CK Horse Training and Consulting

CK Horse Training and Consulting The formal designation for my passion: helping people experience life on the back of a horse.
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Rates:

Training session: $40/hr (location of your choice)

30-Days Training: $650

Colt-Starting: $2,000 (90-day minimum)

Knight and I took our first field trip because of the darn non-stop rain! Thanks for always having my back Northern Mich...
10/26/2023

Knight and I took our first field trip because of the darn non-stop rain! Thanks for always having my back Northern Michigan Equine Therapy!

10/25/2023

Tuesday evenings have become a favorite of mine because I get to work with Susan and Cesor! Cesor is a retired Paso Fino used for showing and needs help turning the performance side of his brain off. Here, Susan is able to demonstrate a nice relaxed gait, which we have been working very hard on. Her goal is to have him be an enjoyable and safe trail horse.

PS. There were times tonight the rain was so loud on the arena roof I couldn't hear myself think and Cesor remained composed.

10/23/2023

Knight's first ride off the lunge line. He was definitely a little unsure about the idea but he did well.

10/22/2023

Rode two colts today! Phantom and Knight, though we only got video of Phantom. Thank you to Veronica Polniak for being my training partner this weekend!

10/19/2023
10/18/2023

Knight's first mounting! I really like the way he handled this. He made a few adjustments with his feet but didn't get all wigged out at the feeling of it changing my balance point on his back. While on his back, I am not asking him to bend to my knee, he is just doing that on his own to check me out.

Getting there! Knight
10/17/2023

Getting there! Knight

10/15/2023

Read this and many of the comments 👍❤️There are a few great take-aways here
10/09/2023

Read this and many of the comments 👍❤️
There are a few great take-aways here

You’ve bought your dream horse and suddenly, the wheels have come off.

What’s gone wrong? He’s spooky, he won’t go soft and round, he’s hard to catch and now, he’s pulling back when tied! Don’t panic. There’s a chance you’ve bought the wrong horse... but there’s a bigger chance Mr. Right is homesick.

Stay in touch with his last owner or take some lessons with the former trainer, if you can. Stick with his old feed schedule and the same amount of turn out time. Double check that you’re using the same type of bit and that your saddle fits. Just do your utmost, for the next while, to replicate his old riding and turnout.

Yes, get riding. This flies in the face of a lot of advice but you want to keep him moving and keep going over the basics. You want to do this, for as a sale horse, it is likely that he was in a program with daily riding, before he sold. When we bring home this horse and just turn him out, he falls off the turnip cart of life.

I mention this because I have sold so many horses and ponies who were going beautifully at the time of selling and because the new owners were nervous, rather than ask for help, they did not ride the horse. Months later, they begin and now, they've the extra challenge of learning on an unridden, fresh horse.

Now, you mightn't always have to do it this way! But when you brought home your dream horse, you suddenly rocked his world. He has found himself among strange customs, in a strange land. His friends are gone and you’re in his space... a complete stranger who wants to bond. He’s the new kid in town and the new herd wants nothing to do with him.

It helps to meet him half way, by doing things 'his way', for a while. This isn't a contest. Nobody's keeping score. Yet how many of us feel that we need to 'reschool' a horse the minute we get him into our hands? We totally dismiss the idea that we liked this horse well enough last week, to buy him!

If this horse was a child, we'd know instinctively that he was homesick, that he was upset and that he wants to go home.

While he's working on acceptance, please don’t bribe him or try to remake him. Be safe, be fair, be constant. Give him lots of opportunity to work off his troubles. In time—six days? six weeks? six months? If he was a good horse when you bought him, if you do what you need to do to keep him in basic work with empathy and understanding, he will come around.

Remember, a horse’s level of homesickness has little to do with the level to which he is trained!

This is the horse who was (and still is) a good horse, though he may well feel different from the horse you met and bought. This is not the horse who was somehow 'misrepresented' and sold to you as a whole other bag of goods.

