"It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat." -- Theodore Roosevelt
This video contains clinic footage of a 2 year old stud horse that struggled with balancing his role of dominance. The young horse was dangerous, would strike out and charge people. Kevin needed to establish a role of leadership with the young horse. Also in the footage is a problem horse, who was very watchy and spooky. His reactions resulted in his owner being injured, he needed patience and unrestricted movement when reactive in order to build his confidence to new experiences. Read more about these horses on the Clinics And Events page.
2010 USTPA World Champion Ranch Sorting Kevin Hosea, partnered with Debbie Nowicki to take home the United States Team Penning Championship title at the USTPA World Championship Finals in West Monroe Louisiana. Years of hard work and dedication resulted in a lifelong dream come true!
Kevin Hosea~Circle H Farms Gentle Colt Starting~Problem Solving
If you are interested in sending your horse to Kevin Hosea for training please contact him at 731-607-7239
What to expect from attending a Hosea Horsemanship Clinic; Kevin Hosea helps horse owners understand the behavior, personality, & learning patterns of their horses; to identify basic elements for a well-trained horse; to establish a position of leadership and respect; to use clear, consistent, & effective communication; to understand the importance of groundwork for every horse; to time and use pressure effectively; and to know when better training (not more severe equipment) is the solution.
S. Chandler Of North Carolina Says; ~I purchased a 2 yr old Appaloosa colt in October of 2007. He stayed put at his prior owner until I sent him to *******, who I had heard was a very good trainer, in January 2008 to start him. Two weeks into the training I was told it was not going very well. That he was very unpredictable, he was really broncy,(sp?) that he would run towards you when he got spooked and almost run you over. These were just a few of many other negative things. At the end of the 30 days, I was told by the trainer to look for another horse. The trainer had given up on him. Then a friend of mine told me about Kevin Hosea. Kevin went to pick up my colt, who I later named River, The first of February and brought him to his facility. Kevin's evaluation of him over the following few weeks was that when these issues came up, he wasn't ever taught how to work through and get over them. They didn't address the problems that needed to be fixed. He was a very scared and over reactive horse. He was definitely very bucky. Kevin would't go into just how much the horse would buck. I was shocked at actually how long all the bucking went on. He was a little slow at learning, a little bit different. Kevin was exactly what he needed. He was very, very patient with him. Did I say very, very patient? But he saw something in River and did not want to give up on him. Once he finally broke through, River improved dramatically! Kevin got to the point where he could stand on River's back and snap a whip and River would just stand there unconcerned like a 20 yr old. I was thrilled! Who would have ever thought that this very scared, over reactive, spooky, unpredictable horse would become so calm!!!! Kevin is truly a miricle worker!!!!!!!!!! I will never forget what he has done for my horse River and me!!!!!!!!! I recommend Kevin highly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Kevin Hosea has been starting colts and working with problem horses for about 18 years. He has a long history with horses, having had his first experience starting ponies at the age of 8 or 9. He is active in the equine community, is a member of the United States Team Penning Association (USTPA) and competes in sorting and team penning events across the country.
Buster, a 2 yr old gelding
Kevin Hosea believes each horse he has worked with has had something to teach him over the years. He has studied under master horseman Dennis Reis, earning several of Reis' Certifications.
A well started colt is given an opportunity to explore many new things. The simple act of dragging hoses around your colt could be frightening. Here Kevin is exposing Buster a 2 yr old gelding to his first bath. First experiences should be good experiences. It is a building block of confidence.
'Patch' a 7 yr old gelding is an example of a large intimidating horse who's fight mechanism is stronger than his flight mechanism. His harsh first experiences with other trainers has left him reactive and dangerous. Re establishing leadership and confidence, trust and a thinking mind instead of a reactive mind is very important. Here Kevin uses flexibility to re establish trust and confidence. Age has never been a deterrent for Kevin. Kevin believes horses are forgiving and WANT to learn. Every horse has a different personality, one method does not work with all horses. Harsh equipment and harsh tactics work with none of them.
Kevin Hosea describes his approach as patient and one that emphasizes identifying the horse’s own learning process. He also believes the horse’s first ride is their most important and wants to put in the time to prepare them well for this.
Steve H. Of Adamsville, Tn says; ~"As a retiree, I was able to personally attend many of the 30 day training sessions with my 2 1/2 year old gelding quarter horse. In a very short time Kevin was able to give my horse a good start on most all basic skills needed for personal riding. By observing his methods and explainations, I am now able to continue training my horse knowing I am using the proper methods. Training horses is a passion for Kevin and it shows in his patients, kindness and ability to gain a horse's confidence and respect."
Kevin Hosea is shown here during the opening ceremony of the TNT Productions Motorcross Stunt show. Kevin and "Sonny" with Ole Glory proudly displayed are standing on top of a tractor trailer.