and ice.

Pro tip #2, before unhooking your trailer next time, put a block behind your back truck tire. That way the next time you go to back up, you will know exactly how far to go.

Pro tip #3, don’t start trailer loading practice until the horse(s) has had a little turn out time, preferably in a spot where they can observe you hooking up the trailer. They will definitely be watching (and probably getting anxious).

For practice sessions with our bumper pull, we hook up the truck to the trailer, move the trailer just to the best spot for the horse’s footing at the entrance to the trailer, then move the truck (only just enough to unhook the trailer), and lower the trailer hitch down again as far as possible. In this way it gives the horse the illusion of a connected truck and trailer, but allows the trailer to be in the best, safest, most stable position for animals getting in and out.

Pro tip #4, while the horse is turned out, and watching you make this big production with the truck and trailer, be sure to get the horses most favorite feed bucket, fill with tasty treats, and make sure to pick it up and set it down, and pick it up and set it down, shaking it around a lot the whole time, to get the horse as focused on what’s in that bucket as they are worrying about what all this trailer moving might mean. You can even periodically stop, look at your horse, shake the bucket, and say “Mm, Mm, Mmm! Cain’t wait to give you the chance to take a sample of the amazingly tasty treats in this bucket!”. The whole idea is to change the horse’s emotions around the trailer. For most horses (who are universally claustrophobic), getting in a trailer is a very, very scary experience and only associated with negative things, like going to the vet, moving to a new barn, or simply being separated from your home and friends, even if it’s for a short time. It takes a LOT to get a horse even remotely comfortable with getting in and being locked in a trailer. Think of it like having to ride in a closed casket with a small window to get to the state fair, because that is similar to how it affects most horses. Horses that willingly get in and out have had lot’s of correct practice, and few learn to actually associate it with something happy and joyful, they just learn to master their fear. Something like us, who for example, might learn to master our fear of heights to climb a ladder, but that’s not exactly the same as looking forward to, or really enjoying the experience of having to climb and be up on that ladder. So be kind, gentle, and patient with your horses when it comes to trailer loading. It’s one of the hardest tasks they will ever have to master in their life. And helping them overcome fears takes patience and grace.

Now that we have set the stage, it’s time to halter our horse(s) and practice! Stay tuned for the next installment on exactly how to do that, coming soon! And if you haven’t already, sign up for our newsletter, and subscribe to our YouTube channel, so you will get the next installment delivered right to your inbox as soon as it’s released! Thanks for reading, and God bless!

ResqRanch Volunteer Update

Although the weather is cold now, we are gearing up for a busy summer. We have many folks asking us all the time about volunteers for the ResqRanch so now seems like a good time to let everyone know what we need.

First, the only volunteer need we will have this year (barring anything unexpected) is for volunteer trainers. So if you are looking for a summer camp to spend time with your child, around horses, this might be a great fit!

Remember, a volunteer trainer can be anyone down to the age of 5 years old (with a parent).

Of course, as usual, DrQ’s Horse Training Masterclass is required before becoming a volunteer of any kind.

Stay tuned for monthly train-the-trainer sessions we will be conducting once a month throughout the nice weather months.  We may  send out a survey asking folks when is the best time for these 2 hour sessions (we may have two in one day) so we can accommodate as many as possible.

Additionally, once we get the right assistant trainers lined up, it is also likely I will offer the Masterclass free for them, in exchange for the commitment to attend all or most of the on-site training sessions.

So if you are interested in learning how to be a positive reinforcement assistant trainer and work with our rescue animals, be sure to send us an email indicating so, and we will store your email in a separate list so we can keep you updated as the program progresses.

Thank you, as always, for your support and trust! Dr. Q, Rachel, and the Crew of Aspen Park Vet Hospital and the ResqRanch

What Makes us Different, and a canine success story

Happy New Year to you! Wishing you much optimism for a wonderful new you to all of you, from all of us!

For those of you who read this regularly, you know I have been writing extensively about horse training of late. However, I realized that there are LOT’S of horse trainers, therapists, and others, even in our small community, all vying for your attention (and money).  All of these experts are asking you to trust in them, that their philosophy is different. That what and how they teach is more gentle, more impactful, and more successful than what you already know. And they can and will help you achieve some magical breakthrough with your relationship with horses. 

I realized that with so many people out there, it is very easy to lump me in there with the rest of them.  It’s easy to think so many horse experts are all pretty much similar, and offering similar programs. And that if you pick up a tidbit here and there from any of them, then you may be able to progress in your relationship with your horse, just a little bit, combined with all that you already know.

I am looking forward to the day when people understand that what I am offering is something TOTALLY different.  That what I can share with you is a easy to follow, scientifically proven, step by step formula to VASTLY improve your horse’s ground manners,  obedience under saddle, and have your horse running TO you, never from you, again, whether you show up with a saddle or not. What I offer is power steering and an automatic transmission compared to a go cart. Want proof? Check my YouTube channel where I have videos of a 12 year old riding an off-track Thoroughbred, with no bit, and starting over jumps, safely, and in control. Now that is something!

