“I have been incredibly fortunate to ride with Troy. My horse and I both had severe confidence problems. Other trainers told me to force him to do what he didn’t want to do, even though he appeared afraid. They said he was a mean horse. He wasn’t mean. He was immature and had little confidence. And my anxiety and fear only worsened the problem. Let there be no doubt: a scared horse can be a dangerous horse. But I refused to give up on mine.
Then, I found Troy, and he had me support my horse and gave me lots of tools. My horse is now a totally different horse and, of course, I am more comfortable with him. People who knew him before said he is a different horse – a push button horse! Which is laughable, after all we went through.
I am 67 and have been around horses my whole life. The basics are easy. Horses are prey animals and are, therefore, most comfortable in a herd. What we didn’t understand for years is how intuitive they are and how important it is that they are able to trust a human with their life. When we take them away from the herd, they need to develop confidence and maturity. Without the right support, some never do. For their development to be successful, they need a horse person/trainer to be calm, understanding and most importantly, fair.
Troy has spent a lifetime with horses. He spent years on ranches in the west, and he spent hours and hours on horses while running large cattle ranches. He had to depend on them – for not only his livelihood, but for his safety as well. He learned their minds like few horsemen have.
I have had horses in training. Most trainers, especially those with a lot of horses, spend less than 30 minutes a day with the horse, 4 to 6 days a week. It is a tough business – and, in many cases, it is a numbers game. Many horses in large operations are started with interns, assistants, etc… and time is typically spent in round pens and rings. Time is money.
Troy does things differently, and with great results. Troy starts horses in a round pen, but their education doesn’t end there, and it all changes after that. They are ridden, often for hours a day, both in the open and on trails. He gets them comfortable with ropes, hobbling, and he works and ropes calves on them. But he doesn’t train the whole time. As he says, “Train a little, ride a lot.” During that process, as he says, he “makes the uncomfortable, comfortable.” Above all, he is fair and he develops great confidence in his riders and in his horses.
So, you say, wait, I do not need a ranch horse. You might not, but a confident horse will be more successful, happier and safer in anything they do, whether their future be trail, performance, dressage, or hunting – and Troy will help them get there.”