Ed Crothers, The Equine Analyst
Ed Crothers, The Equine Analyst, grew up on a farm in southern Ohio. Ed's father was a blacksmith and horse trainer, which is what instilled the love of horsemanship in him at a very young age. Having spent his whole life riding and working with horses, it only seemed natural to enter a career in the equine world. Working with his father exposed him to a large number of horses some of which were very disrespectful.
As his riding ability increased he found himself riding more and more problem horses. As a teenager he was riding and breaking all the horses that were being trained by his father. By the age of sixteen Ed had begun training and breaking on his own and was embarking on a path that would lead to a career in the equine industry.
After graduating high school Crothers went to work as a farm manager for the Delmar farm in West Union, Ohio. Having spent the last four years training horses on his own his training and breaking abilities were know throughout the county. This allowed him to prove himself as a farm manager of a quarter horse farm that averaged a normal boarding of 60 horses. Ed was in charge of breaking and training the horses that passed through Delmar farms. He also began managing personnel on a daily basis as he has two farm hands that reported to him. This is also when Ed began a close working relashionship withDr. Norvell; he was the veterinarian that the farm used.
After two years at Delmar Farms, Crothers accepted a farm manager position at Classicway Farm in Morow, Ohio. This move was a large step up as the daily boarding was 400 to 500 thoroughbred horses. Ed also had 12 employees to manage and supervise. In addition to Farm Manager he was the Stallion Manager and handled all of the studs and managed the breeding operations. This job was much more encompassing in that Ed was in charge of insuring all daily activities were performed; from foaling out mares, running the breeding shed, grounds maintenance, and staffing responsibilities. He also was working with customers and clients on a daily basis to keep them informed on the staus and progress of their horses. But the most significant change in Ed's horsemanship happened with his routine interaction with the veterinarians and chiropractors that worked at the farm. He began to see that often bad behavior was the cause of health issues and not attitude problems. One could say that this was an awakening to the holistic approach of horsemanship that Ed has used for many years now. Ed stayed at Classicway Farms for four more years before accepting a new position.
In 1990 Crothers becane farm manager for Frisch's Big Boy Farms in Morrow, Ohio. Frisch's Big Boy Farm was another thoroughbred farm, which bred and trained horses for the race track. Daily boarding was 400 to 500 horses and Ed was again responsible for all daily activities and 10 full time employees. His dutues included foaling out mares, handling studs, booking mares, grounds maintenance and staffing. Customer interaction was also one of his daily tasks, in which he excelled. Ed was responsible for greatly increasing the customer base at this farm. As his reputation grew in Ohio he began to break an increasing number of horses. He was in charge of breaking all of Albert Palacious' 2 year old horses. Ed began getting a large number of horses with behavioral problems. To address the problems of getting thrown from the extremely bad horses Ed began developing round pen techniques. This allowed him to train and correct bad behavior from the ground before finishing the horse from the saddle. Ed stayed at Frisch's Farm for six more years before starting his own farm, Cedar Brook Farm.
Ed Crothers moved his young family back to his home town in 1996 and started Cedar Brook Farm. This move was multifaceted in nature; Ed returned home and would have the freedom to begin training horses with his techniques that he had created. This move would also allow him to return to training all breed of horses and pleasure horses in addition to race horses. He continues to breed and train thoroughbreds today but also breaks and trains a large number of pleasure horses. Over the last 12 years Ed and his staff at Cedar Brook Farm have broke and trained over 3100 horses including horses that others could not break. Ed has continued to use and perfect the techniques that he has developed over the years, by combining all the lessons he has learned. His holistic approach to horsemanship is to use veterinarian and chiropractic treatment to ensure soundness before beginning training. Basic new horse training will then begin in the round pen, using the techniques that Ed has developed over the years allowing the horse to learn bacic skills and respect for the rider without the normal risks to the rider and horse. Body Language plays an extremely large role in this process and Ed has developed sound procedures to bond with the horse and foster cooperation quickly and without the historical fights that the "old ways" use to yield. Current practices at Cedar Brook Farms is to train client's horses and then train the clients on how to perform basic round pen techniques to address common problems and to allow the riders to assert authority over the horse from the safety of the ground.
Ed Crother's and his wife Angie have been involved in 4-H for the last 23 years and have advised their own club for 13 years. This allowed Ed to share his abilities with the young equestrians in Adams and Brown counties. He feels strongly about giving back to the community and ensuring that the young riders learn skills that will keep them safe and allow them to identify potential problems.. His basic round pen skills have been taught in both Adams and Brown county horse camps and have helped numerous young riders. Attending one of these seminars is very entertaining as well as informative. Seeing the young 4-Hers line up with their horses to have Ed solve their problems is proof that the techniques work. Tractor SupplyCo. was impressed enough with the content that they have Ed put on clinics at several of their locations. He also developed and sells a safety video for young 4H riders to learn proper horse safety to make their experiences with horses as safe as possible.
Ed Crothers Plans are to continue assisting riders to have a more enjoyable experience with their horses. He plans to continue to do the basic round pen clinics and is developing a new clinic for horses that have been trained and worked good for a year or more and then have developed "bad habits" and riders stop working them or cannot work them. This clinic will include a vet and a chiropractor that will treat any skeletal or internal medical conditions and then Ed will work the horse in a round pen correcting the bad habits. Many horses develop bad behavior as a way to move away from or avoid painful conditions. By addressing the painful issues many horses lose their bad habits and become content and obedient again.