About the rescue horse training program
Rafter P's Rescue Horse Training Program will give you the opportunity to learn and use the techniques and horsemanship skills that go into training a rescued horse - helping him or her find their forever home. It is a unique training experience open to students of all levels including beginners, aged eighteen and over. With the guidance and assistance of Chezz Perlini, you will be given your own rescue horse to work with and help during your time at the Ranch.
Chezz has over thirty years of experience working with horses and is accustomed to training and starting colts having worked with a number of abused and challenging horses, including American Mustangs and “failed” performance horses. These are horses that require a patient, thoughtful and consistent approach without a time limit on their training. The horses at Rafter P Ranch are able to stay in the program for as long as it takes for them to get the education and confidence they need to be successful.
Our goal is to help you develop skills which will not only help you with your horsemanship, but beyond the world of horses into your daily life. Training horses, especially rescue horses, requires patience, understanding and introspection. Horses present an honest reflection of what you are bringing to every interaction; this allows you to see yourself as you are in the moment. By developing a sensitivity to this bias-free reaction, you can begin to work with consideration for yourself and your horse.
While on the Rescue Horse Training Program you will begin this process in a beautiful and well equipped ranch setting while learning safe horsemanship and problem solving skills, ultimately helping these horses to find forever homes through the training and gentling process.
Classes are designed for a maximum of six students and cover the fundamentals of horsemanship from haltering and leading to safe groundwork, riding, seat placement, body control and critical evaluation of horse and rider with progression to advanced maneuvers. Keeping the groups small ensures that each rider gets a rich, personalized experience with opportunities to build on existing knowledge. Students will work in the Western tradition with opportunities to learn roping, handle livestock and make equipment such as bridles, belts, and halters.
You will be assigned your own rescue horse to care for and train throughout your stay - this horse may be progressing through the training program or be completely new to it. Classes are five days a week with approximately five to six hours of horse work per day including theory and practical lessons, trail rides, horse-games, group discussions and guest speakers. You will have evenings and weekends to yourself, to relax in the beautiful accommodation and grounds, visit local attractions or enjoy the Florida sun. For those interested, there are always additional horse-related activities at the Ranch, such as lessons and clinics. You train and relax at your own pace!
Rafter P's Rescue Horse Training Program is a uniquely American experience located in the heart of Florida, known as the Sunshine State - the home of endless summer.
You’ll be accommodated on-site in a self-contained, modern home with air conditioning and all amenities including a TV room, full kitchen and dining area and outside porch with seating area. The accommodation has its own laundry facilities, WIFI, and parking for anyone wishing to rent a car. Geneva is a charming area in Central Florida with all amenities a short drive from the Ranch. Orlando, theme parks and the airport are approximately 45 minutes drive away.
Rooms are shared between two students and include an individual double bed, linens, towels and ample storage. Private double or twin rooms for friends and couples may be available on request. Bathroom and common areas are shared between the students.
Chezz and Nicole are on site should you need anything or have any questions.
Program fees include the following:
- return transfers from Orlando International or Sanford airports, on Saturdays between 9am and 9pm (please contact us before booking flights)
- accommodation, including a weekly family meal
- training five days a week, with approximately five to six hours of horse work per day
- access to beautiful training facilities in Central Florida including a large round pen, lighted arena, covered arena, pastures and trail rides
- a weekly (optional) yoga class, led by Nicole, for all levels
Fees support the horses' enrollment, making this an affordable option for rescues and rescue horse owners. Your fees help support this amazing program!
As everyone has individual dietary requirements, meals are not provided, but basic cooking supplies (e.g. oils, seasonings, condiments, etc), healthy snacks (e.g. fruit, cereal and protein bars) and tea and coffee are provided. You will be taken to local stores and markets to buy foods which can be stored, prepared and cooked on-site. There are also take out and delivery options in the area. In addition, a weekly family meal is offered every Sunday at no additional cost. It is a fantastic opportunity to spend time together as a group, discuss the week ahead and get to know each other outside of the training timetable. Meals range from cook-outs to picnics with dietary requirements accommodated as best as possible.