We all have our reasons and motivations for doing what we do, whether it be with horses or any other aspect of our lives, and whether motivation comes from finding enjoyment in an activity, goals of monetary gain, excitement and adventure, or any other reason, there is one consistent factor that needs to be in place; The Foundation. We come across all manner of horses, young to old, experienced sport horses to old inexperienced horses (evergreens), right on up to the highest level of sport horses, and often people come across issues that they are unable to handle. It all goes back to having (or not) a solid foundation in not only the horse, but the rider as well. I often tell folks, if we want to "fix" our horse, we have to start with ourselves.
Being a foundational specialist, I've heard many different ideas and opinions on what foundation training is. Some think it's just ground work and manners, others think it's buck out training, and I've also heard that it's just for problem horses. Though this may be true at some farms, the truth is that foundational training is very specialized and much more in depth than some may realize. Those who have studied with us figure out quickly how specialized this really is.
There's a balance we look for and achieve as soon as possible with a horse that many folks don't achieve with any horse in a lifetime. We like to see a balance in care and communication between horse and human, physical, mental, and emotional balance, exercise, muscular and lung development, and recovery for mental, emotional, and physical growth. All of the foundational pieces we need in the saddle or on the ground to set up any sound horse and human for a healthy and happy life in sport and recreation.