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"Cappel Training and Shoeing: Building Healthy Horses and Happy Owners!"

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Your Clear Mental Picture is the Key to equestrian perfection...Dennis Cappel 

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At Cappel Training and Shoeing, we offer a one-of-a-kind experience to you and your horse. 

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We are a family-owned business rooted in Missouri offering our customers a unique experience for over 3 decades, bridging the gap between horse and rider for their better future. We provide proven solutions for all disciplines of behavioral and soundness issues through our Training, Shoeing, and Electro-Equiscope services.

Experience what it feels like to genuinely understand your horse as you gain the knowledge and application that will lead you to your confidence as a  respected and trusted leader in your horse bond. Start developing your picture today!

Meet the Team

Dennis Cappel Horsemanship

Dennis Cappel

Owner and Trainer

Dennis grew up on an Angus cattle farm, where his passion for livestock took deep roots. After graduating with a BS in Animal Sciences from the University of Missouri, he managed Briarwood Farms in Butler, MO, where he began his journey in horse training and shoeing.

 

Over the last 30 years, Dennis has produced champions in roping, cutting, and ranch versatility. His most recent accomplishments include being in the top ten finalist of the 2017 Extreme Mustang Makeover, Players Choice, in Ft. Worth, TX, 2016 Extreme Mustang Makeover Reserved Champion Sedalia, 2015 Extreme Mustang Makeover Champion St. Louis, MO, Colt Starting Challenge Winner (Iowa Equine Fair), and Heartland Horseman’s Challenge Winner (Illinois Horse Fair). Dennis was also a past president of the Missouri Ranch Horse Association.

 

Dennis is known for his extremely effective communication with horses and people to raise both to their highest potential. His psychology of “Ride Your Picture” guides all aspects of his training.

Accolades and Accomplishments

 

2008 JKC Colt Starting Champion

2008 MEC Ultimate Horseman Challenge Champion

2008 ARHA 3 yr old Horse Challenge Champion

2010 ARHA World Reserve World Champion Versatitlity Ranch Horse

2015 Extreme Mustang Makeover St. Louis Champion

2015 ILL. Horse Fair Heartland's Horseman Challenge Champion

2016 Iowa Horse Fair Colt Starting Champion

2016 Extreme Mustang Makeover Reserved Champion, Sedalia, MO

2017 Extreme Mustang Makeover Players Choice top 10 Finalist, Fort Worth 

Extreme Makeover Judge 

Past President of MORHA, Missouri Ranch Horse Association

Editorial Contributor for various Equine/Equestrian Magazines:

Working Horse & Hoofprints

Performance horse and Central States Horseman magazines

 

Author of several books Seen on St. Louis Today show.

Guest on  the Randy Tobler Talk show among other radio stations such as  the one in Warrenton WKR something 

 

His history of cattle showing is  extensive growing up and in his early 20's  if you feel that makes a difference. 

Dennis Cappel Horsemanship
Cindy Cappel

Cindy Cappel

Tech Lead

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Cindy is a teacher, author, and life coach. She joins Dennis in their equine programs and strengthens the team with her ability to empower people and encourage believing in one’s self. Cindy listens intently and poses creative questions to guide individuals in self-reflection that will result in clearer understanding of themselves and renewed understating about their worth. She delightfully draws her clients to a place of hope, love, and self-acceptance as she lays the blueprint for creating a new way of life.

