What is an ideal trainer? One that will develop a relationship with the horse in such a way that earns the horse's trust.....not his fear. At Journeys End Training Center, horses receive top quality training and care provided by an exceptional trainer that truly cares about horses. From halter and ground training to trailer loading, from your initial ride to the miles that follow, from the racetrack to the jumping arena, we can help. Patience is our virtue. If it can be done a 'horseback', we can help your horse (and you) achieve your personal best....every horse deserves proper training.
Tom Gavin is an Oklahoma cowboy who has over 35 years of professional training behind him and still "learning" new things every day. He has a passion and commitment to excellence with horses and horsemanship. Horse sense is stable thinking and hard work. His approach to training is always being conscientious, and having a keen awareness of the horse and the way the horse sees his surroundings. His number one concern is that the rider on the horse's back be as safe as they can possibly be. He consistently works toward a relaxed horse which has confidence and trust in his rider through mutual respect.
Tom began professionally breaking and training horses on his family farm "Good Times Ranch" at the age of 13. He comes from a family of horse training, racing, and breeding. His experiences include racehorse training, racetrack starter, stud management, breeding programs, ground breaking (from start to finish), and just plain "horse sense." Tom's most used words are "easy", "listen," "stay with me" "I don't want your butt I want your head," and at very few times "Hello mother earth." Tom does not train the "old cowboy way." He trains to earn respect, He takes training slow and believes in starting young horses with a solid foundation.
References provided upon request.
Training Fees: $35 daily rate. First month is required up-front. Contracts are required.
Our rates are extremely competitive with most. We are conveniently located off I-40 in North Carolina and able to have your thoroughbreds in shape, listening, and ready for your track trainer. We have exercise riders available, a 5/8 training track with Equibase-published workouts available, covered round pen and eurosizer, and are qualified for lay-ups and rehabilitation care. We make it a point to keep in contact with the owner and request talking with the track trainer to let them know how the horse was trained and what to expect.
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