you've been riding reining horses for awhile, and you've had plenty
of horse show experience, what are you going to learn from a college
online horse training course?
"You learn a lot, from basic techniques to some very helpful
advanced training methods," says Susan Dahl-Mitchell of Burgessville,
Ontario, Canada. "I really loved the online availability
of the material and the self-paced system."
The riding and showing of reining horses is nothing new to Dahl-Mitchell;
she's been doing it for nearly a decade. To most of her friends,
she is known as "ReinerSue."
Dahl-Mitchell recently completed Training Performance Horses and
received her "certificate of recognition" from Allegany
College of Maryland. The course is taught by author/trainer Don
Blazer and is offered online by four colleges. To see a sample
of the course text and get registration details log onto www.donblazer.com
"The course is very thorough, with well-written instructions
and plenty of photos. In my opinion, the course is excellent for
adult learning because it has theory, then a practice session,
followed by both a true-false and narrative quiz," says Dahl-Mitchell.
Students get each lesson by e-mail, study the lesson, and then
complete a quiz which is reviewed by Blazer and returned with
comments. When the quiz is completed, the student gets the next
If students have a specific problem, they contact Blazer by e-mail
for immediate, individual help.
The course certainly met all my expectations, she said. "I
wanted to learn to train performance horses, and I sure did."
Dahl-Mitchell is planning to use her performance horse training
talents professionally. She is currently building a new training
facility, which she hopes will be operational by this summer.