Magic Mustang Tamer

Welcome to the Magic!

Wild horse trainer and wild horse
Connecting with the Wild Horse is art and science.

El Jefe had been gathered from the central Rio Grande Valley as an adult stallion before he landed at an equine rescue. He wasn’t taking to domestication easy, he pinned his ears and threatened to kick anyone who came into his pen. No one could work with him at the rescue, so they sent him to me. I started training him through a fence for protection. He decided he liked my games. Before too long, he and I were friends. That is the power of positive reinforcement. There is a video of the results at the bottom of the page.

Welcome to the Magic Mustang Tamer, the number one place to learn how to train wild horses, burros, and zebra using the science of learning theory and animal cognition. You can learn to make a difference for horses like El Jefe by becoming a better trainer.

I am Patricia Barlow-Irick and I am excited to be able to share with you the lessons I have learned from taming and training over 600 animals from the US Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and New Mexico equine rescues. I have developed and thoroughly field-tested a taming and training protocol that works with any age of equine. It’s not rocket science; it’s something you can learn to do.

We offer a detailed on-line guidebook, illustrated with over a hundred videos, of our training methods and protocols. What you find here isn’t highly edited videos, but rather the reality of training and learning to train… the mud, the blood, and the tears. The nitty-gritty of training is never very clean and no one is above making mistakes, but we can learn from all.

We also offer college-level classes that will teach you all the principles of learning theory needed to become an excellent animal trainer. You will have a deep understanding of all four quadrants of operant conditioning, know the power of respondent conditioning, and understand how to exploit the natural tendencies of horses, donkeys, and zebra. We’ll make sure you know how to provide the special care that recently wild equines need. For the hard-core mustang fan, we also delve into the controversial realm of modern wild horse management.

The Blog and General Principles pages are available for free to non-members. The front pages of the basic and saddle training sections are also available for free previewing. All other content is available to members only. We hope that you examine the free pages, then sign up for a year-long membership. Classes are either free or ten dollars each.

I’m looking forward to getting to know you through your questions, comments, and classwork. Supporting members are invited to a weekly teleconference on Thursday evenings where we can talk about the trials and tribulations of training equines. Successful graduates of the MMT curriculum can apply to do an internship at Mustang Camp. That’s when we really get to know each other!

Subscribe to our site if you just want to keep informed when there is a new blog post. Become a supporting member to study our training protocol and help us grow new content. Become a student if you want to become a great equine trainer. Here is the link

El Jefe left Mustang Camp with some good behaviors and a willingness to work. Unfortunately, he returned to a culture of pressure trainers, who resist using food to motivate the animal. He is living again in a world where he trusts no one, simply out of human ignorance. It doesn’t have to be that way.

UPDATE January 2020: El Jefe has gone home with a positive reinforcement trainer. Life is good again!

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10 thoughts on “Welcome to the Magic!

  1. Post author

    If you leave a comment asking for help with your animal, please make sure you leave a valid email address.

  2. nelia

    Hi Doctor Barlow-Irick!

    I signed up for the Free membership, hoping to start the first module for your mustang class, but when I try to go to the course, it tells me I don’t have authorization.

    Do I need to upgrade to the supporting membership?

    Nelia (

  3. Post author

    Nelia, they recently updated WordPress and things are a bit wonky, I sent you an email, but basically you have to be a member of some sort to sign up for a class. The free membership works fine. Then, when you have a student profile in the menu panel, you go into it to sign up. Be sure to use the same email address for all of your interactions as your ID is your email address. Let me know if that does not solve the problem. Hope to talk to you on Thursday.

  4. allisonbrizburk


    I’m not sure if this is the right place to post or not. This morning I joined as a supporting member. So far I have not been able to update my profile or sign up for classes. When I attempt to sign up for a class I’m routed to a payment page. Please correct me if I’m wrong, it was my assumption as a supporting member I’d have access to all the classes. Can you guide me through the steps to access classes?

    Thank you, and I do hope everyone is staying covid free and safe.


  5. Post author

    Thank you, Allison for contacting me. The supporting membership doesn’t get you access to the classes. I am going to refund your membership fee and you can just sign up for the classes and pay for them one by one. Maybe you will eventually want a full membership, but for now, just take the classes!

  6. Ranger907

    I joined as a supporting member earlier in the week and signed up and paid for the Wild Horse Safety course thru your pay-pal payment window and was notified by pay-pal that the payment was executed. I still don’t have access to the course. Is there something else that I must do to get access to the course after paying for them? Under my student profile, still shows that I have “0” courses.

    Greg Sears

  7. Post author

    Thank you for letting me know. This is an issue that I have been trying to trace down. I added you to the course and gave you a free 2nd course for your trouble.

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