Seven Keys

1. Work on yourself first.

2. Work from where the horse is.

3. Prepare the horse for each transition.

4. Direct and support the horse as softly as possible.

5. Encourage the horse to respond and relax.

6. Allow the horse freedom to think and move.

7. Appreciate and reward the horse’s efforts.


Rene Springer, Tornado Farms, Paso Robles

I was amazed at the results of the clinic. We go to clinics all the time and this was the first time we had so much success with our horses.

The Tribune, San Luis Obispo

Ray has a special touch with horses. He works with understanding and kindness rather than force. Ray’s voice is soothing to the ears and his tone is soft yet confident as he guides riders toward harmony with their horses.

The Salinas Californian

Ray Berta has a way with horses. He has been called a horse psychiatrist, the Zen cowboy, and a magician. Ray works with the inside as well as the outside of the horse. The horses want to participate with him.

Kim Berta

Ray has such a rare gift with horses. He practices what he preaches and he is gentle with both people and horses. It always amazes me what Ray can get done with a horse with so little effort.

Practical Horseman Magazine

Our cowboy miracle worker. Ray’s effect on a horse seems magical.

Chris Harrold

Thanks to Ray, I’ve learned as much about myself and how I communicate with my horse as I’ve learned about my horse. I’m learning how to work with a willing partner rather than a trained animal.

Susan Baxter MacDonald

Ray Berta Horses is even more than they can explain in their advertising. There is a sense of trust and kindness-coupled with high expectation for the horse and rider that ends up tapping into the best of both.

San Jose Mercury

Ray Berta is a real-life Master Horseman. He works with horses on their own level, offering suggestions and letting them choose to follow. Ray brings riders into the horse’s zone.

Jane Smiley, Pulitzer prize winner and author of “Horse Heaven”

Ray is like this still place where there is peace. He helps the horse and rider move from conflict to this place of harmony.

Patricia Hunt

Working with Ray, I have learned how to help a reactive horse become a responsive and trustworthy companion. Ray gives you direction and helps you find your way, always there to support you and your horse.

Mailing Address

Ray Berta
PO Box 1248
Carmel Valley, CA 93924

Contact Ray

Contact Ray

Mailing Address

Ray Berta
PO Box 1248
Carmel Valley, CA 93924