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True West Horsemanship Ltd provides natural trust based horsemanship training rooted in the classical tradition of the vaquero and California bridle horse. We can prepare horses for any Equine Disciplines – no matter what you want to achieve with your horse – a solid foundation and a great working partnership will help you accomplish your goals!

Starting (breaking in)

We prepare every horse with a solid foundation, not skipping steps or leaving holes. We have a 5 week minimum for Starting and the total length a horse may be in training depends on the horse, the point where the owner/rider feels comfortable taking over (green horse/finished horse) and the owners budget.

We also like to involve the owner/rider throughout the process, if able, encouraging them to come for a lesson once a week, as part of their package, so that when they return home with their horse they have the best possible success of ‘speaking the same language’ and having a lasting working partnership.

Please note – we have a flexible waiting list for horses coming in for training. This is always moving out as different clients book horses in.

Re-starting Horses

Some horses have major holes in their foundational training and may require a re-start. Although we do not have a minimum training time for Re-Starts (we base these cases on a week-by-week basis) the owner must understand a re-start often takes longer than a fresh Start.

We include similar process to a Start, first searching for holes in foundational training and re-establish a solid foundation. We also like to involve the owner/rider throughout the process, if able, encouraging them to come for a lesson once a week, as part of their package, so that when they return home with their horse they have the best possible success.

Please note – we have a flexible waiting list for horses coming in for training. This is always moving out as different clients book horses in.

Vaquero Bridlehorse Development

This is a very unique package we offer to a limited number of clients who understand the time it takes to produce a Traditional Vaquero/Californio Style Bridlehorse. This package has a 3 month minimum training time and horses will be Started under saddle (if need be) and ridden in a traditional hackamore while learning a versatile foundation of basic lateral movement, stockmanship, roping and more. Ben may also use your horse at Clinics (with your prior permission and knowledge) giving it a unique experience in a number of situations.

Problem Solving

We don’t like to say that they are ‘problem horses’ but rather horses that might have lacked proper handling, have foundational holes or have acquired bad habits, such as bucking, bolting, biting, kicking, raring. We base Problem Solving Horse Training on a week-by-week basis and encourage owners/riders to attend a lesson each week if possible, as part of their package. 

Please note – we have a flexible waiting list for horses coming in for training. This is always moving out as different clients book horses in.

Private Colt Starting School

Our Private Colt Starting School is a unique opportunity for an owner to start their own horse under the tuition and supervision of Ben. Owners need to commit to a 1 hour session each day, 5 days a week at our Training Facility near Rangiora, South Island.

The full time frame can be customized on a case by case basis. This will not only set the participant up with Horsemanship skills for the horse they are working with – but give them some skills to use on any horse they are working with for the rest of their life.

Clinics

We have a variety of clinics around the world which are available to suit different skill levels and interests including Horsemanship Clinic, Green Horse Clinic, Problem Solving Clinic, Horsemanship through Cattlework  Clinic and more.

The best way to keep in the loop for our clinic locations is subscribe to our email list or check the Events page on our Facebook or website.

If you are interested in hosting a clinic in your area – please email us for more details on becoming a clinic host (and receiving a % off your participant fee).

Specific Training

Ben Longwell - Horse Training

Further Training, Manners Training, Trailer/Float Loading, Desensitization, Foal Handling, Halter Training and more.

This training is also based on a week-by-week basis and we encourage owners/riders to attend a lesson each week if possible, as part of their package. 

Please note – we have a flexible waiting list for horses coming in for training. This is always moving out as different clients book horses in.

Private Lessons​

Private Lessons are available at our Training Facility in Loburn near Rangiora, North Canterbury – by strict appointment only.

Lessons are a practical hands-on session with your horse that can be tailored to your needs or goals.

We also run Problem Solving Clinics regularly, which is a chance to work on individual issues & goals, in a fun clinic based environment.