Jon Ensign Horsemanship

about jon ensign, the horseman

Teaching from the horse’s point of view, Jon shows his clients how to ride in a partnership that’s divided roughly 51 to 49 percent, with the rider taking the lead: “I don’t ‘make’ my horses do anything. But I do set things up to let things happen,” he said.

“I am doing with my clients what Buck and Jeff did for me – showing them a better way, and explaining why the horse is doing what it’s doing. My clients learn to leave behind their man-made thoughts and to think and feel like the horse, and to deal with the animal in a more natural way.”

His goal as a clinician is to create a mutually respectful and trusting team, with a soft, well-balanced horse that has elected its rider as boss.

Jon initially began training riders as a way to help horses he had been hired to train. He often found that when the horse returned home, the same old problems between horse and rider would return.

“In many cases it wasn’t the horse that needed more training, but the rider,” Jon said. “I wanted to help people be better able to help their horses.”

Jon’s deep understanding of horses, his ease in communicating with horse and rider, and his skill and patience as a teacher have contributed to his gifts as a clinician. He gives much of the credit to many of the horsemen who have taught and influenced him, including Ray Hunt, Brian Neubert, Martin Black, Jeff Griffith, and of course Brannaman. And he’s deeply appreciative of the many horses he’s been privileged to ride and train, calling them all “amazing…and often misunderstood.”

Jon conducts clinics all over the world and at home on his 640-acre horse ranch in Belgrade, Mont., where he lives with his son.

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