Welcome to Azteca!

Azteca Stables is owned and managed by Donna Murphy. Donna and her husband Michael live on the premises so the horses are watched and monitored closely. She has over 25 years of professional experience and horses are her passion, her love and her life. She started riding at age 6 and has never stopped, her love for the equine continues to grow. Azteca Stables is located in central Texas Hill country, in the Canyon Lake area. We are between Austin and San Antonio. The area is beautiful with hill country vistas and Canyon Lake is nearby with awesome horse trails.

At Azteca Stables we treat horses like part of our family. Horses run in small herds with horses they get along with, and don't live in stalls. We let the horses be horses. However, stalls are available for use during inclement weather. Whether you trail ride, arena ride, or just want to “play with your horse” in the round pen , you are welcome at Azteca Stables, where we have fun with horses! We strive for happy horses in a friendly environment. A happy horse is content and wants to please!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Colt Starting - Samuel's Journey

Training videos of Donna’s training: Colt Starting

The following are some videos of Donna Murphy starting a three year old under saddle, Samuel. Samuel was indeed challenging but has turned into a wonderful riding horse. Samuel is a 3 yr old paint that came to me for training and going under saddle.

He was very spoiled, would charge away from you when leading him and would run away from his handlers, would put his butt to you in the stall when you wanted to catch him, and would not stand for the farrier, (would not pick up his feet or stand still). He would buck in the round pen when lounging him. He had no respect for people and certainly did not want to “go to school”.

I worked him daily in the round pen, with lots of ground work. It took time and patience, and he learned to have to respect and to want to please. Within a week, he stood for the farrier to get his feet trimmed! I was on his back in a few weeks, and after 60 days of training he is a quiet riding horse with respect for people and can be ridden on the trail!

The following videos were totally un-rehearsed, were clips taken at different times on different days during his training.

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