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Kerry’s passion for horses and training started at a very young age and has grown into a lifelong pursuit. He was born in Medicine Lodge, KS, in 1975 and has worked with horses ever since. At the age of 12, Kerry started his first two year old colt with the help of his grandfather, Dale Lukens. From then on, Kerry was motivated to learn as much as he could about communicating with horses and spent many days working horses and gathering cattle for local ranches with Dale. In high school, Kerry competed in rodeo as a calf, team and steer roper. He also spent several years training young thoroughbreds at a local racetrack.
This diverse background built Kerry’s passion and love for communicating with horses and led him to see how important it was to help others become better leaders and communicators with their horses. Since the mid 90’s, Kerry has held horsemanship demonstrations and clinics all across the United States and Canada. Kerry has also been a national ambassador for Purina Mills' Equine Influential Team and was the official clinician on 'Best of America by Horseback', and popular show on RFD-TV, for several years.
Kerry's new weekly TV series, Ridin' Horses with Kerry Kuhn, began airing in January 2013. This TV series has been a dream of Kerry's for a long time, and he is very excited to have this opportunity to share what he has learned about horses. "I have spent my whole life working with horses. As I look back on all the horses I have ridden since I was a kid, each one was a stepping stone for me. I'm sure I messed more of them up in the beginning then I helped, but they all helped me see more of what I was missing. This TV series is a wonderful tool for me to share what I have learned over the years, and help people see that horsemanship can be as easy as you let it be."
My Approach to Horsemanship, by Kerry Kuhn
“From the time I was a little kid, whenever I had a chance to spend time with my granddad and his horses, I was there. As I got a little older, he started taking me with him to check cattle. I’m sure I didn’t always make things easy by being there, but he always took the time to show me what he was trying to do and always found a way to make me feel useful. I’ll never forget how positive that experience was and have tried to make it one of my main objectives when working with others and their horses.
My granddad also liked to tell stories about how they did things when he was growing up. These were things like how rank colts would be snubbed to a saddle horse so he or his brother could get on them or how they would even tie up a hind leg in order to get one saddled or how once they got the saddle on, the colt would be turned loose and the guy on the broke horse would haze the colt using farm machinery! I guess round pens hadn’t become popular yet. Granddad always encouraged me to look for the easiest way, though, and it was his influence that sparked a desire in me to work with a horse and not against him, which is a big part of what we refer to today as ‘horsemanship’. This practical philosophy has become the basis for our entire training program.
In high school, one of my teachers gave me a video of Sam Powell doing a round pen demonstration. I will never forget watching him crawl on that 3 year old filly with nothing on her head and letting her go. I was amazed at the confidence he showed in that little mare. I began to take some of the things my granddad had shown me and challenged myself not to get in the horse’s way. This produced wreck after wreck at first, but over time, I started to see major changes in my horse’s attitude towards me, although not every horse reacted the same way or in the same amount of time. These early experiences taught me that there is much more to your horse than what you can see. There’s a lot going on in his mind as they search for good, safe leadership. It also taught me that every horse was unique and that I would need to tailor my approach for each one. In the years since, we’ve adopted this same personal approach to our training to include riders as well as horses and are thrilled with the results we’ve seen.
I’ve often found that as we try to improve our horsemanship, it can radiate out into our everyday lives and beyond. Horsemanship is all about good leadership, patience and learning to be positive no matter what the situation. It is a skill we should LIVE every day. I thank my granddad for helping me understand this and I look forward to helping you strive for it as well.”