Scott Purdum is a nationally recognized clinician, who is helping horse owners around the country with his unique and proven training methods. Scott’s special relationship with horses began at a very young age. Recognizing Scott’s natural ability with horses, his parents purchased his first horse for him at age 3 and began nurturing his talent and love of horsemanship. By the time he was 6 years old, he was showing in hunter and pleasure, which he continues to this day. Growing up and working on his family’s horse farm gave Scott limitless opportunity to develop his sound methods for training horses. As a riding instructor in both the English and Western disciplines, he soon recognized the importance of incorporating those training methods to help riders form positive working relationships with their horses.
Scott has worked as an intern with top-rated Quarter Horse trainer Ken Adkins of West Virginia and studied equine science at the University of Maryland. He has authored several articles featuring problem-solving training exercises, and also produced the popular 2-disc training DVD, “Where Do We Start?” Scott resides in Union Bridge, Maryland, where he offers clinics, trains horses, runs a Professional Trainer program, and provides riding instruction, as well as traveling the country offering large group sessions and one-on-one instruction.
Scott’s expertise in horse care and management, coupled with his natural skill in all aspects of equitation and training, helped to build the foundation for his successful training program, Advantage Horsemanship. Since then, Scott has helped countless horse owners to form a trusting bond with their horses.
The Advantage Horsemanship Method
Scott has dedicated himself to “Rehabilitating Horses One Owner at a Time” through his Advantage Horsemanship training method. The focal point of his training is the individual, customized attention given to students and their horses. With his proven training techniques and easy-to-understand instruction, Scott is able to help even the most difficult of horse/owner relationships.
Scott has outlined three important elements that must be in place before you start working with your horse. Be Smart. Take every opportunity to educate yourself about horses and their behavior. Be Safe. Always remember you are working with an animal weighing 1,000 pounds or more that is capable of causing you harm at any time. Keep Things Simple. If it is difficult for you to understand, it is most likely difficult for your horse to understand as well.Using Scott’s four main training principles of Leadership, Exercise, Affection, and Discipline, you can be confident that you will have a willing partner in your horse.