“Flip That Horse!” TM

Welcome to my new reality show called Flip That Horse!” (TM) (thank you sister Kalen for the perfect name!).  In this show, I will acquire a horse in need of rescuing, rehabilitate it, train in, spruce it up, and then try to sell it to a good home.  Will I make a profit??   Stay tuned to find out!

The show will highlight Natural Horsemanship techniques, and allow the viewer to really see what’s involved in the rescue and rehabilitation of a neglected, abused or abandoned horse.  Some of these horses have serious problems due to the abuse/neglect they have received.  Sometimes I pick the horses up at a local auction, as is the case with out first subject: a young palomino filly named Sundance who, at 2 1/2 years old, was not halter broken and could not be caught!  She is otherwise healthy, and is about 14.1 hands.  Here’s our first star now:

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Episode 1  Introduction

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Episode 2: The RoundPen

Episode 3: “Leading 101”

Episode 4: “Groundwork & Sacking Out”

Episode 5: Preparing to Saddle

Episode 6: Saddling

Episode 7: Preparing to Mount

Episode 8: Mounting

Episode 9: “First Ride”

Stay tuned for Episode 10 on Youtube.com…..

Episode 11: Basic De-Spooking

Episode 12: Trailer Loading the Difficult Loader

NOW AVAILABLE!

Instead of loading the youtube series one by one and relying on the speed of your internet connection to watch….  buy the DVD!  I have put all of the “Sundance” Episodes (including the trailer loading episode) on a convenient DVD that you can watch at your leisure on any DVD player.  Only $12.95 plus $2.50 shipping and you can own the DVD.  A great gift for horsey enthusiasts!  To order, email me at: aeronmack@yahoo.com

Sundance is SOLD!

Congratulations to Mychelle D. and her daughter Ashley on the purchase of this lovely filly.  In addition to a lovely filly, Mychelle will receive one of my Aeron Riding Halters, as well as both DVDs in which Sundance is the star!

The Middleburg Humane Foundation will receive 10% of the proceeds from the sale of Sundance in order to help them continue their great work rescuing and rehabilitating animals of all shapes and sizes!

So, did we make a profit on our first project?  YES!  Sundance was purchased at auction for $100.00.  She was sold for $1800.00….  taking out the cost of her food and veterinary care (approx. $800), that leaves a net of about $1,000.00.  (We won’t count my time, which, if billed at my regular rate, would have been well over the $1,000!!)  But really the success here is the fact that this filly, who had a host of problems, has found a good home with some knowledgeable and patient horse people who will continue to bring her along and help her have a happy and successful life.  This is the true ‘happy ending’ to this story!

Here’s the latest:  Sundance (aka Chevelle) and her new owner Ashley are cleaning up at the shows!  Here’s a recent pic:

Sundance jumping

50 Responses

  1. Looks great! How’d you do all this so fast???

    Good luck with it!
    K

  2. Wow! You’re famous!! I’m impressed with your skills. Also, nice place you’ve go there. Can’t wait for the next episode, I’m ditching Desperate Housewives!

  3. SO Cool! I can’t believe how quickly she caught on–so fun to watch!

  4. This is really nice to see how you handle this horse.
    From those little movies I learned already so much.
    It’s nice to see what can be done with a ‘problem’ horse , with some patience , understanding and love for the animal.

  5. Look forward to seeing the next episode…. I have a 14 year old that I ahd to let go for a while while my husband recuped from a hhorse/car accident. I got her back a year and a half later and she will not load in a trailer now… after doing it almost everyday of her life up to when she left for a temp. home. Not sure but I think she was in a trailer accident, but I ahve never been told why she is now affraid to load. As I try to load her you can see the fear within her…. so i am hoping by watching your episodes I can help her build her trust in me again… and I then can help her over come this fear.