No other horse experts I have seen are #1, not veterinarians, and #2, not certified Professional Animal Trainers. At least, none I have seen locally, or even on RFDTV, (rural america tv for those unfamiliar) so of course what I offer is different, more comprehensive, and more valuable to you IF you are really ready to learn more, end your frustrations, fears, and limitations with your horses, quickly, and easily, with a systematic, scientific, process that is proven and guaranteed. My Horse Training Masterclass will change your life. 

I look forward to the day all  horse owners of all experiences and abilities know and understand that correct positive reinforcement training is the KEY to having the most magical relationship with any animal that you ever dreamed possible.  I continue to see frustrated, frightened, unsure horse owners all around me, struggling to know which method, or expert, to turn to. I get it, there are many. And they all have something valuable to offer. 

However, only my Horse Training Masterclass truly is the scientifically proven way to train any horse, to do anything, by anyone, and, it’s so easy, even a kid can do it.  We have the videos to prove it. And you can have this, too. 

So if you, or someone you know, is seeking answers for improving their relationship (which really means better training) with their animal, any animal, please be so kind as to direct them to my masterclass, my YouTube channel the 1DrQ, or the ResqRanch.org website, to learn more, as it will completely revolutionize their lives, as it did mine.  

And if you already have the best behaved pets in the world, that could not possibly love you more, then allow me to share with you a success story. 

One very special patient to me is  an adorable little beagle dog who only weighs about 20 pounds and at age 15 or 16 (no one knows for sure as she is a rescue), has been going strong and living a happy and full life for a year now, despite the fact she has an aggressive tumor growing out of her shoulder. We did surgery on her to remove the biggest parts of the tumor that we could, and after that we have just continued to treat her regularly with acupuncture, energy healing (yes that’s a thing), and herbs. She is a miracle and an inspiration to me. So many other people would have put her to sleep, just because she looks a little different with that pink, bumpy, unusual looking growth attached to her shoulder and elbow. But she runs, plays, eats, hikes, and lives a full life.  Her pet parents have to fend off lot’s of well meaning strangers, stern looks of concern, for letting their little old lady run around looking like that. But that  dog is living a very full, happy, pampered life, and there is no reason to cut it short, or subject her to anything more invasive. The whole family is an inspiration to me, and should be to you, too, to stand firm and think for yourself. Sometimes you know better than what many other people might have to say, those who don’t really know, what a great, happy life that little dog really has. So if you see a dog like this on the street, don’t automatically assume the people don’t care for their pet, it could very much be quite the opposite. Helping people and animals like these are what makes it worth being a vet. I am honored and blessed to be able to provide the kind of care that we do at Aspen Park Vet hospital, your destination for complicated medical cases, second opinions, or if you just really cherish your animal like a member of the family and want to squeeze every once of quality life into them for the short time they are here with us.

As always, thanks for reading, and God bless! DrQ, Dr. Tam, and the crew of Aspen Park Vet and the ResRanch.


Why Everything You Know about Horse Training is WRONG!

Natural horsemanship, horse whisperers, horse gentlers, these are all words used to describe  methods of horse training which an individual human being developed themselves, based on their own personal experiences working with horses. 

And they are all blatantly, scientifically, factually, incorrect. Period. 

One individual human who works with horses for many years and develops their own methods alone cannot compare to an entire team of dedicated, college educated, professional trainers working side by side with many other just as highly qualified trainers, to work together as a team every day to professionally train animals 8 hours a day, 7 days a week. Then not only do it, but also rigorously document all of their training methods, successes and failures. Then,  allow it to be scrutinized by others in the field for merit, then published in journals if it’s deemed worthy, and then shared with colleagues all over the world. And finally, those colleagues all connect at least yearly to present their findings, learn more from each other, and every day strive to find ways to do it easier, better, and more lovingly for the animals they train.

 And if you didn’t know, this is the world of Professional Animal Trainers, and they have been doing this over the past more than 100 years. They are so good at this, that although some of us can’t even get our dog to walk good on a leash, they can ask a 10,000 pound animal to come when called,  stay perfectly still in one place,  with it’s mouth open, while a veterinary dentist performs (even sometimes mildly painful) dental procedures, without flinching, fuss, or  injuring themselves or others. And most importantly, the animal is happy to do it! So who are these super heroes of animal trainers? Most of these high level animal trainers are marine mammal trainers, like the kind you see at SeaWorld and other accredited marine mammal parks. But Professional Animal Trainers also train zoo animals to help make medical procedures less frightening and more safe for all involved especially when working with very large or dangerous animals, in sanctuaries like in the jungle for previously abused elephants to help them learn how to let us help them when they develop foot problems or other issues, in scientific laboratories by researchers and psychologists to understand more about learning and how animals think using animals like crows, rats, dogs, apes, and many others to better understand such things as ways to communicate to those who think differently such as children or those with disabilities and mapping learning pathways in the brain.

So who am I and why should you listen to me? Because not only am I a veterinarian, ultimately a scientist grounded in facts, I am the only certified aquatic vet in this part of the United States, and that affiliation along with my deep interest in animal behavior is what led me to becoming a certified Professional Animal Trainer. Something that is not true for many well known trainers, such as Cesar Milan for dogs or Clinton Anderson, Pat Parelli, and even my beloved John Lyons (who I have learned a lot for and deeply admire), among many others who I am deeply grateful for their work and nonetheless paving a better way for horses from what was done to them primarily in the century before.

