Maddie Girgenti and her boy Titan have had some pretty tough stuff happen. Titan is a big boy who is learning his limits and Maddie is his patient and forgiving trainer at this point. The two of them plan to continue working their way through the tough stuff to reach their goal of competition. They have already come a long way as when Maddie bought Titan he was unstarted, barely knew what a halter was and the two immediately fell in love. Since then they have had lots of ups and downs due to neither of their fault but simply life has made things difficult. However, although restarting can be difficult, Titan loves Maddie with all of his heart and Maddie loves him with every ounce of her being, they are soul mates and will accomplish anything that they set their minds too. They plan to begin showing this summer 2014.
Grace Hollopeter and "Uno" enjoying a trail ride together. Grace and Uno have come a long way in a very short time. Uno is Dollars older brother and was by far more challenging to train as he lacked "want to" until he met Grace ... that horse will do anything for that kid. Grace and "Uno" have found that beautiful inexpressible bond that exists between soul mates. These two plan to keep growing together and may even hit the show ring in 2014.
Cajan came to MGT as a very inexperienced young horse. He went through some intense work to teach him that the world WAS NOT out to get him. He has a great personality and really began to shine. He is at his new owners, Sharon's, barn and loving every second of the attention and love he is now receiving. He came from a pretty tough start and since has been enabled to find his soulmate in Sharon. Sharon is seeking to continue to progress his training and to help him become the best horse he can be.
Oops is a finished rope horse who has a tendency to get a little chubby. He came to MGT to pursue a fitness regimen in order to help him continue in his career chasing cows.
Rogue was an exceptionally quiet two year old who had some great bloodlines but came from a difficult situation. She stayed smaller and was actually started under saddle by some of the kids who ride for MGT. She never even considered doing anything dangerous and the worst thing she would do was not go. She has made great strides towards becoming an all around horse and was purchased by a young 8 year old girl from Michigan. The plan is to take her and continue working with her to compete in 2014.
Boz is a well trained older horse who is now a teacher himself. He has his hands full with three young girls who are all seeking to spend time on his back. His pasturemate, Tina, gets to do the same thing.
Tina has also become a teacher for three young girls and is happily sharing her wealth of knowledge.
Dunny was a potential rope horse who needed some more experience just being rode. He naturally had great self-carriage and really came along beautifully. He was afraid to go when asked as he had some pleasure training and had been boxed up in draw reins at one time, but upon leaving MGT he could take off from a minimal cue. Dunny has a lot of potential and has moved on to TX to continue his rope training.
Lari St. Clair and Tobi are beginning to enjoy their time under saddle together again. Tobi is a rather laid-back mare who is learning to carry her owner happily as a pleasurable trail horse. Her biggest fault is she's a little on the lazy side, but as she continues to work and gain confidence in her rider huge improvements are happening there as well.
Linda Gengo owns three half-arabs and a full blooded arab. She has sought to keep them in work with MGT to keep them healthy and in shape. Jane, another one of Linda's mares, is pictured below. Jane came to MGT after being started by another trainer. She had some bad experiences and MGT took its time in helping her to overcome the bad and become the great mare that she is today. Jane made a complete turnaround and has become an amazing all-around horse.
Buck was a mild mannered Ranch horse who needed a refresher course. He is now a family horse and is enjoyed by all from young and old alike.
"Oakie" is a Quarter Horse used for trail/pleasure riding by his owner, George Barkley. George was having issues with Oakie getting barn sour and trying to wheel and head home. Since working with MGT, George and Oakie are enjoying the trails once more.
Ginger was sent to get started under saddle and will eventually be shown by a young boy in Jasper County 4h. She has a lot of potential and some exceptional breeding.
Kathy Easton and her show horse "Nello" are back in the saddle again! Kathy has had some difficult health issues in her life and is happy to be riding her dream horse once again. At one time the two were nearly unstoppable in a show ring and Nello performed as a saddle seat extraordinaire.
