"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. As a horse trainer, my horsemanship methods, whether it is starting a horse or horse breaking, giving a horse riding lesson, I strive to keep my horse training methods as much in the natural horsemanship ideology as possible. Personally, I don't care of the terms natural horsemanship or horse whisperer. Neither of them are accurate, rather I do what it right by the horse in any given situation, as that is the most "natural horsemanship" approach I can imagine. After all, there isn't much that can be considered natural horsemanship about jumping on their backs, rather is it the method that we do so in which achieves the best horse training.
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 horse trainer influences are varied, and I don’t claim to follow a particular horse training 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 through the early 2000’s, I pursued the sport of triathlon, working my way up to professional competition and a spot on the US National Triathlon Team. Professionally, I have been involved in the management of many successful retail operations over the years. I apply this same dedication and professionalism to the horses that I train.
My focus is primarily on mustangs, but take in other horses for training as well. I will be competing in several Mustang Makeovers, and regularly gentle mustangs and burros through the Mustang Heritage Foundation TIP training program. The Trainer Incentive Program, or TIP was designed to encourage people to adopt gentled mustangs, allowing one to adopt a gentled mustang or burro at the same price as an untouched animal. A TIP trained animal must at least be able to pick up all four feet, be halter trained, and load / unload from a trailer. I firmly believe that starting a horse (or burro) is a very important responsibility in the future performance in their lives. Therefore, I will do all that I can to ensure that the foundation is built with integrity. The shortest route to a successful equine partner is to take no short cuts. With this being said, a TIP horse by definition is not saddle trained. I will usually get in a few rides, but they are not considered saddle trained and will certainly require additional training. If this interests you, please contact me and see how I can help you with your current or future horse.
I will always be honest with you regarding the progress, and assessment of your (or a TIP) horse, and thus I also ask for complete honesty from you in regards to your abilities, needs, expectations, as well as that of your horse. Also, keep in mind that most horse problems are people problems. If I don't think that you and a horse are a suitable match, I will discuss that with you, as well as educate you on how to continue the training after I work with your horse. Training a horse is a life long plan, the horse riding lessons continue when you are back home.
I am thankful to be married to my incredible wife, Xury. We met because of our love of horses, and have two wonderful boys, Wyatt & Tristan. They are growing up with horses, lots of other animals and a general love of the outdoors, all the while learning about responsibility of caring for the animals that call our place their home.
"No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it." Hebrews 12:11. One of my favorite bible verses, as this has served me well throughout much of my adult life. Thank you for taking the time to read about me. I hope that one day, I can help you with your horse needs.
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