Rafter D Training       Gill and Wendy Deans
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           Where Foundation Makes

                                The Future

                   Welcome to Rafter D Training     
                                               Livingston, Montana

Our training program combines the philosophy of many of the leaders of "Natural Horsemanship". We then add to that the fundamentals of the sport of reining, which makes for a well rounded, well started horse. Each day's session is focused on confidence building exercises and life skills that will enable the horse to do a day's job for you safely and happily. 

We invite you to tour our site, see what we're up to and consider us for training your next prospect. 

Green Horse Clinic  June 21   9:00 A.M.
at Rafter D Training.
Wendy will teach a green horse clinic at the home place on June 21. This one day clinic will be a perfect opportunity to get your green horse (regardless of age) back on track and advance to the next level. The horse should be started, saddled and have been ridden prior to this clinic. This isn't a colt starting clinic. Wendy will work on control of the four quarters, freeing up the feet, soft feel, transitions, introduction to lateral work and individual problems. Cost is $125 and will include lunch. To reserve a place in this clinic call 406-333-4615.

        Congratulations to Gill and Sally!           Gill and our mare Sallyannolena  won lots of great loot at the YRHA/ MRHA Year End Awards Banquet. They were the YRHA Affiliate Limited Open Reserve Champions, the YRHA Affiliate Rookie Professional Champions, the YRHA Rookie Professional Reserve Champions and were the MRHA Limited Open 3rd place winners.           


We like to give a wide variety of experiences to our horses, young and old. One example is that during the summer we move both of our wheel line irrigation systems twice a day. It waters our pasture and hay ground. Gill rides a horse out bareback in just a halter every time we move it. In this series of photos, Gill is returning from moving the wheel line on his reining mare, Sallyannolena, aka Sally.
Not only does Sally go out and get ridden like a working girl instead of a show mare, she's also quite proficient at opening and closing a wire gate. Good job Sally! 

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