Reese Fox and Nala getting ready for fair 2013. Nala is a very sweet mare who just needed some experience in life. Through hard work Reese and Nala are finding that special bond that is so coveted.
This little mare is one of the best heel horses I have ever met. She will put her heart on the line in order to make sure she gets that cow and she will take care if her rider in the process. She suffered from a bowed tendon so she was brought to MGT for reconditioning work. We began working again slowly and she began coming back but that tendon was just to much. So, she was sold to be a family horse and excels at it.
Dusty, a grade QH type, came to MGT in 2011 as one of our first training clients. Dusty was a very studdish gelding who was dangerous. He learned to stop charging at his handler in the round pen, that kicking was not allowed and all sorts of other cool things. However, once mounted, Dusty never offered to do anything bad and only tried his best to keep his rider happy. His owner at the time, Kathi Parker loved him with all her heart and looked forwards to spending many years riding him, but they had some difficult life changes that happened soon after and they were forced to sell Dusty. Dusty went through some ups and downs and changed hands a few times before ending up back at MGT in the summer 2013. He finally landed his forever home as a horse for a woman in her 50s and her granddaughters. Dusty is well-loved and finally has his forever home in the summer of 2013.
"Ali" came to MGT summer 2013 from Miller Quarter horses. He was a very exceptionally talented colt with some slight fear issues. His training went a little more slowly than his half-brother's, Dollar, did, but he was the nicest mover and had some truely exceptional talent. Ali has since moved on and should be pursuing a life in the AQHA showring.
Matt and Breecia are pursuing a future in dressage and began by working on collection and refinement. Both already had some training to get them started. They plan to work on training level and advance from there.
Bruce, AQHA name Big Zippers Rap, came to MGT as an unstarted 3 year old. He was a little more unsure of himself but slowly and surely built up his confidence. He continued to progress enough that he became a family horse for a woman and her granddaughter.
Dollar ... He has got to be one of the quietest geldings I have ever met. He was started as a 2 year old by MGT and it took less than a week to have him going under saddle. He never offered any objections to anything he was confronted with and put all he had into everything he did. He has since moved on to be sold as a show horse by Miller Quarterhorses.
Goodie is bred from an outside mare and a Miller Quarter Horse stud. She is only 2 in that picture and is already a big girl. She was extremely sensitive to EVERYTHING around her, very insecure and defiant, and was sent to become more solid as a trail horse for her owner, Steve Shawler. She worked beautifully and really came around during her stay at MGT.
Kaitlin and her boy, Beso. This pair has slowly become an unstoppable barrel team. Upon beginning with Beso, Kaitlin was told he was never going to cut it, but as they continued to progress and focus on Beso's strong points they not only became one of the fastest pairs out there running, but they also became that dream pair that they worked so hard to reach.
Eva is a mule who was unstarted but really progressed and began to realize the world was nowhere near as scary as she had thought. We progressed to sitting on her back (The hard part), but that was as far as we got that summer. She progressed on with her owner Dr. Smojo.
Creekside Stables stands this guy on their farm. MGT helped work with some of the stock at Creekside, Jack is only one of them, and this shot was taken at Stallion Alley in 2011. Jack has a high percentage of Two-Eyed Jack breeding and is an exceptionally quiet, laid back guy.
Bo was a nice grade QH type who just needed some life experience. His owner, Rich, planned to sell him but didn't want to until he was safe. Bo had a great personality and worked with MGT for maybe a month and then, he was ready to move on. Since then Rich has given MGT opportunities to work with many of the horses he brings in and all of them have grown and moved on successfully.
Star was an 8 year old two year old as she was not started under saddle until she was 8. As an older horse Star had been pretty comfortable with her life the way it was and was pretty firm in that belief. After most of the initial work being done where she had not even cantered under saddle yet, she came to MGT who then took her on to later become be a solid kid horse. Star is now a major competitor in Dressage and Hunseat classes
Carly and Gunner had plans for very serious competition in local shows. They worked with MGT for a short time and made huge progress.