While many horses can change homes and not blink an eye or look back, there are a similar percentage of good, well-educated horses who have trouble with fundamental change in their lives (either in handling, herd life or location), or are challenged with regulating their emotions and stress levels.

They need patience and understanding. We sometimes forget that, in the excitement of writing that cheque...

Last beautiful day before a week of rain.
10/06/2023

Last beautiful day before a week of rain.

Dashing 🎩
10/04/2023

Dashing 🎩

The first few interactions and training sessions are very important because it helps me as a trainer get to know the hor...
10/02/2023

The first few interactions and training sessions are very important because it helps me as a trainer get to know the horse and how they react to different situations and also to establish the relationship and what I expect from them.

Knight did very well with his first session. Like any young horse, he has to learn to focus 🧘🏼‍♀️

The biggest training tool you have is your time!
10/02/2023

The biggest training tool you have is your time!

Quality time versus quantity time.

Your horse needs both, but honestly, quantity time is just as important if not more. Goes back to the old saying of “Wet saddle pads.”

Just showing up and being consistent is a powerful tool. The better quality time you have, sure the better results you’ll have, but it doesn’t matter how good your training is if you aren’t showing up for the quanity time, it’s not going to going to work. Of course that doesn’t mean several hours a day, I don’t recommend that. But it does mean sessions several days a week.

I’ve seen a lot of folks do some pretty remarkable things with not much training themselves just because they showed up everyday and worked at making it a little better with what they knew.

Photo with our young guy, Maverick and taken by Montana Canter Photography!

Rode the new steps at Goose Creek today!
10/02/2023

Rode the new steps at Goose Creek today!

Welcome Knight to Camp CK! This beautiful Morgan stallion will be here for the next couple months getting started under ...
09/30/2023

Welcome Knight to Camp CK! This beautiful Morgan stallion will be here for the next couple months getting started under saddle.

Look at this gorgeous girl! Fiona is doing so well at her new home 🥰
09/30/2023

Look at this gorgeous girl! Fiona is doing so well at her new home 🥰

A few more days riding my guys before I swing into full training mode again.
09/26/2023

A few more days riding my guys before I swing into full training mode again.

09/25/2023

Test drive!

09/22/2023

Can you get your gaited horse into a consistent, forward-moving walk? My old trainer used to call this the gait builder and would work on this and only this for the first 30 days of gait training.

Been soaking up every minute with this guy. Man has it been nice to transition from the 100 day ATFO timeline to pure do...
09/09/2023

Been soaking up every minute with this guy. Man has it been nice to transition from the 100 day ATFO timeline to pure domestic life. At this point I ride Mario no different than my other horse. The expectations are the same. He is doing so amazing!



After a two week vacation, I'll be back to training client horses in October ✌️

Labor day ride with these lovely ladies! Cori J. Fitzpatrick Annette Beair
09/04/2023

Labor day ride with these lovely ladies! Cori J. Fitzpatrick Annette Beair

Monte (formerly Daryl) and Primo have made it home! Their owner spent all summer getting her place horse-ready and it's ...
09/02/2023

Monte (formerly Daryl) and Primo have made it home! Their owner spent all summer getting her place horse-ready and it's so lovely I'm so happy for them 💞

Please enjoy the progression of these photos I took to show Tanner and Mario getting along so well. 😂📸💣
08/29/2023

Please enjoy the progression of these photos I took to show Tanner and Mario getting along so well. 😂📸💣

Pride was rescued as a "failed" big lick horse. He was in so much pain and so untrusting of people after his time in the...
08/27/2023

Pride was rescued as a "failed" big lick horse. He was in so much pain and so untrusting of people after his time in the show world that his new owner has spent close to a year rehabbing and doing groundwork to regain that trust and balance.

Looky here! Anyone in Michigan interested in a HOP horse?? I'd be happy to help gait train!
08/25/2023

Looky here! Anyone in Michigan interested in a HOP horse?? I'd be happy to help gait train!

