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Training the Horses of the Circle D Ranch at Disneyland Park

posted on June 17th, 2014 by Donna Fisk, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


Our horses at Circle D Ranch have come to the Disneyland Resort from a variety of backgrounds, all with the training to do their previous jobs. However, since the work of a Disneyland horse is so specific, each new horse undergoes a lengthy training process before becoming an official equine cast member. Our human cast members also come from varying backgrounds, which is why Circle D Ranch training emphasizes uniformity and consistency – not only for the horses, but also for the cast members who work with them.

In this video, you’ll see Lead Equine Trainer Jennifer Gable working with one of our Circle D horses in a training exercise called “Round Pen.” Note that the stick she holds in her hand is not a whip, but rather a training tool used to focus the horse’s attention. You’ll also see that by working with the horse’s natural herding instincts, the exercise provides mental stimulation and builds an atmosphere of trust between horse and trainer.

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Mark on June 17th, 2014 at 6:34 pm

Totally awesome!

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Paul from CA on June 17th, 2014 at 7:47 pm

Yup. Very cool indeed. Again my daughter is giddy. :)

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John from OR on June 17th, 2014 at 10:28 pm

Are guests allowed to pet the horses? I would ask permission first, of course.

 

Donna Fisk on June 18th, 2014 at 4:28 pm

Sorry, no. When the horses are working we discourage guests from petting them. You’ll just have to admire them from afar. :-)

4

Leslie on June 18th, 2014 at 5:29 pm

Great video! It is fun learning more about the horses at the resort. I can’t wait for my next visit and to see who is working on Main Street. Thanks!

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Sandra from FL on June 18th, 2014 at 8:53 pm

I agree Mark, this is Totally awesome!

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Christine on June 21st, 2014 at 7:19 pm

My daughter remembers every horse she has met on our three trips to Disneyland–Ducky, Brother and Eddie. Do they all still live at the Circle D Ranch? Thanks!

7

Valerie on June 26th, 2014 at 12:45 pm

Nice. Good trainer.

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