HSR

 ﷯ ﷯ A day at the Ranch! This is truly a place for horse lovers! Hangin' Saddle Ranch is a small 2 acre licensed boarding and training facility located a few miles south west of Maricopa City. The owners, Glenn and Lea Hunter, are a retired couple....to be honest they both work harder now then when they were unretired. But they are doing what they love - taking care of horses and horse lovers. This dynamic duo are up with the sun every day to tend to the needs of the horses boarded here. There are no days off for these two. Once the animals are fed and watered you will usually find Glenn welding rails, tidying up, cleaning tack, or one of a thousand other jobs that need to be done to maintain the facilities. By the time most of us are getting our first cup of coffee he has already put in a few hours worth of work. Then the day really begins. Guests start to arrive for clinics, lessons or trail rides. This is Glenn's favorite part of the day. His chance to share with others his knowledge, wisdom, and experience. As people arrive they usually head into the farm house which is where they will be warmly greeted by Lea. Lea takes care of the management and scheduling side of the ranch. She is, more than likely, going to be the one that you speak with when you call to book an appointment. She is always happy to regale you with stories of the past and impart her wisdom before she whisks you off with Glenn. Make sure to allot some time to spend in the house with her - I assure you it won't be wasted time. Along with the owners you will often meet horse boarders and volunteers. Boarders' have access to the ranch from sun up to sun down. You will find them grooming, training, and getting ready for trail rides. In order to keep the prices as low as possible, volunteers are utilized to help with watering, grooming, tidying up, and other maintenance. This group of volunteers are just individuals that came to the ranch and fell in love with the horses, sense of peace, and the owners. Back to Glenn... when there is a pause in lessons and rides; Glenn is out working with his horses. The training and bonding continues for the life of the horse. Sonny (Pictured below) was trained, using Natural Horsemanship Training, as a colt by Glenn. That was just over 10 years ago. As a testament to Glenn's training abilities, the two of them won over 30 ribbons and 13 trophies in 2014. It was said that Sonny would not amount to anything in the show circuit. As much as Glenn's training is to credit, it is also about the temperament of Sonny. Since his initial "90 days" the two of them have continued to work together to learn new skills and refine old ones. In order to keep the training interesting for Sonny, Glenn not only moves from skill to skill but also to different locations. From quiet ranch work to the competition arena, the two continue to make it interesting. Because of Glenn's style of teaching, Sonny loves what he does and eagerly follows and trusts his owner. He employs this same methodology to the training of all of his horses and the guidance he gives other horse owners. ﷯ ﷯ Glenn Hunter's Background As a boy, Glenn Hunter had been around horses and cows till he was about 14 years old. Glenn's father worked at the dairy, and wherever he could find work to support his family. When his family moved to California, Glenn stepped back from horses and for a while did not have a lot to do with them, aside from the occasional invitation to go riding with friends. As he got older, life got in the way for awhile, Glenn found himself busy working and taking care of his own family. About 30 years ago, Glenn moved to Maricopa, AZ. Glenn observed that a lot had changed in 40+ years with horse training. It was a lot crueler 40 yrs ago. So, he set to work retraining himself in the Natural Horsemanship style. It was an easy transition because it made a whole lot more sense than the old way. And it aligned with Glenn's principles of how horses should be treated. Over the last 20 years Glenn has "started" many horses and rehabilitated hundreds more. Now, he is passing on his knowledge and experience to others in the Horsemanship Clinics. ﷯ ﷯ What you get at Hangin' Saddle Ranch The first thing a new rider learns under the guidance of Hangin' Saddle Ranch and Glenn Hunter is there is a lot to these animals. A horse has its own personality. Just like a person's temperament cannot be forcibly changed, neither can a horse's. But with work, many horses have gone from not being mountable to taking commands and doing what is asked of them because they feel safe. At Hangin' Saddle Ranch a lot of time is spent on safety and training - not just riding. For new riders taking lessons, this means learning about equipment (tack) and how to properly saddle up, horse anatomy, and basic physiology before ever getting that first boot in the stirrup. You also learn about safety protocols for being around and riding ANY horse. We trust our horses because we trained our horses. However, we want you to be as safe as possible no matter what horse you encounter. Just because someone tells you they have a ridable horse doesn't mean it is ridable for you. We teach you how to read a horse's body language so you can begin to take control of your environment. This teaching foundation is universal of age here at the ranch... our 3 year olds and our much older than 3 year olds learn the same skills. Our horses spend a great deal of time on ground work and being desensitized to common stimuli to give way to trusting the rider for what to do. As Glenn says, "if you can't get it done on the ground, you won't get it done in the saddle. It's all about ground work." This continued ground work allows our new riders to focus on learning how to ride rather than how to manage an unruly horse... that comes later in the more advanced levels. ﷯ ﷯ We look forward to seeing you at the ranch!