We provide services in trust-based horsemanship - colt starting (breaking in), problem solving, basic western riding technique, and much more, with an emphasis on techniques and principles from the Vaquero bridle horse tradition. There are also opportunities for better understanding of your horse and increasing safety and enjoyment in our specialized clinics and lessons that include improving all forms of communication, basic/advanced groundwork skills, colt starting, ranch roping, stockmanship/cattlework and leadership/management correlations, among others. Learning to interact and ride with feel, timing and balance is the main goal of lessons and clinics.


Our Escorted Ranch Tours are an amazing way to experience the Western way of life with a native - join us in Montana or Wyoming to live firsthand the traditions, horsemanship, cuisine, music, history, art, scenery, and culture of the West!


We are passionate about working with horses and their people and are now splitting our time between New Zealand and Colorado, near where Ben grew up. Be sure to check out our website for more information, history and philosophy.


A bit about Ben:

Ben Longwell has worked with some of the greatest horsemen in the West, adding to a lifetime of practical equine experience. He is influenced from the methods of such horseman as Tom & Bill Dorrance, Ray Hunt, Richard Caldwell, Martin Black, Buck Brannaman, Dave Weaver and others.

Ben and his wife Natalie moved to her native country of New Zealand and took the opportunity to build a training and clinic business. Since being in New Zealand, Ben has been privileged to be a returning Clinician at Equidays (NZ's national horse expo) six different years giving well-received clinics ranging from Colt Starting and Vaquero Horsemanship to Problem Solving and Green Horse Clinics.


In addition to colt starting and problem solving at home, Ben teaches various Clinics around the country and participants love his knowledgeable and quiet approach to teaching them. Where leaving egos behind and focusing on the horse results in true progress and a great learning environment.


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    May 8, 2019 at 6:59 pm

    This is an automated rating. As of 08/05/2019 True West Horsemanship has an average rating of 5/5 on Facebook. With reviews such as:

    “Thanks to Ben for coming to Taranaki and bringing your Green Horse clinic here. Each owner and their horse received a half hour one on one session with Ben facilitating better communication each morning and afternoon. Your patient and easy to understand narrative while you were working made each session so interesting and informative for the whole group. You are rare in that you communicate with people as well as you do with horses!”

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