Russ Krachun

Russ Krachun was raised in Odessa, Ukraine, where his true passion and desire of horses began as a child. It was here that he experienced his first smell of the horse and riding bareback at his Uncle Colin’s farm.   His uncle shared stories of his ancestors the Cossacks and how they rode their horses in battle with their swords.  These stories influenced Russ to become an athlete and became a professional sabre fencer for nine years.  Russ was educated by sport coaches to develop his athletic abilities and was awarded for his dedication as the reserve junior champion of the whole of Ukraine. Many life lessons and skills were also learned during these influential years.

As an adult Russ never forgot his first love of the horse and later followed his dream to study about horsemanship and became a true horseman.  He transferred his sport philosophy and methodology from the lessons and skills learned from being an athlete to understanding of the horse biomechanics into his equine education. His teachings make perfect sense to both horse and human, and help to bring a mutual understanding through cooperation, confidence, respect and trust.

Russ philosophy and methodology has built him recognition throughout his clinics, seminars, lessons and his on-line True Grit Academy. The welfare of the horse is evident throughout every aspect of his horsemanship. The Russ Krachun Kozak Horsemanship program is truly an education, and is what many say is the missing link of developing ultimate communication and understanding with our horses.

Russ Krachun

Russ's 2022 Presentations

Round Pen Methodology – 23 min. 16 sec.  Horsemanship Arena Day 1

Step # 1 of the 15 Steps that connect to one another by working in the round pen
Educational Guide to developing trust, confidence, communication and understanding between both human and the horse
Education of working in the round pen without using aggressive methods
Foundation program that connects to all future programs of the “True Grit Academy”
Learn goals and problems solved and prevented in each step
Education that transfers to your day to day involvement with your horse


Bridle Work Methodology - 17 min. 15 sec. Horsemanship Arena Day 1

Bridle Work Methodology prepares the horse both physically and mentally and allows the horse to learn how to effectively use the poll, neck, shoulders, rib cage and hindquarters. Each step by step method helps to build the horses understanding and also contributes to the development of muscle memory through the use of proper timing, repetition and relaxation. The result is a responsive educated horse, responding soft and supple when rein cues and aids are used.

Evolution - 12 min. 35 sec Horsemanship Arena Day 2

Russ Krachun Kozak Horsemanship shares the video lesson from the “Evolution” Level one program.

Goals within the “Evolution” program are to advance the abilities of the horse by improving the horse mental and physical abilities.

Step by step methods using timing, repetition and relaxation are followed to develop muscle memory within the horse in order to perform soft, supple, willing and complex riding performance manoeuvers

“Road to the Show”- Lesson # 4 - 15 min. 35 sec. Horsemanship Arena Day 1

Russ educates his 3-year-old quarter horse stallion, "Slash”; in this reality video. Russ shares his training philosophy, goals of education, and the progress of his horse "Slash" under saddle as he prepares and educates him to become a reining performance show horse.

“Road to the Show”- Lesson # 5 - 13 min. 59 sec. Horsemanship Arena Day 1

Russ educates his 3-year-old quarter horse stallion, "Slash”; in this reality video. Russ shares his training philosophy, goals of education, and the progress of his horse "Slash" under saddle as he prepares and educates him to become a reining performance show horse.

“Road to the Show”- Lesson # 6 - 8 min. 49 sec. Horsemanship Arena Day 2

Russ educates his 3-year-old quarter horse stallion, "Slash”; in this reality video. Russ shares his training philosophy, goals of education, and the progress of his horse "Slash" under saddle as he prepares and educates him to become a reining performance show horse.