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Ray Hunt (horse trainer)

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Name  Ray Hunt
Role  Horse trainer
Spouse  Carolyn Hunt (m. ?–2009)

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Died  March 12, 2009, Denton, Texas, United States
Books  Think Harmony with Horses: An In-depth Study of Horse/man Relationship
Children  Elaine Black, Geri Van Norman, Preston Lord, Julie Ristau, Kathy Hunt, Joel Hunt
Parents  Joel Eugene Hunt, Zua Stella Shangle Hunt
Siblings  Karma LeMaster, Esther Fisher, Doris Alzola

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Ray Hunt (August 31, 1929 – March 12, 2009) was an American horse trainer and clinician of significant influence in the natural horsemanship field. He had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.


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Natural horsemanship

Hunt was widely regarded as one of the original proponents of what became known as natural horsemanship. His views about horse-human relations were embraced by inspirational writers about human relations. Lance Secretan wrote that "We may respect a leader, but the ones we love are servant-leaders." In the beginning, Hunt said,"I was working in the mind of a lot of people who didnt want to believe the horse had a mind. Get a bigger bit. Get a bigger stick. That was their approach."

Ray Hunt is said to be Tom Dorrance's best-known student. They met around 1960, at a fair in Elko, Nevada. While Dorrance avoided media attention and clinics, by the mid 1970s Hunt was giving clinics far and wide. Ray Hunt is famous for starting each clinic with the statement "I'm here for the horse, to help him get a better deal." He also liked to say "make the wrong thing difficult and the right thing easy." His philosophy has been interpreted as "If you get bucked off or kicked or bitten, you obviously did something wrong . . . The horse, on the other hand, is never wrong".


  • 1978 Think Harmony with Horses: An In-depth Study of Horse/man Relationship
  • 1992 Turning loose with Ray Hunt (video)
  • 1996 Colt starting with Ray Hunt (video)
  • 2001 The Fort Worth Benefit with Ray Hunt (video)
  • Back To The Beginning (video)
  • Ray Hunt Appreciation Clinic: 2005 Western Horseman of the Year (video)
  • Ray Hunt: Cowboy Logic
  • Ray Hunt was a mentor and teacher of Buck Brannaman.


    Ray Hunt (horse trainer) Wikipedia

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