Scott Phillips

Scott's philosophy is simple: the horse only has one job.  It's a job the horse is instinctively great at and can take pride in. That job isn't to be submissive, obedient, nor does it require control.  It can be assisted with a soft approach.  That job is simply to follow.  And thus, the onus is on us to inspire our followers; to provide them not only with the tools to do the job but provide exceptional leadership in a way they naturally understand it.  In Scott's style, training and riding become a positive and successful experience for both horse and rider; a journey in which we amass skills as trusted leaders and great communicators.

Scott offers a unique understanding of relational horsemanship blended with a passion for the outdoors.  It's a successful combination which has Scott sought out to assist with wild horse programs, equine assisted learning, cowboy challenge associations, trail riding clubs and more.  His sold out clinics continuously earn praise from individuals and riding organizations alike.

Scott's experience is vast, from training with well known horsepeople to starting colts to packing out in the mountains. “I grew up in a small agricultural community which instilled in me an appreciation for all life and a strong sense of family.  In addition to horses, my education and experience include engineering,  human resource management and airline flying.  Those endeavours have inspired my creativity, an enthusiasm for creating positive experiences, and a desire to guide people and horses to places they can shine in their achievements.”

Drawing on a practical knowledge of equine bio-mechanics and psychology, Scott shares the fundamentals of the horse's mind and body in his teaching.  He understands that every horse is a unique individual with unique needs and that our understanding of these fundamentals allows us to adapt our training and riding to create success with every single horse.  In Scott's style of horsemanship, all horses and people are amazing and capable of great things.

From new riders to professional trainers and coaches, Scott welcomes clients of all ages, backgrounds and riding disciplines.  He holds a clinic season at his own ranch, Amazing Horse County, an expansive property which offers access to thousands of trails to explore. With a diversity of clinics including Liberty, Trail Riding, Obstacle Course and Progressive Horsemanship, Scott helps every horse and rider excel in skill, confidence and partnership.  He also travels throughout the year to conduct his clinics in venues across the country.  His popular online training program embodies his one-on-one approach to learning, applying his relational horsemanship style to a vast variety of topics in his characteristic fun-loving manner.

Regularly asked to contribute to magazines, online publications and live sessions for various groups, Scott also publishes his own articles, videos and podcasts at amazinghorsecountry.com.

Scott Phillips

Scott’s 2022 Presentations

Obstacle Course Success - 1 hr. 22 min. 17 sec. Day 1 Horsemanship 

Obstacle course events are quite popular, and can be enjoyable for both horse and rider.

Obstacles are also great at exposing your horse's fears and anxieties, allowing you the opportunity to develop your positive leadership style.

When Your Horse Says, “NO!” - 1 hr. 23 min. 57 sec. Day 1 Horse; Mind, Body Spirit

What do you do when your horse outright refuses something?

Sometimes our horse struggles with something that we think should be easy.  That might be getting into a trailer.  Walking through a puddle.  Sidepassing.

The most important realization is that the horse's reason is 100% legitimate, as a horse is unable to pretend to be scared.

We can easily end up frustrated when we don't understand why our horse is having a problem.  We can be tempted to personify them.  Instead, let's learn what's really going on and practice some tools to help our horses out.

First Saddling and Saddle Issues - 1 hr. 13 min. 58 sec. Day 2 Horsemanship

There are many required steps that we must perform prior to putting a saddle on a horse.

Every horse is unique and responds differently to pressures.  The saddle presents a combination of many different pressures.  When we're starting a colt, restarting a horse or working through saddle/cinch issues, it's important that we ensure we've done what we need to in order to ensure the horse is calm and relaxed.

In this show, we'll explore some easy exercises you can do to prepare a horse for the saddle for the first time, or help a horse with saddling issues. We dive into the required understandings of leadership and pressure and how to positively support your horse.

Let's Get Rid of Frustration - 1 hr. 5 min. 39 sec. Day 2 Ourselves; Mindset, Riding, Health

Have you had a frustrating experience with a horse?  Be honest, now!

Frustration is a common response that sentient beings – like humans and horses – have when what we're attempting, desire or expect is prevented or delayed.

In this show, we'll look at causes of frustration, how frustration actually works in our brains, and most importantly, how to navigate through it or eliminate it all together.