Welcome to Zimmerman Horse Training
Zimmerman Horse Training is owned and operated by Matt Zimmerman. Matt was raised on a large ranch in central Nevada. From a very young age he always had a connection to the equine species. He is a professional horse trainer whose specialty is, but not limited to, starting young colts for ranch and trail.
To view Matt’s Mustang Challenges visit his blog
Matt’s Mustang Horse Tales and see pictures!
After a life threatening injury from a horse accident in August of 2011, I signed up for the Extreme Mustang Makeover. Not knowing if I was going to be physically able to train, but having the determination and the desire to reach my goals is what gave me the strength. A few quotes wandered my way about the time I was picking up my mustang and they read— ”If you can dream it, you can believe it, then you can achieve it!” and “A champion wins first, then walks into the arena, and everyone else walks into the arena and tries to figure out what to do!”
My philosophy is that every horse must have trust before they can go on and accomplish anything. This is done by doing the correct groundwork to achieve respect and control of the horse without instilling fear. If the correct foundation is laid down from the beginning, then you will have a solid horse that will do anything for you and go anywhere you want without protest. I personally like to have all the horses that I start do a wide range of things so that they are diverse, because I feel it keeps the mind fresh and that keeps your horse wanting to be a willing partner. Plus, having a versatile horse gives you more options if some unforeseen thing happens and your horse can no longer compete in his specified field. Ideally, I start them in the round pen, then progress them into arena, and from there, I like to take them out to the desert where they get to see a lot of different scenery and foreign objects. This gives each horse more confidence and it minimizes the unpredictability factor. In my program, if I plan for the worst and hope for the best, generally that gives me a satisfied customer and a willing horse.