TRAINING

Essential Training offers a variety of fully customizable training programs with 

both on and off-site services available. Our training programs are designed for each individual horse; together we will create a schedule and routine that meets you & your horse's unique needs and goals.

 

We offer both indoor and outdoor full training board at our beautiful private facility, with rates depending on your desired training routine. 

 

Please get in touch for more information or to arrange a tour of Blackbird Stables!

ESSENTIAL FOUNDATIONS
3-PART TRAINING PROGRAM

The training foundation that your young horse builds will set the tone for their whole future - let’s start 'em right.

This gradual 3-year program is designed to equip young horses with a solid training foundation. Horses start with us as yearlings for 4-8 weeks, learning basic manners and training points before returning home to mature. They then return to us again for 4-8  weeks as 2-year-olds, and for a final time as 3-year-olds; each time receiving further age-specific training that builds upon their previously learned skills. This structure allows for a balance of consistency and patience as your horse matures and they progress through their training milestones. This program is completely customized around discipline, training goals and your horse's personality and needs.  

WEANLING - YEARLING

  • Leading and handling 

  • Standing

  • Tying

  • Grooming

  • Mane pulling

  • Bathing (wash stall)

  • Desensitization 

  • Round pen work

  • Trotting in hand 

  • Trailer loading and unloading 

Full training board with three training sessions per week starting at $1,295.00 (HST included)

TWO-YEAR-OLD

  • Clipping

  • Lunging

  • Tacking 

  • Lunging with tack

  • Ponying on hacks

  • Free jumping

  • Backing if physically ready (bending, moving, stopping)

Full training board with three training sessions per week starting at $1,295.00 (HST included)

THREE-YEAR-OLD

Review and improve previously learned sills with a focus on further developing training under saddle, including:

  • Correct response to aids

  • Consistent pace in each gate

  • Body movement (round, forward and soft)

  • Hacking

  • Starting over fences

Full training board with three training rides per week starting at $2,195.00 (HST included)

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TRAINING FACILITY

Our beautiful farm boasts two bright, immaculate barns with ten large stalls.

The original barn was built in 2018 and is used exclusively for training horses. This allows us to provide a uniquely quiet, safe and private environment when working with young and challenging horses, while still providing access to all of the facilities in our lesson/boarder barn.

 

TRAINING barn 

  • Private barn accessed only by Essential Training staff

  • Four 12' x 10' stalls, each with 1 or 2 large windows & thick rubber mat 

  • Extra wide isle

  • Full laundry facilities 

  • Large private tack room & feed room 

  • Full access to all our lesson/boarder barn amenities & arena (meters away)

Outdoor Amenities

  • 100' x 120' outdoor sand ring

  • Huge outdoor grass ring

  • Standard size grass dressage ring

  • Large round pen with sand footing

  • Acres of groomed hacking trails with sweeping views of Mono Cliffs escarpment

  • Cross-country course (under construction)

  • Multiple paddocks all with homegrown free choice hay, ample shelter, heated water troughs & new wood/electric fencing

  • Ample parking space

  • Minutes away from Mono Cliffs Provincial Park's extensive horse-friendly trails