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D/C How To Trim a Horse's Distorted Hooves
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D/C How To Trim a Horse's Distorted Hooves

In this video I am assessing the foot in front of me. Preparing it to receive a shoe. Note: pay close attention to the hair line as it is an indication of bone alignment. Enjoy, and if you're interested in learning more, we'd love to see you at one of our Trimming or Shoeing classes at Cappel Training and Shoeing which I teach a couple times a year! Next Horse Trimming class June 29th 2024 Next Horse Shoeing class August 3-4th 2024 You can find details and register here: ๐Ÿ”ป https://www.cappeltrainingandshoeing.com/farrier-school If you can't make it to our on-site classes, join one of our Online Courses to learn more about your horse and their feet! Your horse will love you for it. ๐Ÿ”ป https://www.cappeltrainingandshoeing.com/online-courses โœ… Grab your Copy of my Hoofcare or Horsemanship Books ๐Ÿ”ป https://www.cappeltrainingandshoeing.com/shop For Video Coaching with me ๐Ÿ”ป https://www.cappeltrainingandshoeing.com/online-courses REGISTER for our Horse-man-ship Ranch Style Clinic HERE ๐Ÿ”ป https://www.cappeltrainingandshoeing.com/service-page/horse-man-ship-ranch-style-clinic-1 Or ON-SITE Lessons, Training Packages, Courses and Clinics here ๐Ÿ”ป https://www.cappeltrainingandshoeing.com/ ๐Ÿš— โœˆ๏ธ I travel nationally and internationally for Horse Training Clinics. If you'd like to book a Clinic in your area or at your barn, please email us at: info@cappeltrainingandshoeing.com - ๐Ÿ‘‰ Being a Better Horseman always makes a Better Horse and a Better Partnership! - โœ… LIKE ๐Ÿ‘ SUBSCRIBE โžก๏ธ & GET NOTIFIED ๐Ÿ”” - ๐Ÿ—ฃ We love hearing from you, so please leave a Comment or a Question below, but keep the dialogue positive. - โœ… SHARE our Videos with other Horse-Loving Humans if you enjoy these videos and/or find them valuable. - โœ… Connect with Dennis Cappel on Social Media โ–บ FB Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CappelHorsemanship โ–บ FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/cappeltrainingandshoeing/ - โœ… To bring your horse in for TRAINING, register for my COURSES & PRIVATE COACHING (Online/On-site), CLINICS, FARRIER SERVICES, and STUD SERVICES, go to: โ–บ Website: https://www.cappeltrainingandshoeing.com/ or โ–บ Email: info@cappeltrainingandshoeing.com - โ–บ For any Media, or Business Enquiries, email us at โžก๏ธ info@cappeltrainingandshoeing.com - Copyright โ“’ Dennis Cappel Horse Training & Shoeing
D/C How To Open a Gate on Horseback | Easy and Relaxed
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D/C How To Open a Gate on Horseback | Easy and Relaxed

Watching this video will enable you to have complete control of both ends of the horse for lateral movement. This is beneficial for respectful communication between you and your horse. You will see how my reins and legs communicate clearly which end I want the horse to move. Canter departure, lead changes, turn arounds will become easier as you gain the body control you see here. 00:00 Intro 02:06 The How & Why For Video Coaching with me ๐Ÿ”ป https://www.cappeltrainingandshoeing.com/online-courses Want to trim or shoe your own horses feet, or become a farrier / trimmer as your profession? ๐Ÿ‘‰ Join us at our Shoeing and/or Hoof Trimming Courses coming up in February and April - Register here ๐Ÿ”ป https://www.cappeltrainingandshoeing.com/farrier-school โœ… Can't make it to a course with us... then join our Online Course at ๐Ÿ”ป https://www.cappeltrainingandshoeing.com/online-courses OR โœ… Grab your Copy of my Hoofcare or Horsemanship Books ๐Ÿ”ป https://www.cappeltrainingandshoeing.com/shop REGISTER for our Horse-man-ship Ranch Style Clinic HERE ๐Ÿ”ป https://www.cappeltrainingandshoeing.com/service-page/horse-man-ship-ranch-style-clinic-1 Or ON-SITE Lessons, Training Packages, Courses and Clinics here ๐Ÿ”ป https://www.cappeltrainingandshoeing.com/ ๐Ÿš— โœˆ๏ธ I travel nationally and internationally for Horse Training Clinics. If you'd like to book a Clinic in your area or at your barn, please email us at: info@cappeltrainingandshoeing.com - ๐Ÿ‘‰ Being a Better Horseman always makes a Better Horse and a Better Partnership! - โœ… LIKE ๐Ÿ‘ SUBSCRIBE โžก๏ธ & GET NOTIFIED ๐Ÿ”” - ๐Ÿ—ฃ We love hearing from you, so please leave a Comment or a Question below, but keep the dialogue positive. - โœ… SHARE our Videos with other Horse-Loving Humans if you enjoy these videos and/or find them valuable. - โœ… Connect with Dennis Cappel on Social Media โ–บ FB Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CappelHorsemanship โ–บ FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/cappeltrainingandshoeing/ - โœ… To bring your horse in for TRAINING, register for my COURSES & PRIVATE COACHING (Online/On-site), CLINICS, FARRIER SERVICES, and STUD SERVICES, go to: โ–บ Website: https://www.cappeltrainingandshoeing.com/ or โ–บ Email: info@cappeltrainingandshoeing.com - โ–บ For any Media, or Business Enquiries, email us at โžก๏ธ info@cappeltrainingandshoeing.com - Copyright โ“’ Dennis Cappel Horse Training & Shoeing
D/C How To Train a Young 'Hot' Horse  | Another Way
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D/C How To Train a Young 'Hot' Horse | Another Way

