Cathie Hatrick-Anderson here...
I won't break your horse, I'll gentle him..."
"Between the rider and the ground is the grace of God"
Make this the year of positive change for you and your horse.
270 Mendon Street Upton, MA 01568
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If You are not in the New England Area, but still have questions
about horse training, with over 40 years of experience, I'm here to help!
Halter breaking, aggression, stall behavior, problem loader, trailer safety, trail riding, stubborn, shooting off horseback, versatility, new horse and more. Give me a call from 7:30 am-8:30 pm EST I will be happy to answer your questions 15 or 30 minutes. Pay securely through
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You may never have to drop your reins, to shoot balloons with a double barrel
shotgun. But would you like your horse trained well enough to be able
to do what your heart desires? Photo by Jeanne Lewis Images
Maggie's second ride under saddle.
Rehabilitation - Army National Guard mounts, MA State Police mounts, Privately owned horses all over New England, 30 plus yrs.
Instructor - Bitless bridle instructor appointed by Dr Robert Cook FRCVS, PHD since 2005 MA Licensed Instructor, teaching horsemanship, and riding at Bobcat Farm, Coaching students on their horses all over New England 30 plus yrs.
Instructor Equine behavior - First and second year Veterinary students - Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
Volunteer - 4 years in NICU Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
Demonstrator - Equine Affaire Bitless Bridle with Dr. Robert Cook FRCVS, PHD. Waters Farm, Sutton MA, Forest Park Zoo, Topsfield Fair, Fantasia Equine Affaire with NHCMS, Belmont Park Race Track, Elmont NY. Intermission Act for Tommy Turvey at CT. Govvernor's Horse Guard, Gore Place Waltham MA.
I specialize in starting colts and rehabilitating problem horses. I have been training horses for over 30 years. Born in Southern California, brought up in the western tradition. I am a proud daughter of rodeo-bareback bronc rider, trick rider, and horse trainer Kathie Jo Hatrick.
Cathie with MA State Police officers with a trailer loading Problem.
Was asked back to present a clinic in 2018
Working with multiple officers and thier mounts from MSP, Boston Parks, Plymouth County, Providence PD, and
Worcester PD It was a successful day of non stop training in Acton, MA.
85% OF MY CLIENTS RIDE ENGLISH
Transplanted to MA I have been training professionally in New England for over 30 years. Don't let the fact that I ride western discourage you. 85% of my clients ride English. Most prefer to ride using a bitted bridle. I like to remove the bit to address the problem, then go back to the bit should you require it for showing.
A problem horse is any breed, color, or discipline. I've helped dressage riders with their Holsteiners, Friesians, Oldenburgs and Dutch Warmbloods, back yard riders with ALL types of breeds. Hunter Jumpers that have horses that won't load, Just because I prefer to ride bitless does not mean I can't help you to get your horse softer in his bitted bridle; I do this on a regular basis.
I Come To Your Facility, Farm or Backyard!
I can help you achieve great results, with a fair and balanced blend of body language and external aids communicated effectively to the horse. Methods that I have developed from a lifetime of handling, training, and riding horses! Horsemanship training transcend all disciplines.
Not just in small confined areas, but in the cactus covered foothills of California where I was born, and the woods of upstate New York, where I spent a good portion of my youth. My unique approach emphasizes safety for the horse and handler resulting in mutual respect and good communication. Established first on the ground, then translated to under saddle.
Horsemanship training transcend all disciplines. Earning the respect of your horse through groundwork techniques is essential to having clear communication and respect in the saddle. Unfortunately Many of these ground skills, were not taught to very skilled riders. They ride dressage, jump 4 foot fences, barrel race, trail ride, and every other discipline, but have problems getting their horse to stand to be mounted, leading, or loading there horse. It's very common, your not alone if you struggle with the communication on the ground. Come take a horsemanship lesson to improve these skills.
Don't send your horse to "The Trainers" I am confident I can help you with whatever behavioral problems you may be experiencing. I encourage your hands on participation up to your comfort level. No secret training methods.
I WILL take your horse in for training board if you prefer, but your participation is mandatory for success.
Maybe you just want to be able to catch your horse in a large pasture, lunge him without fear, or learn a few round pen techniques. I ask my clients to make a list. I am usually able to address every issue in our first session. (Most problems are fixed in 1-3 visits)
Does your horse bite, kick, charge, crowd, or intimidate you in any way? Does he dance in the cross-ties, not tie at all, refuse to stand to be mounted? Does he jig balk buck or rear? Yank the reins out of your hands, ignore the bit? Is he hard to tack up. Disrespectful/fearful of the vet or farrier?