So what do Professional Animal Trainers know that you don’t know? They know that science teaches us just as simply that eating more fruits and vegetables is good for your health, that positive reinforcement training is the best, fastest, simplest, safest method to train any animal to do anything, by anyone. Which is why that is the name of my Horse Training Masterclass.

But first, why does it matter? Who cares? You might have spent your whole life raised around horses, read many books, attended clinics,  competed competitively (and won), had mostly all good experiences, and you are familiar with every famous horse trainer out there and their methods, and you pretty much know it all already. They all have their little gimmicks or cute names for different things, but ultimately no one out there has got much to tell you didn’t already know about horses or maybe even dog training for that matter.  So why bother to understand the definition of Positive Reinforcement Training and how or why it’s different? You are doing just fine. Heck, you even win shows! You got this, you are an expert! You broke your own wild Mustang!

Except, if you don’t know what positive reinforcement is (and is not), and how to use it correctly, all your assumptions are, I am sorry to tell you, are incorrect. You may think you know, but you are wrong.  I don’t care how many ribbons or trophies you have to try to say otherwise, or even how many gold medals you have won at the Olympics. I see people every day in the highest level of all disciplines with horses, from World Championship Reining to Olympic dressage, all using incorrect training methods. They are missing a critical piece of training information, the how’s and why’s and positive reinforcement, and not even realizing that the entire relationship they have with their animals could be  so much smoother, better, faster, and with the animal much happier to do anything asked of it, if only the principles of positive reinforcement are used. You have no idea what you don’t know, until your eyes are opened.

And if there is one thing I would like to achieve in my time here on earth, besides raising two beautiful girls to live life better than me, it’s to see positive reinforcement horse training be the norm, in all disciplines, all around the world, and bring horse training up to the high level of what is the norm for Marine Mammal Trainers, and bring the entire humankind concept of horse training up into this century and no longer buried in the nostalgia of the (Wild West) past. We have the science to prove what I am saying is true. The vast majority of horse training in the world today, even at the highest levels, have very little if any understanding of positive reinforcement. When I share this with marine mammal trainers, they look at me as if I MUST be joking! They are honestly shocked, ashamed, and chuckle a bit at how backwards most ‘famous’ horse trainers are.  It’s like saying that we are still driving cars without power steering because it hasn’t been discovered yet over here in our part of the world. Why would you drive a car today without power steering? You would if you never heard of it and it wasn’t an option, but wow how your driving experience improves once you drive a car with an automatic transmission, power steering and power brakes, for the first time after going without,  what an improvement (well for most of us). The exception of course is the very old car you have for nostalgic purposes.  Otherwise, for most folks life is hard every day, anyway, so anything we can do to effortlessly and for-free dramatically improve our daily quality of life and safety, sounds like a no-brainer to me! And that is the power of positive reinforcement!

But first,  the most common question I get is, well isn’t natural horsemanship and horse whispering pretty much positive reinforcement anyway? As one of you who has spent my life reading every book, attending clinics, and has sat glued to the screen to absorb any bit of helpful information I could get from any horse expert out there for most of my life, I can tell you definitively and scientifically, absolutely not. No. 

Well then comes the million dollar question (except my class is much less than a million dollars, for now!), well then what is positive reinforcement? The definition is adding something the animal likes, after they do something you like,  to make it more likely the animal will do that something again.  That’s it.

Most horse training today involves adding something the horse doesn’t really naturally like, such as a whip, spur, crop, or flag, to try to push, forcefully or even whispering ‘ask’, or spook the horse into running away or going forward and accidentally doing what you want, whether that’s from the ground in a round pen, or from their back over fences.  This works, because the animal does try to do something, anything, to avoid your ‘ask’, and then we let them know when they have made the right choice because we stop applying discomfort (however mild, even a whisper). However, this is an inefficient two step process that leaves the animal out there to try to guess what you want.  However, if we reward the behavior we want after it happens, in one step it’s crystal clear to the animal what we are looking for, the first time, which is why positive reinforcement is faster. Second, since there is no chasing them into trying to offer up a behavior to get us to stop doing whatever it is, there is much less chance the animal will make a dangerous choice like plow you over or jump out of the round pen when it can’t think of what you might want it to do, so it’s the safest method known to humankind (scientifically irrefutable).  And because positive reinforcement is simple, and works much like  how an entire computer system works on just a series of on and off’s, with animals it’s just a simple yes or no, so you don’t have to be an ‘expert’ in reading body language of the animal, or mystically be able to read it’s soul through the eyes. In fact, the system sometimes works better the less emotional you are towards the animal, because then you are more clear in your yes and no’s. So you only have to be able to communicate two things to the animal, either yes I like that, or no thank you I don’t really like that, which is why it’s actually the easiest method of training, and so simple a kid can do it (or someone with disabilities, deep seated fears, elderly,  etc.).  