In this video I work with a green horse while also preparing a two year old, that is a bit hotter than the colts I usually work with, for her first ride with a flag and doing the same thing when Johnathan is on her . This filly is typically very reactive so this process works well for her, and through this we ensured she had a nice quiet experience for her first ride to set the stage for all future rides on this filly. This filly is also out of my stallion 'One Brilliant Desire', for stud services enquire at ๐Ÿ”ป https://www.cappeltrainingandshoeing.com/stallion-services. For Video Coaching with me ๐Ÿ”ป https://www.cappeltrainingandshoeing.com/online-courses Want to trim or shoe your own horses feet, or become a farrier / trimmer as your profession? ๐Ÿ‘‰ Join us at our Shoeing and/or Hoof Trimming Courses coming up in February and April - Register here ๐Ÿ”ป https://www.cappeltrainingandshoeing.com/farrier-school โœ… Can't make it to a course with us... then join our Online Course at ๐Ÿ”ป https://www.cappeltrainingandshoeing.com/online-courses OR โœ… Grab your Copy of my Hoofcare or Horsemanship Books ๐Ÿ”ป https://www.cappeltrainingandshoeing.com/shop REGISTER for our Horse-man-ship Ranch Style Clinic HERE ๐Ÿ”ป https://www.cappeltrainingandshoeing.com/service-page/horse-man-ship-ranch-style-clinic-1 Or ON-SITE Lessons, Training Packages, Courses and Clinics here ๐Ÿ”ป https://www.cappeltrainingandshoeing.com/ ๐Ÿš— โœˆ๏ธ I travel nationally and internationally for Horse Training Clinics. If you'd like to book a Clinic in your area or at your barn, please email us at: info@cappeltrainingandshoeing.com - ๐Ÿ‘‰ Being a Better Horseman always makes a Better Horse and a Better Partnership! - โœ… LIKE ๐Ÿ‘ SUBSCRIBE โžก๏ธ & GET NOTIFIED ๐Ÿ”” - ๐Ÿ—ฃ We love hearing from you, so please leave a Comment or a Question below, but keep the dialogue positive. - โœ… SHARE our Videos with other Horse-Loving Humans if you enjoy these videos and/or find them valuable. - โœ… Connect with Dennis Cappel on Social Media โ–บ FB Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CappelHorsemanship โ–บ FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/cappeltrainingandshoeing/ - โœ… To bring your horse in for TRAINING, register for my COURSES & PRIVATE COACHING (Online/On-site), CLINICS, FARRIER SERVICES, and STUD SERVICES, go to: โ–บ Website: https://www.cappeltrainingandshoeing.com/ or โ–บ Email: info@cappeltrainingandshoeing.com - โ–บ For any Media, or Business Enquiries, email us at โžก๏ธ info@cappeltrainingandshoeing.com - Copyright โ“’ Dennis Cappel Horse Training & Shoeing
D/C Groundwork For All  Horses  | #1 Step  To Effective Communication
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D/C Groundwork For All Horses | #1 Step To Effective Communication

