Mangold Ranch Versatility

It's never the horse, always the rider


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Mangold Ranch Versatility, Located in WNY

Posted on October 12, 2017 at 12:05 AM

Mangold Ranch Versatility's Fouding Philosophy, by Mark Mangold

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Building skills for horse and rider,


When horse owners send their horse to Mangold ranch for training it is usually for 30 to 60 days, as this is within their budget. In this time we can make progress on many specific issues, however we most likely will not be sending home a perfectly trained horse. Good horses and successful partnerships are developed over years, not trained in a few months.

We can usually get the horse trained to the expectations of the owner, however this may not mean success for the horse and rider. Riding is a partnership and the horse cannot sustain training above the rider’s skill level. If your horse can spin, roll back and slide to a stop, he won’t maintain that ability if the rider does not possess the proper skills. As an example, consider a tennis match. Suppose you are a capable player and hit the ball over the net, but the other player cannot hit it back to you. It won’t be much of a game, and both players will be frustrated. The rider must realize that growth on his/her part must match that of the horse.

Mangold ranch was started in the pursuit of reining and ranch horses, however whatever your pursuit, training is essential for the rider and the horse. Horse riding is not “kick to go and pull to whoa”. Anyone riding a horse needs basic skills for the safety of all involved.

I have heard people say “Oh he’s just a trail horse”. In my mind, trail horses must be well trained (and desensitized) and the rider must be skilled in order to develop a partnership that will keep them both safe on the trail.

In order to achieve that high performing partnership between horse and rider, it takes time, patience and consistency. Good horsemanship comes from a lifetime of building through continual learning. Be willing to improve your skill level as you seek to improve the skills of your horse. Start by finding the right mentor or trainer for you and your horse. This trainer should be able to explain the “how’s” and “whys” of good horsemanship, as well as understand the needs of both you and your horse. Remember, if your horse is having a problem, you are part of the problem, as well as part of the solution.

Riding without confidence is not much fun and not very safe. Building skills builds confidence. If it is your goal to become a more confident rider, better horsemanship skills will get you there.

Lastly, if you find yourself in the market for a new horse, look for a horse with more experience and skills than your own. Then be sure to invest in developing your own skills to come up to the level of your horse’s skills. If you don’t do this, your horse skills will eventually be reduced to the level of your skills. Don’t invest in a horse only to bring them down to your level.

Instead, raise your level to meet his.

One final point, horses don’t make mistakes, people do. This is an important philosophy in the foundation of good horsemanship. One we try to keep at the forefront of our minds when working with your horse at Mangold Ranch.

Gaited Horse Training

Posted on September 28, 2017 at 3:45 PM

Megan Mangold Specializes in Gaited Horse Training!

If you have a gaited horse and are in need of the proper trainer, give the ranch a call today! 716-201-6229

We would love to help you understand your gaited horse better while mastering the proper gait and footfall! 

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Gary Lane Clinic - Georgia

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Gary Lane Clinic - Georgia

Posted on May 18, 2016 at 11:00 PM

Riding and Training and Learning in Georgia with Gary Lane and Carl Bledsoe!! Such a great experience! Sign up today for Horse Training down on Mangold Ranch Versatility! Space is limited! 716-946-5852

Horse Training & Horseback Riding Lessons

Posted on May 3, 2016 at 11:50 AM

Natural Horsemanship Training 

  1. Breaking and Training Horses of all disciplines
  2. Natural Horseanship Methods
  3. We will train your UN-RULY Horses
  4. We coach the owners through the whole Horse Training Process
  5. We offer many different training Packages
  6. Call or Text 716-946-5852 (Megan Mangold)

Horseback Riding Lessons

Posted on May 3, 2016 at 11:45 AM

Join: Mangold Ranch's Horsemanship Program! 

Children ages 6-18 will enjoy group horsemanship lessons on thursday evenings or saturday afternoons! Our ranch is always looking for new riders that want to learn all about horses from the ground up! 

Mangold Ranch also has a one of a kind summer camp program that runs 8 weeks in the summer! If your children love horses, give us a call today!