Mark Hausman is a cowboy's, cowboy. He is equally at home on the back of a nasty bucking colt where he can often be found laughing and quietly explaining to the young horse "that it has a better chance of bucking its own tail off than the cowboy on it's back" or on the ranch with a rope in his hand trailing cattle to the working pens. He'll tell you "that when young horses are started properly, the bucking part doesn't usually happen", but many of the outside horses he takes in for training have learned lots of bad habits already. Mark prides himself on taking these horses and changing them into useful, respectful mounts for his clients.
Along with his training responsibilities, Mark keeps a busy clinic schedule. His clinics cover topics from round penning and basic horsemanship to cattle handling and advanced horsemanship skills. He'll tailor a clinic to fit the needs of any group of horse people who would like to improve their skills.
Mark and his students have been very succesful showing their horses in several Ranch Horse Associations in the Southeast, and many of Mark's students excell in disciplines from Calf Roping and Cutting to Dressage and Jumping. As Mark puts it, "Good Horsemanship is universal, whatever you want to achieve is possible through firm, fair consistency and lots of patient work."
Mark and his wife, Melissa grew up in the South Texas border town of McAllen and now reside in Waxhaw, NC where they own and operate Mark Hausman Training Center and Rafter H Quarter Horses. They have four beautiful children: daughters, Dusti, Coti, and sons, Garrett, and Wyatt.