Part two of Mustang Colt Starting - I like to use a side pull head stall with cotton reins and a night latch since I don't get paid to fall off if a horse bucks (I'm a retired stuntman). When training any horse the safest place is 45 degrees to either front side of a horse, believe me you don't want a front hoof to box you, it hurts! When mounting turn the right eye slightly towards you this way you can disengage the hindquarter if the horse decides to bolt. This allows you to teach your young horse to not move when mounting. I have witnessed many long time horse owners who's horses move while they are mounting...the owner taught them to do that by letting the horse get away with it. Once mounted I keep him in a tight circle then give him his head little by little until he is walking freely. It may look like I'm pulling on his head a lot but in reality Jake likes to investigate what is at his side, at his young age he is very mouthy and likes to nibble. If your horse is not a mustang you can allow it to go freely right away...wild mustangs are a bit different. Desensitization, proper ground schooling and using the long reins are the key to starting colts so their first ride is free from bucking or rearing up which can be dangerous to the novice horseperson.  

Mescalero Apache Mustangs - I use my Apache Mustang mare "Peach" to demonstrate the confirmations and gate of the type of mustangs that are found on the Mescalero Apache Reservation in Southeastern New Mexico. I identify the Mescalero Apache "Bow & Arrow" brand and explain the difference between "true" mustangs and feral BLM horses. Unfortunately the camera operator was enjoying filming sand more than the gate of the horse as I was trying to demonstrate her "rabbit" type of lope equal to the Mongolian horse, but we managed to show it in some part. I argue that it is quit possible that some of our mustangs are perhaps cross breeds of Spanish mustangs and the Mongolian horse. All we can do is to continue to research and investigate all possibilities.

Natural Horsemanship, Mustangs, & Spirituality - I answered in this video how Comanche Creek Mustang Ranch came about, its purpose, and how my passion with mustangs is connection to spirituality. I must note, the reason I'm pulling up on Jakes head every time he puts his head down is because that round pen has sand which Jake at times thinks is a delicacy. We don't want our horses eating sand, it's not good for them.                        There is a saying, "There is something good about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of people,"  which to me reveals itself through my work with helping people with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, etc. Behavioral scientist are finding the value of animal therapy to aid people with life issues and other maladaptive behaviors.

Natural Horsemanship - Tribute to Tom Dorance and Ray Hunt for their contribution of what is now known as Natural Horsemanship. We can always learn new things instead of believing we know it all, because that is when you go stale and become ignorant to the beauty of knowledge and most of all the knowledge of others.

Martial Arts & Horsemanship - Interview of Richard Alaniz for future Mustang Documentary. In this interview Richard speaks of the relationship of Natural Horsemanship and martial arts training in how he sees and applies the common denominator to his approach to learning and teaching these two disciplines.

Colt Starting & Mustang Training Videos

These  un-edited raw videos were shot for a Mustang documentary that I am hoping to produce in the future. The sound quatily is poor since we were using internal camera microphone, it's recommended to use headphones. We will remedy that with  voice over dubbing in the future.The first two are Natural Horsemanship colt starting techniques I use for my Mescal Spanish Mustang stallion "Jake". Other videos are on Apache Mustangs, spirituality, and the inception of Comanche Creek Ranch.

Natural Horsemanship Training Videos

Part one of Mustang Colt Starting - This is Jake's first ride as a 2 year old stud colt. As a newborn he was imprinted, meaning soon after birth I held him and let him get used to my scent as I rubbed him all over his body. I handled his legs, ears, stomach, tail, and placed my fingers in his ears and mouth to simulate worming application or to place a bit in his mouth which is preparation for the future. There are many steps before this process, but in this video we are desensitizing him to saddle stimulation and preparation for mounting. Emphasis is on pressure release technique which teaches the horse to figure out that anything will go away if he responds in a certain manner. It is up to the trainer to develop proper release timing as the horse will connect the release with what ever action or cease of action that caused the release. As it stands, a horse prefers to simply stand still and not be bothered, which in the case of training is the Grand Reward! It is imperative to train both sides in the same manner and with consistency, meaning that one is really training two horses, the right side and the left side.