But it sounds intimidating, I don’t have 8 hours a day, 7 days a week to train my horse? No problem! The beauty of it is, YOU won’t have to, because of all the science that has ALREADY been put into it, by other Professional Animal Trainers, so they can show all of us the quickest, easiest, consistent, reliable methods they have used to quickly teach anything. And as if that’s not all, remember, this is the science of ANIMAL TRAINING, not just horse training. These same methods are used around the world, successfully, on all kinds of animals, from whales to reptiles, horses and almost everything in between. You can put into it as much time as you have, knowing that any time you don’t spend training, you are still going to be able to just pick up where you left off, without in any way damaging the relationship with the animal, so that even a sporadic training schedule, done with positive reinforcement, is better than other training methods. How far, and how quickly you progress in what you ‘think’ you have to achieve is not as important as the bond between you and your horse at the end of the day.

So if you are intrigued and want to learn more, then become a monthly donor to the ResqRanch.org because we need your help to spread this message, offer more classes, and rescue the wild mustangs so desperately in need, now more than ever. Sign up for our newsletter to learn when the next 3 hour online Horse Training Masterclass will be offered, that you can attend from anywhere in the world from the comfort of your living room, where you can learn everything you need to know in a easy, 3 hour, information PACKED course that will give you ALL the tools you need, and the COMPLETE framework to work within, to train any horse, to do anything, by anyone.  I condensed over 150 hours of college credit level course work on animal training and behavior into this easy to follow 3 hour course, because I am that passionate about changing the world one horse at a time. For folks with lot’s of horse experience, the course could be the only thing you need to dramatically alter the course of the relationship between you and your horse, today, for the rest of your lives. And if your just starting out, my course, along with weekly or monthly video coaching sessions, will do the same in less time than you think. If you are young, afraid, been hurt, or confused about how to create a magical bond with a horse, then this class is for you!

Until next time, I’m DrQ, and the rest is up to you, to revolutionize the world of horse training to help keep you safer, animals happier, and strengthen the bond between you to be more fulfilling than you ever dreamed possible!

 

A New Exercise Routine for the Rescue’s!

Well it’s been a very busy summer which is part of the delay in giving you all an update until now!

We started 2 year old Cesar the Wild Mustang, the first week of June. And using positive reinforcement, we had him fully saddle trained (or what you might call ‘green broke), in 25 training sessions. We even loaded him easily in a trailer and hauled him to a local trailhead for a safe, successful trail ride away from home on the 26th lesson! That is the beauty of what YOU too can do with positive reinforcement. You should see the looks on the faces of others when I effortlessly toss a saddle on and ride off into the wide open with this young little horse, reins just attached to his halter (no bit), and no stress, worry, anxiety, on his part or mine. In fact, check out the video of him pacing in anticipation for his riding lesson! He loves it! This is not an animal forced into subjugation to please me, this is a happy, well adjusted horse who has learned to enjoy being with me no matter what the adventure!

I offered my Horse Training MasterClass, How to Train Any Horse, to do Anything, by Anyone, twice so far this year. The best part for us is the students of the class who are now regular volunteers here, and helped us with speeding up the process of training Cesar and the others! So a big thank you to our volunteers! It’s a joy to work side by side with knowledgeable people who ‘get it’ when it comes to the concept of training the animals in a safe, respectful, and kind manner, while maximizing the safety of all in the process. This positive reinforcement training idea really works! Cesar’s eagerness to participate in training sessions is proof!

So now that Cesar for all practical purposes is trained, it’s time to refocus on all the animals in the rescue. And that means starting them all on a regular exercise program.  Since we don’t have enough volunteers to hand walk all of them at once, we have decided to try to implement a 20 minute regular workout session with them all, as their personal fitness trainers! 

The session starts with each animal being ‘properly’ haltered and led, check out the video on that. It is NOT ideal that each have to be haltered first in order to attend the work out session. That is a ‘safety first’ limitation of the current facility we are in, which is just one more reason why we hope to have our permanent home, soon, where they won’t have to be haltered first in order to be turned out. However, since that’s the way it is for now, if they don’t halter correctly, we stop, and do something else, and try again. We don’t practice what we don’t want, and practice what we do want, each and every time. 

Once haltered correctly, and then led correctly to the turn out space, we give them a few minutes to run/play/roll and socialize before class begins. We then set a timer and begin today’s workout.   Using mostly positive reinforcement methods, we train all of them at liberty to “free lunge” in both directions.  Our goal is for them to just maintain movement. If they want to walk, trot, gallop, or jump fences, the choice is theirs, as long as they keep moving. It’s a great way for them to get exercise, and for us to get exercise as well! This is not about chasing or whipping them around, this is just a simple walking exercise for fitness and health. Check out the video and please leave your comments, thoughts, and suggestions on YouTube. As you know we are pioneering positive reinforcement training in horses, so your input is appreciated, help us think of new ways to get it done, or better yet, take the Horse Training Masterclass and come volunteer to work with our rescue horses!

Thank you so much for your interest in our programs! Please subscribe to our newsletter, share our message with others,  subscribe to our YouTube channel, and most importantly become a monthly donor to the ResqRanch. God Bless you and the animals!

DrQ’s How To Train Any Horse To Do Anything By Anyone!

Hello all!

By popular demand I am pleased to announce I am offering my Horse Training Masterclass again.

