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Welcome to Franke Equine

My name is Teddy. If you just stumbled on this website, and you are wondering who in the world is Teddy and what is so special about his particular brand of horsemanship or farrier work?  Well, the truth is I am a guy who absolutely loves learning and growing.  Compared to the many horsemen and women whom I look up to, I am still early in my journey of personal improvement both as a horseman and as a human. I have been involved with horses for over thirty years with over half of that being in various professional capacities. In fact I have only ever had one job as an adult that was not horse-related. To me, horsemanship is a lifelong pursuit and I love to share the things I have learned. My only real claim to fame is that I know and love my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He has used the horse as a tool to teach me what it means to serve him. My hope is to pass that on to others in one way or another. 

 

I have had the advantage of learning methods,  ideas, tricks, and tips from beginners and from high-level professionals alike. No horse is the same and there are a great variety of  "ways."   I prefer horses that are taught to thoughtfully respond with willful obedience, and feel rather than to react through a mechanical response or patterning. I do my best to do something for the horse rather than to the horse.

 

 

Much like a child, horses learn by seeking reward and avoiding consequence.  More precisely horses seek comfort and avoid discomfort.   Good training has to incorporate these things delivered with skillful timing in a manner the horse can understand.  The world of horsemanship is full of ideas and theories on how to relate to these animals. Personally, I hold a deep respect for those who use what has become known as the early Californios system of training a bridle horse. The idea of progressing a horse step by step, hackamore to bridle, is time-honored. While I am not a die-hard traditionalist and enjoy using many modern methods, this style has had a lot of influence on how I think and train.

 

As a human and a follower of Jesus, I grow little by little. To expect quick development and completion of a horse can be really detrimental to the long-term integrity of the horse's mind and body. 

 

 As I said, it is a continued goal and passion to become a better horseman.  Developing an ability to be a good communicator is equally important.  Thanks for visiting this website. I hope you find the information and services that you are seeking and have great success with your horse.

                                                             Teddy Franke

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Teddy and his good friend and partner Scott Depalo (Scott Depaolo Horsemanship) have teamed up to bring you Live Equestrian, a youtube channel celebrating and promoting all things equestrian. This is accomplished through sharing "stories and lessons from the arena to the campfire." Take a minute to visit youtube and subscribe.

CHA Instructors Terry Williams and Teddy Franke provide pointers for riders to overcome common training issues like incorrect leads, missing leads or kicking out at the canter, and spooking. Jenny Beverage from Troxel talks about what riding helmets are made of and why.

Hey Kids! Want a fantastic week long summer ranch experience? If you love horses, swimming, horses, crazy games with friends, more horses, waterslides, and even more horses, this is the place for you! Did I mention there were horses? Spend Sunday through Friday with Teddy and the MR crew learning everything you need to know to start out as a rider. If you are in the more advanced category you will enjoy refining your horsemanship and working on disciplines like jumping, vaulting, ranch and cow work, or riding in the backcountry.  Young men can take part in Crusaders, a medieval themed camp for boys. Try jousting, blacksmithing, mounted archery and swordsmanship. There are loads of things to do at Morrow Ranch and most importantly you will have a chance to learn what it means to walk closely with a loving creator. 

I hope to see you and your friends this summer.

    

 
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