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It's not a great trainer who can cause a horse to perform; a great trainer will cause a horse to want to perform.”

— Monty Roberts

Mikki Daniel Equestrian Training

CowPunch Ponies is a Natural Horsemanship-based horse training company in western New Mexico. Looking for horses to fill our slots from October 2018-June 2019, so shoot us an inquiry if you have a pony you want some serious miles put on!

Will moderately travel to meet you to pick up horses, if need be. BOARDING ONLY. We do NOT travel to you to train a few times per week. :)

Cowpunch Ponies will start colts and yearlings, put miles on young horses that just need some saddle time, and/or work with problem horses (minimum of 1 month). We also have experience with zebras and mules.

We ride in buckaroo wades, start in bosals and mecates, and ride with soft hands and verbal cues. Our horses leave with a thorough understanding and ability to work 100% off of leg/seat pressure, and will whoa off of you adjusting your seat (sitting back). No need to pull them left or right, or yank to get a whoa. We utilize natural horsemanship and vaquero methods.

If you want a horse "dead broke", send it to us for 6 months. We do train by the month (charge $600 per month, per horse, plus hay/farrier), or will block out a segment of several months for you if you are sending us a green colt and are interested in this opportunity. It may seem like a lot of money, but the kind of time we are spending horseback makes it more than worth it--anwhere from 12-15 hours a day. This kind of time spent is cruical to the making of a permanantly good horse, and it is a philosophy that is fairly unique to us. We train because we love it, and, unlike many trainers who promise big but are too busy, we never have more than four horses a piece. Your equine will experience everything from cow/calf, trail riding, hunting, long distance, arena work, and trailering. Daily exposure to cattle, dogs, fowl, elk, 4-wheelers, automotive noise/bustle, and kids. Understanding that every horse is different, we hold our equine-in-training to high standards and build confidence, balance, trust, and a good relationship with them in effort to help them discover a confidence in themselves.


Our motto at CowPunch Ponies is: We don't "break" horses. We build them. 

Foundation before specialization! ”

— Pat Parelli

Before and after.

Before and after.

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