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This past week I was in Lompoc, California, working with mustangs. Working with these intelligent, quick learning, and open horses is always a pleasure. And I always learn something new from them. 

As I was reviewing the training videos, I put together a few clips to show you what I worked on and the 3 lessons/ techniques from these sessions you can use with your horse as well. 

Watch the video below! 




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13 Responses

  1. Thank you for these 3 videos training with mustangs. I can see that slow slow movements and creating a rhythm is key. I am much to quick in my movements and un observant of changes. Seeing you note that you changed a movement putting both hands forward was for me a huge revelation! Thank you so for talking through each micro step.

  2. Great video. You put language to some of the things that I have been doing with my new mustang that I find to be working. Thank you. I love your gentle approach. The takeaway for me was 1. The importance of rhythm and finding that important “edge” where there is some discomfort but not outright threat and working together there. Thank you!

  3. Thanks for explaining the steps required and emphasizing the rhythm. I like watching mustang training videos but as you said it’s a very slow process so it was good to see the steps outlined and summarized.

  4. The big takeaway from these videos is “patience”! Also I see that your’re not pushing the mustangs to learn what you’re teaching them, but letting them set the pace. Yes, it takes longer but the calmness of the horses seems to be imperative. Too often we’re in a hurry to taach our horses and don’t give them time to learn. Thank you, Callie, for letting us watch the progression with these Mustangs.

  5. I was surprised at how good the paint was about you lifting the back foot.
    Was that the first time anyone did that?

  6. Callie, you always do great videos! I learned that patience is key, and the importance of working within the horse’s comfort zone and just moving a little bit beyond his comfort zone while keeping a constant rhythm.

    Would love to see you in person working with Mustangs at Return to Freedom Ranch — do you ever do a clinic there or allow someone to audit?

  7. Thank you very helpful.
    I am in the process of training a horse that has been neglected and untrained. I am learning and so is he. For me how to train, for him how to learn.
    These help, look forward to more.
    My current problem is pushy, nippy…

  8. A big takeaway for me the guideline you shared about how to find the place to work, at the edge of the comfort zone, close to the anxious zone, but not over the line. That edge where it’s a little uncomfortable. I’ll think of that as the ‘growing edge’ where it’s possible to learn. It takes care, rhythm, awareness, and responsiveness in listening to the horse to make progress. And to keep the experience challenging yet calm. Loved seeing that.

  9. Greatlesson, especially enjoyed watching the technique picking up hooves. Go back and forth, step back when (preferably before) the pressure is too much. So many good take aways, thank you for highlighting mustangs.

  10. I think you did a great job. Watching the mustangs reaction, not pushing the comfort zone, staying calm and quiet and in particular using rhythm to keep the horse calm and help the horse know your routine isn’t going to have any unpredictable quick responses. Building that truest.

  11. Yes your calm, slow approach works but I can’t believe that a wild mustang will let you stroke her back legs at first meeting.She must be much more protective of her “private” zone than that.

  12. I had not heard anyone speak to “the rhythm” so specifically and found your demonstration of it quite helpful. Thank you!

  13. Oh I wish I knew all this before starting work with my young horse 3 years ago. I certainly could have saved us both a lot of headaches. I will use the ‘working in a rhythm’ moving forward for sure!

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