Cooler Horsemanship is a form of natural horsemanship developed in the early '90's which focuses on helping horse owners create an understanding and friendship with their horse. Emphasizing three main goals - staying safe, having fun and learning, Cooler Horsemanship opens the door for all horse owners to progress to levels they've only dreamed about with their equine partner.
Based on the ATRUM Method, Cooler Horsemanship teaches much more than just 'how' to make horses do what is expected of them. It focuses on understanding 'why' horses do what they do by teaching an awareness of how they think, communicate, and learn. In learning to see things from the horse's point of view, horse owners can begin to work together with their horse to create the partnership everyone strives for.
By recognizing and developing the key elements of ATRUM - Attention, Trust, Respect, Understanding and Motivation - horse owners learn to break down their horse training experience into managable lessons, which can later be combined to accomplish any goal they set for themselves and their horse.
Run by James and Kate Cooler, Cooler Horsemanship is operated throughout North Carolina and the surrounding states and is also available to travel to you.
Our mission is to empower owners of all horse breeds and disciplines by teaching the knowledge and skills needed to build a relationship of willing cooperation with their horse, based on mutual attention, trust, respect, understanding and motivation.
Cooler Horsemanship was developed by Don Cooler in the early 1990’s. Having dedicated himself to studying a number of top horsemanship trainers and working with hundreds of horses, Don developed the set of philosophies and techniques that eventually became known as the ATRUM Method.
Originally an Emergency Room doctor, Don saw many horse related injuries - some even resulting in death. An avid horseman, as well, his knowledge of horses and the horsemanship techniques he practiced lead him to believe many of the injuries he saw could have been prevented. Knowing that sharing his knowledge might prevent accidents and possibly save lives, Don was motivated to take his knowledge of horses and horsemanship to the public. Hence the birth of Cooler Horsemanship.
Don and his family spent over a decade traveling throughout the West and teaching the ATRUM Method in their Natural Horsemanship Clinics. The clinics were very popular, especially with youth groups, and the experience of meeting many wonderful horses and their owners proved to be an unforgettable time in their lives. Sadly, in 2002, Don was diagnosed with cancer and after fighting for nearly two years, passed away in 2004. His legacy, however, lives on.
Today, Cooler Horsemanship is proudly carried on by Don's son, James, and James' wife, Kate. Both are passionate about their love of horses and enjoy sharing their time and talents with anyone who is interested in learning more about the ATRUM Method and Cooler Natural Horsemanship