Here are the details:

Are you madly in love with horses and wish more than anything to get them in your life?

OR

Do you already know a lot about horses, yet your methods just aren’t working as well or as fast as you like?

 I have the solution for you both!

A Life Changing 3 Hour Horse Training Masterclass!

And the deadline to sign up is approaching quickly, register by 5pm MST Friday July 16th! Only 2 spots left! 

Please let me share with you how it came about that I am going to change your life forever.  

Growing up poor, I loved animals, But without funds to purchase purebreds or already trained horses, like some of you I ended up with ‘rescues’  with training problems. Which is why they were rescues in the first place. I spent  money on everything from books, and seminars from the most well known horse whispers in the world,  to even animal communicators. I was frustrated, felt lost, unsure who to listen to, embarrassed, at times had limited self confidence that I had much idea of what I was doing, and desperately wanted to figure out how to fix it. 

More than anything I wanted that magical, heart fulfilling relationship with my horse, just like the ones you see in every emotional teen horse movie, ever! 

I didn’t want to worry anymore about wondering if my horse was ready, if my timing was right, how I could avoid getting bucked off, kicked, or smashed in some way.  

I wanted to know with 100% certainty that my horse really loved me!   

I encountered lots of conflicting information and few real solutions. None of the suggestions felt ‘right’.  But I kept trying with what I knew, maybe like you, and eventually it got me laid up in bed for nearly a year with a badly broken leg for trying to ride a rescue Thoroughbred mare I bought at a kill auction using the horse whisperer techniques I had learned thus far.  

That is when, stuck in a wheelchair in terrible pain with nothing but time to consider what I did wrong, and what I could do better, l I happened upon a dolphin training manual. 

This book changed my life! 

 It changed how I handled my own animals, how I advised my clients, and opened my eyes to the endless possibilities of training any horse, to do, anything! 

And so easy too, just a few simple steps!  

Understanding the principles of this simple, scientifically proven,  system of animal training, and applying it to horses, was like discovering the Rosetta Stone of how to clearly communicate, and accurately understand, my horses.  I went from not knowing if my horse even loved me, to being able to run to the end of an arena, away from the exit door,  call my horse to me, and have her race over to me, quickly, and eagerly, every time, and with complete mutual trust!  I was finally living the magical dream! Imagine scrambling on confidently bareback and bitless, ready to set off for any adventure! This is the dream that I am offering to you today! 

And don’t forget, these training principles apply to training ALL animals! You will leave this course with a new set of tools you can use to train horses, dogs, cats, fish, or even people!

 I am looking to share this special pilot masterclass with the unusually motivated, the exceptional truth seekers, the horse-crazy explorers! 

You may already know a lot about horses, yet you know there is always more to learn (or maybe you just want to try to prove your current methods are fine and you’re already on the right track). 

You may be just starting out, and that’s even better because I am going to save you years of heartache, money, and maybe even save your life! 

THIS COURSE SHOULD BE REQUIRED READING BEFORE ANY HORSE OWNERSHIP OR WORKING WITH THEM, BY ANYONE, EVER! 

In fact, we feel so strongly that this statement is true, that we require the completion of this course for anyone who wishes to volunteer and spend time with the horses in our sanctuary.  Your tuition goes directly towards the care of the animals, so it’s a win-win!

What I am offering to share with you today is my 3 hour pilot intensive training masterclass on understanding positive reinforcement training. 

What it is, what it’s not, and why it’s the scientifically proven best, fastest, easiest, and safest method of animal training. 

You will learn why it’s the only method you should use for the rest of your life, on all your animals, and how to get started with using it.  

It will help you fix any and all training issues, for horses of all ages, youngsters to crusty old-timers, and everything in between.  You will learn the basic methods to (re)train  any horse, with any problems,  under saddle or on the ground, from quietly standing tied, to trailer loading, to picking up feet, perfect haltering and leading, girthiness, spookiness,  separation anxiety (including barn sourness), shying, bucking, pushiness, hard to catch,  and even working up to jumping bareback and bitless in company! 

I am going to show you exactly what you need to know, to fix any training issue, improve your relationship with all horses, and give you the tools to know without a doubt that, yes, your horse loves you! 

We are going to meet online for 3 hours on Sunday July 18th from noon to 3 pm MST.  

Yet that’s not all. You will also receive a FREE half hour personal one-on-one consultation for you to ask specific questions and get personal coaching from me, a $120 value! 

AND admittance to a private Facebook group for further discussion in between! 

  • First we’ll briefly discuss basic safety around handling horses, and why it’s important. Which is why this masterclass is especially great for beginner’s. 

  • Then, we will discuss the standard of horse training in the world today, how it’s out of date, and why you should leave all this behind.

  • Next we’ll learn what positive reinforcement training is and why it works the best.

  • I will teach you how to replace the current training methods you’re using, with positive reinforcement ones, so that you too can train any horse to do, anything!

  • Finally, we will discuss in depth exactly how to correctly halter train and lead a horse. You will leave this class with the tools to dramatically further your horse training knowledge, as well as confidently know you have the ability to halter train and lead ANY horse. An excellent class to have for anyone who ever plans to work with yearlings, Mustangs, or just to have more confidence haltering and leading ANY horse. 

