The earliest training of horses on the Twin Creeks Ranch begins actually at birth. All foals are imprinted after they have had their colostrum and have been licked off by their mothers. This imprint training is followed up for the first days, then repeatedly the foals are haltered and worked with until weaning time. At weaning, once again halter work is repeated, and a little longe work begun.
From the weaning to age three the colts and fillies are turned out to remote pasture, and raised in a herd on the native grasses of the ranch. Periodically they are rounded up and wormed, feet trimmed, haltered and trailered. Any other vet work is also performed at this time such as castration and dental work.
At age three or four the colts and fillies are brought in and worked in the round pen, sacked out and saddled for the first time. They are introduced to longe work, in hand work, ground driving, to start their basic training under saddle.
Once the colts have learned to work under saddle in the smaller pen, they begin to be ridden out in the pasture, checking cattle, crossing ravines, working through woodlands and brush, getting used to being outside.
Basic training is emphasized, horses are taught in a relaxed, deliberate, quiet manner. As the individual horse progresses in his training he may find a direction most suitable to his disposition. Some horses find themselves going on beyond good solid basics into cattle work, show work, reining, roping, dressage, jumping and sidesaddle, parade and exhibition work. One of the most important tests to pass is for a horse to be a quiet and safe trail horse. This is valued highly, as family and friends are frequently mounted on horses-in-training on trail rides.
Basic training done mostly with a bosal or canesson , includes teaching quiet forward movement, softness in the rein, response to seat bones and leg cues, turning, backing up stopping and lateral work. Horses are worked according to their individual needs, each horse, each day assessed according to that day's needs. Overworking is avoided, and soundness and preventive health of legs and back is emphasized.
Outside horses are trained in the same time honored way as the ranch horses, with careful attention to individual needs and sound basics. Slow, repetitive ranch work and trail work is used to build attentive, solid working partners.
Peruvian horses on the ranch have been trained by traditional Peruvian methods. Consultation with many Peruvian chalans has been exceedingly helpful in this endeavor.
Quarter horses are trained with a combination of old Texas Hackamore and bridle horse methods similar to the California reined cowhorse school. Glenn began his horse training career with Buck Kidwell, a well known Brazos county horse trainer. He has started many colts under saddle and has corrected many horses requiring rehabilitation. This has necessitated study of Col. Jesse Beery, Francois Baucher and, more recently the dressage methods of Nuno Olveira and Jean Claude Racinet. Glenn trains using the basics, and Twin Creeks Ranch equine students graduate to such varied venues as feedlot work, reining, dressage, ranch work, roping, sidesaddle, hunter/jumper, trail, endurance, and trick and high school work. We enjoy using modern methods such as round pen training, combined with ancient methods as varied as those of the Duke of Newcastle and the Mexican Charreria, as well as Dressage Doma Vaquera, and western reining.
Our Andalusians have won national championships in Donna Jaquera and western reining, and have performed in numerous exhibitions.