We as horsemen want our horse to be a willing and responsive partner to us. We all want that special horse that is eager to please and that you can have that exceptional bond with . . . . but where do you find such a beast? Easy - with a good trainer!
If you have a colt to start, or one that has problems that need to be fixed, or has simply been on vacation for a while and needs a tune up - we would be honored if you would consider bringing your equine friend to Split-Ridge Farm for your training needs! We are pleased to have Justin Ripley as a trainer here - his natural horsemanship methods will bring your horse to his/her full potential as a fabulous partner to hit the trails with! He is a kind trainer who has a natural ability to help each individual horse understand what is expected and look to you as their leader - he believes in building trust and respect with the horse, and does not use harsh tools or methods.
Justin's resume includes experience as a veterinary technician and many years as a Ranch & Herd manager in Colorado. He has recently returned home to the Kentuckiana area and is accepting new clients. He specializes in correcting problems and start-to-finish training resulting in horses that are soft, supple, responsive partners who are safe and a joy to ride! He is also a "people trainer" and will work with you to show you how to continue with those results once your horse returns home. We encourage you to visit your horse often and observe the training it is receiving.
Don't hesitate to ask him for references from his clients on how he did with their horses! When we checked with Sundance Ranch in Colorado the response we received was as follows: "I would be delighted to give you a reference on Justin, although I would much prefer to have him back here! He is a skilled horse trainer and trustworthy. He is skilled in a variety of horse activities: training, nutrition, breeding, injury or illness and management of a large herd (40+)." Sundance also reported that his people skills are excellent and that he is very patient and kind. Now I'd say that's a pretty darned nice referral!
Our farm is located in southern Indiana just 10 minutes from the Henryville exit of I-65 - which is just 20 minutes north of Louisville, KY! The property is conveniently bordered on 3 sides by the lovely Clark State Forest with direct access to their 100 miles of horse trails!
Please contact Justin at 765-318-3091 for more information. He does not have a cookie cutter approach to horse training, he will work with you on your horse's individual needs and your goals for your horse!