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Ray Hunt

Ray Hunt (August 31, 1929 – March 12, 2009[1]) was an American horse trainer and clinician of significant influence[1] in the natural horsemanship field. He had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.[2]


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."[3]

Ray Hunt is said to be Tom Dorrance's best-known student.[4] They met around 1960, at a fair in Elko, Nevada.[4] While Dorrance avoided media attention and clinics, by the mid 1970's 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."[4] His philosophy has been interpreted as "If you get bucked off or kicked or bitten, you obviously did something wrong, and that's just too bad. The horse, on the other hand, is never, ever wrong".[4]


  • 1978 Think Harmony with Horses: An In-depth Study of Horse/man Relationship[5]
  • 1992 Turning loose with Ray Hunt (video)
  • 1996 Colt starting with Ray Hunt (video)
  • 2001 The Fort Worth Benefit with Ray Hunt (video)[6]
  • 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.

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Legendary horseman Ray Hunt dies". American Quarter Horse Association. March 12, 2009. http://www.aqha.com/news/2009PressReleases/03122009rayhunt. Retrieved March 15, 2009. 
  2. "In memory of Ray Hunt". Ray Hunt, Master of Communication. http://www.rayhunt.com/. Retrieved March 15, 2009. 
  3. Lance Secretan (2004). Inspire! What great leaders do. John Wiley and Sons. pp. 272. ISBN 0471692409.  pages 142-143
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Robert M. Miller and Rick Lamb (2005). The revolution in horsemanship: and what it means to mankind. Globe Pequot. pp. 368. ISBN 159228387X. http://books.google.com/books?id=SZXEGcF48ZAC&pg=PA32&dq=Ray+Hunt.  page 32
  5. Ray Hunt and Millie Hunt (1978). Think Harmony with Horses: An In-depth Study of Horse/man Relationship. Fresno, California: Pioneer Pub. Co.. pp. 87. ISBN 0914330152.  This book was published in four editions, including a 1991 edition by Amer West Books
  6. Mountain Home, Idaho

Further reading

  • Tom Moates (2006). Discovering Natural Horsemanship: A Beginner's Odyssey. Globe Pequot. pp. 208. ISBN 1592289509. 

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