Moonshine Ranch
Equestrian Center


Choosing a horse

  1. What is the best breed of horse for me?

    First, be honest as to what level of horseperson you are...

    Second, you need to know that although certain breeds have typical traites within the breed (ie Arabians, Saddlebreds, and Thoroubreds tend to be on the hot side), within each breed every horse is an individual! There are plenty of laid back Arabians, and plenty of hot headed Quarter horses!


    So with all honesty the best answer I can give you is choose a breed that you really are fond of and find an individual horse in that breed that suits you! There are good and bad ones in every breed!!!

  2. How do I pick out a good horse to have trained?

    Thats an easy one! Find yourself a young horse in the 2 to 4 year old range that nobody created any man made issues with.

    All horses have the natural instinct of fight or flight this shows up in every single horse I work with in some way shape or form. You will not find a horse that will have absolutely no issues in training! The issues that are more likely to cost you more money in the beginning and come back to haunt you in the end are most always man made!!!

  3. I want to buy a horse for my kids should I be looking for an older horse?

    This is also an open ended question!

    Older does not mean better or more safe! All horses are dangerous irregardless of age, size, breed, or disposition. With that said nearly all accidents are avoidable as they are usually caused by "user error".

    An older horse may be more seasoned but also has had more time to learn bad habbits from all the riders that have been on its back! So reality is there is positive and negative to the whole older horse debate.

    In my personal opinion the best kids horses are at the age of mental maturity typically 4-6 years old, laid back disposition, extremely desensitized, professionaly trained, and have an educated rider! The best thing you can do is to get your child into lessons that cover everything from the ground up, and from the arena to the trails.


  4. Is a horse with blue eyes a bad horse?

    Having one or two blue eyes has absolutely NOTHING to do with whether a horse is good or not!!!

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  1. How long will my horse take to train from start to finish?

     Typically a level headed horse with no man made issues or past trauma can be finished in 2-3months

  2. Do I need to be involved in the training process while my horse is there?

    If you are new to horses, or have a problem horse here you should try to be here once a week.

    If you are horse savy you should at least come ride your horse once a month while it is in training.

    If your horse is here for a tune up you should at least plan on a ride on pick-up day.


  3. Will my horse be stalled during the training process.

    I prefer that your horse be stalled but you have the option for it to be in a pasture.

  4. What kind of feeding program do you have?

    I feed quality hay twice daily, grain is 12% sweet feed fed in the evening. Water barrels for each horse are always full and clean.

    Any special needs your horse has need to be written down and given to me when you you bring your horse in!

  5. How long will it take before you are on my horses back?

    Two key factors are safety, and not getting ahead of the horse.

    Your horse needs to stand for mount and dismount, perform fore-quarter turns from the ground, sack in motion from the ground, and have the basic ques down. I have had horses that took 45 minutes to learn this and moved right out under saddle. The average is 3-5 days.

  6. Do you train through the winter?

    I train year round and even have ways to  mimmick mud and water during the winter months!

  7. Do you take in problem horses?

    I take in all sorts of problem horses!

  8. Do you train gaited horses?

    I train all breeds.

  9. Do you train Mules?

    I do train mules and enjoy working with them!

  10. How long have you been training at the professional level?

    I have been training professionaly for fifteen years.

  11. How many lesson per week will my horse get?

    Every horse is worked with five days per week for an average of 1 1/2 hours each day.

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