Does he refuse to leave the barn, get on a trailer? I encourage video taping, so you can refer to our session again and again. Many times the difference between success and failure is simply "body position" Sometimes it's the lack of following through with a request.
Click on my many youtube videos from the link at the top of the page, ( I get paid pennies that add up when you watch the adds) there is bound to be some footage of the same problem you are having right now. How long are you willing to wait to improve your relationship with your horse?
I will travel within a 60-100 mile radius of my Upton, Massachusetts farm. (Some exceptions.) I have traveled to every state in New England and as far west as Idaho to train!
PREFER TO USE A BIT? CLICK HERE!
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Horsemanship lessons, Horseback riding lessons, Horse training sessions (truck into Bobcat Farm) I'll travel to your farm/facility two hr. min. Plus farm call.
Natural Horsemanship Training?
I have not used this term in ages as it can cause a gag reflex in many potential clients. Fact is, this is the type of training I do. Please don't hold it against me. This is no way implies that I am soft, I do NOT use treats to train. In the case of a problem loader, I may after they have come in, not to coax them in. I am very generous with praise for the slightest try, but I am swift to correct any dangerous behavior.
Dr. Driftwood AKA Ruger
Photo by Jeanne Lewis
Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association MA State Ladies High Point Champion 2016, 2018, 2019 2020
I purchased this Reg Quarter Horse from South Dakota as a 16 month old.
Ruger was first trained to drive, and gently started under saddle in Dr Cook's western bitless bridle at 2 1/2 although we had cantered while team penning, cowboy mounted shooting, and versatility competitions, I waited till Ruger's 5th year to ask him to canter more than a lap or two in my ring as it's not that large just an 85 ft round pen. Ruger has been just amazing. He's done 4 parades, Equine Affaire's Versatile Horse and Rider Contest, as the youngest horse entered 3 years running, placing 21st out of 30 with just a few short months under saddle. He placed 12th out of 30 in 2010, and 11th on 11/11/2011 There was no VHRC contest at Equine Affaire in 2012.....Although they brought the contest back in 2013 we only placed 13th out of 30. As with judged events there's much room for error with the scoring etc. Ruger did an amazing job finishing the course in 6 minutes 7 seconds with a qualifying time.
Ruger lived up to his name placing first in Ladies level 2 at the North East Regional Cowboy Mounted Shooting Competition in 2010 just his 5th event ever. Placing over many seasoned level 3 shooting horse/rider teams. Sometimes slow and steady wins the race.
We had not been doing to much shooting just 2 competititons s in 2012 and 3 a year in 2013- 2015 as we have no time to practice and as a team and we are just two slow to be competitive. Between a full team penning seasons, versatility competitions, training horses and farm work we keep pretty busy. At the end of 2014 Ruger and I won our Ladies 2 class in a field of tough competitors. It took us 4 years to win our class again, as the first one was in an indoor, and he just does not have the speed in the larger arenas. We went back at it in 2015 and have been practicing traveling and started shooting shotgun at these events as a ladies level 4 (dropping the reins while holding the double barrel coach gun, shooting balloons at a gallop. We have tons of fun win or lose! Currently we are competing as a SL 4
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Shesa Faint Echo AKA Cachina
Photo by Jon Woolf
I purchased this lovely APHA paint as a un started two year old. I started her at my farm at a colt start clinic along with two other young horses. She has been an amazing horse. She does parades, versatility, team penning, driving in a cart and sleigh. She brought me to a Ladies 3 in Cowboy Mounted Shooting. She was gone for 4 years, sat mostly idle. Took me over a year to get her back to normal, at 13 years old she had become afraid of everything including people. Click here to see her other talent. 2015 at her first shoot since coming back to Bobcat Farm we won our class at the New Hampshire State Shoot.
2019 Cachina was awarded Northeast Six Shooter Legend Horse Award This award is given to a horse
She's been at this sport since 2005 she's still at it in 2023 and has taken care of a lot of new riders. To see her in action Click Here. Were are now a senior ladies 4
Jasper at 4 yrs just started to compete in Cowboy Mounted shooting, Mountain Trail,
versatility, and he's getting comfortable driving cattle.
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Last updated 1/5/2023
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