To me the horse is one of the hallmarks of the Lord’s creative genius. I love to see a person and their horse get in step so to speak. When that takes place, it releases something in the person and the horse that is very wholesome and satisfying to both. Ultimately, it leads to a better connection with life and people.
Horses have been a passion my entire life. My earliest childhood memories revolved around them. Growing up in Eastern Montana, until my teens, I mostly herded sheep for my dad. A horse becomes one of your most loyal friends and confidante, the dog being the other.
I have been very privileged and fortunate to have spent my life using horses. Mostly on ranches and cattle work, a season of starting colts for the public and retraining sour horses on the race track. From the Bow River in Canada to Del Mar California I have received a blessing that I am very grateful for.
You could say I have acquired a lifetime of knowledge and wisdom, some of it the hard way. Had Ray Hunt not entered my life 30 years ago, I would venture a guess that what I know today would have all come the hard way if it came at all. Thank you, Ray, my dear friend for such a rich heritage.
– Charley Snell
Charley and Barby Snell
I’ve ridden horses since I was 5 years old, had many horses and some serious accidents. I never had a lot of money, so the horses I purchased were craggy and sour. From a skittish mare that cracked my skull, to a young gelding that reared over on me breaking my pelvis, tail-bone and crushing my foot in the stirrup, then onto another horse that fractured my shoulder and gave me a head concussion. Believe me when I say the school of hard knocks is not the best schooling. I don’t believe a person has to experience these hard knocks and near death experiences with an exceptional trainer around like Charley Snell.
When my husband Gary and I had Charley come and work with our Kiger Mustang I was truly impressed. I’ve seen some incredible horse trainers indeed, but what we saw in Charley we never saw in any horseman prior. We had our young gelding with a horse trainer for four months. When we got him back he was only green broke. Needless to say we were very disappointed, and heart sick. With Charley he had our gelding standing still and giving his full attention to him within 8 minutes. He did more with this gelding in four hours than the former trainer did in four months.
Charley has the ability to view into the eyes and heart of a person and their horse. He has acquired knowledge and wisdom that comes through experience. He has the keys to true horsemanship. He teaches the horse owner how to see, interact, and discern themselves and their horse. Some people have a deep turmoil within themselves that will transmit to the horse, when that is taken care of the horse will not only respond and work with you, but will come to love you as you love the horse. Charley brings this connection.
Gary and Traci Carson Clackamas, Oregon
This was my first horse clinic ever. I was nervous and at first didn’t think I belonged. Charley and his son Ben made me feel at ease and brought a greater understanding to me of the horse. At this time I don’t have a horse. I borrowed one of the gal’s horses at the clinic, but I know when I am finally able to buy a horse of my own, I will be prepared and able to handle my horse with confidence and safety. Thank you Charley!
Paige Livengood Portland, Oregon
Charley communicates purpose, gives purpose, and teaches purpose. He is informative, patient, prophetic, and has the ability to communicate and impart information to horse and rider. The changes made in my horse in 2 days with Charley was greater than 6 months of training with previous trainers. He gave tools and concepts that “WORK”.
Donna Woodring Estacada, Oregon
I was lucky enough to be at Charley’s clinic on June 18th 2011 and I am here to tell you, I was very impressed.
I’ve been to several good clinics with some of the best horsemen out there who follow Ray Hunt’s way, and from them I have gotten plenty of dots to work with. Charley didn’t just give me more dots, he finally connected some dots for me in a way that makes a whole lot of sense, and at last I feel I can really make some progress on some issues I’ve been struggling with for years. Charley makes horses feel good about being with their people. He also makes people feel great about being with him. Good about themselves, good about what they do, and great about trying (really trying) to learn more.
Charley understands people are already trying to do the right thing or they wouldn’t be out there working with him, and he really honors that. He’s just plain fun to work with, and I can’t wait for my next opportunity to ride with him.
Charley treats people the same way he treats horses… with gentle respect, and a nice dose of humor.
Toni Powers Sauvie Island, Oregon