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As a top Horse Trainer, TJ makes sure to give all his clients and their horses the utmost attention and dedication they deserve. He is proud to showcase the following testimonials from some of his valued clients. Take it from past clients why your horse should be training with TJ Clibborn, too.

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TJ held a 2-day clinic at my barn, everyone commented on how he strives to help his riders learn and no one is left out. He truly has a way with horses and teaching. And its true with patience anything is possible.

TJ is a true horseman, his technique is awesome. He has always been available to help me when I needed it. I highly recommend Tj when it comes to horses!!!

TJ has always been a great learning resource. Always personable and generous with his knowledge. Thanks TJ!

TJ is an awesome trainer as well as extremely knowledgeable! TJ always puts the horse first and with the trust, he builds with them the horses will willingly do what he asks. I highly recommend TJ Clibborn!

Excellent hand with horses and desensitizing them to become solid partners!

TJ is great with all types of horses. He gives horses a great start for all disciplines.


A true horseman with a wonderful gift of communicating with your horse.

I have followed TJ and his training for a couple of years now and was super excited to meet him at the Illinois Horse Fair this year. I spoke with him for a bit and he was so nice and down to earth and very supportive of my wanting to train mustangs. He was just a very kind person and you can tell just how passionate he is about these beautiful mustangs.

Lindsey Figgins

TJ really knows what he is doing. Results are a calm and happy horse.

Lisa Schultz Brezina

I bought a mare that had been sitting for 4 years. TJ did a great job getting her going again. He took the time to contact her original trainers to get more information on her previous training. She has come along great in the short 30 days he has with her. He is very personable and keeps you up to date on how your horse is doing. I highly recommend him!

Christina van Rensburg

TJ has an amazing talent with horses. He truly understands these animals and it is due to his life long passion for them. I had been away from riding for 10 years and with TJ's help, I started riding again and he helped me find the perfect horse. Together my mare and I are learning so much from each other and it is the confidence that I have gained, since working with TJ, that has allowed me this beautiful experience.

Ashley Sheridan

There was a nice little arabian horse that a lady wanted to give me, but the problem was the horse had never been off her farm and had never been in a trailer. I went and tried to pick the horse up with my trailer but she refused to load. We tried for more than an hour and tried everything we could think of but she was determined not to load. Then I called TJ, and he was able to come in less than a week with his trailer. After working with the horse for only about 10 minutes, he approached the trailer. Then after only about another 10 minutes of working on loading, he had her in the trailer. Because we were working on training and not just getting her loaded, he unloaded her and had her back in again in just a few minutes. Not only did I get my new horse to my house, but she also had a positive first experience with trailering, which will pay off the next time I ask her to load. Thank you for making quick work of a difficult situation TJ!!

Barb Hogan

I had a terrific class with TJ! He showed me how to get my girl back on track as well as techniques for getting things done. Now I have specific things I can work on myself to improve. Thank you TJ Clibborn!

Ann Combs

I want a big thank you to TJ Clibborn. Last night he had Chex going over every obstacle within 20 minutes. After another 10 minutes, he taught me how to properly ask her to go where I am asking. THANK YOU THANK YOU THA!!NK YOU. TJ Clibborn you are an amazing horse person

Melanie Lichtfeld

Saw you at a clinic at the Illinois horse fair in Springfield. I’ve watched you and followed your career since then. You have become a trainer that I highly respect. I’ve been to clinics where the clinician bullies the horse and rider too far. I’ve left more than one in tears because I felt pushed into something I wasn’t ready for or got berated for standing up for my horse. I like how you have a very intuitive approach and seem to have a very deep sense of compassion for the horse. I really took your catchphrase to heart,  "with trust anything is possible" and I admire how well you’ve done with Choke and other mustangs. I would gladly recommend you to my friends as both a clinician and trainer.

Tessa Bunn

I am completely on the other side of the country and I unknowingly bought a colt that was a biter. I consulted with you in an email and you gave me exact instructions on how to fix it. You never asked anything in return or gave me a runaround on a "program" I needed to buy into. You selflessly gave me exact directions and within a week my biter was no longer a biter permanently. Thank you!

JoAnna Lamb

TJ, your training goes beyond discipline (barrels, trail, dressage, jumping, whatever). Great for all aspects of horses/people. You don’t force a rider to do what they are afraid to do. Instead, you provide the tools to not be afraid. This is huge! English, Western, young, old – everyone benefits! You met this older rider and senior horse (gaps in knowledge, bad habits) where we were, and taught us how to do so much. Will attend more clinics to continue life-long learning!

Ann Combs

I have attended two of your confidence clinics with my goofy little TWH. In both, you took the time to figure out alternative methods for his weird brain, never got frustrated and always had a great sense of humor! We may never master opening a mailbox from the saddle, but our one rein stop is spot on and you taught us ways to approach scary situations in a safe manner! Thanks so much!

Amy Janecek

Last summer I called TJ for some possible training issues. Loading #1. TJ had her loading in and out of the trailer in 10 minutes. You gave me lots of pointers too! Keeping horse quiet and calm#2. TJ gave me some great advice in different bits. $3 told me my mare moved alittle funny in the rear. TJ suggested a chiropractor. Following week, found out from Chiropractor said mares sternum and front ribs needed adjusting. Tail bone too.. Moving good now.#4 later came back and attended an obstacles course clinic in hand and riding. So patience with rider and horse. By far a wonderful experience with TJ. Will attend more of his clinics. Thank you TJ and your assistance personnel

Peggy Smith

You’ve started several Castleberry Welsh Cobs and they’ve all gone on to do great things. You’ve also been an amazing friend and horse training mentor to my daughter. Thanks, Mate!

Lisa Schultz Brezina

I came to a clinic up in Wisconsin and you helped figure out that my Tex really didn’t need a bit! He was so much happier without it!

Lori Brash Jansen

To start,  I first met Tj when I was 8 and he helped load a horse for my parents. Many years later we met up again in WI. Tj has helped teach me the proper way and safe way to start colts.  I have had the pleasure to work many colts with. Tj has taught me so much and I am very thankful for the time he has taken to let me grow, thank you Tj Clibborn!

Clayton Gibbs

I've known you back when you were in Indiana! I brought a young paint filly to you to break for me. I had her for a few years and sold her up north to a family who was able to successfully show her in 4H and some open shows. The things you taught us way back then, we still use today! The natural instinct you have to communicate with horses and their owners is incredible! So blessed to have met you all those years ago!

Michelle Goins Rose

I haven't had the opportunity to work with you, yet. But I have met and talked with you and you are a wonderful man, very knowledgeable and kind. I really am hoping to have an opportunity to ride with you at some point. Especially at your place for trail training!

Toni Rupp

You started our homebred Appaloosa gelding, rode him from the first day on, and problem solved our homebred Appaloosa mare, both with a partner working with you, and your been there done that Beat Me and Choke equines at the Dorr Michigan 4 day clinic. Exactly as advertised. Can't ask for better than that. I remain, thankfully, in your debt, as do John Boy and Sweets.

Sally Altenbernt