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Justin Dunn

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An avid rider since childhood, Justin now trains horses and mules and operates an outfitting and trail riding business. He takes visitors on trail rides and overnight pack trips as well as conducts horsemanship clinics. All Justin’s horses are managed utilizing bitless bridles that give riders excellent control and provide horses with unparalleled comfort. He regularly offers training sessions interested in switching from a traditional to a bitless bridle.

Lives In
Guffey, Colorado

Family
Wife: Kristina
Children: Austin, Lauren and Emma

Business
Justin Dunn Mustang Horsemanship
Dunn’s Horse and Mule Co., a trail riding business

Areas of expertise
Training wild horses and rescue horses with undesirable behavior issues
Equine therapy for children with or recovering from cancer
National clinician helping people understand horses and horses understand people
Bitless and spurless training
Designed the Justin Dunn Bitless Bridle used all over the world!

What organization do you belong to?
Nighthawk Ranch, a camp for children recovering from cancer.www.nighthawkranchcolorado.org

When did you get involved with horses?
On and off since birth, but I’ve had horses for the last 15 years.

Who/what has been your main influence in the horse world?
The who would be Tom Seay, the host of Best of America by Horseback television show on RFD-TV. The what would be the children. I get to answer my calling by helping horses answer their calling to help children have a life changing experience.

What is your go-to piece of advice when you are training, conducting clinics or speaking to a group?
My philosophy is based on scriptures. Trade places with your horse and treat him the way you would want to be treated if the roles were reversed. Pretend that halfway through each training session he gets to train you the way you have been training him. In essence, this is what will happen.

Favorite Weaver Leather products
Justin Dunn Bitless Bridle - All horses will concentrate on me, not the equipment I’m using to communicate with them. The conversation will be about what I’m asking them to do, not forcing them with pain or fear.

What was the name of your first horse?
Chico. He was a Shetland pony that was very mean, but taught me a lot.

What was your favorite horse you’ve ever owner or trained and why?
Although I did not win the class, it would have to be Mustang Magic in Ft. Worth, Texas. I won the hearts of my daughters, Lauren and Emma, when we adopted Cinnamon Girl.

What is your favorite show or event to attend?
My favorite event was my Extreme Mustang Makeover in Ft. Collins, Colorado. I met so many wonderful people, and adopted Harley who is now my wife’s mustang.

What activities do you enjoy outside of horses?
I also have a ranch management company and enjoy running ranches. I like making something out of nothing and watching others enjoy the outcome.

Do you have an embarrassing moment involving horses?
No, when I am with horses I feel normal. The times I have been embarrassed, I wished I had a horse with me!

What’s your favorite place to ride?
Colorado Rocky Mountains!

What’s your passion?
Horses have been used for so many things since time began. I feel they are being called to heal the broken man in this time. I hope to be able to help with that.

To learn more about Justin Dunn, visit www.dunnshighcountry.com