Alex

“I am in love with horses and fascinated by animal behavior.  I’m so thankful to have a job where I can be inspired by horses and their people each day, and spend my time learning about an animal I love so much.  

My journey with horses has allowed me to be influenced by a huge variety of people in the industry, from those wearing jodhpur boots to cowboy boots, and a bit of everything in between. I feel lucky to have experienced such a variety of horsemanship, as it helps me to empathize with each horse and each person’s process as we grow together.

I’m a curious person by nature, and spend my time soaking up as much knowledge as I can from all directions. I believe that this leads to ideas you might never have seen coming, and my horsemanship is infused with thoughts from even the most unlikely sources. I love having the horses as my outlet for such creativity and reflection.

My favorite way to start a morning is with a fresh bagel and orange juice, and a good burrito is really the way to my heart.  I enjoy traveling with my thoughtful husband, Tye, who kindly tolerates my debilitating horse obsession and supports me endlessly.  I am always surrounded by a cloud of cattle dogs, who keep me challenged and entertained at all times!”

          --Alex Mufson


Read about Alex’s training program here.

Training

Alex's horses work in a variety of disciplines but all share a common foundation of softness, both physically and mentally.  Achieving this willingness involves building the horse’s confidence in both themselves and the person. In cultivating this partnership Alex emphasizes directing a horse’s thought rather than only their body. The horse is asked to take an interest in the situation and in her, working towards a relationship based on engagement instead of obedience.

Horses in training with Alex are worked in hand, at liberty and under saddle both in and out of an arena as a part of the training process, but the priority is always that the horse is mentally engaged with her, and that they are both physically and emotionally prepared for whatever is being asked of them. Equine bodywork, saddle fit, and health, dental and hoof care may be a necessary part of the training process to allow the horse to reach his or her full potential.

Alex’s goal in training is not to hand back a finished product. Instead, she aims to get the horse and owner to a place where they both have the skills and foundation for the owner to continue the training themselves. A positive relationship is a lifelong process, and so the training never ends.

With this philosophy, Alex welcomes all breeds, disciplines and experience levels.

To book a training spot, please contact Alex.

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Instruction

Horsemanship lessons with Alex focus on building the relationship between the horse and the human. Alex works to help the person understand the experience from the horse's perspective, so they can better support the horse to be successful. Being able to read the horse is important to being able to direct their thoughts, and ultimately building the engagement that quality performance and thoughtful partnership requires.

Alex also instructs on technical skills, such as position, a proper seat, body and energy control, and correct use of the aids, both under saddle and from the ground. These technical skills are essential to communicating with the horse, and are fundamental to horsemanship, regardless of discipline. 

Private lessons are offered at each facility Alex teaches from, and she is available to travel to your facility for clinics.  All owners with horses in training are asked to participate in regular lessons to develop their skills as their horses progress.

Read what Alex’s students have to say here.

The primary Three Rivers facility is lucky to be operating out of the Grey Cliffs Ranch, a 6,000 acre ranch in Three Forks, outside of Bozeman, MT. The facility includes large paddocks, an indoor and outdoor arenas and round pens, trailer storage, and miles of private riding.

The Three Forks facility is open year round for boarding. Training horses are accepted between April 1st and November 1st.

Alex's students are welcome to create their own horsemanship intensive programs by spending extended time at the ranch.  Living quarters trailers and RVs are welcome at the barn, and the Grey Cliffs Ranch is also home to an incredible guest lodge that offers a 20% rate discount to all Three Rivers clients if mentioned when booking.

Please visit the ranch’s website.

Check out the Schedule page to see where else Alex travels to in Montana!

Alex spends the majority of her winter time in the Phoenix, AZ area. She is available to take in training horses in Cave Creek, AZ during this time, as well as teach private lessons. Alex is also able to travel to other facilities in the Cave Creek and surrounding areas to teach lessons.

Since Alex has limited time in Cave Creek her program is rather fluid. Training horses in Arizona are generally accepted between December 1 and March 1.  For Montana clients who would like their horses to be in training for the cold winter months, Alex also accepts a limited amount of horses to travel with her to the warmer climate for winter training.

Please contact Alex if you are interested in winter training, lessons or clinics in Arizona this winter.

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Emailalex@threerivershorsetraining.com

Phone: 406 579 4791

Address
14522 Buffalo Jump Road
Three Forks
MT 59752.

Mailing address
14939 Buffalo Jump Road
Three Forks
MT 59752.