My name is Klay Klemic and I have been riding horses my entire life, and have had the opportunity to learn from several great horsemen as well as a few good cowboys. I have worked from horseback on large cattle ranches in Northern Nevada, Northern Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico, which taught me how to work long hours and stay on top of a few rough horses. Thankfully, I went on to learn some refinement in horsemanship from some good full-time reining and cowhorse trainers, such as nearby Jim Montgomery in Veyo, Utah.
Each horse I take on to train here at Rising K Ranch receives a solid foundation in the Cowhorse tradition, and will LEARN at least the basic arena maneuvers such as a decent stop, beginnings of a good spin, and general suppleness all throughout the horse's face and body. Just how far the horse goes into being a reiner or cowhorse is up to the horse's own ability and interest, as well as the intent of the horse's owner. However, even the ranch horses and mountain trail horses we train here will receive the basic foundation of cowhorse work. It is this suppleness of the horse's entire body that is the primary focus of most of our horses, as this is the general foundation that is used in all other areas and places for the rest of the horse's life.
Each horse I take on to train here at Rising K Ranch will LEARN such ground manners as leading safely, lunging, feet handling for farriery, and trailer loading.
Each horse I take on to train here at Rising K Ranch will LEARN to be comfortable with being roped off of and will learn to be comfortable with dragging logs and live cattle; and will learn to be comfortable carrying a pack saddle with all its many straps and brichin's and loaded panniers up in the mountains.
Each horse I take on to train here at Rising K Ranch will LEARN to be comfortable with my obstacle course, which includes such things as log bridges, tarps, and tires.
Each horse will be taken on mountain trails, and will LEARN to be comfortable with water crossings, fallen logs, steep hills, strong winds, and whatever else the mountains may have to teach the the horse.
I have capitalized the word "Learn" because my goal is not to simply force a horse to go through things; but to take the time to build a willing partnership with the horse. This is accomplished by understanding the horse's mind and the horse's anatomy.
With regards to the horse's mind: He is a natural prey animal, so rather than acting like a predator, we must use proper "Pressure and Release" to teach him.
With regards to the horse's body: We must keep not ask the horse to do things that he is not physically ready to do. If we take the time to teach him the foundational aspects of yielding each part of his body, then the later maneuvers we ask him to perform will come quite easily for him.