Successful Horse Training Starts With Trust

Gray Training MethodDoes your horse have a soft eye and willing spirit when you work or ride him?

A strong relationship is built on trust—this includes our relationship with horses. We need to trust them, more importantly they need to trust us. Using force and pain to train doesn’t promote the horse developing trust in us. In fact it can cause learned helplessness. Training is not a contest.

A problem horse isn’t a problem—he’s an opportunity

The truth is that there are really no problem horses. Most of the time the horse is the way he is because of how he’s been treated by humans—sometimes intentionally, oftentimes unintentionally simply due to not knowing a better way. Spoiling a horse is just as bad as beating one.

Malik and Shadow are examples of horses labeled as extreme cases that were not trainable and were candidates to be put down. But, their behavior was the result of harsh treatment. Now they are becoming the outstanding horses they have always had the potential to be. It’s taken many months of long hours and patience, but now they are becoming exceptional horses.

All relationships have baggage. There is no magic fairy dust for training horses-just lots of patience and a lot of work.

Three Fundamentals Of My Relational Horse Training Program

Training MethodMost horse training is focused on the behavior aspect of horses using specific techniques. Much of that type of focus deals only with the surface behavior and not what’s going on inside the horse. However, I’ve found that above average horse training results are based on three key factors:

  • Nutrition
  • Condition
  • Relationship

Nutrition – The most overlooked aspect of horse training today is nutrition. If a horse does not receive the proper nutrition, they can’t learn or perform well. Many of today’s feeds contain too much of what the horse doesn’t need. Every horse I train is fed Thrive Feed. It’s formulated to be highly digestible and gives the horses the nutrition they need with minimum waste. Thrive Feed is a leading-edge feed helps the horse to be focused, relaxed, and yet full of energy.

Condition – A horse’s feet have to be in top condition. More studies are released everyday that show that barefoot horses trimmed properly perform better than those with shoes. All my horses are trained barefoot and kept trimmed to proper proportions.

I only use Equipedic premium saddle pads to ensure that the horse is as comfortable as possible. They are proven to increase the horse’s energy level and speed muscle recovery all while protecting their back

Relationship – Horses have a natural curiosity and are quite willing to form positive relationships with humans. When you learn how to connect with their mind, it’s absolutely possible to have a horse that wants to be around you. My training program develops horses that are safe, calmly obedient, reliable, and responsive.

Average is not an option.

Life is too short to settle for average. I’m interested in results so let me tell you up-front: my training method is not for everyone. I have met folks who are not interested in putting forth the effort and time necessary to build a strong relationship with their horse. If that describes you, let me save us both some time. My method is not going to do you any good. I can’t be the only one building a relationship with your horse. Transforming your relationship with your horse requires commitment—from you.

My promise to you.

If, on the other hand, you share my passion for understanding your horse, I can promise you excellent results. I have both the skill and the patience to help you and your horse develop a relationship built on trust— a relationship that will produce lasting, positive results. Together, we can take your horse to the performance level you desire and share in the joy of achieving his potential.


Contact me to find out more about my non-traditional training program. You’re welcome to come to my place and see for yourself why average is not an option at Gray Performance Horses.