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Mike Aldridge, Trainer/Instructor
Mike Aldridge started riding nearly 28 years ago at the age of 13.
He spent two years volunteering at All Seasons Riding Academy in Fremont, California
specializing in therapeutic and recreational horseback riding activities to children and adults
with disabilities. He also learned how to drive horse teams for wagons and ride both English
In April, 1987 he graduated as an Animal Care Specialist in the U. S. Army at Walter Reed Army
Medical Center in Washington D.C. There he received extensive training in medical care for
His first assignment in August, 1987 was in Fort Hood, Texas where he worked at the Army Post’
s Animal Care Facility. He was assigned to assist the Post Veterinarian in taking care of the
60+ horses in the Army’s 1st Calvary Ceremonial Horse Detachment and approximately 200 –
300 privately owned horses that were boarded on post. He was invited and participated in
practicing with the Cavalrymen during their drills and exercises, learning their unique style of
riding as well as their precision drills and maneuvers.
In October 1989 Mike was transferred to Fort Wainwright, Alaska, where he volunteered with a
Boy Scouts of America Horse Cavalry Unit. He became a Merit Badge Instructor and horse
trainer for the Boy Scouts and during his three years there, he taught children how to ride and
care for horses, he trained four green broke mustangs that were donated from the Bureau of
Land Management for the Scouts to ride and he attended many seminars, clinics, shows and
parades. He attended a Linda Tellington Jones clinic while he was there and volunteered with
the local Special Olympics Equestrian Program earning a volunteer award.
In December 1992 Mike and his wife purchased a small farm in Woodlawn, Tennessee. Mike
continued his journey with horses and helped form a Mounted Drill Club where he instructed
new members and attended parades and shows to perform practiced drills.
Mike was appointed to the Board of Directors of the local riding club and he qualified three years
in a row for the Tennessee State Saddle Club Association State Show, placing in this regional
In May of 2000 Mike moved to the DFW, Texas area where exciting things continued to happen, he
was offered a job with Las Colinas Equine Veterinary Clinic. Where he befriended Dr. Mark
Crabill, Diplomate, ACVS (Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons specializing
in equines) Mark now works at Lone Star Park Equine Vet Clinic in Grand Prairie. Mike still visits
him on occasion, sometimes bringing his students in to tour the facilities. (Update: See photo's
of Mike helping Dr. Crabill in surgery 11/18/05 Click here)
He was hired and trained by Alpha Omega Mounted Patrol in 2001. Working with them until they
relocated to Houston.
See new photo's of Mike taking a lesson with former head trainer for the Royal Lipizzaner
Stallions dressage trainer/instructor Matt McLaughlin on March 16, 2008. We continue our
education so that we may pass along the valuable information to you!
Lessons- We place an emphasis
on patience, safety, confidence and
horse riding skills, our students
have the opportunity to become
Training-We start from the ground
and work our way up. Using
gentle, caring techniques we earn
the horse's trust and build their
confidence. Then we work with the
owner and horse together
extensively in order to promote the
best relationship possible.
|See the wonderful Forward to a
limited addition Horsemanship
book that we published on our
website by special permission by
the author. His teachings follow
along with the philosophies of
An Analysis of Horsemanship