Steve Rother

The words Heart of the Horse hold special meaning for Steve Rother.  For as long as he can remember, horses have been his passion.  Growing up, his Mom had to bribe him to read books about things OTHER than horses.  And his love of this great animal was not a passing childhood phase…with every step forward in life, that love has grown.  As a kid he may never had known what pathway his life would take, but he would have guaranteed that there would be horses on the journey with him.  


For decades Steve has travelled anywhere that he can to gain more knowledge of horses and finding ways to impart that wisdom to the thousands of people who look to him for guidance each year.  He was mentored by some of the greats, including Ray Hunt, and as a kid used to bring his saddle to the sidelines of clinics and wait for the call to ride.


Steve worked with the BLM doing many gentling exhibitions, starting mustangs and showing them in front of crowds to bring better understanding of the breed to the people.  This was before the Mustang Makeovers became a thing, or maybe you could consider him to be one of the pioneers.


His search for a better understanding of the horse brought him many horses that were considered untrainable, some of whom were on their last chance.  Steve’s methods never failed him, and he still has never come across the untrainable horse.  It is in their heart to be your partner, and if the foundation and bond is built properly, there is no way to fail.


Steve is now the three-time undefeated champion of the Red Deer Mane Event Colt Starting Challenge, including the Champion of Champions in 2016.  He has a special way with horses, and his ability to teach both human and horse has earned him the title of Horse Teacher.


Anyone can become a Student of the Horse; as Steve travels the US and Canada taking part in Expos and providing Horsemanship Clinics.  Steve also provides more in-depth tutelage at the School of the Horse; where he hosts horsemanship camps at the Horse Creek Ranch near Hunters, Washington.  From his Excel With Horses Program to his One Ride Away Challenge, Steve has created many horsemanship programs that help any horse and rider build their confidence together.  The methods he uses and teaches work for all breeds, of any age, within all disciplines, and he is dedicated to helping every rider, no matter their level of experience, get the partnership that they truly want with their horse.


He also maintains a welcoming community of like-minded horse people on his Steve Rother Horsemanship Facebook page, where he provides tips and guidance to all who follow.


Steve can provide you with the tools to help you communicate more effectively with your horse and be the leader that they need you to be, which will then allow the two of you to work in unison as a team.  If this is something that you have been looking for, or maybe something that you didn’t even realize that you were missing, Steve Rother Horsemanship is the place you need to be.  Who knows what amazing learning experiences may be just over the horizon, make sure to join the journey so you won’t miss any of the great opportunities Steve offers.  You may be only one ride away from having the horse of your dreams!


Steve is so excited to be invited to be a participant at the Heart of the Horse.  Niki and Dustin both share that connection that Steve values so much with the horses.  That ability to communicate and understand, to build that bond with such a magnificent animal.  There is nothing more pure in spirit than the Heart of the Horse.

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