Creating Solid Ranch & Arena Horse Prospects

Where are you located?

Ontario, OR

Whose training methods do you use? 

Most of the specifics of our program come from my dad, Martin Black.  I grew up starting colts with Dad and continue to pick his brain with horse questions.  The overall training methods we use come from my grandfather, Ray Hunt, and of course his mentor, Tom Dorrance.  All of these men have helped shape what we do and our overall philosophy.  However, my greatest teacher has been my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Our focus is based on taking the horsemanship philosophies of Ray Hunt and Tom Dorrance, and mixing them with Spanish Vaquero traditions in stockmanship and roping, to put solid foundations on horses going to the rodeo arena or back to the ranch.

                                                                    ~ Wade Black

A picture is worth a thousand words, so take a look at the following video to see the horsemanship philosophy of Training for the Cross or contact us HERE.

(Video by Emily Kitching, Eclectic Horseman Communications)

A short 2-page handout with more details about the Foundation for Perfection can be found here.  Training for the Cross follows a checklist that Wade developed at Montana State University to test his students' progress.  A more extensive handout that Wade used at MSU which contains his overall training methods and theories can be found here.

Horse Training & Cooperative Work Experience

Treasure Valley Community College (TVCC) offers a 2-month horse training service directed by Wade Black, and carried out by Wade’s students at TVCC.  This service allows you to get solid training for your ranch or arena horse prospects for a reasonable price, while giving advanced students at TVCC a "real-life" work experience.

Dates:  Fall quarter – September 23 to December 7
            Winter quarter - January 13 to March 28
            Spring quarter - April 7 to June 13
            Summer quarter - June 13 to Sept 22
            (Dates subject to change)

Cost:   Up to $1,400 which includes 3 months board, 2 months training, shoes and lessons.

Price is determined based on the industry quality standards set by TFTC's Training Quality Assurance Program (TQA).  See the Training Quality Assurance page for more details.  

Student payment is based on which phase the student will have completed at the end of training.  Phase 4 = $1,400; Phase 3 = $1,200; Phase 2 = 1,000.  Some students may be less experienced and some horses may be more difficult to meet the TQA standards.  Due to these variables, the booster client can take the student's work ethic, integrity and client education into consideration to determine what the student deserves at the end of training.

The students accepted into the Work Experience Program will have completed four classes taught by Wade Black (ANS 141-Basic Halter Training, ANS 191-Horsemanship, ANS 142-Green Breaking, and ANS 145-Industry Green Breaking) in the Equine Program at TVCC, and must be enrolled in AG 280-Cooperative Work Experience (Horse Training Operations).  These students have an interest in pursuing a career in horse training for the public, and would greatly appreciate the opportunity to gain experience in working with you to further their education.

Students training your horse will have a thorough understanding of the Foundation for Perfection (for a summary click here), and confidence in implementing it.  Horses will remain in the program for a 3-month period, during which students will put 2 months of training on your horse.  At the end of this time, they will show your horse, ride with you, and give you lessons if you so desire.  The first month will be focused on setting the foundation, and the second month will be focused on using jobs to build on the foundation; such as tracking and working cows, positioning the horse to open and close gates, roping dummies, and break away roping cattle.  Students will track your horse’s progress by filling out task completion and temperament score sheets daily.  Score sheets can be seen here:  Groundwork, Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, and Week 4.  Month 2 task completion score sheets can be seen Here.

Students seeking an industry certificate through TFTC LLC are required to complete one of the Career Pathway Certificates through TVCC with a 3.0 GPA or better, and train a minimum of three outside horses for the public through the TVCC Work Experience Program. After students have completed a pathway certificate and their work experience, both faculty and booster clients will determine if the student is qualified to train horses for the public.

To become a “Certified Public Horse Trainer” through TFTC LLC, students must meet expectations in four categories: work ethic, integrity, quality standards and client education.  In TVCC's Work Experience Program, students receive the opportunity to work with boosters either off or on campus to receive their industry certificate.  The booster client will fill out work experience paper work and will grade the student on the quality of their work.  Payment to the student will be based on the quality standards set by TFTC's Training Quality Assurance Program.

Four-Month "Foundation to Finish" Program

The 4-Month Foundation to Finish option through TFTC LLC will be carried out by students who have graduated through TVCC with the Ranch Horse Production, Training, and Marketing pathway certificate, and have returned back to their ranch to train horses.  These students would have received the “Certified Public Ranch Horse Trainer” certificate through TFTC LLC.

Cost: $2,500 which includes:

  • Teeth, two sets of shoes, transportation to and from ranches and/or day work, and feed and board for six months.
  • Setting foundation, using jobs to build on the foundation, taking the foundation to do jobs, maintaining foundation (over 4-month time period).
  • Horses started through TVCC Work Experience Program then ridden for the summer being used on a student’s ranch.

Photo by Antoine Cloux

Photo by Antoine Cloux