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Robert M. Miller

Dr. Robert M. Miller DVM is a world-renown equine behaviorist and veterinarian, best recognized for his scientifically-based system of training newborn foals known as imprint training. Dr. Miller is also one of the early adopters and promoters of Natural horsemanship. His work is often referred to by natural horsemanship clinicians. He has often served as a judge in the annual "Road to the Horse" competition.[1] He is also a co-founder of the "Light Hands Horsemanship" concept and annual clinic.[2]

He has authored dozens of scientific papers and hundreds of magazine articles for both veterinary journals and equine publications, and has published four books and six videos on equine behavior, health, and horsemanship.[3] He has served on the editorial staff of Veterinary Medicine,[4] for which he is best known for his long-running “Mind Over Miller” column, as well as Modern Veterinary Practice, Veterinary Forum, and Western Horseman magazines. He is also an accomplished cartoonist, and has published seven cartoon books under the moniker "RMM".[5]

He is the recipient of numerous professional awards recognizing him for his achievements in both veterinary medicine and equine behavior. In 2004, Dr. Miller was inducted into the Hall of Fame by the Western States Horse Expo,[6] and is a recipient of the Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award in 1995.[7]

Dr. Miller retired from practice in 1987, in order to devote himself full-time to the teaching of equine behavior and to support the 'Revolution in Horsemanship' that began in the Western U.S. in the late 20th century, and is now a worldwide phenomenon. He continues to travel and lecture, and lives on his ranch in Thousand Oaks, California with his wife, Debby, where they raise Quarter horses and mules.



Dr. Miller was born in New York on March 4, 1927, and raised in Tucson, Arizona. After serving in the infantry overseas in World War II, he attended and graduated from the veterinary school at Colorado State University in Fort Collins in 1956. He established the Conejo Valley Veterinary Clinic in Thousand Oaks, California in 1959. Dr. Miller’s experience with horses stretches over sixty years, including work as a wrangler, trail guide, and rodeo hand.[8][9]


Books </dt>

  • The Revolution in Horsemanship (and What It Means to Mankind), with Rick Lamb 2005 The Lyons Press ISBN 159228387X
  • Understanding the Ancient Secrets of the Horse’s Mind, 2000, Russel Meerdink Co.ISBN 0929346653
  • Imprint Training of the Newborn Foal, 1991, Western Horseman Publishing
  • Most of My Patients Are Animals, 1987, Paul Eriksson Publishing Co.
  • Health Problems of the Horse,1967. Revised 1988; Western Horseman Publishing

Videos </dt>

  • Safer Horsemanship, Video Velocity, 1999
  • Understanding Horses, Video Velocity, 1999
  • Early Learning, Video Velocity, 1995
  • Control of the Horse - The Art Of Restraint, Video Horse World, 1994
  • Imprint Training of the Foal. Palomine Productions, 1986
  • Influencing the Horse's Mind, Palomine Productions, 1984


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