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"I have a Friesian stallion that was very well behaved but while breeding him and allowing him to increasingly behave badly, he turned into a monster. I knew of Ryan, as his reputation preceded him, so I asked for his help in retraining my stallion and correcting his bad behavior. I read as much as I could about retraining a stud horse and worried that my sweet, beautiful boy would never the same, but Ryan knew what to do and turned him around.
It's hard to find someone who will work with a stud horse like that and I am so grateful for Ryan and his expertise. He brought my boy back to his sweet and cooperative self, and taught me a lot as well. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Ryan!!" … Valerie Frederick, Alburtis, PA.
"Cappy is my 5 year old thoroughbred gelding. I bred and raised him. He was a friendly and kind foal who enjoyed attention and willingly accepted his early training. The summer of his 2 year old year, 2 friends agreed to climb aboard while I did the ground work. We rode him about 8 times that fall. He was very quiet and walked and trotted without any problems. Ah, this was so easy----but because he was a little immature physically, I decided to let him go until spring and then start again.
That next spring, after reviewing what he learned before, it was time to again get on. All seemed normal and fine until his rider was almost in the saddle. Suddenly, Cappy exploded!! Ah, maybe this wasn’t so easy---- All summer I lounged him with tack on, leaned across him and even put my left foot in the stirrup. Whenever anyone tried to do more, he got a look in his eye and leaped sky high! He had made up his mind-----
After an unsuccessful try by a local professional, I continued to work with Cappy but I was very discouraged and disappointed and very worried that he would never work out for me.
A friend saw a newspaper article about Ryan. I called him and told him my tale of woe. He listened and agreed to take Cappy on----I was relieved but not convinced this would work.
Cappy went to Ryan’s this past August(2008). When I met Ryan in person, I liked him immediately. He was calm and confident and willing to work with both Cappy and me. He kept in touch and I visited weekly. Within a week, Ryan was on Cappy and soon walking, trotting and cantering in a ring and in a big open field. Then it was out on trails. Cappy was introduced to cows, tarps on the floor of his stall and over his back, English and western saddles, a long western rein that often wrapped itself around his leg as he was being ridden, mountainous trails, traffic, turkey hunters near-by, miniature ponies, a stock trailer, a hose squirting him from head to foot, riding with company and alone, leading and following and I’m sure much more. I couldn’t believe all he was doing and most of all I couldn’t believe he stood absolutely still when Ryan got on.
After about 6 weeks, Ryan said, “Bring your saddle next week.” I was thrilled. I was really going to ride Cappy----after a 3 year wait. It was a chilly Saturday. Ryan held the metal folding chair that doubled as a mounting block (no one held Cappy) and I climbed aboard. He stood stock still until I asked him to walk! That day I walked, trotted and cantered. During the next few weeks I rode him in the ring and cross country with Ryan.
In November, it was time for Cappy to come home. Ryan had worked his magic and I was very confident. And yes, over a month later, Cappy knows his job and I am enjoying every wintry ride I take. He is the horse I hoped he would be. What would his life have been like if his path hadn’t crossed with Ryan’s? I don’t want to think about that. Thanks to a very talented man who knows horses, works incredibly hard, leaves no stone unturned and genuinely wants the best for a horse and its owner, I have myself a lovely, well-behaved and happy horse. Thank you, Ryan. You are the best!".......................Joan Wolfenden
"I met Ryan about 7 years ago after purchasing my Appaloosa Sport horse, Cosmo. The horse was terrified of a horse trailer and injured numerous people in the process of 'trailer training'. Ryan was able top get Cosmo loading on the trailer in the first session. What was more impressive to me was that Ryan worked with him many more times and concluded that, although he would go on the trailer, he was obviously uncomfortable on the straight load trailer and would never be truly consistent about it. He suggested a stock trailer. Since then, we have never looked back. for the past 6 years, Cosmo has gone to horse shows and clinics regularly. He gladly steps up onto his stock trailer!
I love that Ryan was able to look past weather or not he could "make" the horse get onto the trailer (which he could!) and really figure out what was best for Cosmo. More recently, he worked both of my horses on cattle for the first time. He was amazingly patient and kind. The horses had a very positive experience and really learned a lot. He is a true horseman as well as a great all-around guy!"....... Chrissa, East Hanover, NJ
"Ryan worked with a throughbred I had, Bellanini (Belle) several years ago. Although Belle was wonderful for me, she was afraid of just about everyone (and everything) else (including Ryan at first). This was a problem whenever any other people were at the barn - which was quite often. Ryan worked with Belle for about three months. Teaching her such basics as self-esteem, confidence and how to be a horse around people and not fear all of them. There were those who she still did not trust, but frankly, I also did not trust those same people, so her instincts were right on.
Belle came to me from an older couple who were afraid of her. She had been on the track and had suffered track abuses such as pin-firing and shocking (neither of which are tolerated any more). She raced for just shy of seven years before an injury ended her racing career. Her owner at the track cared enough about her to take her to the couple I eventually got her from. This couple was okay with her in the beginning, but as her strength returned, they became afraid. Belle was an alpha mare in every sense of the word. The couple kept her as a pasture mate for another horse they had but seldom did anything with her. It took me a year of visiting her just about every weekend to be able to get her to stand in one place long enough for me to brush her just a couple of strokes. She had very little human contact in the almost six years that the couple had her. When her pasture mate died, the couple offered her to me and I knew I had to get her out of there.
I wish I had known Ryan sooner. I tried two other "trainers" before him. One of which adamantly told me to "avoid Ryan because of his methods." Well, his methods were patience and caring and when I finally did meet him and speak with him, he had my confidence. Turns out the other trainer just wanted my money and did not care a bit about my horse.
Belle was wonderful for me after Ryan worked with her. She was able to canter for the first time. She had the most beautiful and fluid extended trot that would have rivaled any grand prix dressage horse. I know of no one else like Ryan. He can work with any horse and perform miracles. I've seen it. Belle would have been a testament to his ability."..............Janet Ulmer, Lansdale, PA
My name is Greg Cameron and I have known Ryan for about 8 years. I am 54 and Ryan is about 26.
About 6 years ago Ryan asked me to come work for him training horses. He was already established as a trainer and he was only 20. I had been doing natural horsemanship for a while and Ryan was way ahead of me. I considered it an honor to work with him. I learned more in the time I worked for him than I did from any other source. I was doing Parelli and Lyons methods and Ryan crystallized everything and made it clearer. He is knowledgeable way beyond his years and the hardest working person I have ever met. He can fast track a horses training without leaving any holes and he helps the owners learn how to keep the horse from relapsing. The horses stay trained and if they don't it is because fthe owner didn't do their job. He can put a lot of famous trainers to shame and I am proud to have Ryan for a friend. Not only is Ryan a true friend you can count on he is about the most decent person you would ever want to meet. He is also an excellent farrier. Ryan is the kind of man any father would be proud to have as a son. I know I would.".... Greg Cameron
"To many it's a mystery. To him it's an art. To many it's a struggle. To him it's a dance. I was there the first time he climbed up on a horse at a young tender age, and I have been there ever since. The way he communicates with a horse is unlike anything I have ever seen. It's as if he can capture the horses mind and heart and take complete control. He can connect with the horse and impart the knowledge. The horse then learns and retains all that Ryan has taught. He can take an equine mind and lift it to a human level. I can truly say that Ryan Coaxum is The Tamer. Many pay to learn. To him it is a gift. Much Love".