Lazy Oaks Ranch

Classical Horse Training

Classical work is easy for the horse because it works within it's nature.

What is Lazy Oaks Ranch?

The art of horsemanship is to take that which is not naturally gifted and to ride it as if it were. Art is achieved without degrading mechanical aids, no draw reins, no side reins, no tie downs. Art is achieved through a progressive training system that works within the horses nature. The art of Horsemanship leads to an untroubled horse.


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What People Are Saying

Just went to a Clinic with Craig at the Riders field and I h ave to say I was so impressed with his teaching. His interaction with each rider was so nice, meeting them and their horse on their level. Learned so much and am excited to start working on these new concepts to take my horsemanship to a new level. It was exactly what I was looking for as a rider to become a better partner for my horse and to get that higher level of communication going.


I was fortunate enough to be gifted by a friend of mine, a spot in a clinic of Craig's hosted by Bucksnort Ranch in early Feb 2018. I had never heard of Craig Patterson and did a little preliminary research on FB and liked what I saw. I was definitely intrigued with his philosophy of the meshing of western horsemanship and classical dressage taught by the masters of previous centuries. I had competed in endurance riding on friends' horses over the last few years and realized that I was merely a passenger on the horse and wanted more for my own sake and that of my horse. I want to improve my horsemanship skills and learn to ride with a better understanding of what's best for the horse. At the clinic I learned of Ecole de Legerete and was impressed with Craig's knowledge of Philippe Karl's teachings. Craig has a very clear and patient way of presenting the information which helps the student learn. And to top it off his compassion and regard for the well being of the horse are first and foremost!! With Craig's help I'm optimistic for future endeavors with my little Arab mare!!!


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