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Starts Friday, September 3rd

We have 2 spots left!

See application link below

Partnership-Based Learning for

Horses & Humans

Our comprehensive 6-Week program is designed to give you a realistic experience of starting young horses. 


We focus on horse and rider Safety every step of the way while providing a Supportive team to teach you our Systematic program for succeeding with young horses. 


The main threat to our

safety can be summarized

by the following.

We Don't Know

What We Don't Know!

It's one of the main reasons we developed our program.

Colt Starting has inherent risks.


However, we believe the majority of accidents in colt starting can be avoided.

Let us be your Safety-Net while you learn Safe Practices.


Training young horses takes more than just physical skill.

Our team is passionate about empowering students in ALL aspects of colt starting.

 We believe learning is an individual process for both humans and horses.

Each student receives both group and one on one coaching .

We pay close attention to learning styles and are committed to a customized approach to helping  each student. 


The first 6 weeks in a young horses education are critical for the rest of their career.


We believe in setting a horse up with skills for life regardless of their destined sport.


Our systematic approach  causes confident and responsive horses who have solid understanding of what humans want from them.

We introduce you the system of partnership principles we use to become more skilled at systematically working with young horses.




Sawatzky Equine


Once a year we transform our training barn into an education centre for those learning the art of Colt Starting.

Located only 45min Northwest of Edmonton. Our barn has welcomed equines from Ontario and Yukon and participants from all over North America for training, clinics and courses.

Standard Program Schedule 2021

Dates - Virtual Call
Dates - On Location
Dates - On Location
Date - On Location
Kick-Off Weekend
Friday Sep 3, 2:00-8:00PM
Saturday Sep 4, 9:00AM-6:00PM
Sunday Sep 5, 9:00AM-3:00PM
Week 1
Wednesday Sep 8, 8:30PM
Friday Sep 10, 4:30-9:30PM
Week 2
Wednesday Sep 15, 8:30PM
Friday Sep 17, 4:30-9:30PM
Saturday Sep 18, 9:00AM-6:00PM
Week 3
Wednesday Sep 22, 8:30PM
Friday Sep 24, 4:30-9:30PM
Week 4
Wednesday Sep 29, 8:30PM
Friday Oct 1, 4:30-9:30PM
Saturday Oct 2, 9:00AM-6:00PM
Week 5
Wednesday Oct 6, 8:30PM
Friday Oct 8, 4:30-9:30PM
Week 6
Wednesday Oct 13, 8:30PM
Friday Oct 15, 4:30-9:30PM
Saturday Oct 16, 9:00AM-6:00PM

What You Need to Participate


Participant requirements


  • Complete an Application including a video submission.

  • Access to a young horse that meets the young horse requirements OR have one provided for an additional fee.

  • Be a confident rider.

  • Be able to commit to all the dates and schedule.


Horse Requirements 


  • Between the ages of 2-4.

  • No previous starting or backing.

  • Halter broke.

Choose Your Ride
Enrollment is Limited to 6 Students Per Year!

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September 3 - October 16

Immerse yourself in this full time program designed for students who are already working in the industry or who want to be. 



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September 3 - October 16

Perfect for increasing your foundation of horsemanship and learning how to start your own young horses.



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September 3 - October 16

Grab your notebook and a pen! 

Auditing packages & single dates available.


$624.75 - $40.00


Click on one of the links above
to choose your program.

Not Sure Which Program is a Fit?


If you have questions, please reach out to us by clicking the link below.

We're committed to helping you discover if our program is a fit for your goals. 

Kickoff for Colt Starting School 2021 is the first weekend in September . . .


Are You Coming For The Ride?


More F.A.Q.'s

Is there on-site accommodation?

Camping at Sawatzky Equine

Free Camping for self-contained campers with no power hook up.

Night Rate of $10 per night if power plug in and/or services* are needed. (Limited plug ins available)

*Services include Shower/Kitchenette/Large Fridge/Laundry


On Site Accommodation 

We have a limited amount of on site accommodation.

Hostel style rooms with access to kitchenette/shower/laundry/fridge-freezer.

Available full time for 6 Week Intensive:  $900 + gst

Weekend Use: $35 per night

*Students participating in the Intensive Program get first option to utilize on site accommodation.

Are there overnight stabling options if I haul-in?

There is no extra cost for stabling overnight or hauling in for Standard program participants. Please bring your own hay and concentrates.

What if I don't have a horse that fits the requirements

If you cannot buy or borrow a young horse we can provide a young horse at an additional charge.

Additional charge for a young horse to use* for the duration of the program is $1250.00 + gst. This includes board at Sawatzky Equine for the duration of the program.

Payment Due: August 1, 2021

*Horse will be owned by Sawatzky Equine or be a Joint Venture Lease generated by Sawatzky Equine.

Can I board my horse(s) for the duration of the program?

Discount Price for 6 week on site boarding for participant horses that are in the program is $450.00 + gst / per horse.

*This gives you access to working with your colt on site 7 days a week (unless the facility is booked for other events)

We have outdoor pens with shelters and auto water. 

We feed grass hay and a daily mineral mixture.

Access to indoor arena with a  barn attached as well as an outdoor arena.

Payment Due : On Arrival September 3, 2021.

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