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Pure Horsemanship

Zach Lahring

We are excited to join you in your journey to
a solid foundation and a better relationship with your horse! 

Zach Lahring can help you achieve all you've ever dreamed of as a horse owner!


After studying extensively with Pat Parelli and obtaining the status of a Licensed Instructor, Zach Lahring branched out to study with other horsemen and clinicians that have had the same opportunity as Pat and had either been mentored by or riden with one or more of the three greatest, legendary horsemen of the 20th century; brothers Tom and Bill Dorrance, and Ray Hunt*.  Tom and Bill are known as the founders of modern natural horsemanship and had a profound influence on Ray Hunt, who also became known as one of the Greats of the horsemanship world.

Martin BlackJoe Wolter, Pat Parelli, and Buster McLaury are all outstanding horsemen who have had the privilege of riding with and/or being influenced and even mentored by Tom, Bill, and/or Ray. They have personally experienced the kind of tutelage that others can only dream of.  These men, who now tout reputations as being the best horsemen of our time, are Zach Lahring's mentors and Zach is proud to be considered one of their students. 

Zach utilizes their techniques and methods of pure horsemanship to preserve and continue the tradition of the Vaquero way.  Zach specializes in Ranch Versatility, Competitive Trail Challenges, Colt Starting and Problem Horse re-starting.  If you truly love horses and have an interest in natural horse training, or if your dream is to have your horse trained by one who has studied successfully with the best horsemen of our time, you'll love Zach's method of pure natural horsemanship training.   As part of the Pure Horsemanship program, you will come to develop a deeper relationship with your own horse through understanding his/her nature and understanding the world from the horse's point of view.
 You will learn to experience "feel" of the horse and gain a whole new understanding of what pure horsemanship is all about.

The Pure Horsemanship training method combines equine psychology, the experience of "feel", and communication techniques into the ultimate solution for horse and rider success. It allows horse owners at all levels of experience (from trail rider to top performance riders) to achieve success without force, partnership without dominance and harmony without coercion. 

Zach can help you and your horse succeed in whatever you choose to do whether it be performance related, trail-riding, or just being safe in your own backyard.

Zach is available for training at his home location or he can come to you.  He will personally develop your horse into the horse you've always dreamed of or, if you'd rather, he will teach you the keys you will need to obtain success with your own horse.


Zach Lahring



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* Brothers Tom Dorrance (1910 - 2003) and Bill Dorrance (1906 - 1999) are considered among the founders of the modern natural horsemanship movement and are legendary in the horse world. Born and raised on an Oregon cattle ranch with a background in the Great Basin "Buckaroo" tradition, they promoted natural, gentle methods of horse training, emphasizing "feel" of the horse and observation of its responses to the handler.  They had a particularly strong influence on another legend, Ray Hunt (1929 - 2009), who also went on to leave a mark in the horseman's world that will never be forgotten.

"The thing you are trying to help the horse do is to use his own mind. You are trying to present something and then let him figure out how to get there." - Tom Dorrance

"When people think of natural horsemanship that could mean a lot of things. It isn't natural for a horse to be around people, and it's not natural for a person to be sitting on him either. When we use these words we speak about what's natural for the horse to do within his own boundaries" - Bill Dorrance

"You can ask the horse to do your thing, but you ask him; you offer it to him in a good way. You fix it up and let him find it. You do not make anything happen, no more than you can make a friendship begin."- Ray Hunt

"You feel and listen to the horse. The experience of the results of his response helps you understand for the next time."- Tom Dorrance

"You can't teach feel, you have to experience it."- Bill Dorrance

"If you are going to teach a horse something and have a good relationship, you don't make him learn it - you let him learn it." - Ray Hunt




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