Larry's expertise as a horseman and rancher is an invaluable addition to our group of educators. He has a unique way of recognizing and solving problems between a horse and it's rider.
Larry was born on the Flying M Cattle Ranch in Northern Nevada. This working ranch was 100 miles x 150 miles, which made for lots of horse miles. Larry started his first pony at the age of 12, trained his first mustang at age 16, and started cowboying for pay at the age of 16. Larry's background gave him a life in the saddle. He rode a countless number of horses, some good and some not so good.
Larry's main discipline of horsemanship and riding is to get the job done safely. This could be a trail ride, doctoring cattle out on the range possible by yourself, team penning, manners on the ground, trailer loading, and basically anything involving the horse.
His primary focus in an education program for students is to teach them that with timing and feel you create softness. Larry doesn't train horses without their riders present, therefore his goal is to teach riders to teach their horses to respond to commands willingly and safely.
As for Larry's philosophy, he never thought of it as a philosophy. He was shaped from his years in the saddle, and was required to get jobs done no matter what horse he was on that day. He learned to get the job done safely.
Larry's approach to educating people to communicate with their horses is to watch people ride, notice their issues, start with the basics and build from there. It is a process. Larry wants horses to be respectful and humans to be forgiving.
Larry's strongest skills in working with people are his patience and his sense of humor. His strongest skills in working with horses are his patience, timing, and feel. This may sound simple, but it can be very difficult. It takes a long time to acquire these skills, and it's different for every person.
The goal of sharing knowledge for Larry is to teach riders to teach their horses to respond to commands willingly and safely, and to have fun in the process.
An educational event would be considered successful when the riders felt like they got the monies worth!