I got started in training horses after I graduated from high school. I attended the University of Findlay in Equestrian Studies as a four-year degree. As a student in that program, I spent Monday through Friday, from 1:30 - 5:30p.m. at the barn doing stalls, working on showmanship, and then riding our assigned horse. On certain weeks you might be assigned to do the evening feeding and watering.
As the year went by I began to read articles here and there by John Lyons and eventually purchased his Lyons On Horses and read that. I grew ever more interested in the techniques and style with which John would train. That spring I got to see John at the Equine Affaire in Dayton, OH, and heard about his Certification Program. I immediately knew this is what I wanted to do and was later accepted into that program.
The program consisted of eleven levels in which we spent five straight days or more at a time with John. We started at the beginning with the round pen and progressed through the increasingly tougher levels until we reached the final level where by this time we were working on flying lead changes and other advanced maneuvers. During the program, when the weather cooled off in Colorado, we would meet in Arizona for several of the levels.
Having done so, I would meet people who owned or operated different ranches in the area. Eventually I was offered a training position at the ranch where we had our levels. I trained there for approximately six months. I would train the owners horses as well as take in client horses. At times I would even feed some of the evening feedings, and assist the ranch hands in smaller chores around the ranch.
After working there and deciding that I wanted to move back to Ohio, I began looking for a barn to work out of. Having found a place, I again began taking on client horses. From the time I started taking in client horses, I have worked with several different breeds. These include: Arabs, Morgans, Paints, Appaloosas, Quarter Horses, Tennessee Walking Horse, and on a limited basis even Paso Finos and Lippizaner. The majority of these have been geldings, but some have been mares and a few have been stallions.
Currently I offer a number of services along with clinics and symposiums...I no longer take in client horses. I offer such things as starting a younger horse to lessons dealing with behavior problems. I even have hourly training lessons for those who would like to work with their own horse but aren't sure where to start or even what to do. The different types of horses I have dealt with range from unbroken to "tune-ups" to horses that rear up. I am in the process of arranging some clinics and symposiums. .
Contact: Nathan Coffman
158 Walker St
Tiffin, Ohio 44883
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