I’m going to distill down for you an entire textbook on animal training, in simple plain, easy to understand language, everything you need to know to get started training any horse, to do anything. 

Remember you also get access to a private FB group just for students, where you can post specific questions and how to use this type of  training. 

With even a basic understanding of positive reinforcement training,  you too can train any horse! Even if you have never really been around them before! 

When it comes to horses, are you (or someone you love):

  • Afraid?

  • Hurt (like me)?

  • New to horses?

  • Experienced but looking for quick problem solving?

  • Frustrated?

  • A kid?

  • Elderly yet still believe in the dream that is horses?

  • A teen?

  • Disabled and looking for a therapeutic horse program?

  • A veteran dreaming of peace with horses?

  • A Mental Health Professional seeking to start an Equine Therapy Program?

  • Struggling, seeking meaning in life, desperate for grounding, and to find your purpose through being with horses?

  • Have social anxiety?

  • Have a deep burning passion, love, and fascination with the near mythical living creature, THE HORSE?

Then join this pilot masterclass and let me 100% blow your mind with the safest, fastest, most effective way to make ALL your dreams with horses, possible!

How can I guarantee all this? 

Keep in mind this is a pilot course, the training portion only, of my full course. When the full course is available to the public it will cover horse health, behavior, training, housing, equipment, ethics of the horse industry, and your own personal mental health and safety around horses. It will sell for $5,959.   

It will be the best comprehensive MUST HAVE course for anyone wanting to own or just be around or work with horses. 

In order to ensure everything is properly in place, first, I am going to offer this smaller pilot class to a select few unusually motivated students who want to take their relationship with their horse to the next level, NOW! 

Your cost for the privilege of joining this elite, intensive, information packed small pilot group? ONLY $297! 

A total no brainer! 

Don’t forget you can’t put a price on:

1) SAVING YOUR LIFE, and

2) Holding the key to GUARANTEED deep emotional bond with Your horse, OR any HORSE!

I have given this course multiple times over the past 10 years, and literally changed people’s lives. Not only am I a veterinarian with a special interest in how behavior affects health, I am also a certified Professional Animal Trainer, and animal rescuer operating the premiere positive reinforcement centered horse sanctuary the ResqRanch. 

Not only will this course help deepen the bond between you and horses, it will also save you hours of time and money,  by helping you avoid hiring the wrong trainers, the wrong courses,  purchasing unnecessary equipment, and stress induced illness and injuries to you or the horse. It’s hard to put a price on the value of having your eyes opened to what you don’t know.    

Love horses? This course is for YOU! 

So that’s how it works. You will get a three hour intensive course on the best animal training method known to science in this century. You will get a half hour personal consultation with me (a $120 value). You will get access to a private FB group for asking questions.  You will learn everything you need to know about why this method is the best, safest, and fastest, what to avoid, and where to go from here. 

My full behavior and health course of which this pilot is the beginning, will sell for $5959. The cost to join this pilot program is only $297, and the deadline to join is  Friday July 16th, 2021 at 5 pm MST. I am accepting 10 people in the course. There are only two spots left. Would you like one of the spots in this pilot? 

If you are brave enough to learn what you don’t know, then you can’t afford to miss this chance! Sign up today and take advantage of the most significant moment in your life.   

I am DrQ, the One and Only Life Coach For People with Pets, and the rest, is up to you!


Looking forward to revealing to you a magical world with horses!

Thanks for reading and God bless!

To sign up for the class, please click here

https://mailchi.mp/drqandu.com/235z2nryk6

Solving Hoof Lift Problems

Summer is in full swing around here and that means lot’s more ‘horsing around’!

In case you missed the videos https://youtu.be/-Sw3kDsh-A8, we have been working on a 30 Day Hoof Lift Challenge with all the animals in our care. We are working on retraining them to pick up their feet with just a hand single (palm up near the fetlock) and the word ‘lift’. Some days are better than others, and some animals are better than others on different days. Sometimes the first ask is effortless on all 4 legs, and other days the ask turns into a threatening kick depending on the animal and its level of rehabilitation. The worst by far is our oldest resident, the beautiful Quarter Horse Palomino mare Sugar.  This is a result of years of rough handling coupled with arthritic joints which make standing on 3 legs difficult for her.  Calling it a 30 Day Hoof Lift Challenge is more for fun, as getting her fully rehabilitated may not happen in 30 days, or ever.  Just remember, no matter how long it takes, as long as you don’t lose your temper (and make the mistake of aggressing on the animal even when you are safe), or frighten/stress the animal so that it feels the need to flee from you, trust in the process and that you ARE making progress. That’s the positive reinforcement (R+) way and what I teach in my Horse Training Masterclass the Safest, Fastest, Easiest animal training method known to science. 