Watch this video to the end as it finishes up with a beautiful 2nd ride for this filly who is by my stallion "One Brilliant Desire." ridden by Jonathon Bentley who assists me in starting colts and riding. I chose this time to do the groundwork from horseback to give this filly I am working a chance to seeing a person/rider from above. It also gives me an opportunity to give the horse I am riding a task, as this horse is also in training. My essential groundwork here is establishing clear communication, that I call having a conversation. I am having this filly go left, straight and right while I am on her left side. Then I will work on the opposite side. I view each thing I am asking as a word in horse language. When the horse ( any age) understands the one thing I am asking, I will then switch to something else so that I stay interesting to them. When they do not understand, I will simply wait on that thing until they accept it with a willing attitude. Worth to Note: You have to teach a horse how to comfortable yield away from pressure as their natural instinct is to push into pressure. Depending on how willing the attitude is towards accepting these exercises will determine whether or not their ready to ride. Watch for when this filly comes into agreement with me and how she is putting her own release in when she comes into agreement with my Clear Mental Picture for that step. 00:00 Intro 01:53 Groundwork 15:16 Mounting 16:11 2nd Ride For Filly For Video Coaching with me ๐Ÿ”ป https://www.cappeltrainingandshoeing.com/online-courses Want to trim or shoe your own horses feet, or become a farrier / trimmer as your profession? ๐Ÿ‘‰ Join us at our Shoeing and/or Hoof Trimming Courses coming up in February and April - Register here ๐Ÿ”ป https://www.cappeltrainingandshoeing.com/farrier-school โœ… Can't make it to a course with us... then join our Online Course at ๐Ÿ”ป https://www.cappeltrainingandshoeing.com/online-courses OR โœ… Grab your Copy of my Hoofcare or Horsemanship Books ๐Ÿ”ป https://www.cappeltrainingandshoeing.com/shop REGISTER for our Horse-man-ship Ranch Style Clinic HERE ๐Ÿ”ป https://www.cappeltrainingandshoeing.com/service-page/horse-man-ship-ranch-style-clinic-1 Or ON-SITE Lessons, Training Packages, Courses and Clinics here ๐Ÿ”ป https://www.cappeltrainingandshoeing.com/ ๐Ÿš— โœˆ๏ธ I travel nationally and internationally for Horse Training Clinics. If you'd like to book a Clinic in your area or at your barn, please email us at: info@cappeltrainingandshoeing.com - ๐Ÿ‘‰ Being a Better Horseman always makes a Better Horse and a Better Partnership! - โœ… LIKE ๐Ÿ‘ SUBSCRIBE โžก๏ธ & GET NOTIFIED ๐Ÿ”” - ๐Ÿ—ฃ We love hearing from you, so please leave a Comment or a Question below, but keep the dialogue positive. - โœ… SHARE our Videos with other Horse-Loving Humans if you enjoy these videos and/or find them valuable. - โœ… Connect with Dennis Cappel on Social Media โ–บ FB Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CappelHorsemanship โ–บ FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/cappeltrainingandshoeing/ - โœ… To bring your horse in for TRAINING, register for my COURSES & PRIVATE COACHING (Online/On-site), CLINICS, FARRIER SERVICES, and STUD SERVICES, go to: โ–บ Website: https://www.cappeltrainingandshoeing.com/ or โ–บ Email: info@cappeltrainingandshoeing.com - โ–บ For any Media, or Business Enquiries, email us at โžก๏ธ info@cappeltrainingandshoeing.com - Copyright โ“’ Dennis Cappel Horse Training & Shoeing
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