Training

extensive and versatile training based on their natural talents

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Training Programs

Miller-Ranch has been created to specialize in the breeding and training of Missouri Fox Trotters. The overall training goals of The Ranch are to achieve calm, easygoing, courageous, enduring, sure-footed trail and cross-country riding horses, as well to prepare Missouri Fox Trotter show horses.

The horses are trained to move safely in multiple environments from wilderness areas to urban ranch riding. Miller-Ranch offers a thorough proven-training program with fully recorded progress steps. A video is also included.

At Miller-Ranch all horses receive comprehensive and versatile training. A rigid methodical program was developed by Miller-Ranch based on the understanding of the natural disposition of each horse. Training begins with a young horse’s “First Step” and progresses through ground training followed by demanding training for all types of rugged terrain, under saddle and also as a pack horse. The Fox Trotter gaits are perfected and special gait training is provided to those horses entering shows and competitions.

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Miller-Ranch produces a video of each horse that has completed a full training program. This video is posted with each horse shown on the Miller-Ranch website.

If you are interested in seeing a young horse taking its “First Step” see the following video and enjoy! Note: the horse in this video is a wild mustang, a breed that has a reputation for being un-trainable. This training in the video took approximately three hours.

Mustang started under saddle at Miller-Ranch

Mustang started under saddle at Miller-Ranch
Mustang started under saddle at Miller-Ranch
Mustang started under saddle at Miller-Ranch
Mustang started under saddle at Miller-Ranch
Mustang started under saddle at Miller-Ranch
Mustang started under saddle at Miller-Ranch

This video from 2005 was modified in 2020 to the new 16x9 format. The ...

Mustang started under saddle at Miller-Ranch

Missouri Foxtrotter Stallion 3yr owned by Julie Leasure OR. USA started under ...

Mustang started under saddle at Miller-Ranch

No matter which horse breed, Missouri Fox Trotter, Mustang or as here ...

Mustang started under saddle at Miller-Ranch

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Mustang started under saddle at Miller-Ranch

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Features
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Training Features

Miller-Ranch has the most modern/technical Round Pen in the Southwest of the USA. The Round Pen was specially designed by Röwer & Rüb in Germany and features a unique computer-controlled training system, that has become an essential part of the First Step and, following gait training.

  • Round Pen with a Freestyle System
  • Round Pen II
  • Round Pen III
  • Multipurpose Arenas
  • Multiple Playgrounds
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Comprehensive Horse Training

Young horses are trained in this Round Pen and receive their basic training. Correct forward, backward and lateral movements are securely anchored after this initial training period. Adult horses receive their fitness training daily in the Round Pen by a running training session between 45 and 90 minutes, in the Flat Foot Walk, Foxtrot and Canter. They cover approximately up to 160 miles per month.

Special Focus Training with Exclusive Video Service

When a Missouri Fox Trotter shows distinct potential in model, performance or versatility in competitions, Miller-Ranch will activate a special-emphasis training program realizing that this particular Fox Trotter has the necessary attributes to become a winner in the breed.

The Trail

The Missouri Fox Trotters are trained with a 7-day trail ride which requires stamina, sure-footedness, endurance and strong nerves – The Arizona terrain is the show-ring and the challenging terrain covers the demands of every extreme trail. While trail riding the horses learn to behave comfortably and relaxed with the group. They are ridden in various positions within the group i.e. front, in the middle and at the back of the line. Horses are trained to stop when a group passes in full gallop and also must leave the group when a rider requests this action.

The Pack Trail

During training the Missouri Fox Trotter must learn how to handle weight on their backs while keeping distance from obstacles, including other horses while staying sure footed on various terrain and water where they must stay calm. Regardless of which specialty area the Missouri Fox Trotter moves into, trail riding, urban riding, performing in shows and competitions or driving, each horse is also trained as a pack horse in The Miller-Ranch Training Program.

Cow Training

Upon request, The Miller-Ranch will train a Missouri Fox Trotter to acquire a special cow-sense to work with cows. Skill and perseverance is required for the horse to work well with cows. Fox Trotters are agile and seem to enjoy this activity.

Show Training

Show Training requires a special program for the most talented Missouri Fox Trotters. Potential show horses will display extraordinary conformation, natural gaits with smooth long strides, as well as rhythm and charisma.

Driving

Driving in front of a cart is fun for the well-trained Missouri Fox Trotter. Driving improves muscular strength and condition, and optimizes their gait stability, calmness and condition. Fox Trotters seem to thoroughly enjoy what they are accomplishing.

Training Videos
Horses Trained At

Miller Ranch

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"Leadership ist the goal" - Watch Me Neigh Neigh- 6 years old Missouri Foxtrotter Watch Me Neigh Neigh is a Missouri Fox Trotter, 6 years old. He ...

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Legend Outlaw's Zuni M.R. Missouri Foxtrotter Gelding - Perfect Trail Horse 7 yrs MissouriFoxtrotter from Miller-Ranch, shows what a perfect trail horse should be. ...