**Long Gratitude Post**Now that Mario and I are back home and I have had a chance to reflect on this experience, I want ...
08/22/2023

**Long Gratitude Post**
Now that Mario and I are back home and I have had a chance to reflect on this experience, I want to give thanks to all those who made this journey possible. I can’t believe I have my very own sketchy feral tilted stallion (TM Tinia Creamer)!

I have never participated in anything like the Appalachian Trainer Face Off in my life or career. I would first like to thank Mary Heilman-Campbell. We met while riding the Michigan Shore to Shore in 2022 and I asked her about her mare’s interesting heart-shaped brand. She told me about an amazing organization called the Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue, INC and about the Appalachian Trainer Face-Off. After seeing me ride an unruly youngen halfway across the state, she told me I should consider applying to be one of the trainers, to which I laughed and said thank you but didn’t really think I’d actually be able to do it.

Fast forward a year and sure enough, I was accepted as an ATFO trainer. I would like to thank the Heart of Phoenix and those who helped organize the ATFO for allowing me to participate this year. I would like to thank Lisa Muneio for driving the 11 hours to and from West Virginia with me and being my guide while choosing a horse to work with for the next 100 days. I would like to thank Laura Sova who drove up from down state to do 8 hours of tractor work so that I could put those 8 hours towards Mario in those first critical weeks. I appreciate all the help from Annette Beair, Maggie Folk and Michelle Murphy for riding with me and Mario and helping me think things through when I encountered a barrier. I also could not have done this without Courtney Angell Sumpter, who let me board Mario at her barn with an indoor arena for the last month of training. Of course my vet and farrier! To my husband, friends, and family for giving SO MUCH SUPPORT through this process. And my dad for flying from Chicago to be with me at the event.

Taking these horses on is a massive commitment, especially for a fledgling trainer! But thanks to everyone who donated to (there are too many to name!) every need Mario had while under my care was met. This included feed, extra supplements and supplies, vet visits, farrier, much needed chiropractic work, and travel expenses.
I would also like to thank all of you!!! Every single person who followed our journey, interacted with us through facebook by liking, sharing and commenting on posts. To everyone who voted for me as their favorite trainer (I was in the top 3!) and to those who bought merch, rooted for us in the competition and watched the livestream. I am forever grateful for all of you.

These last 100 days have been challenging and incredible and possibly life-changing. They have pushed me as a trainer and made me become better. I have learned so much both from working with Mario and being able to watch the other trainers in the competition. I have met some amazing people as a result of the ATFO. I plan to do it again in the near future. What a great experience.

Surprise!! Today I made it official and adopted Mario! More updates and gratitude to come but I wanted to get on here qu...
08/20/2023

Surprise!! Today I made it official and adopted Mario! More updates and gratitude to come but I wanted to get on here quick to tell everyone the good news!

I love this horse and could not let him go

Awesome footage from day two of the ATFO
08/19/2023

Awesome footage from day two of the ATFO

Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue created the Appalachian Trainer Face Off event to showcase rescued horses who are ready for adoption. Trainers from around the United States work for around

08/19/2023

ATFO Freestyle times tomorrow after the fun show

Oh boy.  Today started out rough.  Mario completely balked in the trail course so we didn't get much accomplished and ca...
08/18/2023

Oh boy. Today started out rough. Mario completely balked in the trail course so we didn't get much accomplished and came in dead last. But we ended the day entering the fun show and winning first in the ribbon ride and third in egg and spoon. No idea when we ride tomorrow. I'm pooped.

Well that was fun! After today's technical ride Mario and I are sitting in 5th place.  He was a really good boy today an...
08/18/2023

Well that was fun! After today's technical ride Mario and I are sitting in 5th place. He was a really good boy today and picked up a canter in the arena even though it's something we never really practiced. Tomorrow we are third in the lineup and our ride time is approx 10:20am.

