Are you struggling with your horse.....is he ill mannered, unwilling, confused or scared??? Even worse, is he dangerous??? Are you ill mannered, stressed & confused??? Let us help you work thru these horse issues. We are strong on manners, safety & well trained horses. Let us help you: From starting colts to advanced horsemanship. Watch our training preview videos.
PEOPLE TRAINING: Open enrollment:
The schooling fee includes: training. Room & Board is an additional option. For that option we charge additional $700/mo. Our schedule is flexible.
Bring your horse or use ours.
program: We recommended 30 days to start:
We are a traditional family run business, modest dress code appreciated.
INTERMEDIATE & ADVANCED: This is a general description: We will teach you:
Round Pen work. Lunge horses, Start colts. You will understand respect and safety issues, in the arena, on the trail, in the pen catching horses, loading horses in trailers with techniques that work. We will give you the tools to work thru your insecurities and fears....you will gain confidence in handling your horses.
Foundational Excercises: Dressage exercises: Curls, counterflexs,side passing, double reverse, stops and turn arounds, turn on the forehand and hind end, stop and backups, flying lead changes,sliding stops and turn arounds.
We have a student packet we will send you to look over as far as cabin guidelines etc. Something else, we wish to address is: If you are sensitive or have allergies of any kind, we need to be aware of your individual needs. Also, dress appropriately, a modest dress code is appreciated.
Apprenticeship Program Fees:
The schooling fees are as follows: Room & board is an additional option. We give Rain Checks, if needed.
30 days: just the program is: $2800.00 with Room & Board ..$3500
3 weeks: just the program is: $2500.00 with Room & Board...$3025
2 weeks: just the program is: $1650.00 with Room & Board...$2000
1 week: just the program is: $900.00 ...with Room & Board....$1075
Some trades are acceptable. AFTER COMPLETION OF A 30 DAY SCHOOLING PROGRAM YOU MAY BE INTERRESTED TO STAY ON FOR ANOTHER 2-3 MONTHS AS AN APPRENTICE. WE WILL PROVIDE LODGING. WE MAY CONSIDER CHARGE 1/2 PRICE FOR SCHOOLING AT THAT TIME, YOU WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR HAY FOR YOUR PERSONAL HORSES IF YOU HAVE THEM WITH YOU AND COST OF GROCERIES. INTO THE 3RD MONTH, THERE IS A MUTUAL RE-EVALUATION (ANYTIME STARTING AT THE 3RD MONTH WE WOULD ASK FOR $300/MO FOR YOUR LIVING EXPENSES....IF STUDENT/&TWISTER WOULD LIKE TO CONTINUE.... IF THERE IS A JOB OPPORTUNITY AT THAT TIME WE MAY MAKE THE OFFER OF EMPLOYMENT.
Apprenticeship Program Deposit Schedule: (We recommend making a deposit to secure you on our calendar, otherwise it is first come, first serve basis.)
1 week: $300.00 deposit, non refundable
2 week: $500.00 deposit, non refundable
3 week: $700.00 deposit, non refundable
1 month: $1000.00 deposit, non refundable
These non-refundable deposits will hold your school reservation. The balance is due upon arrival & is non refundable except in unique situations such as injury or sickness etc. In such cases there is reasonable cause.
Dear Erica....Thx you for your letter. We generally keep all our fees very competitive in this market. Some of this is accomplished because all students are involved in our activities here. We try you out....decide what level you can start at & then we fit you with a horse project....if you need to learn to ride we have a nice gelding here to help you learn or advance you to a higher level... We all put alot of miles on the horses....if you are ready you will have several horse projects that you will most likely start at the colt starting stage with Twister's guidence. We are very careful to keep folks safe, challenged & learning. There are times, after a lesson that you will need to think on the lesson & practice, practice, practice. You will receive more coaching & help. Am & PM everyone helps at the barn....we handle the feedings in a very simple, sensible way....it a good start for anyone to understand the care and responsibilities for their horses besides just riding your horse projects.. Learning to train horses is the basic foundation every horseman should try to develope....you can't keep a good horse going well, unless you understand the basics. Does this help you with your questions?? Back To Top
2. Our week is: six days, work days starting on a Monday thru Saturday.
4. Is there internet access? Yes, we suggest you bring your own laptops with you, you may then access your wireless thru our office PC. You are allowed to check your email...if you require more access, there will be an additional fee applied for excessive web use. Just completeing assignments for students enrolled in college courses etc...we would like you to access your school, download your assignments & then exit the web. No movie downloads are acceptable. Even watching YouTube we are then charged as if you download movies, so we do ask for adherience to our requests of "no movies".
How to become a Horse Trainer??? College is helpful for Equine Management, Business Degrees & Equine Health Degrees however, we find dedication & goal orientated, focused individuals will make it in the Horse Training world if this individual is not afraid of hard work, dirt & inconvenience. You've got to have some grit about ya!!! Horse training is not for sissys or lazy people. The best step is to find someone you can learn from....trying to escape from the school of hard knocks. Keep a teachable heart & just dive in with your sleeves rolled up attitude. Be willing to pay the price of sacarifice & hard work. You work hard & it always won't be this way....the reward will come. You've got to love this lifestyle & enjoy helping people with their horses because you don't only train horses you train people. Take a minute & read student testimonials.
It depends if you come to us as an intermediate to advanced student...in that case you will have a firm foundation that could open doors for you as you advance in your skills in our schooling program. (this is a generic statement, because of course, it depends on how you learn & understand, & you advance in your skills) You should be ready, (in most cases) to go to work for a trainer as a trainer helper or apprentice,or in some cases it is possibly the exact training you needed to be independent enough to begin building a side business of our own.
Re: Beginner riders need to prepare their riding skills prior to enrolling in our program. You must be at an intermediate level of riding to profit from our program.
Intermediate level means you would have developed safe, ballanced rideing, understaning how to implement training exercises, round pen work etc. You would correctly understand & implement leg pressure, light hands & understanding how to improve the horse.
Advanced stage is just that, we won't have to give you undivided attention in your horse schooling lessons etc. You will learn how to start horses in the roundpen, be able to advance horses in their training, developing common sense approach to help you understand what the horse needs to improve.
Twister Heller Horse Training Apprentice Certificate....All students receive a certificate displaying their accomplishments developed through our schooling program. That doesn't mean you are a certified horse trainer...it just gives credentials to show your accomplishments achieved thru our program. Training is alot of work, alot of time & time is your best friend combined with perserverence & sacrafice. Our schooling will improve anyone skills and expertise.
Disclaimer For Student & Trainers:Equine training can be a hazardous activity which may subject the participants to possible serious injury. Twister Heller, Sandy Heller and their associates will not assume any liability for your activities. Our schooling provides you with a supervised, professional approach ranging from general information to advanced information, instruction and techniques that may not be suitable for everyone. No warranty is given regarding the suitability of this information, the instructions, and techniques to you or other individuals acting on their own behalf.