Become One

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By Dean Roles

That’s my company’s motto and when it happens it’s awesome, it’s powerful and it’s beautiful. It can literally be heaven on earth. It is getting to be a rare thing these days: the horse world seems to have embraced knowledge with such open mindness that their brains have fallen out. It appears that stupidity is contiguous and wisdom is not!

I would not even bother talking about the world and its foolishness except I do believe it is in your best interest to realize a horse can love you unconditionally and be the your greatest partner in life, then kick you, kill you and go eat grass. Yup, scary stuff! This fact causes all the fear that leads to abuse in the horse world. But when you get it right, oh man, it’s heaven on earth, with super powers! Some days I can barely walk but once I “Become One” (get on a horse), I can run about 40mph, jump 6ft walls, cut cattle, and go for a 10 mile hike without breaking a sweat. As One I am awesome and that makes it all worthwhile.

The physical aspect of the relationship is just the tip of the iceberg. Horses improve every aspect of human life, especially the mental and spiritual. From my limited prospective, horses are absolutely one of the best self help tools GOD ever created. They can do things inside of humans that psychologist and preachers only dream of. There is no middle ground with a horse. A horse will bring out the worst or the best in you. To explain this phenomenon to my clients I like to use the analogy of making juice. When you squeeze an orange you get orange juice, when you squeeze an apple you get apple juice, what happens when you get squeezed?   And by the way it is a never ending process.  A horse will always be pushing for more out of their human every day in almost every way.

I guess what I am trying to say here is that horses can do a lot for you as a person. They can improve every aspect of your life. I am so grateful that my life has been blessed and that I get to spend my life with my equine friends.  I am a much better person now than who I was just a little while ago and lord willing my horses will keep a squeez’n. But I can assure you that the juice is worth the squeeze!


Onyx came into my life in January 2009. In the past 3 years she has battled strangles and founder. In the spring of 2012 I decided this mare needed to have a job and I was desperate to find someone who would work with her without sacrificing my horse’s soul. And so it begins…

On June 9 I brought Dean a horse with soundness issues due to her foundering previously. I brought him a horse that had no desire to please a human, but who would rather intimidate people with her size and power.

Dean saw that Onyx’s issues ran deep and they weren’t all psychological…her physical well being needed to be addressed as well.  He took such care to get my horse physically comfortable in the first three weeks by trimming her feet, giving her massages. Anything he could think that would help, he did. He could have physically pushed my horse, took my money for a month’s worth of training and sent us on our way, but he didn’t!

This man cares about the horses and he cares about the people who own these horses that come through his gates. He has a plethora of knowledge and he loves to share it. He spent hours talking to me and sharing the lessons he has learned in his career…and he does it with passion! He is teaching me how to speak horse and to translate the information my horse gives me and to have a relationship with Onyx.

It’s been a beautiful experience to have Dean train me and teach my horse and I’m excited to say my journey isn’t over.  I’m continuing lessons with Dean and he is also continuing to trim Onyx’s feet to keep her sound.  ~  Donna Austin, Clayton, DE

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