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Training programs developed and implemented by Mike Dowd and Leslie Bergman provide horses a foundation to succeed, from the ground, up.


With the fundamentals established during a patient course of ground training, each horse’s progress is driven by individual aptitude and readiness. Only then will a horse be expected to relax under saddle. Saddle training then promotes acceptance of aides, softness of mouth, and focus.


Whether your interests are in having us start a young horse, finish a horse for the show ring, or retrain a horse for a new career, we’re glad to speak with you about customized training based on your specifics. Just give us a call or send us an email to get started.

  1. Over 30 years experience starting and working with young horses for showing, racing, or just pleasure.

  2. Tanglewood Stables provide routine exposure to a variety of sights and sounds in a safe environment.

  3. Programs develop potential in horses, as well as horses and riders together.

  4. Call or email to discuss customized programs and rates.

336-766-9540

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