THE BEST,WELL KEPT SECRET IN THE EQUINE INDUSTRY
We own and operate an equine farm and have been involved with horses for 24 years. We've bred and raised Quarter Horses, Morgans, and Thoroughbreds. We have experienced all of the common trials and tribulations that come across with horse ownership including horses that won't load in trailers, halter pullers, herd bound horses, buckers, rearers, etc. For the last several years we have been searching for a much better, safer training process that really works. After attending clinics, reading books, talking to trainers, viewing tapes of different trainers, and their processes, we weren't satisfied with the results and the vast amount of time it took to get there. To be honest, we never got there!
A year and a half ago we went looking for a special well bred quarter horse broodmare. Because of her conformation, breeding, and unique training, Larry Surrett's horse stood well apart from the rest. Little did we know that this purchase would lead us to the experience of a lifetime. After conversations with Larry viewing a video on the school, and visiting the M.H.T.A website we signed up the three of us for his three-week training program in Minnesota. We packed ourselves and two of our horses up and drove 1200 miles to Ogilvie, MN in July 2004. We had high hopes, but weren't sure they were going to be met.
On Monday morning the training began. The program consists of mornings being spent in the classroom and afternoons devoted to demonstrations and hands on execution of what was taught that day. By the end of the first day we knew we had found something really special and at the end of the second day we knew we had found something that went far beyond anything we had ever hoped for. Larry's thirty years of experience training horses and learning through trial and error has resulted in him developing a unique and systematic process that is truly the only one of its kind. He has trained close to two thousand horses and he gets results at an unbelievable pace.
This program is about teaching people a step by step process utilizing seven different techniques to train horses to do anything physically possible in the safest way imaginable. Safety is a hallmark of the M.H.T.A. and this program focuses on making horses and people safe on an every day basis. From the moment the program began we started to learn to think like a horse, to build trust and rapport with a horse, and to build a solid foundation to get the horse to do anything it is asked to do, and enjoy doing it!
We brought our 5 y/o Quarter Horse and 6 y/o Morgan. We had been working with our horses for over two years utilizing various training processes. Up until this time we had ridden them extensively in an outdoor arena and had done some trail riding. We thought their behavior, manners, and attitude were above average, but we knew they weren't where we wanted them to be. What we didn't realize until we started the program was how truly unsafe, poorly mannered, and maladjusted they were! An epic of transformation started right from the beginning of this program for both us and our horses.
It is impossible for us to convey in this note the overwhelming amount of knowledge that we acquired and were able to transfer to our horses, but here is a glimpse: Proper correction and reward, properly tying, how to stand still, how to whoa, standing for a farrier and vet, how to back properly, fore and hindquarter turns, side passing, slide stop, backing and neck reining without bit pressure, ground tying, trailer loading, detailed instruction on how to deal with problem horses, and a wide array of tricks that are fun for both the horse and the rider!
The transformation that we witnessed took us from having horses that we found were frightened of many more things than we thought, that were not respectful of us or the bit; to horses that would stand tied for long periods of time, walk over tarps and through hanging tarps, stand while a gun is fired over their backs, stand or walk while being buzzed by an ATV and tractor trailer, are desensitized to many frightening things in their environment, will freely walk through deep, muddy water and over a variety of obstacles, will jump safely into and out of the bed of a pickup truck on command, will come to a complete stop if the rider loses balance, will stand on a 3' round pedestal on all fours, will load themselves in a trailer from a distance on command, and much more!
Our horses did these things and MUCH more in a calm, willing, and safe manner. As each day passed, our confidence, and our horses' confidence grew by leaps and bounds.
Larry Surrett, founder and owner of the M.H.T.A. can read a horse better than anyone we've ever seen and he is truly a horse trainer's trainer. If anyone would like to hear more about the M.H.T.A., please don't hesitate to call us at (315) 853-3640.
~Bill, Sue, and Mariah Gibson