Our Program - “Have Fun With Your Horse”
Marsha Johnson has been training riders and horses for over 50
years; worked with nationally famous trainers like Craig Cameron
and was featured twice in recent issues of Quarter Horse Journal.
She was also featured in a segment of Americas Horse which aired on the TVG satellite channel.
Come enjoy a weekend learning de-spooking techniques, basic
horsemanship, trail obstacles, and we will work on any problems
you or your horse may have. During this weekend you will gain
confidence and learn a lot of horsemanship while having fun with
your horse (Your horse needs to be shod on all four feet). All for only $250. Don’t have a horse, we will
provide one for $50 extra.
Mail a non-refundable deposit of $100 to
Flying M Ranch, 1335 County Road 264,
Bertram, Texas 78605.
If you have to cancel, your deposit will be applied towards another Flying M Ranch event of your choice in the same calendar year.
If you bring a second horse, the charge
for working a second horse is $75.
Balance of $150, plus any extra horse fees, is due upon arrival.
You can reach us at 512-355-9492. For your riding comfort jeans, boots and a hat of some sort is
suggested. Current year Coggins required. PLEASE, do not bring your dog.
Cowgirl weekend pictures, slide mouse over small pictures to view enlarged. Please allow to giddy up.
ACHIEVE YOUR DREAM OF RIDING AND ENJOYING THE OUTDOORS AND YOUR PARTNERSHIP WITH A HORSE
We feature 'ole fashioned honesty' and our speciality is to accomplish the following:
- all care and safety issues
- improve horse and rider skills
- gain confidence and overcome any fear.
Below we hope you enjoy a weekend with us,
our goal is to prepare you for whatever you choose to do in the horse world.
Our focus is on teaching.
We have simple ranch facilities that are extremely useful for what we do,
nothing fancy or high dollar, but comfortable.
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Also, pictures from former Cowgirl Weekends Obstacles - Out and About - Tarp Work
I stumbled upon the Flying M while searching for a summer camp program for a friend’s daughter. Little did I know how much it would change my life!
There was a listing for a Cowgirl Weekend, at that moment I forgot all about the children’s camp program and thought how much fun it would be to be back on a horse again after 20+ years. I emailed the link to my friend and she called me back saying she had signed us up. This was surprising since she herself was terrified of horses.
We arrived that Friday night and were greeted by a group of friendly outgoing women of all ages that made us feel as though we had been friends for a lifetime. While eating that evening we got to know one another better and how we had all come upon being there, it was interesting to feel a bond already forming with new found friends.
In the bunkhouse that evening we all enjoyed watching videos taken while on trail rides and training events. You could truly see that this was not only going to be fun but we would learn so much in such a short period of time. We each talked about what we wanted to get out of the weekend, overcoming fears, relearning or learning for the first time things about horses, etc.
The next morning we were awakened to an awesome breakfast, fed the horses and then were all matched up to the horse that would best suit our needs for the ones of us that did not bring our own horse.
Within minutes (unbelievable to our own expectations) my friend was saddling her own horse, picking up its feet and actually smiling and having fun with an animal she had always been terrified of in the past.
I was matched up with Grande and he lives up to his name well. A beautiful white gelding that is so loveable and patient with someone that had a lot to relearn the right way. I had come from a background where you get on and ride the horse for your event then put it away until you need it again. My experience with trail rides was what most of us are familiar with, riding miles down the edge of roads and highways with groups of horses and wagons from point A to point B. Boy did I have a lot to learn!
We spent our first day getting to know our horses with despooking techniques, something I had never done before or even imagined. We rode around and through all types of obstacles with one-on-one training to help not only learn the right way to work with your horse but also build our confidence and a bond with the horse. By evening we were riding a trail down a railroad track, through trees and up and over hills, now this was more like it! By Sunday we were not just friends but had become family.
I have since gone on two ‘real’ trail rides with the Flying M. I now know that I did not just ‘stumble’ onto this website I was led there out of a need I had to reconnect and find not only myself again but a group of people we call ‘horse family’ with the same love of horses from all walks of life and all in different stages of our own life. I have also found my horse soul mate, Dakota at the Flying M and we are learning from each other how to trust and have fun again thanks to Marsha who is amazing at matching horse and rider in a way that is beyond my understanding.
This is a place you go to not only be with your horse but your friends. I find myself just enjoying hanging out talking with everyone and learning so much not only about horses but myself. We learn ‘life lessons’ from each other. This is not something money can buy and surely is not found just anywhere.
If you want to be taken back to a better place and time, find true friendship and really know how to bond with your horse, find a new horse or just ride every once in while I suggest you stop by the Flying M. I promise you will never be the same and you will be opened up to a whole new world of fun, friends and family. To my friends and family at the Flying M - Thanks for being there when I need you the most! Blessings & Happy Trails, Nancy Young