Tomorrow bright and early we're headed back to Winfield, West Virginia for the Appalachian Trainer Face Off !!! This has...
08/15/2023

Tomorrow bright and early we're headed back to Winfield, West Virginia for the Appalachian Trainer Face Off !!! This has been an incredible journey.

Two of my college besties wrote beautiful posts and did full on photo shoots with   merch, but for some reason my page w...
08/15/2023

Two of my college besties wrote beautiful posts and did full on photo shoots with merch, but for some reason my page won't let me share the original posts. So here are a couple pics and screenshots of the posts. Molly lives in Colorado and Sarah lives in Las Vegas!!!

Bliss at Elk Hill.
08/13/2023

Bliss at Elk Hill.

This view could be yours 📸
08/11/2023

This view could be yours 📸

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CK Horse Training and Consulting is just the formal designation for my passion: helping people experience the world from the back of a horse.

While there are many equine disciplines, my interest and experience is trail riding and camping. There is nothing that enriches my soul more than being in nature with my horse. Whether we’re exploring new trails, experiencing breath-taking views, or tackling difficult terrain, there is always a sense of awe and accomplishment. Being an independent horseman or woman is empowering, and I want others to tap into this feeling!


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Daryl Update! He's now called Monty and his new owner is loving him!

"First ride on Montana (Monty) aka Daryl on the trails and he was perfect. He hopped on the 2 horse trailer (no ramp), stood still to be bridled and mounted, didn’t rush to keep up, didn’t spook from anything, crossed bridges. I have to admit, I’ve had a couple of years of bad horse experiences so I was not completely confident. Monty was a testament to the kind of training Chloe conducts. She’s a relationship builder which is what both Monty and I needed!" -Karen Smith
‼️Horse Lesson: Horses can be unpredictable‼️

Some of you have already seen on personal page that I broke my nose while riding this weekend. It happened while I was on Kane, a sweet natured but green horse. We were riding in a group when a horse passed by then swung in front of us and immediately double-barrel kicked Kane at close range. Kane flew backwards as a reaction and momentum threw me forward as his head came straight up and my face smashed into it. A bit more chaos ensued and we both ended up on the ground.

The first thing I want to say is that I don't think there is anyone to blame. It all happened so fast. I'm not really sure what caused the horse to do what it did, she had never done it on a ride before and gave zero warning. Green horses can also overreact, but there is no way to know if the outcome would have been different if I were on another horse.

The lesson here is just to learn from what happened. The rider on the other horse needs to know that her horse could be capable of doing that again and ride accordingly. In addition, when riding in a group, keep your wits about you, even when you're having a good time chatting with friends!

All that being said, I had a wonderful weekend filled with great horses and people and my heart is so full.
Wonderful camping weekend! Did some really great training with Bittersweet and Kane.
Little video from early this week. Also get ready for camp spam starting tomorrow!
Wooohooo! It's official! Bittersweet will be completing the first week of the Shore to Shore this year, ridden by my dear dear friend Suzy!!

I will be riding Kane from Reining Liberty Ranch and Annette will be on Zander! So excited!
A day in the life of a horse trainer :) . Phantom had his first "saddle" on in the form of my sweatshirt and Bit got trimmed and shod successfully! HUGE shout out to my Farrier! Bittersweet (Lilbit) has had issues in the past with standing for the Farrier but she did amazing today! Then Annette and I trailered to the old railroad bed for a ride.
Happiness on the back of a horse.

📷 from last night's ride.
Bit's (Lilbit, Sweetpea, Bittersweet) first trail of the season 🤠✌️
Got to spend time with Henry's new family! Gait training ride. I think he's got it 😁

You'll notice that Henry throws in a few canter steps at the end. He is working on keeping Henry in gait, as he has a tendency to try to canter. This is due to lack of conditioning and can be fixed through consistent work. This evening Jim really got a feel for how to correct him when he drifts in and out of gait.
We used the twine method with some success! Thanks Kary and Emily! (I don't know why I can't actually tag people on pages but I hope you see this!)