Doug Mills and his Training Thru Trust method have helped thousands of horses and riders realize their fullest potential as horsemen.
Doug Mills has built his training program around horses and people. Born and raised on a working cattle ranch in Price, Utah he started his first horse when he was eight years old under the guidance of his brother in law, George Fasselin. That experience was invaluable as he learned how to safely get around the wild ones. Although there was no violence we did use restraints and wet saddle blankets. He also learned the value of giving a horse a job then leave him alone.
In his early teens Doug watched a round pen demo that would forever change how he thought about horses. The trainer had a BLM Mustang that he rode in a couple hours with no restraints. That was unheard of in those days. That demo ignited a passion in Doug and set him out on his path to developing one of the most trusted and proven methods available. More information became available via clinics, videos, books and articles. Doug became a junkie. Working horses at liberty he learned how to teach horses without restraints.
After experiencing the incredible results using his newly developed technique, Doug's excitement turned into a passion of needing to share what he had learned with others through clinics and demos. Most of the people at the first clinics were new to horses so he learned how to break down difficult tasks into simple steps. He found a couple of common problems people were having, one was communication. The commands were too fast with inconsistent angle, pressure and timed release. The other was a lack of leadership, horses were walking all over the owners.
Doug came up with the simplest manoeuvre he knew of that would address both problems, then tested them at clinics. The goal was for the greenest rider to have success with the toughest horse. This was the beginning of Training Thru Trust!
Doug has always had a passion for well broke, athletic horses so showing reining and working cow horse was the likely place for him to learn from the best in the business. He took all he learned about training and showing performance horses and applied the Training Thru Trust philosophy and techniques. Doug believes the key to willingness is choices without restraints. "Making the right thing easy, and the wrong thing hard."
Doug has had much success around the world, teaching both horse and rider, however he would probably tell you that his greatest achievements of late are watching his wife, Lynette and four Children all following his Training Thru Trust Program achieve their own success in the Equine Industry.
2018 Kade wins Red Deer Mane Event Trainers Challenge
2017 Kade wins Saskatoon Trainers Challenge
2015 Kade wins All Equine Trainers Challenge, London Ontario
2014 Kade wins All Equine Trainers Challenge, London Ontario
Doug wins Saskatoon Equine Equine Expo Challenge
2013 Kaylee wins 2013 Trainer of the North Challenge
2012 Kyle wins 2012 Trainer of the North Challenge
Kaylee wins 2012 Siblings Rivalry Challenge at Farm Fair
Kade wins 2012 Canadian Horse Trainers Challenge Championship
2011 Kyle wins the Trainer of the North Challenge
Kade wins the Red Deer and Chilliwack Mane Event
2010 Made Top 10 Project Cowboy, Fort Worth Texas
2009 Mane Event Trainers Challenge Champion,
Red Deer, AB
NRCHA Stallion Stakes in Nampa Idaho
Open Finalist & Limited Open Champion
Kaylee wins European Junior Trainer Challenge
Kyle wins European Trainer Challenge
2008 European Trainers Challenge Champion
Kaylee wins BCHSRA Breakaway Roping
2007 Mane Event Trainers Challenge Champion,
NRCHA Stallion Stakes in Nampa Idaho Limited
Open Champion on He's Wright On
WCRA Year End Beginner Horse Open Reserve
Champion on Jac To A Lena
WCRA Year End 300 Novice Open Working
Cow Horse Reserve Champion on Jac To A Lena
2006 Mane Event Trainers Challenge Champion
World Snaffle Bit Futurity in Reno, Nevada.
Limited Open Finalist, finished in 6th place
on He's Wright On
2005 Mane Event Trainers Challenge Champion,
WCRA Year End Beginner Horse Open Champion
on West Coast Badger
WCRA Year End Open Champion on Swiss Miss Olena
WCRA Year End Limited Open Reserve Champion
WCRA Year End Working Cow Horse Open Bridle
Champion on West Coast Badger
"Definitely recommend the Doug Mills Method. I took my mare there with the full intentions of selling her at the end of the clinic as our problems seem so monstrous. With the tools that Doug taught me and teaching my mare and I a different way of communicating we became a team with a foundation to build on. With his and his teams help showing how to communicate the horses language and show how your energy affects your horses movement and reactions."
In (1989) with his wife, Lynette and their four children, (Kyle, Kade, Kaylee and Kelcie) he moved to British Columbia, Canada as a farrier and horse trainer, where he has continued to build his "Training Thru Trust" program. Doug and his students have a slew of success stories in all disciplines but seeing the whole family train and continue to improve their horsemanship goals is his biggest achievement, Doug says with a grin.
His unique ability as a speaker and teacher allow him to present an exciting, educational, and inspiring program to audiences. With a calm and easy approach, Doug teaches practical horsemanship skills that EVERYONE can take home and put to immediate use, using his interactions with the horse to emphasize the most fundamental lesson: allowing the horse to make choices.
Doug Mills and his Training Thru Trust method have helped thousands of horses and riders realize their fullest potential as horsemen. See for yourself why so many people around the world have become so inspired by the simplicity and common-sense approach of his program.
The Mills family featured in the "Horses All" October 2012 Edition