If you are a horseman involved with a breeding operation, finding
a few free minutes can be hard at this time of the year.
But Leslie Mongeur of DeLand, Florida is finding the time to attend
school at Allegany College of Maryland. She's taking the online
course, Training Performance Horses.
"Being able to learn at my own pace was the key attraction
when I first read about the course," Mongeur said. "I
knew the season was coming and I wouldn't be able to take all the
lessons on a regimented schedule. But as soon as the horses settle
do for the evening, and I have the time, I'll turn on the computer
and I won't have missed a thing."
In addition to caring for nine horses, primarily Paso Finos, and
running a pet grooming shop, Mongeur is just as busy as most horse
owners. Time is precious. That's why nationally-know author and
trainer Don Blazer designed the internet course, Training Performance
Horses. Now students can get lessons whenever they can find some
free time. There is no time limit for completing the course, but
when it is finished students receive a Certificate of Recognition.
There are nine lessons in the course which begins before the first
saddle and teaches the training techniques necessary to perform
all basic exercises up to the flying change of leads. The student
receives a lesson link by e-mail, studies the material, and then
submits quiz questions and a narrative report. Blazer grades the
quiz and comments on the narrative, then sends the student the next
Students can e-mail Blazer at any time with a specific question
or training problem.
There are four colleges to choose from: Allegany at (301) 784-5341,
or Scottsdale Community College at (480) 423-6305, or Paradise Valley
Community College at (602) 787-6800, or New Mexico State University
at (505) 287-6670.
A sample of one of the lessons and quiz questions can be seen at