Marty Marten

Marty has been helping people and their horses at Two Spruce Farm for seven years. We offer him our sincere gratitude for sharing his expertise with us. Due to health issues, Marty might not be at the Clinics this year. 

Marty Marten

Marty Marten

Marty Marten is the author of two books, PROBLEM-SOLVING – Preventing and Solving Common Horse Problems, Volume 1 and Volume 2, published by WESTERN HORSEMAN. His books are full of useful, practical information and continue to be popular as reference and learning books.  Marty has also written many helpful articles for different publications. 

Marty has been teaching clinics, giving demonstrations and helping people with their horses for over 30 years. The topics covered in his clinics include: Horsemanship; Trail Riding; Cow-working; Working Ranch; Colt Starting and Low-stress cattle handling techniques. Marty is also well known for his successful, patient trailer loading skills with problem and green horses. 

Marty received the Colorado Horse Council “Horse Person of the Year Award” in 2007 in recognition of his contributions to the Colorado horse industry. “Marty Marten is an author, trainer, teacher and mentor. A student of Tom and Bill Dorrance, Ray Hunt and Buck Brannaman, Marty has trained countless horses and riders, and through his hugely popular books and clinics has made the world of practical horsemanship available to many who would not otherwise have the chance to experience it. His contributions of expertise, time, experience and patience have changed the lives of horses, horsemen and horsewomen throughout the West.”


Marty works from the horse’s point of view. “My philosophy is to treat a horse as a living, breathing, thinking, decision-making animal and appreciate him for being what he is – a horse. He is a herd animal and we need to appreciate the difference among horses. They are not identical. I fall back on a good set of principles and adjust to the individual horse on a given day at a given moment. I want to keep them in a learning frame of mind.”

Marty is available by phone 303-990-1262 and would love to hear from you. Learn more about Marty at

“Adjust to fit the situation.” -Tom Dorrance