Rocky Mountain Horseman

Joe Turner

Hello, my name is Joe Turner, the Rocky Mountain Horseman. My belief is to create "Willing Partnerships through Desired Leadership" by “Teaching Horsemanship not Forcemanship” using gentle techniques rooted in horse psychology and herd behaviorisms exhibited daily by the horses in their natural environment. Listening to your horse and learning their non-verbal language is the best way to "earn" their partnership and the respect that we and our horses all wish to obtain. I am a colt starter, a behavior specialist, a horse educator, people trainer and a professional skier based in South West Montana, USA!  My passion for horses drives deep but I am not your typical Western Cowboy, I am a Horseman!

Learning to work with horses didn’t come to me until a little later in my youth. During my summers as a kid I was always involved with sports camps and summer leagues while my sisters were the ones who really enjoyed the companionship of the equine. I was always around but not involved with horses because of my skiing career but it took befriending a cowboy in Jackson Hole, Wyoming before I would take the lifestyle into my heart. I had many different trainers that showed me tools and techniques, but ultimately the horse showed me what methods work best for them. I have many aspects to my business, but I really enjoy starting and educating young horses as well as teaching or re-educating older horses which have not had the best start or foundation laid down for them. I really enjoy teaching true communication through body language and energy and that these are the most natural, safest and quickest keys to a successful partnership based on Leadership through the horse’s eyes, not as domination through the rider’s eyes. Regaining trust and leadership in troubled horses and developing positive safe relationships between owners and horses are some of the other aspects that make up a majority of my business, in addition to clinics and seminars.

I have worked with thousands of horses. I was the head trainer at the world's largest Rocky Mountain Horse ranch (over 250 head). It was one of the largest horse ranches in the U.S. at the time. I have worked many breeds, including but not limited to Arabians, Thoroughbreds, Warm Bloods, Rocky Mountain Horses, Tennessee Walkers, Missouri Fox Trotters, Paso Finos, American Quarter Horses, Brazilian Mangaloras, Percherons, Saddlebreds and too many more to list. I have had the incredible opportunities to learn from some of the best Horsemen in the world like Buck Brannaman, Ray Hunt, Monty Roberts, Chris Cox, Clinton Anderson, Pat Parrelli amongst many others and I have had the honor of working with Richard Winters, Dr. Robert Miller, Eitan Beth-Halachmy, Jack Brainard, Lester Buckley, Jon Ensign and others, I have been a Light Hands Horsemanship Staff Member since 2008. These Horsemen define lightness and softness not only with their horses but also in how they carry out their lives and interactions with other humans. Just because I know these people this does not qualify me to be a great Horseman. Only the horses can do that. I have found that a horse is still a horse no matter where you go in the world, and kindness is always the best tool that you can have!

So come on out to one of my clinics and learn about Horse Psychology & Herd Behaviorisms and how to have a true partnership with the horse on a level that is natural to the horse using techniques based on herd dynamics and body language! Learn how to stop dominating your horse and learn how to be a leader.

Be Safe & Have Fun,

Joe Turner
“Teaching Horsemanship not Forcemanship”

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