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Topaz M.R. Missouri Foxtrotter Mare 3 Years old from Miller-Ranch Topaz M.R. a very pretty, elegant, deep black Missouri Foxtrotter mare, ...

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Legend Outlaw´s Maxima M.R. Miossouri Foxtrotter Mare- Fun & Work Missouri Fox Totter Mare from Miller-Ranch trained for the show, watch the ...

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Missouri Foxtrotter Gelding "Melody Bay Bandit" first steps at Miller-Ranch "Melody´s Bay Bandit" Missouri Fox Trotter is 33 months old in this ...

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for sale Velvet's Nabucco M.R. Missouri Fox Trotter Stallion -Trailer "Velvet's Nabucco M.R.", a stallion of Miller Ranch. When you look ...

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MFT "Sunrise In Harmony"TRUST AND RESPECT THE LEADER Missouri Foxtrotter "Sunrise In Harmony" Gelding 12 -yr. in correction training at Miller-Ranch.

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Leadership Training for Velvet's Barolo M.R. Velvet's Barolo M.R. is a Missouri Fox Trotter 3 years old. He ...

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Leadership Training - Arabian Gelding 12 years old Midnight Magic - Arabian 12years old Gelding in training at Miller-Rancb Arizona. ...

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Trainings Goal is "Leadership" with a TWH mare 6 years old Destiny, TW mare, 6-years old. The mare was not safe to ride ...

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"Larapio" 3 years old Lusitano Trainings Goal - Leadership After the "First Step" of breaking in at Miller-Ranch, the training continues ...

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Missouri Foxtrotter Gelding 3 years old "Trace The Grace" First Step at Miller-Ranch with 3 Years old Missouri Foxtrotter

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Lusitano 3 years Old Training at Miller-Ranch Lusitano gelding 3 years old is since 2 months on the Miller-Ranch in training. ...

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"Faubulous" Missouri Foxtrotter - trained from a show horse to a trail horse This 10-years old mare was shown successfully in the show ring. On ...

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"Danney" MFT Stallion 3y. TRUST AND RESPECT THE LEADER Lesson for the young stallion, following your leader where ever he goes. ...

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MV. Midnight Magic Arabian - Review for training Arabian Gelding 12 years Old.- Review for training needs at Miller-Ranch

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Maggie - Missouri Foxtrotter Mare Maggie Missouri Foxtrotter training at Miller-Ranch

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Rowdy´s Golden Buck l.C. - Missouri Fox Trotter - Leadership Missouri Fox Trotter Gelding 6 Years Old, in correction training at Miller-Ranch. He ...

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Missouri Fox Trotter Gelding 6 Year Old Rescue Horse Rowdy´s Golden Buck L.C. - Rescue Missouri Fox Trotter 6 Years ...

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Leadership - Missouri Fox Trotter Mare Amazing Grace 5 Years Old Missouri Fox Trotter mare in training at Miller-Ranch, ...

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Amazing Grace - Missouri Foxtrotter Mare 5 Years old -First Check on Miller-Ranch This little mare came to the Miller-Ranch to train her to be ...

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Skye Mare 4 Years Old - Learning follow the Leader The mare Skye is 4 years old and came to the Miller Ranch ...

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Leadership for Missouri Foxtrotter Mare 7 Years Old LZS Sweet Memories is a seven-year-old Missouri Fox Trotter mare. She came ...

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Sultan PER Stallion - Learning Follow The Leader Sultan JH PER stallion 4 years old is registered in the European Stud ...

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First Check on Miller-Ranch "Taffy´s Remington Steele"- Missouri Foxtrotter Gelding Taffy´s Remington Steele a Missouri Foxtrotter Gelding 7 Years old cam to ...

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Velvet,s Nabucco M.R. Missouri Foxtrotter Stallion is versatile Velvet,s Nabucco M.R., a Missouri Fox Trotter Stallion is 8 years ...

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"Al Capone" - Rocky Mountain Horse 6 Years old Gelding Introducing “CF’s Al Capone” a 6 year old Registered black Rocky Mountain ...

Education
important facts

Building a Strong Foundation

Natural herd behavior and natural needs of the horse are based upon their desire to socialize and be together. Horses love to work together, work with you and do things for you. When the bond or connection between horse and rider is strong, a horse will do his/her best to understand you during training sessions, even when training becomes difficult. All horse training leads to a better relationship between horse and rider, and while working together they become reliant on one another. Safety is another fact in making sure a horse understands what it is required to do.

Without training, a horse may simply react to any distraction he may come across at any time, and in some cases may react in panic-mode that could result in an accident. Miller-Ranch has displayed the benefits of implementing their well-planned and proven training programs that they apply to all of their Missouri Fox Trotter Horses. Once a horse has fundamental basic training it can more easily move on to more advanced or specialized training.

Lothar Rowe owner of The Miller-Ranch decided to try his “First Step” training program on a group of wild mustangs to see how they would react to instruction. As you will see on the video the mustangs reacted well and appeared to be enjoying their tasks, at the same time they learned to follow some basic fundamental steps of horse training.

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