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About Us

Hello, my name is Katelyn Thomas. I operate and run Owl Canyon Horse Services. The OCHS ranch is a full services equine facility catering to the needs of both horse and rider through horse training, riding lessons and summer camps.

I have had a passion for horses all my life. At a young age, my parents would take me to the local farms so that I could ride the ponies. When I got too big for the ponies, I took to the supervised trail rides in the rocky mountains. I started taking horse back riding lessons in 2001 and have continued taking lessons with several instructors throughout the years.

I worked for Blumenthal Friesian farm from 2007 to 2010. JR Blumenthal is a director of FHANA (Friesian Horse Association of North America) and a former Friesian horse judge. I have been involved in the training of some of the top Friesian horses in the nation whom have taken several national, grand championships.

Currently, I own several horses that OCHS uses for lessons and summer camps. I have trained horses ranging from untrained horses to experienced trail riding horses. Read about my style of training and instruction below.



Training
Owl Canyon Horse Services' horse care and training is based on horse-friendly methods. The horses are trained using a pressure and release method. We take the time to build a relationship with each horse to show them that they can trust their trainer. We establish ourselves as the herd leader by teaching them to give to pressure. They quickly learn that as soon as they try to do what is asked they get a reward. Their reward is the release of pressure. Once they have a general understanding of the pressure and release method, we teach them to move different parts of their body such as their head and neck, shoulders, ribs, hindquarters, and each leg, separately. When they learn to move specific parts of their body when asked of them; we will then ask them to move two or more parts of their body at the same time. We always make sure they are physically and mentally capable of completing a task before we begin. If they are not mentally or physically prepared for a task, we will go back to the basics until they are ready.

Instruction
Owl Canyon Horse Services strives to make your dreams with horses become a reality. At OCHS, no dream is too big nor too small. Riding lessons are catered to your specific needs and desires. Confidence is gained through understanding how horses behave and how they interact with other horses. It's important to understand why horses respond the way they do, so that we can understand when and where to apply pressure to them. We know everyone has their own unique way of learning and we strive to meet people on their level of understanding for quality instruction.

Owl Canyon Horse Services grew from a dream and with great passion as grown to a place where people with similar dreams and aspirations can grow and dream together. Contact us today to begin your adventure and enhance your experience with horses.

The Facilities

The OCHS' ranch is on 50 beautiful acres situated on a hill overlooking Fort Collins and the beautiful Rocky Mountains. We have a large natural-footing arena, a 50 foot round pen, and plenty of trails within the property to enjoy.

The Front Pasture


The Arena

The Round Pen