|About||My focus is on Mustang training, although I will train any breed. I am also a TIP Mustang Trainer. Talk to me about getting your mustang started right.|
"Specializing in Mustangs and Restoring Relationships Between Horse and Rider."
I consider myself a student of the horse. I view the horse as a simple minded creature, and therefore I find success in simple, straight forward communication with the horse. As humans, we have a knack for making things more complex and difficult than necessary. Pair this trait with goal oriented people, and you have what can become a negative situation for a horse. With this being said, I stick to several old, but time tested adages for training horses, such as making the right thing easy, the wrong thing difficult, and asking a little, asking a lot, and he who makes the other move their feet wins. I believe every single occurrence between us and our horses is training, everything.
Horsemanship is a journey, and mine has been ever growing. In the last few years, I have twice been featured on the Horse Master with Julie Goodnight Show, attended the 2015 Road To The Horse event to support Chris Cox, and competed in the Arizona Extreme Mustang Makeover. I have grown and learned a lot through these experiences. One of the things that became apparent to me was the thirst for knowledge in helping to improve the relationship between horse and rider that so many people want. I will be the first to say that I am not the best, or the most experienced. However, I get all horses that I work with to be more a thinking and less reactive minded.
My influences are varied, and I don’t claim to follow a particular method. Some of my major influences are Chris Cox, Julie Goodnight, Tom Dorrance, Ray Hunt and Walter Zettel. The truth is all good horsemen share a lot similarities, have a deep toolbox, and they do what is necessary in a given situation. Horses are as unique as people, and I look for every opportunity to make it right by each horse.
I grew up on a farm in Oregon and had the values that come with this upbringing instilled in me at a young age. From the late eighties throug