Welcome to Rocky A Ranch
Rocky A Ranch LLC

On this page I will describe our philosophy of horse training. Our head trainer , Neto, hails from Guadalahara, Mexico. While he learned about horses at an early age, most of what he knows is what he has learned for the past 20 years taining horses, reading about horses, and close observation of horses, riders, trainers, and methods. In english we talk of "breaking" a horse. Indeed, a horse with a problem needs to be broken of that habit. But we prefer the Mexican way of describing the process of horse gentling. Mexicans call one who breaks a horse a "domador de caballos" to emphasize teaching the horse who is boss. Horses are herd animals In the wild, there is a dominant leader. All the other horses submit to the authority of this leader. In training a horse, you want to become that dominant leader. Once this dominance is established it is easy to transfer to new riders. They just need to be taught the signals letting the horse know the rider is the dominant leader. Contrary to popular belief, length of time a horse has been in training is not the determining factor in how well the horse is trained. My dad tells a story of a man who was kicked out of town, with his herd of cows, for some nefarious reason and told not to return on pain of hanging. Shortly out of town, his horse died. He roped the bull, taught it to ride and traveled across Idaho that way. When he arrived in Salmon, his "mount" was well trained. Many horses that have been riden for many years are barely green broke. It is not the length of time a skilled trainer has been working with a horse so much as the effectiveness with which this trainer has communicated to the horse that there is a new sherriff in town. An effective trainer lets the horse know that he is dominant. Each thing the trainer asks will be immediately executed, When under the trainers dominance the horse will not undertake tasks which have not been requested by the trainer, and no distracting conduct will be tolerated. Once the horse understands this, dominance is established. In english we would say the horse is broke. Now he is ready to be trained. This is basically establishing communication with the horse, so the horse know what his rider expects. If the first step, dominance, has been firmly established, training is simply a matter of discerning what signals will get the thought through to the horse the action you are calling for. Different signals mean different things to different horses. The trainer discovers those signals, reinforces them in the mind of the horse through repetition, and reinforcement until the slightest pressure evokes the sought after response from the horse.