Monique and the Diamond Double T ranch Provide a one of a kind training experience. Horses learn to live like horses naturally should. Colt starting, Ground work, Problem horses, Western, English.
Monique and the Diamond Double T Ranch provide a one-of-a-kind training experience. Horses learn to live like horses naturally should. Colt starting, groundwork, problem horses, Western, and English are all available.
Using her background in natural horsemanship taught by Buck Brannaman, Monique seeks to make horses safer and happier, and ultimately help you have a better connection and relationship with your horse. Monique teaches riders horse behavior and how to have a better understanding of what the horse’s needs are. Often, the horses are telling the human what it needs but people misread that communication. Monique tries to help build confidence and fill in holes that other trainers might have missed. The goal is to work from the ground up. She starts with the fundamentals on the ground and teaches the horse to follow and respect the human on the ground. Once that foundation is built, then the riding piece starts. All horses are different and the time frame for this kind of work can vary greatly. The work is different every day and what takes 1 hour one day might take 5 minutes the next. Monique tries to do everything on the horse’s time. She has a forward and direct approach and will let you know if a horse and rider don't seem to be a good fit.
Monique’s Training Program
This program is designed for young or problem horses to get consistent work where they can truly learn to be horses. This includes incorporating horses into the herd. Monique tries to provide as many different experiences as possible to help the horse be comfortable in as many situations as possible. Most horses will require a minimum of 60 training days and Monique Horsemanship does groundwork prior to starting any riding.
This program addresses the following areas as well as many more advanced skills:
Tools and Things
The Following are the tools and services that Monique Horsemanship uses and provides to clients. This is just a list of skills and tools used in her training program.
A Note About Groundwork—And Why We Do It
Let me share a personal experience which vividly demonstrates the importance of proper groundwork. Rachel had been taking riding lessons from me for several years. A few years ago Rachel was riding a wonderful mare named Coco. During the ride, Rachel experienced a seizure and fell from her saddle. Unfortunately, Rachel’s foot caught in her stirrup, and she was in a very precarious and dangerous position. Had we not done the proper groundwork with Coco, who knows how her horse would have reacted? Even if Coco had continued on a slow walk, Rachel would have suffered very painful injuries. A trot or a gallop would have been disastrous with Coco dragging Rachel around the arena. Because of our careful groundwork, however, Coco simply stopped and waited for us to free Rachel’s foot.
When starting colts at the DDT, we try to prepare them for as many real-world experiences as possible. One technique we use is to rope a colt’s legs together to teach the horse what it feels like when something interferes with its natural gait. The colt “understands” the feeling of an obstruction to its gait, and it learns to “give” or relax in such a situation. A horse that receives such training is much likelier to react calmly instead of fearfully if she ever gets caught in a fence or in a hay net, and believe me, if for some awful reason you find yourself on the ground between your horse’s legs, you will be very grateful for her calm, controlled reaction.
Another helpful training method uses tarps, ropes, and trash bags to simulate surprising or startling objects that could spook a horse while we are on or off of them. Gradual exposure to flapping tarps and bags, especially around the belly and flanks of the horse, allows her to become comfortable with conditions that might otherwise cause her to bolt or become skittish. You might not appreciate the difference this makes until you see an untrained horse react poorly to someone who is just putting on or taking off a coat or jacket! And if your horse wants to kick at a flag or a bag that’s hanging from a stirrup, she is likely to do the same thing if it’s another object, even your precious head, that’s in the same position. Groundwork makes all the difference in creating a safer, more enjoyable horse in the long run.
This is not to say that we will be “dulling” your horse. Your horse will still be alert to her surroundings, but the groundwork of proper desensitizing can prevent injuries or save a life, as it has done for us more than once.
Here are a few groundwork tools Monique might use for you and your horse while working with you.
Disclaimer there is an up-charge for dangerous behavior. Monique values her life and children and doesn't put herself at unnecessary risk.