Horse Training - Creating Solid Ranch & Arena Horses

The horse training division of Training for the Cross is focused on developing ranch and arena horse prospects, all the way through to finished bridle horses. All horses sold through Training for the Cross will have gone through our Foundation for Perfection program, which involves setting the foundation, using jobs to build on the foundation, taking the foundation to do jobs, and maintaining the foundation.

Our horses learn the Foundation for Perfection while doing ranch jobs such as riding outside, trailing and moving cattle, roping, opening and closing gates, working and roping live cattle, day work, sorting cattle, breaking in roping steers in the arena, and branding calves (heading and heeling). We center the jobs on building a foundation that can be used on the ranch or in the rodeo arena. We think the best foundations put on horses are the ones that were developed while doing some sort of practical job. We work to instill a foundation that will make them great rodeo horse prospects, all-around ranch horses, and all around fun horses to ride and do a job on.

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.

"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 to ask a question or make a comment.

Creating Solid Ranch & Arena Horse Prospects

(Video by Emily Kitching, Eclectic Horseman Communications)

Examples of some of the horses developed and sold by Training for the Cross are given below.

Photo by Antoine Cloux

Photo by Antoine Cloux