vaquero style TRAINING
from the horses point of view
Surrounded by hundreds of miles of hilled trails and gentle rolling pastureland, RANCHO TOLEDANO PASO FINO FARM provides the perfect training ground for recreational and competitive horses. Our Northern California location in the Sierra Foothills is a haven for strengthening and training the Paso Fino. Here they will navigate and learn through obstacles and grounds that allow them to perform to the best of their ability as your pleasure companion or your top show horse. The horses that grow in this environment are hardy and strong when they begin their training. Their endurance and stamina is increased over flatlands training and their knowledge of the environments they will meet in their life's work is greatly increased.
We encourage trail and hill work in the training of our horses. Our property borders 1000's of acres of open land in addition we have a 14,000 mile wildlife preserve within short driving distance. training clients are encouraged to practice on their own horses or our own to perfect their skills
OUR TRAINING PATH BEGINS AT BIRTH:
Over the years our program has been influenced by natural horsemanship techniques under the tutelage of Harry Whitney, Tom and Bill Dorrance, Ray Hunt, Mark Rashid, Cary Hardiman , Larry Whitsell, and our friend Mark Russell All of our horses are imprinted at birth following the work of Dr. Robert Miller Our training path takes these gentle practices to soften and strengthen our horses confidence and readiness. We wait for them to be ready. We expect our horses to have excellent manners on the ground and to be respectful to cues under saddle. Once we have the willingness, we perfect the natural gait with the methods that have been successful for years in the breed. All of our horses are taught lateral movements and yes, all paso finos can canter!
We encourage riding lessons before you leave with your horse as well as in your growth as an owner. A rider who develops a good seat with independent aids using seat and leg, and quiet hands will master the gaited horse easily. Confidence building for horse and rider is an important part of our program. We offer a progression of lessons that starts with round pen work and takes you to your riding goals. Skills for the trail are encouraged and practiced over natural obstacles and hills on the ranch. We offer show preparation for local and regional Paso Fino shows for the novice and accomplished rider.
Patience is the Key!
Patience in training the horses is equally as important as skill in training riders. Lessons and clinics will bring you and your horse partner to new levels of confidence and communication. Learning skills to stay adept at getting the best from your equine partner is as important as the training itself. Take lessons on our schooled horses, and practice what you need for your own improvement with a trained horse. We often find it is helpful for clients to ride highly schooled Paso Finos in each modality. The schooled horse then becomes one of our teachers