Ryan Peterson, son of the famous movie trainer, Rex Peterson, (most famous for Black Beauty, Hidalgo, The Horse Whisperer and over 70 other films) has grown up training horses. Everyday after his studies had concluded, Ryan would train 5 horses for his father, generally working with the toughest, hardest horses around because that's what the Peterson's specialized in. Ryan has grown up in the Movie business and has prepped/trained horses for countless productions. Some of Ryan's most recent accomplishments include performing wagon driving stunts on HBO's West World, driving carriages on Apple TV's Dickinson, teaching his horse to "play dead" for Hulu's hit Castle Rock and wrangling 9 horses on Concrete Cowboys. Well rounded in his skills, Ryan's skill set ranges from roping, driving, trick training, jump riding/english, breaking/starting young horses, problem/bad horses, training actors or the everyday rider. Focusing on safety and honing in on each animals personality, Ryan believes that no two horses are alike and that each horse should have a program detailed to it. Ryan excels at bringing the best out in the animals and humans he trains. Always producing the shot required of him, calm under pressure, all while keeping safety as his number one priority.
"I believe each horse is unique, just as a person is. Not every horse will fit in every mold. To get the best out of my horses, they have to trust me, I have to know what they like and don't like. To get the results I want on set, roping or just out driving they have to be my partner. No horses should be forced or trained out of fear, the results are temporary and being an animal of prey, if trained out of fear, the pressure will become to much and they will quit on you. My horses trust me, work as my partner and have total faith in me which allows me to do anything with them. Focus on building a partnership, whether just out on the trail or if you plan on heading to the show ring or set, the stronger your partnership with that animal, the better your results will be. Focus on that and success will be automatic." ~ Ryan Peterson
Ryan asks Patrick to rear in front of NYC's iconic Flat Iron building for a photoshoot.