HGH Training and Services

Thank you for your interest in working with Hired Gun Horsemanship. Please note that while all horses brought to HGH for training are exposed to gunfire, only horses in Gun Acclimation Training have guns fired off them while under saddle. The training descriptions below are a starting point, as all training programs are custom fit to the client, their needs, and goals.

While we are flexible and understand people travel from far away to train, please keep in mind that the lessons included in the training programs are best utilized at approximately week 3 of training, and then again at the end when the horse is picked up. HGH is proud to Feed Greatness! Purina’s Impact Professional is our base feed, however, if your horse has special nutritional needs, just bring them at drop off.

Straight Forward Honest Horsemanship is always our objective, so we invite you to contact Sam Helms directly via EMAIL or PHONE with any questions or concerns.

Ready to train? Please click HERE to make your non-refundable deposit of $100 (per horse). Payment in full is due at the time of drop off.

Below is a detailed list of current services and fees including:

Gun Acclimation Training: $1,000

Perfect for:
Cowboy Mounted Shooting competitors, extreme obstacle horses, hunting horses, spooky horses needing desensitization, trail riders wanting to carry protection, people who want a really quiet horse, mounted patrol horses and more.

Includes:
5 weeks training with 2 lessons ($150 value)*Please note! Lessons must be taken during or at the end of the session when the client comes to pick up the horse. No carry overs.

Pricing Breakdown: $825 training, $175 for feed + hay ($35/wk)

Training Goal: Horse will be trained to stand, walk, trot and lope under gunfire at the desired speed of the rider. This includes navigating CMSA courses of fire if the client is interested in the sport of mounted shooting. This training also includes on-site trail riding and navigation of the HGH obstacle course: a cowboy curtain, equine teeter totter, stepping on/through/over large tires, crossing and sidepassing over large tubes and ground tarps/signs.

Colt Starting: $775

Perfect for:
Horses never started under saddle up to 3 years old, not including stallions.

Includes:
5 weeks training with 2 lessons ($150 value)*Please note! Lessons must be taken during or at the end of the session when the client comes to pick up the horse. No carry overs.

Pricing Breakdown: $600 training, $175 for feed + hay ($35/wk)

Training Goal: Horse will be trained to stand, walk, trot and lope at the desired speed of the rider. This training includes on-site trail riding and navigation of the HGH obstacle course: a cowboy curtain, equine teeter totter, stepping on/through/over large tires, crossing and sidepassing over large tubes and ground tarps/signs.

General Training: $850

Perfect for:
Improving fluidity of movement and body control of the horse (i.e. lead changes), improving the connection between horse and rider- including the correct bit, tack etc., and helping the rider achieve specific goals with their horse.

Includes:
5 weeks training with 2 lessons ($150 value)*Please note! Lessons must be taken during or at the end of the session when the client comes to pick up the horse. No carry overs.

Pricing Breakdown: $675 training, $175 for feed + hay ($35/wk)

Training Goal: This training is more client specific, but can and will include the horse trained to stand, walk, trot and lope at the desired speed of the rider. This training includes on-site trail riding and navigation of the HGH obstacle course: a cowboy curtain, equine teeter totter, stepping on/through/over large tires, crossing and sidepassing over large tubes and ground tarps/signs.

Problem Horses: $1,000

Perfect for:
People having problems with their horses, or horses having problems with their people.

Includes:
5 weeks training with 2 lessons ($150 value)*Please note! Lessons must be taken during or at the end of the session when the client comes to pick up the horse. No carry overs.

Pricing Breakdown: $825 training, $175 for feed + hay ($35/wk)

Training Goal:  Client specific and also including the horse being trained to stand, walk, trot and lope at the desired speed of the rider. *Can include gunfire acclimation and navigating CMSA courses of fire if the client has a problem mounted shooting horse. This training also includes on-site trail riding and navigation of the HGH obstacle course: a cowboy curtain, equine teeter totter, stepping on/through/over large tires, crossing and sidepassing over large tubes and ground tarps/signs.

Stallions/Stud Colt Training: $1,000

Perfect for:
Riders/owners of any equine discipline looking for a breeding stallion prospect and/or wanting a respectful stallion to handle and/or ride.

Includes:
5 weeks training with 2 lessons ($150 value)*Please note! Lessons must be taken during or at the end of the session when the client comes to pick up the horse. No carry overs.

Pricing Breakdown: $750 training, $175 for feed + hay ($35/wk)

Training Goal:  Client specific and also including the horse being trained to stand, walk, trot and lope at the desired speed of the rider. *Can include gunfire acclimation and navigating CMSA courses of fire if the client is interested in the sport of mounted shooting. This training also includes on-site trail riding and navigation of the HGH obstacle course: a cowboy curtain, equine teeter totter, stepping on/through/over large tires, crossing and sidepassing over large tubes and ground tarps/signs.

Other Training-Related Expenses:

Some expenses that may occur, and are not included, while your horses is in the care of HGH:

    • Indoor Arena Fee: $20/day

*Horses may need to be hauled to a nearby indoor arena in the case of consecutive days of inclement weather.

  • Farrier, Vet, Dentist, and/or Chiropractor

Riding/Shooting Lessons

    • *Bring your own ammunition
    • Private: $75/hour
    • Group (2 or more): $45/hour/person
    Horse Evaluation by Sam: $75 for up to 1 hour

Competition Coaching: $45/day

Lower your anxiety, set your mind at ease, and have a professional in your ear throughout the entire competition. This fee includes horse/rider-specific course navigation, when to enter which sidepots, and match strategy. Get the how and why to shoot each course for how it is set up that day, straight from the man who wrote the book.

Competition Horse Rental

$50/day plus hauling fees. Please contact Sam directly for more information.