Horse trainers Hastings MN

Mindy Price of Mon Cheval Training Center at CHC

Mindy Price of Mon Cheval Training Center offers dressage riding instruction and training from Training Level through FEI. She welcomes both young and experienced horses and riders. Price has earned a USDF Bronze and Silver medal and many national, regional and state championships at all levels of dressage and offers more than 25 years of training experience. Additionally she has coached several students to their bronze medal and her assistant trainer Ginger Coleman to her silver. Price utilizes classical methods that adhere to the training scale and take care to work each horses' individual...

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Andy Marlett Professional Morgan & Saddlebred Horse Trainer at CHC

  Andy Marlett is a professional horse trainer who specializes in Morgans and Saddlebreds. Marlett has won numerous Regional, National and World Championships across multiple disciplines. With more than 20 years of experience to his name, he offers expertise in English, Western, Park, Hunt Seat, Harness and In-hand. Spending time with Andy Marlett really makes one appreciate the special talents that are required to be a professional horse trainer.  He has a calm, confident and effective way of communicating with both his horses and riders. Marlett grew up in Northern Minnesota near Bemidji....

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A Day with a Sleigh

John Dusek III, owner of Cornerstone Horse Complex, recently surprised his wife Barb with a Valentine’s Day sleigh ride.  He planned this with the help of Sue Lockling who offered the use of her horses Trixie and Hogan. Thankfully it was a beautiful and sunny day with plenty of fresh snow.   John’s wife Barb, dressed warmly and she was happily surprised to discover a horse and sleigh waiting for her when she arrived at Cornerstone.  John even brought their dog Axel, who was also dressed for the occasion. Barb and John were in a Red Cutter driven by Trixie, while Sue followed with her pony...

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No Stirrup November

Every fall I try to include “No Stirrup November” on my riding calendar.  I have found riding without stirrups has helped me with my balance and to develop a better seat. Please remember I AM NOT A TRAINER and am just sharing my experience, as each and every horse and rider combination is different.  I start by riding for 10 minutes with my stirrups crossed in front of my saddle after each ride.  Then I gradually add a few minutes each time I ride to reach my goal of riding 30 minutes without my stirrups.  I also plan on riding without stirrups at least once a week for the remainder of the year. In...

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Welcome Sasse!

Mindy Price of Mon Cheval Friesians is proud to announce the birth of Sasse Von Z who was born 8/21/13 and is a miracle baby as she was born a month early.  She was strong and a fighter and is doing very well in spite of the recent heat wave. "Her sire is Zorro and dam is Seade Von Borstow. Zorro is a Sport Predicated FEI Dressage Stallion and Seade is the daughter of Femke who was one of the highest scoring mares in history at her keuring to become a Star," Price said. “A judging (keuring, in Dutch) is an evaluation of horses here in North America, by officials from the Netherlands.  Once...

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Horse Show Tips

It's been almost 20 years since I last showed a horse so this time around I am letting my daughter enjoy the experience and we have learned some pretty useful tips this year that I will share with you.  It would be even better if you could share your tips with us!   At our first show we had the opportunity to sit next to experienced horse competitors.  As soon as they parked their trailer they unpacked their small collapsible table/chairs, Quik shade instant canopy and a garbage bag.  I never thought to bring along anything besides a few chairs and a cooler.  For our second show we followed...

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Offensive and Defensive Riding

Recently I was asked for advice by a first-time horse buyer regarding purchasing her first horse.  I immediately thought of my first horse Rudy, and while he was wonderful he unfortunately had a large “go” button and I became a very defensive rider.  Of course I did not realize this until years later while taking a lesson and the instructor explained I was bracing.  Now maybe my first horse had nothing to do with this and I just was a defensive rider that felt comfortable bracing on a horse.  But had I had a calmer horse like I currently ride, I might have become a more confident and offensive...

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Setting Short and Long-Term Riding Goals

  When I go to the gym I have a standard routine which includes the elliptical machine for 30 minutes and then onto 20 minutes of weight training.   I alternate upper and lower body machines.  I have a set purpose with my exercise program. --> When I go to the gym I have a standard routine which includes the elliptical machine for 30 minutes and then onto 20 minutes of weight training.   I alternate upper and lower body machines.  I have a set purpose with my exercise program. But often when I ride I have no purpose.   I think Nico has learned this and tries to avoid hard work. ...

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