For example, at the last session with Sugar where that hoof lift did turn into a half hearted kick out at me, I responded by sternly telling her ‘NO!”, and promptly left. I followed this up by doing extra training with other horses right in front of her, but giving her no opportunity to participate or engage, and basically treated her as if she didn’t exist, even when she came to the fence and put her head through and begged for attention with her little lip game she plays to try to get our attention. Nope I am not falling for it. There was no reason for her to even pretend to kick at me when asking for her to pick up her feet.  I have done nothing to her ever that she would need to protect herself from me (the only justification for a kick). She will have a ‘time out’ now for a couple of days until she rethinks her opinion of me and why she would want to threaten me when all I do is bring her ample opportunity to earn treats and massages.  It gives me a chance to cool out too, towards her, to make sure the next time we try it I don’t carry with me fear (or anger) that she might try to kick me again. And more importantly, it gives me time to rethink the whole situation to ensure I am not missing something that I could be doing better for her. Additionally, it gives me the chance to spend time visualizing the process going more smoothly the next time.  I will continue to watch her closely from afar, and as long as she continues to show interest in me and wanting/hoping to get another chance, I will give it to her, when I feel safe and ready, too. 

Please leave your comments, thoughts, suggestions,  like and subscribe to us on social media, and if you find value in what we do please become a monthly donor to the ResqRanch, even $1.00 will go a long way to help the horses. We currently know of  three older horses right now that we cannot afford or have room to take on who need forever homes with specialized care, call us for more information 303-838-3771 if you or someone you know is interested.  Your donations also help us offer more educational classes, volunteer opportunities, and help us give our animals what they deserve, an ideal horse properity of  their own to call home. Do YOU have an unused ideal horse property in the Evergreen area? We want to make a deal with you! Until next time, thank you and God Bless! 


Sugar enjoying some free time running in the field with her pal Donkey, not looking like she has too much trouble picking up her feet now! :)Sugar enjoying some free time running in the field with her pal Donkey, not looking like she has too much trouble picking up her feet now! :)

Sugar enjoying some free time running in the field with her pal Donkey, not looking like she has too much trouble picking up her feet now! 🙂

Training 6 Rescue Horses at Once Blog: Thursday March 8th, 2021

Hello all you Happy Horse Trainers!

Thought is was about time we shared the details of our training sessions here at the ResqRanch. This will help any potential volunteers better understand what will be expected of them when they spend time with us and so you can be sure the experience is what is best for you. Seasoned trainers will also find our techniques useful to try out themselves on the various animals they may have in their charge. Notice the two highlighted areas where you will notice that our current facilities are holding us back. This is why we are raising money through Network For Good, so that we can expend on what we have, or buy/lease something else which will improve the health and safety of our animals, guests, and volunteers. Is this something YOU can help us with?

To donate money, please go here : https://resqranch-powered-by-the-prince-of-flame-fund.networkforgood.com/

To volunteer, please go here: https://mailchi.mp/drqandu/9i8ad65jg9

To contact us about offering to help us renovate the property (build fence), or if you know of a property that would more perfectly suite our needs, please contact us here info@resqranch.org.

Now for the Training Log: Training 6 Rescue Horses at Once Blog entry Thursday March 8th, 2021. 3 pm

First walk thru check in the horses. All are healthy and eager for interaction in their individual small pens (runs). They each last ate about 2 flakes of hay at around 9 am so they have eaten, had water, rested, and by now are bored and ready for some stimulation.

Since they are all well and ready (as evidenced by nickering at us and coming forward to us eagerly looking for attention), the next step is to feed them more. Horses should have grass hay available to them as close to 24 hours a day as possible for maximum mental and physical health. 

For the next 30-40 minutes they are left along to consume as much hay as they can and have access to water.  Being hungry does not lend itself well to learning. 

Once the animals have had their fill, it’s time for recess. Our positive reinforcement training program dictates that the best for the animal’s health and well being, is some free time, first, before training.  This also allows the trainers the opportunity to further evaluate each animal’s state of mind, which will help shape what training lesson is practiced on any given day. This is something which sets our training apart. Although we always have a rough idea what we will work on with each animal, everyone has good and bad days. We adjust each day’s lesson to meet the individual where they are on this day.

Only 4 of our 6 are able to be safely haltered and led to another area safely, with more room where they can run, buck, roll and play. We turn out these four, in strict respect of their ‘pecking’ order.  The two left, one the oldest needing the most retraining, and the other a youngster needing the most initial training, are left together with more hay yet close by the others so they can all see each other, and keep anxiety levels down. Horses are herd animals and can get anxiety when separated from their herd mates. To minimize any anxiety, they all are schooled  near each other in order to minimize this from occurring. 

While the 4 are out at recess, it’s time to begin the training session for the 2 still in their paddock. Since these two are neither one yet safe and reliable to halter and lead out in the open (which is unavoidable with this facility), and since safety first, we are not able to turn them out for recess and must proceed with the training session. The older mare today actively avoids us, even hiding behind a wall to eat more hay rather than approach us at the fence. The youngster, on the other hand, is too forward and is pushing at the fence and putting his head all the way through the fence actively trying to reach us. His behavior is too forward/aggressive (he is not calm in his own safety circle) so we must use caution to avoid being bitten by him as we work around the pen. Yes part of his strong attention seeking behavior is due to his lack of exercise. Yet we are not able to get him safely to an exercise area at this time (thus our need for an updated facility), since it’s safety first, so we choose to actively stimulate his mind instead which is a good form of exercise, as well for horses that can’t be turned out, such as those with injuries who need rest but still get bored and frustrated.  

