Canterbury Court
Our Facilities and Training
We use two main facilities for our
operations. Our new training facilities are
located in Sanger, California, on old river  
is a nearly 70 mile long self-guided tour of
the flowering orchards of eastern Fresno
County, California. There are optional
Orange Blossom and Wildflower Trails
located off the main Blossom Trail as well.
In addition to our fabulous views, we have
a
Barnmaster  12 stall barn with indoor
wash racks and saddling areas. The stalls
are matted with
SoftStall to protect the
horses' legs and feet. We have
SoftStep
on all aisles and racks.
SoftStep provides
excellent traction and cushioning.  Our
natural sand arena is the same the same
material that most others have to import
to import into their arenas. We also have
three large three large mixed forage
pastures where we keep our brood mares  
and rotate our young horses in the fall and
winter.

Our second facility is in the Sierra Nevada  
foothills near O'Neals, CA
. There are a pair
of steep hills,  a small lake, and a valley.
Here we keep our young horses there so
that they can learn to be sure footed,
travelling over streams, rocks, and dead
fall. The pastures are large enough to
allow development on sound bones, joints,
and tendons. We have found that
alternating our young stock between the
rough hills and green pastures as well as
carefully monitoring their diet has
resulted in nearly 100% of our horses
being OCD free.


Training

We periodically bring our young horses to
busy stables  through their first three
years. There they learn that guinea hens,
dogs, cats and humans are not there to
eat them. They learn to live in stalls, tie
quietly, come when called, and accept the
leadership of human beings. They are
introduced to the concepts of saddle and
trained not broken. When they show
sufficient balance of body and mind, they
are started under saddle. This usually
occurs sometime during their three year
old year though we have mounted horses
old year though we have mounted horses
as young as 2 1/2 and as old as 4 1/2 as
young as 2 1/2 and as old as 4 1/2
depending on their individual needs. As
depending on their individual needs. As
warmbloods often continue to grow  
warmbloods often continue to grow  
through their seventh year we observe our
through their seventh year we observe our
young horses for changes in balance
young horses for changes in balance
during their training. We will often return
them to pasture either to finish a growth
phase, because they need a mental break,
or to give them a well deserved vacation.
As their training progresses they are
tested to find their particular talents. We
firmly believe that all dressage horses
should be able to jump as it increases
their ability to come under themselves
and push off effectively. We also believe
that all jumping horses should know
dressage to allow them to be more
responsive to collecting and extending
between jumps. Dressage also allows for
the systematic building of strength and
suppleness in any horse. Young horses
will often let us know where their talents
and passions lie. One of our best jumpers
was bred to be a dressage horse.
However when she began jumping out of a
4 1/2 foot arena at three months, we were
sure that she had another career in mind.
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