Introducing Chuck Mintzlaff from Friendship Training


Many of you probably already know Friendship Training and Chuck, but for those who don’t, let us introduce you to this wonderful human and his mission.


Name: Charles (Chuck) Mintzlaff

Business name: Friendship Training

Location: Hutchings – Texas


What services do you offer? What do you do? What is your expertise?

One on one horse/human relationship – working with the human to educate them with the way forward to gaining the best relationship with their horse they could ever have without the use of whips, round pens or any gadget whatsoever.

Who do you help?

Humans and their horses

How do you help them?

Teaching the human the way to build the bridge language between horse and human to enable the human to get the best ever relationship with their horse.

How did you get into this? Your story. Why do you dedicate your life to this?

Her name was Nikita, an extraordinary Quarter Horse mare. Here is the story:


Who Created Friendship Training


Friendship Training was initiated over 25 years ago by an extraordinarily compassionate Quarter Horse mare named Nikita. Her gentle but firm persistence that her owner was “doing something wrong” eventually forced him to finally concede that (being a horse) it was entirely possible that she knew more about horses than he did.

That gentle, but relentless prompting forced him to “think outside of the box,” and in turn, initiated a completely different perception of the human/equine relationship.

Trusting her judgment, he was forced to disregard everything he had ever learned about horse training. Instead of studying various methods of how to control them, he began studying the horses themselves, how they related to each other, interacted with each other and their perception of the world around them. He expanded the pasture of his herd to surround his house so he could literally “live with them” and study them as much as possible unobserved. He spent countless hours comparing his research data with highly reputable equine research scientists and cross-referenced his findings with any and all accredited equine behavioral documentation he could find. Each year he gained a deeper insight and understanding of not only the Horses world but also how they perceived their world of servitude.

Eventually, the day came when the factual evidence he had compiled became overwhelmingly, undeniably conclusive. It was a day that left him both regretful and humiliated. Nikki had been right all along. The methods of control and submission he had been using had actually made any true bonding and compatibility between them virtually impossible.

The problem stemmed from the fact that he had never looked at the accepted traditional training formats he had been using through her eyes. His own ego, preconceived expectations, and the overwhelming impact of tradition, had actually prevented them from ever sharing the intimate partnership he had dreamed of and hoped for.

As his research and study continued, he learned that horses share very intimate friendships they do not share with other horses in the herd. Their bonding literally becomes “a distinctly separate herd of two within the herd.” Of course this was obvious all along to anyone as “horse buddies” can be found in herds all over the world. But along with his peers, he had been so deeply immersed in control and “training an animal” that he had completely overlooked the significance of that Equine Friendship.

He also learned that there are very specific, sequential steps that all horses use to develop those very special relationships. Most importantly, he learned that by duplicating those steps, anyone could share an intimate, trusting friendship and harmonious partnership with any horse, regardless of age, breed, gender or previous life experiences.

Chuck Mintzlaff, is wholly committed to helping horses and their owners live the safest, care-free life possible.



“Friendship Training offers the horse and human an opportunity to interact in ways that create a meaningful working relationship that simply can’t be attained using traditional training methods. The very word “friendship” implies fundamental understandings and connections that are made between the horse and human. One of the most exciting aspects I have discovered in working with FT is that almost all “problems” encountered with a horse such as spooking, running off, resistance or uncertainty about new experiences and objects is that by returning to the fundamentals and building trust on a moment by moment basis (at times) can transform your relationship with your horse. In addition, FT forces one to realign the thought processes we normally revert to when working through a “training issue.”
I will continue to work to undo my previous mindset and know that working with Emmy and FT has profoundly changed the way that I learn – never mind the horse! Thanks Chuck for giving me a marvelous opportunity!!” Suzanne Z. Ph.D., M.P.H. – Massachusetts

Read many more testimonials here.


Contact Chuck by email or the contact form on the website or the Friendship Training facebook group. 


What exactly makes Friendship Training so ‘different?’ Well actually, everything! Different philosophy. Different perception. Different values. Different association and interactives. Different goals. Different relationship!

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