  6. Aeron,
    Your videos are such a help. I’m working with a yearling colt that’s been handled some, but not halter-broke or formally trained. I’ve never been “trained” to train myself, so I was totally lost. I quickly discovered horses DO NOT train like dogs, and after trying your methods for the first time today, I am so impressed by the results. (Even tho I had to work in a square barn, rather than a round pen.) The colt responded in much the same way as Sundance, and I felt like I finally had a clue. Wow! I’m excited to learn and train more. I actually had fun, and didn’t go away frustrated. Thank you so much for a great website, and bless your heart for the rescues and rehabs. Your calm, gentle way with Sundance is inspiring, and I realize now that patience and persistance is a must. My colt thanks you too, as I’m sure I was confusing the heck out of the poor guy before. Please make more videos! Thanks!
    Nancy

  7. Nancy,
    Thank you for your kind words! I hope you and your colt continue having success on your path of gentle learning!
    Best,
    ~Aeron

  8. Aeron, where is episode 10? I found an 11 and 12…

  9. Ahhhhh, Episode 10, aka “The Lost Episode” LOL!! I am still waiting to film that one as it is the continuation of the “First Ride” video (Episode #9)…. but I have not been able to get back on her yet… still working on some of her fear issues before I feel comfortable getting back on…… I will get to it soon and put he episode up as soon as I do! Thanks for watching! ~Aeron

  10. Thank you, thank you, thank you! for sharing this incredible website, your work is fantastic and the scope of information you’ve collected has been incredibly empowering to me…I’ve been reading a lot of John Lyons but your “flip that horse” was absolute genius and so inspiring! I am so glad that I was lucky enough to wonder across your website before I start training for the first time with a filly due to arrive in October…You need to contact Animal Planet and see about getting a show…you’d be fantastic! Thanks again and keep up the good work!

  11. Thank you, Julie! Gosh, my head’s going to get big! You are too kind! I’m so glad you found it helpful! ~Aeron

  12. Hello Aeron,

    What a great way to teach a young horse. I really like the natural horsemanship and try to work with my horses in this way. To read about it is good , but when I see how you do tall these things ,it’s teaching me so much more. One of my 2 mares got a foal a month ago, and I hope I can keep her and train her later the way you do.
    Will you ever make movies about how to handle a young foal from start to the point you can begin to train them like with this horse?I think that would be a great help for people with foals.Especially when you’re not used to have a foal around. (like me)

    Thanks for sharing your experiances. These are very valuable lessons for anyone dealing with horses.

    Saskia

  13. Hi Aeron,
    Awesome videos. Have you tried driving Sundance from behind yet. The leads and reins are toally different to her from the ground and on the side to her than on her and behind her. Thanks for sharing very good information.
    Dennis

  14. Help.
    I can load my horse using this technique no problem, but cant keep her in there! She walks across the ramp no problem, and calmly (zone 2). Then if I ask her to go in the trailer she goes in, but then backs straight back out again. So there is no time for her to even think, ahh this is nice and calm in here. I feel that I have actually been training her to back out the trailer, rather than go in and stay in. Any suggestions?

    • Hi Nicola,
      You are very close to success! Now it will take a bit of timing and patience on your part, but don’t give up, you are 99.9% of the way there. At this stage, let her back out if she chooses to, but then ask her to go back in RIGHT AWAY. Start asking her to go back in the moment she is all the way out…. then, after a couple times, start to ask her to go back in when she ALMOST all the way out…. then start asking her to go back in when she is only half way out….. as always, let her relax and stay in the trailer as long as she likes in between….. soon she will start to back out and when you give her a tap or cluck you tongue, she will go right back in…. hang in there and let me know how it goes! ~Aeron

  15. Thanks alot. Managed about 20 seconds on the trailer today. I so want to just do up that back bar to stop her coming out again but know I mustnt. I guess I’ll just keep going until she can stay in there. I think your technique is brilliant, she learnt very quickly that putting two feet on the ramp meant I would stop tapping the rope at her! Thanks. Hopefully I will be able to let you know when she loads well. It feels like an enormous task! Nicola

  16. This is amazing.. and will be alot of help for me when i start to train my 3yr old for the first time. and when i say first time, i mean me train for the first time.

    i have been jumping ahead and totally missing steps!
    i have her tack ready, but not que ready. im so excited to get her to ride, that i am totally missing on all the important fundementals.

    i watched your episodes and realized im doing things all bass acwards!

    am i ever glad i found your site.

    congratulations on the sale of sundance. and i cant wait to see the next “project” horse you bring on.

    thankyou a million!!!

  17. Aeron,
    I just finished watching your “Flip That Horse” series, and I really enjoyed it. Having had some experience learning some the Natural Horsemanship techniques it was very cool watching them put to use with a young horse. I also am waiting for that missing 10th episode to see how Sundance finally accepted a rider. I am particulary interested in seeing further de-spooking episodes, as I have an 8 yr old OTTB mare that could benefit from those particular techniques. I look forward to the next rescue. I think it would be interesting to see how this would go with a horse such as an OTTB that is “broke” to ride, but still doesn’t know anything! Cheers!

