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"But godliness with contentment is great gain.  For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.  But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that."  1 Timothy 6:6-8

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Elliott Cutting Horses
About Us
 
 
 

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     We are located 45 minutes east of the city of Lloydminster, which is on the Saskatchewan/Alberta border,  just off the Yellowhead Highway # 16.   It is an area where there is little traffic, and wide open countryside of pastureland right up to the Battle River.  The area is perfect for training horses, with miles and miles of pasture and nature to relax and expose the horses to.  As well, the soil is sandy, so the training pens and arena always provide good footing for the horses.  We are nestled in an area that is peaceful and quiet, with the beauty of the land all around that God has provided us.  The most consistent comment we hear from folks about where we are situated is "My goodness, I can't believe how peaceful and beautiful it is here.  It is like a small piece of heaven!"  We couldn't agree more!  To live in such a special and wonderful place, to work daily with the majestic and undeniably beautiful beast called the horse, and be able to ranch as well, raising Black Angus cattle,  we truly feel the Lord's hands upon us and feel His grace and blessings daily.

      We have been raising horses and ranching all of our lives, with the exception of Clifford having been training horses for a living and as a profession for over forty years!  He worked at different ranches and training centres all over western Canada, and a short stint in Texas, but always came back to wanting to own his own ranch, land, cattle and horses.  He is a true cowboy at heart!  We both love the land and livestock, and feel compelled to be good stewarts of all that God has put into our lives. 

     Our facilities consist of a new metal 92 x 200 foot arena/barn that we put up a  few years ago, which has 15 box stalls, a wash rack, heated tack room, washroom and office.  As mentioned before, the arena ground is perfect for training, as the horses can take hold of the ground when working cattle, and still be comfortable when being schooled.  We have a very safe and secure round pen in the arena to start colts, that is solid walled and 8 feet high, so as to keep them from distractions and not having the potential to get their legs or feet into any crevasses.  There is also a large outdoor riding arena as well, and we are currently constructing a new outdoor round pen to work cattle in.  We have a flag to work horses on, as well, being that we ranch, we background our calves and therefore have cattle to work horses on pretty much year round.

      While running his own training centres at various locations in Alberta and Saskatchewan, Clifford also, for a time taught the colt starting part of the equine program at the Lakeland College in Vermilion, when it was in existence, but the long drive finally got to him.  However, he continues with teaching at clinics and lessons, as well as apprenticing the young riders who have worked here over the years, as we feel the need to give back to an industry that has been joyful to be a part of.  It is always nice to hear from those we have had the pleasure to come into contact with, through lessons and clinics, especially at our ministry's Horsemen Living For Christ Clinics/Camps, that their lives were impacted in a positive way by something we said or did, and that their relationship with their horse is much improved and rewarding.  We believe that if we can help the riders who have come for lessons or at clinics, then we have helped the horse, and if we have helped the horse, then we have helped the rider!  It may seem pretty simple, but it is true!  That relationship between the two must always be cohesive and thoughtful.

     The philosophy we use in training horses is based on our belief that we preserve the horse's body, mind and spirit during their training, using consistency and rewarding them for acceptable behavior.  This is what "training" is, showing a horse on a consistent basis what you want from them.  Communication is the key, and you hear many different terms to describe it, as well as many different opinions on how to accomplish it, from all kinds of people in the horse world.  There are all kinds of clinics, DVDs, and books on this topic, among many others.  Many of them tell you that their way is the only way.  Well, what we have learned over the years is that there is really no "right" way and anything other than that is the "wrong" way. It all comes down to doing what works for you, or what you are comfortable and capable of doing.  You may take a bit of this guys' thoughts and a bit of that guys' thoughts and then try, on your own, to melt them together into something that works for you.  We have found that learning never stops, and are always aware of what horses teach us, and work that knowledge into how we do things.  Every horse is a bit different than the next, but there are many basics which just "are" when dealing with them.  Once you have figured that out, you are well on your way of being in tune with your horse, and learning, for both of you, comes much easier and faster.  We have come to the realization that the horse will tell you what "his truth" is, every time that you work with him, in short, he has no hidden agenda. Horses don't know how to "lie". You just have to pay attention to what he is telling you about himself.  But not only is he telling you about himself, but also about how he interprets how you are relating to him.  And sometimes this can really be an "eye opener" for us, as we learn something about ourselves, that perhaps we didn't know or didn't want to admit or see, on how we are relating to other living beings we come into contact with.  It can be a hard and sometimes painful bit of knowledge to absorb, but if we are willing, it can change us irrevocably.  All from the horse!  That is why working with horses is becoming more popular all the time as therapeutic help with troubled youth, mental illness, depression, PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), those with physical and mental disabilities and the like.  The horse is always truthful with those around them and in their environment. 

      We are always working from where the horse is at on that day, being aware of the horse's physical and mental expression, which is so important.  Having a passion for horses' ever thinking, ever feeling;  always working on how much less you can do this day, to get the understanding come through to him, is the key to a successful relationship.  Our aim is to develop a well rounded horse that will be utilized and enjoyed for many years to come by their owners and riders.  We believe that the same basic foundation should go into all horses, in making them solid in whatever they do in their future, whether it is a career in the show pen, or being a ranch horse, or just a good using horse that someone rides solely for the sheer enjoyment of it!  The beginning, or start, of a horse's education, is not only the most interesting, but also the most important part, as it sets up a horse for success, no matter what breed or discipline.  This is why we like to start the colts that we are going to train.  So they can tell us where they are at right now and what is going on with them, before someone has attempted to alter that.  It is easier and quicker to evaluate a horse and know what is the "horse" naturally, and what is "what has made him into what he is presently by what has been done to him", especially when something that is concerning shows up!  The horses are continually being evaluated to see if the owner's expectations and the horse's abilities and desire coincide, or match one another.  We work with the owners in achieving their goals and aspirations for their prospects, and if they don't match, then we do what we can to rectify that.  We are not going to tell you what we think you want to hear, but rather the truth, as we see it, in relation to your horse.  Not all horses are capable or willing to do what our preconceived notions are that they should, so our job is to figure out what the horses are most fitted and happy at doing. We have to make sure that we don't try to put a square peg into a round hole, and damage the peg in the process!  We just need to find the square hole to put the peg into!  It takes skill, patience, experience and the understanding of the individual horse that we are dealing with, to achieve this.  Clifford's natural talents and abilities have been honed from the experience and sheer number of horses that he has worked with over the many years.  We do not inject any "self interest" into our evaluations of the horses.  Our only concern is the best for both the horse and the rider/owner, and we owe them honesty and truthfulness.

      We train, show and sell many of the horses that we have raised.  We selected the qualities and traits we felt were important to pass on to the offspring, and have been blessed with many good horses from our own ranch, as well as ones we have purchased!   We always try to match up the horses and potential owners/riders so that everyone is happy at the end of the day!  We don't want someone to purchase a horse that, after getting a feel for their wants and needs through questions and observation, we know will not fit these requirements.  We are not in the business of making a fast buck, and our reputation in the industry stands as a testament to that!

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"All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field;

the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever."  1Peter 1: 24-25

Elliott Cutting Horses

Clifford and Sandra Anne Elliott

P. O. Box 235

Paynton, Saskatchewan S0M 2J0

306-895-2107

elliotttrainingcentre@sasktel.net