ABOUT RAFTER P RANCH

Situated in Geneva, Florida, Rafter P Ranch sits on 35 acres of beautiful Florida grassland, with easy access to trail rides in addition to the ranch’s large, lighted arena, round pen and pastures which provide excellent riding opportunities as well as picturesque scenery.

Horses aren’t the only animals you will find on the Ranch. There are numerous family dogs as well as potbelly pigs, pygmy goats and cattle roaming the property. We also have a tremendous amount of wildlife in the area. We frequently see Whitetail Deer, Sandhill Cranes, the endangered gopher tortoises, and more. Some of our animals have their own following on social media, so, check out our Facebook and Instagram pages.

OUR PHILOSOPHY

A PRACTICAL APPROACH TO BETTER COMMUNICATION BETWEEN HORSE AND RIDER

At Rafter P Ranch our goal with every horse is to cultivate confidence and trust between the horse and rider in a friendly, non-competitive and non-judgmental environment. Regardless of your preferred riding discipline and experience, the basics of timing, consideration for your horse and yourself, and consistency in your requests will allow you and your horse to excel together in partnership.

We recognize that not all horses will make it through traditional training programs, which are designed to ‘weed out’ horses that don’t fit the mold and are quick to label them ‘difficult’ or ‘untrainable’. At Rafter P Ranch we offer programs tailored to fit each horse’s and person’s individual needs.

Whether you send us a colt to start or a horse already under saddle, we will take the time to make sure we do our best to help you meet your goals.

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About us - Rafter P Ranch

Meet Chezz Perlini – Head Trainer & Founder

Chezz has been working with horses since childhood, starting with hunters and jumpers from the age of five. After high school, Chezz and his brother began working on cattle ranches across the US, including California, Montana, New Mexico, Hawaii and Florida. They trained and used horses in all aspects of ranch work, with an emphasis placed on ensuring the horses were safe for riding and working life. During this time, Chezz gained a wealth of experience working with horses of varied breeds, ages and temperaments. He also trained as a farrier and veterinary technician, all of which has improved his work as a trainer.

For over eighteen years Chezz has been working with clients of all ages and backgrounds, including individuals, charitable organizations, show barns and other trainers and professional riders. Chezz has always enjoyed working with students who share his passion for learning and growing as a rider and horseman. He has extensive experience with international – particularly European – students who want to participate in the American tradition of Western riding.

Chezz has worked with many breeds and types of horses including rescue horses, high-performance competition horses, wild mustangs, Warm-Bloods, Arabians, Paso-Finos and more. Horses that Chezz has trained have found homes as far away as France and Germany.

Chezz is passionate about all aspects of riding – when he is not on a horse, you will find him in the leather room making and repairing, bridles, halters, and other assorted tack. He continues furthering his education by attending horsemanship seminars and visiting other trainers.

NICOLE PERLINI, BUSINESS MANAGER AND CO-FOUNDER

Nicole is a co-owner and the business manager of Rafter P Ranch. As an experienced yoga teacher, Nicole enjoys working with students of all levels and hopes to share the practice with interested students as part of the Rescue Horse Training Program, as yoga strengthens your core and improves flexibility, which can greatly improve riding.

Nicole also loves to travel and hike. She has hiked part of the Appalachian trail and has visited Cambodia to complete a yoga and meditation retreat. She is deciding where to go next and is always looking for new travel buddies.

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