For the reluctant mare, who is wary of freely approaching us in case we should choose to put her back to hard work like she did on a ranch for years, her only lesson today is clicker training. We spend the next 30 minutes randomly reinforcing her with grain (even tossing it onto her pile of hay since she is slow to approach) at the same time as giving a click and telling her she is a good girl. After about 30 minutes she is fairly full of hay, and begins to approach us near the fence in shy hopes of perhaps earning more small bites of grain. Once she displays this behavior, we can be assured she is now in the correct, safe, mindset for us to approach, halter and lead, and turn out with the original 4 who are happy to greet her.

As for the yearling, we worked on more advanced clicker training, alternating between each of his lessons and freely rewarding the mare for ‘no reason’. This includes teaching him to turn his head and stick out his tongue on cue, move his hand limbs left and right (disengage his hindquarters) just with a word and slight finger gesture from a distance, to back up and move forward (follow the trainer) via only hand signals, and to practice putting eye drops in his eyes, cleaning out his ears, looking at his teeth, lifting legs, inspecting underbelly thoroughly, lifting all 4 feet easily and without danger of kicking, and finally asking to carry a rider, bareback, and how to respond to rein signals via reins clipped to each side of the halter.  All of this was accomplished in less than 40 minutes, easily, happily, safely, and effectively. By the end he is standing patiently and attentively on his side of the pen, ready to respond to the next request, no longer pushing and ramming to reach us against the fence. Now we know, he too, is ready and safe to be haltered and led out to enjoy the other 5, who have been sniffing around and exploring but not straying too far, their ears betraying them they are closely paying attention to the clicker training session (so they are learning at the same time) occurring with their two friends and anticipating their own training sessions where they too can earn bits of grain rewards. They all run about happily together, rolling, running, bucking, and nuzzling each other in delight at getting to have free time with their friends. 

Only now, two and half hours in do we even begin getting the only horses suitable for riding, ready for a riding session.

By now the two ‘riding’ horses have gotten free time with friends,  a chance to run and play and blow off steam, and the option to get fully satisfied on hay all the while being nearby friends and getting entertained (and learning) while watching the first two horses training sessions. 

Now we halter them and the ‘lead’ horse and take them out of the big playtime area and off into three individual square paddocks slightly bigger than the average horse round pen with a 60 foot diameter, that are all right next to each other. The ‘lead’ horse is a rescue not really suitable for riding, but gets very upset, and creates anxiety in the others, if separated too far from them. When training animals it is very important to acknowledge the hierarchy of the animals, and respect it at all times. Remember they are horses first, and always will be. This is an issue which can be controlled in a different kind of facility (again why we need a change) we know from experience because it was not an issue at a previous facility where the lead horse was naturally housed slightly further away, and just that additional 150 feet of space allowed him to overcome his over addiction to being near the others (a condition also sometimes called barn sour) while still allowing him to see the others and feel like a part of the herd. 

Luckily at this facility it is relatively easy to overcome since there are three individual working, or classroom pens we can use for training which allows him to be physically close but still loose and not able to interfere with our training.

Again we put hay bags and water buckets in the pens, so all three have no anxiety about getting moved over into these new pens, and get right back to munching hay and loosely checking out where the others are (still loose with each other in the big arena where they all just came from). And speaking of those who are now loose, they too act like they are interested in sniffing and exploring but really mostly they gather at the end nearest to their friends who are now in the classroom pens so to speak, intently watching and learning from their training session. 

Once we now double check to ensure all animals are content and relaxed, we get on our helmets, and set’s of reins, and begin a little simple clicker training exercises with the riding horses. We use clicker training to help us easily attach the reins to their halters. We also use clicker training to encourage them to stand near the fence, and use more clicker training to reward them for allowing us to mount up.

Then, we just sit there, with them loose, while they eat hay. We talk, laugh, watch clouds go by. We feel the horses muscles beneath our own. We shift our weight to get the feel of what it would feel like should the horse suddenly move. We make up stories, tell jokes, and share dreams of one day galloping over fences and along beaches. 

If the horses lose interest in the hay, and begin to explore the enclosure, we simultaneously give seat, rein, and leg aides that correspond to what the horse is doing. We only interfere if there is a safety concern. Soon we are riding the horses from one hay net, to the next turning left and right easily. Next, we incorporate a halt just before the hay net. Soon the horses turn left, right, and halt with only the slightest of our body gestures.

We just sit there and talk some more, until the horses seem downright bored. Perfect. Time to get off and reward them for a job very well done. Today we accomplished mounting,  with them loose, and got them to comply to  basic commands, without any running off and no one falling off. HUGE success. 

Now all the horses are brought in for the night, to their own individual areas to eat their dinner on their own, not being bothered by their herdmates, and reflecting on an eventful day. 

This is what we call perfect progress. Perfect progress like this will have us riding these horses on the beach and over fences all with free choice methods, in 6 months to a year depending on no mistakes being made, the limitations of the facility, our own physical fitness,   and how often the exercises are repeated. 

Does this sound like something you want to be a part of? Come help us retrain these animals, the right way, for their emotional and physical health, and yours!


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