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July 6, 2009

McCoy works on relationships

TUPELO — The ranch of Jet McCoy’s childhood isn’t far removed from where he is today.

Only a few miles of pastureland and modern conveniences are all that separate the 29-year-old from the home he shares with his wife and daughter to the home in which he grew up. That’s where he mounted his first horse, most likely before he could ever walk.

Over his lifetime, he’s ridden countless horses, from the colts to the established to the buckers stock contractors save for the short go-rounds. By genetics alone, Jet McCoy was born to be a horseman. But his love for horses has carried him from McCoy Ranches to rodeos all across this land to backyard arenas, where he shows gifts that only God and years horseback could provide.

“What I teach is equine communication,” said McCoy, one of five children born to Denny and Janet McCoy and raised in the brush and pastures of southeastern Oklahoma. “It’s about building a relationship with your horse. Every horse will remind you of someone you know.

“Once you realize that every horse has a different personality, a different attitude, a different disposition and a different background, you can move forward. Pinpoint those things and approach that horse with that in mind, and it makes your training and your communication easier.”

Many horse owners, though, don’t recognize what it takes to get the best out of their mounts, which is the genius behind McCoy’s methods. Having grown up riding hundreds of horses, he learned at an early age that it took something different with each animal. The ranch way of life also taught him how to best read the livestock, gathering an understanding of each animal’s personalities and mannerisms.

In fact, McCoy has carried his teachings to the arena classrooms, so to speak, including a clinic the final weekend of June near his hometown. With the help of Mercedes Boots, which provided incentives for participants, McCoy put nine owners and their horses through the paces.

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