"We rely on hard work and dedication to lead us to success, and count on teamwork when we reach for victory." -Howard & Erica Peet
We have been a part of the horse world for the past 25 years. In those years, we have come to strongly believe that the owner should get as much education as the horse does. Our lesson programs reflect this belief. Our biggest sense of pride comes from your growth with your horse. It does not matter how fancy the horse is if the owner does not know how to communicate and interact with it, be it riding, driving, or showing the horse! This applies to any rider/horse pair, be it a trail horse for pleasure or a show horse for competition. We take as much pride in knowing that a client's first trail ride was a fabulous one, as we do in winning a title at a show. Most important for the horse, is that they must learn to be confident to succeed in whatever discipline they enter. With confidence comes the willingness and happiness in their work, no matter who asks it of them. As far as showing is concerned, we have shown in venues from little county fairs, clear up to the national level. We have earned our share of national titles, and we have taken great pleasure in watching our amateur and youth riders earn their titles as well! English, western, driving, halter, Working Equitation, we love it all! So, if we sound like the fit for you and your horse, give us a call and we can discuss your goals and let you know what we can do to reach them. We welcome all breeds! Please see our Contracts page for information and details about being a part of the Peet Equestrian team! The Peet Equestrian Training Program Our training program has a strong foundation based on horsemanship from many disciplines that has been learned over many years. We are thankful for the many people we have learned from. Our training program continues to grow as we learn. We believe life is a journey and education in our trade is the key to being successful with a variety of horses and to remain at the top of our industry.
Halter work is the foundation to our training program. We were very fortunate a few years back to travel to Spain and learn halter from an accomplished horseman, Nourddine. We applied the new information to our already existing program and are very pleased with the end results. Every horse in training learns the basic halter program. It creates trust, teaches basic body control, and relaxation that will carry over into the horse's performance career. The keys to our halter program are: *Softness in the poll *Relaxation *Control of the body through guiding all 4 feet *Understanding straightness while the horse moves forward or backward *Understanding how to be expressive in the show ring, but remain relaxed while doing it
Ground work. Lunging, bitting, & lining are very important keys to our program also. When starting a horse, forward movement is the key to success. Relaxed, balanced movement with proper frame is the goal. *Develop stamina to be healthy and want to be worked *Learn verbal and body language of the human *Accept Equipment *Learn to be in a frame *Allow the trainer to control the speed and direction of the horse *Movement with expression
Driving. This training allows the horse to develop muscle with very little resistance. Driving is a great foundation that prepares a horse to be ridden. *Horse learns self confidence while pulling the cart *Forward movement is confirmed *Horse learns to walk and trot in a straight line *Horse learns proper movement by letting the shoulder lead in movement *Softness, relaxation, the walk and whoa are confirmed *Canter work may start when the horse is confident
Saddle work. Regardless of the discipline; dressage, working equitation, hunt seat, saddle seat, or western, riding is based on one's ability to communicate with their horse through their entire body. *Horse accepts communication from rider's whole body *Horse is introduced to lateral movement *Horse learns frames (free, working, lengthened, medium, extended, collected) at all gaits *Horse learns proper bending *Develop increased carrying power of the hind end *Training on obstacles are for giving a focus, creating confidence, and having variety in their work