  18. Hi Aeron,

    Thanks for the excellent video clips. I’ve learned so much from watching them and want to use the concepts with my horses.

    At some point I’d like to purchase the episodes with Sundance, but wish to wait until episode 10 is completed.

    A question about the clips. Can you give me some idea of the length of time each of the sessions took? Your clips are a little over 9 minutes, but I’m interested in how much time it took before and/or after the clips were filmed that you felt Sundance was ready to move to the next stage.

    Also, regarding the first ride. Can you give me some idea how many sessions it took before you felt Sundance was ready to ride outside the round pen?

    Thanks for your patience with this amateur.

  19. Hi Kirsten,
    Each session took approximately one to two hours each. I worked on each lesson until I felt she was comfortable enough to move on. In some cases, I will work with a horse for several hours, making sure to take it slow and not stress the horse. Remember, the horse must be calmer at the end of the lesson than it was at the beginning. In the trailer loading video, you can see what I do in real time. It took about an hour, and it’s all on the DVD. The YouTube videos are limited in that they cannot exceed 10 minutes, so I have to edit them. I try to show the good and the bad, and not just the good stuff, like some trainers do. Thanks!
    ~Aeron

  20. hi Aeron,

    It is absolutely amazing to see the improvement of Sundance! I learnt a lot just by watching these videos.

    I’ll surtainly try to use some techniques with my own horse, though I don’t have much problems with him. It’s just even more friendly than what I use know.

    Do you think it is possible to teach a 23-year old horse, that has always been riden with a bit to work with a ropehalter?

    I have only one question. Isn’t it very early to yet teach a 2-year-old to bear a rider?

    I hope my English was’nt too bad, I’m from holland…

    greetz, ilse

    • Hi Ilse,
      Your english is very good! Much better than my dutch, that is for sure!
      I think it is never too late to teach a horse to go in a rope halter… just take it step by step and see how it goes. Also, for a two year old horse, although many people do start them at this age (especially western and racing horses), technically their knees and other joints are not yet fully formed, so that it is possible to do some permanent damage if ridden too much too early. I think that some very light riding would be ok, tho.
      Thanks for your comments!
      ~Aeron

    • Oh, I forget to tell you that Sundance turned out to be four, not two!!! I had a dentist check her teeth, and he said she was older than we thought!

  21. A friend texted me to look at something on youtube. While on youtube, I decided to do a search for halter breaking. I found your video, & I have to tell you, you’re an answer to my prayers! After putting my Arabian mare down last year, I was given a 2 year old (born 03-27-07) 3/4 quarter horse/1/4 thoroughbred colt. To make a long story short, he’s never been worked with at all. I finally got a halter on him, but haven’t been able to get him to lead, pick up his back feet (he will pick uphis front), etc. I am going to order your DVD & use it as my training guide. I could find other sites, etc., but they were all for yearlings & younger. Your video addresses exactly the age group I needed. I can’t afford a trainer, but with time, patience & your video with Sundance, I think I can do it. Thank you so much! Please let me know how I can order it.

    • Hi Chris,
      You can order my DVDs by emailing me at aeronmack@yahoo.com or here is the info:
      You can either pay through Paypal, or you can just mail me a check to: Aeron Mack, P.O. Box 887, MIddleburg, VA 20118. For one DVD, it will be $12.95 plus $2.50 S&H for a total of $15.45
      If you order both DVDs (the Sundance Episodes plus the Trailer Loading DVD), it would be a total of $27.00.
      I’m so glad you like my website and my YouTube videos!
      Good luck with the new horse, and keep me posted on your progress.
      ~Aeron

  22. I found your videos to be a great help, and I’d love to try them. I just am not sure how, considering I do not own a round pen. I could use my neighbors, but they don’t quite have it set up yet. Is there any way I could do this, with out one? Or is a round pen necessary?

    • I would say a round pen is not required, but it will definitely be an advantage to you. If you can get the neighbors to get theirs set up, that would be great. Otherwise, you can use a small pen or paddock, just keep in mind the horse may get “caught” in the corners… or stop there, instead of going around you… Good luck!

  23. okay, thank you! I’ll see what I can do then, we’ve been looking for round pens and what my mother and I have found have been in the thousands, so that’s a big help!

