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Create the horse you want! I know as a professional horseman it seems easy for me to say that but when I do, I am not speaking about a level of skill you need, but more so a mind set for you and your horse.

Just think about it, the simplest encounter like placing the halter on your horse should always become a teaching experience. Even for the most experienced horse. I know I want my horse to stay quiet, to drop her head, to allow the halter to be placed on quietly. All these things are important to creating the horse I really want. If I was to just walk over and throw the halter on, eventually the horse might start to resist. Not knowing exactly what I expect from her. When I am constantly clear, the horse then has the knowledge of what is expected and I create the horse I want.

Another example is leading.. I can always tell which horses in my clinics are going to act up in the beginning. Although it just seems like you are walking your horse from point A to point B, it’s really something that should not be taken lightly. Leading in most cases is your first encounter of your time with your horse. When I set out to get my horse, my mind set is very simple. The moment I decide to work with her, I change into teacher mode. Not when I get there, but when the thought comes to me. Now In my mind I make a plan for the session. What will we work on today? That doesn’t mean that can’t change, but I certainly have a starting point.


horse training





Run Time

12 minutes

Directed by

Sonny Garguilo

Director's Bio

Sonny Garguilo was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., the furthest place from a horse.

At an early age he discovered a true love and respect for the horse. At the age of 31 he purchased his first horse, from there it became a passion, a lifestyle. Being influenced by some of the greatest horseman such as Ray Hunt, Bill and Tom Dorrance, John and Josh Lyons and Tommie Mack Turvey, Sonny understood that spending time with horses, in their world would only allow him to better understand them.

Sonny Garguilo spends most of his days teaching horses and helping build a bridge between horse and rider. He will be the first to tell you that his greatest teacher is the horse. His ability to communicate with the horse in a gentle, non-aggressive way is what makes him one of the country’s leading Equine problem solvers.

Sonny has been a featured clinician at some of the largest known expos, such as Equine Affair, the Maryland and Pennsylvania Horse world expos, Virginia Horse Festival , and even the

Mane Event in Canada.
He was also a chosen competitor in three Extreme Mustang Challenges, winning the trail class in 2012 and placing fourth overall in 2013.

Sonny Garguilo is the only Natural Horseman in the thirty three-year history of the prestigious Hampton Classic to be invited to do an opening day demonstration, not once but twice.

In 2016, Sonny Garguilo was invited to represent the USA in the International colt starting competition.

Only three competitors from three countries given 3 hours to start a colt to ride through an obstacle course.

Official selection

EQUUS Film Festival - USA - 2020

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