Who We Are
Tindell’s Horse and Mule School is a one-of-a-kind training and education program for horses, mules, and the humans that are involved with them. We understand the nature of the horse and mule and we want to translate that nature to the human. With decades of experience handling and caring for livestock of all kinds, we’ve studied their lifestyle, and understand how they think.
With a passion for nature and a deep appreciation for the beauty of these creatures, our goal is to teach as many horse and mule handlers about the nature of the horse.
What We Do
Why It Matters to You
Why Safety is Important to Us
Jerry teaches his students three things to be safe
Notice what is happening from
Don’t let the lesson
Learn to understand the
differences you notice
Many times, as humans, we don’t recognize the lack of safety we experience and where that is leading us in our relationship with our animal. The human must have confidence and courage while teaching the horse or mule. Don’t misunderstand, when you’re around your animal in every manner, you’re teaching the horse or mule, whether it is good, bad or indifferent. This is because of the natural herd dynamics that these animals operate under.
For us at Tindell’s Horse & Mule School, we know through experience that many of the issues we see with humans and animals we serve begin with a lack of knowledge about the natural herd dynamics and the beginning actions that lead us to unsafe conditions with our animals. It is our mission to teach you these dynamics and the signs that will keep you on a safe mount with an enjoyable ride.
Don’t allow your fear and unsureness hold you back because as you understand the fear goes away. Let’s build a safe, confident journey together so you can enjoy your ride!
There are two types of people:
People that believe in what they understand People that understand what they believe
Through Their Eyes
Animals live by two different sets of rules: they may be calm, quiet, and relaxed in the herd, or may become defensive and self-preserving. And they should be allowed to have both these thoughts. It is our job to learn to use those tendencies to achieve our goals with our animals.
In the herd, they learn how not to attack the lead mare as a pecking order is established. It is the code. It is not that pecking order is never challenged, it is more about the flowing and maturing dynamics of the herd. Everyone has a role and they stick to their natural rules. If a horse or mule can learn not to jump into the lead mare – we can also teach him not to jump into us.
We want to help you understand their nature. So, let’s learn together! Through the Tindell Effective and Progressive Training Programs, you will learn to understand the skills you need to develop your horse and mule as it fits them first and then you. Teaching to fit the horse, true to his nature guarantees your success. Whether beginner or advanced, these techniques will help you meet your goals, and your involvement with your horse becomes endless. It isn’t about taking a class. It is about understanding how they live and relate.
Jerry believes they need more than food, water, and shelter. Food, water, and shelter keep them alive. But a calm, relaxed life in the human world is what keeps them more true to their nature. They have to be a horse.
So check out our courses, and remember, our mission is to help you understand your animal. We owe it to them.
About Jerry Tindell
Jerry has been around horses and mules since he was a child. His daddy used both horses and mules in the logging industry in Missouri when he was growing up, which sparked a fire in Jerry that he could not put out.
When Jerry came to California in 1971 he went to work for his older brother shoeing horses and mules and overtime became an accomplished farrier with a successful business. In the early 90’s he became the Equestrian Facility Supervisor for the LA Police Department Mounted Unit with 35 head of horses. They maintained an outstanding safety record with no incidents for the 10 years he ran this unit.
Jerry facilitates camp outrides, has been the ride manager for Los Caballeros Trek on Catalina Island for 23 years and serves his clients all over the country and in Canada. Throughout the year several clients travel to his ranch in Oak Hills, California for the experience of a lifetime.
Jerry has become one of North America’s top horse and mule trainers. He is known for helping animals that are in trouble and helping their owners learn how to better relate and understand them in their natural way of thinking. Jerry’s goal is to help his students progress into skilled and educated horsemen and women, helping them achieve new-found relationships with their animals and build a foundation to last a lifetime.