We lost one of the world’s greatest horsemen yesterday. Ray Hunt passed away, and even up until the last moment, the “Master of Communication” was still teaching us how to find harmony with horses. On his website, there’s a clinic he was planning to hold at his ranch in Texas during the first week of April. He was the first person to introduce me to a better way to gain a horse’s trust and cooperation. He was one of my heroes.
What he taught me, at a time when no one I knew even thought about this, was that I had to look for even the smallest try, the slightest change from my horse and appreciate it and build on it.
“Don’t make the horse do all the work. He shouldn’t have to figure you out and learn to get out of your way to get things done. I don’t think anybody should have to get out of anyone’s way in life - a horse or a dog or anything else…. We can learn to understand one another if we listen to one another, if we respect one another’s thoughts.”
Ray Hunt wrote that in 1978 in his amazing little book, " Think Harmony with Horses". Thirty years later, he left this world knowing that a lot of people listened to him and a lot of horses are living better lives thanks to his efforts. My heart goes out to his wife, Carolyn, and his friends and horses. He will be missed by many and long and lovingly remembered.