The McKenzie family - Allan, Alana, Kale, Maddi, Slade and Reba.
McKenzie Horsemanship Ranch is located North East of Rocky Mountain House, Alberta. We build solid foundations in client's horses as well as offering sale horses with a solid foundation. We believe in Ray Hunt's methods of Horsemanship. We have had a lifelong love and relationship with horses and have raised our children, Kale and Reba to understand this .
While attending clinics, our mentor, Ray Hunt has shared many of his philosophies with us with regards to an in-depth study of horse/man relationships. We also credit Bill and Tom Dorrance for sharing their incredible knowledge on how horses think and operate and the importance of "feel".
We have listed some of our beliefs below taken from Ray's book "Think Harmony with Horses" and from notes taken at his clinics we attended.
We get many horses here that have come from "professional trainers" who send the horse home as a "problem horse". These horses can do it, it's just that simple. IF you can offer it to the horse. So, it has to come from the rider to the horse. The rider has to make a lot of adjustments so that the horse can understand.
This is just like a child learning in school. First you must prepare him to learn. You must build his confidence and allow him the time to think and understand. You don't send a child who is at the kindergarten level to the eighth grade. They first need to be in a learning frame of mind. Then you build on their knowledge. The slower you go, the quicker they learn.
This is how we approach all our horses. So they become confident and develop a love of learning. So they believe and trust in us, enjoy being around us and look forward to learning.
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Box 2410, Rocky Mountain House, AB T4T 1J6, CA
We are open every day. Please call ahead as we are usually out riding and enjoying the beautiful mountain view and rolling hills on our ranch.