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.

2012 Extreme Mustang Makeover Champion Albany, Oregon

2012 Extreme Mustang Makeover Champion Albany, Oregon

To view Matt’s Mustang Challenges visit his blog

Matt’s Mustang Horse Tales and see pictures! 

Zimmerman Horse Training
Matt Zimmerman
Phone: (541)-212-0035

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!”

 In 2012 I had great success at the Extreme Mustang Makeover. The mustang came from the Warm Springs unit in Oregon. Diamond proved to have a lot of athletic ability and really showcased well at each stage of competition. The first round consisted of conformation and handling and I ended up in 22nd place out of 38. Round two was the trail pattern and Diamond was exceptional as we placed 1st and was nine points ahead of the second place competitor. Round three was the pattern class which was similar to a reining pattern and we held it together and finished third in the class. This set me up to go into the finals tied in first place. During the finals there was a compulsory round and also a free style round. I placed 5th in the compulsory round which consisted of ten maneuvers in 90 seconds. The finals freestyle round consisted of three and a half minutes ridden to music. Diamond was exceptional in this performance and shot us to the top of the standings. There were two judges and each judge gave a total of 30 points for each artistic and horsemanship. At the end of the run I walked away with both judges giving me a perfect 30 of 30 for the horsemanship portion and 27 and 29 out of thirty for the artistic part. I won the competition and also was voted fan favorite by the crowd. Diamond was purchased back by myself after the competition and I currently use her as a demonstration horse at clinics.

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.


One response to “Home

  1. Brad

    April 21, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    Matt, I want to talk to you about a mustang mare i have, she went through the TIP program with Becky McPheters and I really would like to get her started this year. I met your girlfriend at the Horse expo, and we briefly discuss your availability, I’m in no hurry. If you have time give me a call at 841-8974. Thanks for your time Brad


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