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What Will My Horse Learn?

By the end of the Foundation portion of the program, your horse will be able to complete all of the exercises (roundpenning, groundwork, & riding) to the best of its ability. These Foundational skills are the first step Lexy takes in training all horses, regardless of discipline, age, breed, or previous education before LNH. Your horse will be ridden in the arena, on the trail, & around cattle, & will learn to load calmly in the trailer and stand patiently while tied.

Phase ONe:

The Foundation

  • Can I visit my horse while he/she is in training?
    Yes. We highly encourage owner involvement while your horse is in training. So much so that we offer lessons for FREE while your horse is in training. We only ask that you schedule your visits with us as our schedule has us tending to many responsibilities.
  • How can I get help with my horse after I have taken them home from training?
    Owner involvement during training is of the utmost importance to us. Therefore, ALL LESSONS are FREE while your horse is in training with us! ​ THEN, after you head home, we welcome you to join us at a clinic, schedule private lessons, or join the LNH "Unlock Your Horse's Potential" Academy to continue your progress with your horse.
  • Who is your veterinarian?
    For general health care & for emergencies, we utilize Sandhills Animal Health Center, located 19 miles down the road from us. For lameness, reproduction, and other needs that require a vet, we call on Dr. Brad Johnson of Norfolk Veterinary Clinic. We maintain a strong working relationship as well as friendship with each of our veterinarians.
  • Can I watch Lexy work horses before I commit to sending my own?
    Yes. We have an open-door policy for those wanting to come and see the facility and horses, as well as watch Lexy work horses. This goes for not just those looking to send a horse into training, but for anyone! The only thing we ask is that you schedule your visits with us before arriving at our ranch. While this is our place of business, it is also our home where we enjoy our privacy; we will not work with anybody who shows up unannounced.
  • How many days per week will my horse get worked?
    Our horses in training are worked a minimum of 5 times per week, weather permitting.
  • How much turn out will my horse get?
    For the first few days to the first week, your horse may be penned by themselves as we make sure they are not going to show any signs of sickness. Once your horse is settled in, they will get turned out with 1-4 appropriate pen mates. Depending on the conditions & time of year, horses are kept in a dry lot with 24/7 access to a large round grass bale in a HayChix hay net or turned out on pasture. If conditions allow, we offer maximum turn out to our horses, weather dependent. When weather is optimal, horses could receive 20-22 hours of turn out, the other time consisting of being worked & fed.
  • Do I need to provide any equipment for my horse?
    No, we have all of the equipment that we’ll need to train your horse. However, you're welcome to provide a fly mask, fly boots, &/or fly sheet during fly season or a turnout blanket during the cooler months.
  • How would you describe your ‘training program’?
    Lexy Nuesch Horsemanship is not your average training program. Our ‘program’ is based on each horse, its needs, & your goals. We work with your horse from where they are each day with those goals in mind. Our goal is for your horse to leave more confident, relaxed, supple, responsive, & mentally willing & in better physical & mental condition not only due to our training program, but also thanks to our unique nutrition & horse health program. Lexy strongly believes in the importance of a strong foundation, building understanding & confidence through a wide variety of experiences, & maintaining owner involvement throughout the education process. We make no guarantees as to how far your horse will progress during your time with us, but we DO guarantee that we will do our very best to help your horse progress with your goals in mind. Throughout their time with us, the particulars of what we do with your horse will most certainly be geared towards your long-term goals. Arena work is valuable as it helps a horse become more mentally malleable, but we believe in building purpose outside of the arena. Therefore, we get out and work up and down hills, go through water crossings, push cattle, cross bridges, investigate ‘scary’ objects, open gates, & more. So whether you’ve got a young horse to be started or restarted, a ranch horse, reiner, barrel horse, trail horse, or any other discipline, we’ve got the tools and knowledge to help you & your horse & look forward to the opportunity to work together.
  • If an emergency happens can you haul my horse to the vet?
    Yes. Sandhills Animal Health Center is just 19 miles away. We have a great working relationship with Dr. Stephens, & our trailer is readily available in case of an emergency.
  • Why do you use Hay Nets?
    Horses naturally graze for 17 hours per day on average. We offer maximum turn out to our horses as long as the conditions & time of year allow. When our horses are dry lotted, they still need access to forage. We use Hay Chix Hay Nets to keep our horses grazing even if they are not on pasture. These nets are paired with Century Horse Feeders (safe for horses with shoes). From large round bale nets that lengthen the time their hay lasts while not decreasing their intake to nets used while horses are tied, we have a solution to keep your horses grazing around the clock. One of the prominent reasons we love these hay nets, besides reducing waste, is that they help promote a healthy gut. Having hay in their stomach around the clock decreases the risk of ulcers, particularly in horses that are in work.
