Mike Hughes

When Mike was born his mom new a vet who gave Mike a Shetland Pony named Ranger for his birth. When Mike was 4 years old his mom and dad got 

a divorce and Mikes mom remaired when he was 6 years old to his step dad Gary. Even though Mikes step dad was not into horses he always made

sure Mike and his sister had horses. When Mike was 10 years old his mom and step dad moved to San Martine next to a cattle ranch where the 

people there were very hard and abusive to there horses and the livestock. Mike always new there had to be a better way of working and training 

horses. When Mike turned 18 years old he got a lot more involved in horse training and started working with horses that had behavior issues, 

rescue horses and starting unbroke horse under saddle. Through out the years Mike made a name for him self by breaking each lesson down into steps

the horses could understand in a calm and relaxed manner. In 2000 Mike started getting invited through out the United States to do Clinics and Demostrations

at the Horse Expos, Horse Fairs, and Equistrain facilitys. In 2012 Mike was invited to Ireland to do donstrations at the horse expos on solving

behavior isses, working with resuce horses and solving stall vices. From there Mike has now been invited and has performed clincis and demonstrations

in 14 different counties. Along the way Mike has also designed the first ever training program to solve Cribbing (Windsucking), Weaving and Stall Walking.

Mike lives in Northern California and is very active in helping people build a partnership with there horses and stay safe while riding.

Mike Hughes

Mike's 2021 Presentations

The Buck Stops Here and More - Day 1

Learn how to correct behavior issues such as bucking, rooting, and high headed horses by getting to the root cause of the problems. 

Building Confidence and Trust in The Rescue Horse - Day 2

You can't change the horse’s past but you can change the horse’s future. Here are some easy exercise you can do to rebuild the trust, confidence, and faith in horses that have been abused, neglected, and abandoned 

Working With Head and Ear Shy Horses - Day 1

Head and Ear Shyness is a fear of something on or above the horse’s head and ears. Using these simple exercises you can teach your horse how to overcome his fears and be relaxed with his head down when you are around him, during bridling, haltering and worming 

Your Hands On The Reins - Day 2

This is one of a kind horse training video that has never been done before. Under saddle. I will go over your hands on the reins when it comes to pressure, timing, release and feel and then go into flexing and disengaging your horse’s hips

Your Hands On The Reins Part 2 (Head Elevation and Speed Control) - Day 2

In Part 2 We will teach the Calm Down Cue and Head Elevation. Both cues are important in your everyday riding and out on the trails. The Calm Down Cue is great for horses that are spooky because now you have a cue to instantly relax your horse and go by whatever he was scared of like it was not even there. The Speed control cue is also great for solving common behavior issues out on the trail like buddy sourness, tail gaiting, and barn sour behavior like you will see in part 3 and 4 of Your hands on the reins but first we must teach these next 2 cues to our horses

Your Hands On The Reins Part 3 - Solving Tail Gating and Buddy Sour Behavior - Day 3

In part 3 I will show you how to start solving horses that follow to close to the horse in front of them and buddy sour behavior. Each lesson plan is broke down into steps your horse can understand in a calm relaxed manner and give you the tools you need to solve these unwanted behavior issues from the cues you learned in part 1 and 2 of this series of horse training videos.

Your Hands On The Reins - Solving Barn Sour Behavior and Charging Through The Bit - Day 2

It is a unpleasant ride and dangerous when a horse becomes barn sour and wants to charge through the bit and run home. In this video I will go over step by step how to solve this behavior issue before it gets out of control.