  24. Hi Aeron,
    I came accross your videos while doing a search on YouTube and I have two words for you: “Absolutely Amazing”! You’re entire site is Awesome and very very informative! Thank’s for sharing all this great information with the rest of us! When I saw the episode where Sundance got startled and bucked you off though…I couldn’t help but think back at another series of Natural Horsemanship videos that I saw on YouTube by Jay O Jay and thought maybe it would have been a good idea to try the method he used before going on his first ride…if you check out video #10 in the series..you’ll know what i’m talking about. Anyways, just a thought!
    Thanks Again for such an Awesome Website!
    -Joe

  25. that is amazing! i really hope i can learn those skills one day!
    -rebekah manning 13(horse lover)

  26. Really enjoyed your website until I saw the new owner of Sundance jumping her! Seems to me she’s far too young to be jumping, even a little bit. Would love to hear your feedback.
    Thanks so much!

    • Kathy, you are right to be concerned…. but keep in mind we did find out that Sundance was really 4 when I got her, not 2, and that by the time the new owner bought her and started her jumping, she was 5. Thanks for watching the videos! ~Aeron

  27. I have to tell you, I have been watching RFD and searching the internet for help, (my wife and I have started a ranch and have two brood mares and a young mare and filly), without much luck for training videos and then I found yours. This is excellent, you are showing free videos and you are selling a DVD for a very reasonable price this is very good for us as we are on a short budget after buying the ranch and the horses, tack, feed, etc etc…. Everyone elses sites we looked at had crazy prices and only tidbits to view to decide if we wanted to buy. I am very happy with your site and your knowledge and will look forward to any information upcoming on your site. Thanks for the help and the down to earth training.

  28. I enjoy your videos very much. My question is, how did you get her into the round pen at the beginning.

    • Hi Robin…. Good question: I kept putting the hay inside the round pen and just leaving the gate open. She got used to going in and out. One day I snuck up and shut the gate, and the training began!

  29. I watched all the episodes and loved them. I enjoyed watching this horse getting thought everything from scratch.
    I would love to see the episode 10. I feel like a missed out that important part where you teach her to listen to your cues while you are riding her. I would love to see how you thought her to go left, go right, stop, back up etc. 🙂
    Is there any chance to see that episode on youtube or did you perhapy leave that episode out intentionally?
    Thank you for your time. 🙂

    • Hi Tihana… I never did get a chance to film episode #10 because a really nice teenager bought her and is now showing her (and winning everything) in the large ponies! It was a great ending to the story…. I wish I had filmed another episode with her, but, there will be the next one coming soon! Thanks for watching and you kind comments! : )

      • Well, that is a really great reason for not filming an episode. 🙂

        And you are very welcome. 🙂 And you really deserve all the nice comments you get. 🙂 Your approach to working with horses really deserves it. 🙂 Exactly because it is does so much for the horse.

        Personally, I love the fact your horses are barefoot and that you don’t use bits. I think that is very important since more and more research show just how painful using bits is. And how all that strong pain really affects the mind and the spirit of a horse. I am amazed that the horses can even perform considering all the pain and neurocranialis shocks they get.

        So, people like you really show that it is possible to train horses in a respectful way. And one can clearly see how these horses perform so so well. Even in sport events. I tend to believe horses would perform so much better if people who use would take some time and interest to to learn more about horses and how to communicate with them in a more natural and respectful way.

        And when one sees the work of Nevzorov one can really see how far can a painless and respectful horse training go! 🙂 It radiates such beauty and power. 🙂
        So it makes me sad to read about people in equestrian sport that consider him a freak that does circus shows. The so miss the point. And that makes me sad. The ones that in my opinion owe the most to the horses and their performance so often care so little about the horse it self. :/ Horse to them if often just a tool. :/ But it really doesn’t surprise me that much. People do it to other people too, so it’s not just animals that often get treated that way. Unfortunately.