  • How long, each day, will my horse get worked?"
    On average, our horses receive a minimum of 1 hour dedicated to progressing their education each day. Some days their session(s) could last greater than 2 hours, while others may be 45 minutes. We consider the time you are paying for, but our focus is on your horse's education. The time they need each day varies, & we know horses have no concept of an agenda. Also, our education goes beyond their 'sessions.' We take the time to work with them when they are getting groomed, being washed, etc. While those opportunities might seem minute at first glance, they are substantial to your horse's education & encourage positive habits, behavior, & understandings.
  • My horse has a spooking problem. Can you fix it?
    Lexy has worked successfully with a plethora of horses both on the ground & under saddle with ‘spooking’ issues. Often, we find horses are lacking confidence more than anything or are experiencing a pain-related issue. While some horses may have confidence issues with specific objects such as bridges, tarps, flags, etc., some are naturally more wary & unsure. The best way we know to help these horses, after being checked out by Jennifer Day Smith of Knotty Equine, is to build their confidence.
  • Who is your farrier?
    Lexy trims all of the horses in training with us. Horses in training are put on a 4-8 week trimming schedule. ​ When Lexy is not working horses on the weekends, she can often be found in Northeast Nebraska working on some of her 25+ trimming client horses.
  • Can I provide my horse’s own grain and supplements?
    No. We have developed a nutrition program around our hay & Dove Performance Nutrition products that works with our training program. The grass hay that is fed to your horse is grown right here on the ranch. We provide alfalfa in the form of Dove Performance Nutrition's AlfaLux alfalfa cubes & feed their "Better than the Best" Magnify, a forage-based high-fat concentrate feed, & Oh-Mega-Goodness (OMG), a high-fat flaxseed-based supplement. Because we are located in the great SANDhills of Nebraska, horses receive a monthly dose of Psyllium. We will make sure your horse is taken care of like a champion, from bone & joint supplements to gut health/ulcer prevention & relief! ​ EXCEPTION: If your horse is on a veterinarian-prescribed supplement, such as for soundness or necessary for maintaining a healthy life, we can undoubtedly tailor to these needs.
  • If I visit, will I get to watch my horse in work?"
    Yes. With enough notice, we can arrange our training horses' schedule to make sure you can see your horse at work during your visit.
  • Will you consign/advertise my horse while in training if I’d like to sell them?
    Yes. We offer sales and consignment services to owners with horses in training. For more information regarding these services, don't hesitate to contact us for more info!
  • Can I take lessons with my horse while they are in training?
    Yes! We highly encourage owner involvement while your horse is in training. In fact ALL LESSONS ARE FREE while your horse is in training!
  • How many horses do you work with at a time?
    Currently, Lexy doesn't like to take on any more than five horses at a time, and we refuse to cheapen our work to put quantity over quality. Because of that, training spots are limited & are often booked six months to a year or more in advance.
  • Is your program based on calendar days or days of work?
    The Lexy Nuesch Horsemanship Program is based on days of work over calendar days. Horses are required to receive 90 days of work & are expected to stay for at least 120 days to reach that point. Progress can be made a little quicker once a foundation is in place should your horse be chosen to continue into the Intermediate/Advanced phases of the Lexy Nuesch Horsemanship Program.
  • Do you accept stallions?
    Yes.
  • Do you offer discounts for multiple horses in training?
    No.
  • Do you accept horses for less than 90 days?
    Absolutely not! We're not producing 30, or even 60-day wonders here at Lexy Nuesch Horsemanship. If you want things done quick, cheap, & not necessarily well, there are plenty of people who will buck'em out for $500 a month. Just remember, you get what you pay for.
  • Do you have a minimum number of days that you'll take a horse on for?
    Yes. All horses are required to receive 90 days of work, not just stay for 90 calendar days. Horses are required to stay for at least 120 calendar days to account for days of rest & inclement weather.
  • What do I need to do with my horse before sending them to you for training?
    Documents Needed: Current Coggins. Current Vaccination Record (within the last six months). 14-Day Health Certificate with horse's temperature noted. 1 Month Before Arrival: Have your farrier trim your horse, if possible. Assess your horse's gut health (checking for the possibility of ulcers or other gut health-related issues) & treat if necessary.
  • Groundwork
    Desensitization to Lead Rope, Stick & String, Plastic Bags, etc. Yielding the Hindquarters Yielding the Forequarters Backing Flexing the Head & Neck Lunging Stage 1 & 2 Sending Circle Driving Leading Beside
  • Riding
    Stands to be Saddled Willingly Accepts the Bridle Stands to be Mounted Lateral Flexion One Rein Stops Cruise Control Yielding the Hindquarters Bend at a Walk Bending Transitions Backing Be Willfully Guided at Walk/Trot/Lope Vertical Flexion at a Standstill, Backing, Stop, & Start at the Walk/Trot Stop Off of Two Reins from Walk/Trot/Lope Sidepass Shoulder In/Out Start of a Turnaround
  • Round Pen
    Direction Control Speed Control Hooking On/Drawing Turns to the Inside
  • Day to Day Handling & Management
    Good to Catch Leads willingly & with awareness Picks up all 4 feet Loads into trailer Stands quietly when tied
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