        So, even more so it is beautiful to see people that take a completely different approach. So, thank you for all that you do. 🙂 The horses without any doubt profit the most. 🙂

        Btw. when can one expect another season of Flip that horse? I’m really excited to watch it. 🙂

      • Thank you Tihana! And I couldn’t agree more. I have competed in eventing in my riding halter (I told the organizers my horse had a tongue injury, otherwise they weren’t going to let me do it!)… and I have recently foxhunted my “crazy” ex-racehorse in my riding halter. At first people think it is just a fluke, or it’s just one horse that will do it… They say “Well, that’s all fine and good, but MY horse would never do that!”….. I’m hoping that the more they see me do it, and on more horses, then it will start to sink in that this type of training/riding is possible on just about ANY horse, not just the mild-mannered plunk-alongs! : )

  30. Hi,

    Will you be filming new episodes with a new horse any time soon? I would really love to see more of this wonderful series. 🙂

    • Thanks Ignis! I hope to soon… I get offered lots of free re-hab projects every week! The only thing holding me up right now is lack of funds to feed them while I”m re-habbing them. Hopefully in spring there will be enough grass and I can add a new project to my little group here. Thanks for watching!! ~Aeron

  31. I’ve been following your episodes on YouTube but I can’t find episode 10, 12, 13, or 14 on there and I’d really like to use your method to train my horse. I have plenty of time to train her for riding, I just want to get a basic idea. Of how you got her to move with you on her back.

    • Hi Christy, if you read below, you will see that there is no episode 10 because a very nice teenage girl bought her and took her on to win at local A-level shows.

  32. Whoever must have composed or made this website should be a professional in this area of knowledge.

    • Thank you! I am indeed a professional Natural Horsemanship trainer with over 25 years of experience. I was trained by the late Tom Dorrance, John Lyons, and many others. I have ridden and trained horses all over the US and in England, and continue to learn and share my knowledge every day.

  33. Hi, love your video. Question, when sacking them out, if they move away or try to bolt, how do you handle that?

    Thanks.

    • Same as always: make the right thing easy and the wrong thing difficult… so, if they run away, I will make them run more. Then allow them to stop and rest and think for a minute before starting again. I try to sack them out/introduce new things in such a way that they get ALMOST to the point of running away, and then stop right before they do it….. and reward with voice and pats, then keep sacking out, raising the “stakes” a little each time. Eventually this will build trust and they will know you are not going to hurt them…. they will stay longer and longer each time…… each horse is different and will have different tolerance levels, so you have to gage it by keeping a close eye on your horse’s reactions and behavior…. hope that helps!

  34. Aeron,
    I have very much enjoyed, and learned from,your videos. I am a 60 year-old OTTB owner; he is a good boy, 8 years old, and has been well retrained, post racing. I have been riding about four years and I want to move toward natural horsemanship. I only ride him lightly (per Alexander Nevzarov — not more than 20 minutes under saddle so as not to hurt his back) and then I untack and do groundwork with him. My aim is companionship and just keeping him fit — otherwise, he lives as a horse should and is out at pasture with his herd. We play together and enjoy just ‘being together’. I ride in English pleasure,but I would like to stop using a bit (he has had enough cruelty to his mouth from racing days). How do I transition from a bridle to a halter for riding? I am presently doing halter work on the ground with him with the trainer (who is not a natural horsemanship trainer but a hunter/jumper trainer); we have just began this new ‘phase’.

    We have been working on walk-trot=stops and will work up to trotting over ground poles and then some obstacles. I want to keep things interesting for him. At 60, I don’t want to ride much, just enjoy my horse and do a mix of a little riding with groundwork (riding about twice a week to keep him sane under saddle).

    Do you think your rope halter would be a good halter for him, for this work and for light riding in the arena? I would not ride him outside the arena without a bridle at present. However, as he is an OTTB, you know yourself that if there is a spook or problem, you never address that by tightening the reins! I literally loosen them in such cases anyway, as they do not like to be constricted. The main thing is remaining calm. He usually just spooks in place a little (rarely) or just takes a few trot or canter steps, but no much, as long as I stay calm.

    If I should need to use one rein to get his attention, can I do this with your rope halter?

    Any advice would be welcomed. Mostly, I do a little exercise in the arena, or near the arena, outside, where he feels calm.

    Most of the time, he’s no problem at all.

    Would your rope halter be a good one for him, do you think?

    He does not like the bit in his mouth; I can tell by his body language, even though he is well-behaved. I would like to kinder to him.

    • Hi Nuala, yes, I think my halter would be perfect for him! The key will be to teach him the “One Rein Stop”… that is your brakes and your control, should you need them. Once the horse learns it, the sky’s the limit! I have foxhunted and evented in the halter with no issues at all!!! You can probably find info about the One Rein Stop on youtube, but be careful… there are a lot of “trainers” out there who do not know what they are doing. John Lyons is one of my favorites and someone I trust completely… but there are others. Good luck!

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