Laurie Truskauskas-Knott owns and trains at Silver Creek Farm in Athens, Texas, where she also stands a black and white Paint stallion, SC Splashsrobinsboy. She starts colts, trains and shows halter horses, pleasure and trail horses, hunters and jumpers, and All-Around horses.
Truskauskas has written over one hundred articles for Western Horseman, Quarter Horse Journal, Horse and Horseman, The Western Horse, The Paint Horse Journal, The Pinto Horse magazine, Palomino magazine, and other regional papers.... (read more) This is her sixth book on horse training. Laurie apprenticed with Joe Ferro, one of the men responsible for starting the American Quarter Horse Association in 1942. Joe's son, Roy Ferro, won the first National Reining Horse Association Futurity. While with Joe, Laurie learned about starting colts, breeding and foaling. With his encouragement, she put on paper their combined knowledge in hopes of helping others who search for knowledge about training the horse. Training the Two-Year-Old Colt is her first book, and each succeeding book gives insight into a new topic. She has judged local and open shows and has given clinics to 4-H and other clubs. She has shown at the Congress and finds the entire experience-from judging youth to showing top quality horses-to be truly rewarding. Perhaps her greatest thrill is watching an owner's face when a horse she has trained does well for the owner in the ring.
A well-trained trail horse is truly a joy to ride. Laurie is an accomplished trainer and problem solver in horse behavior. She understands how a horse thinks and how to use that understanding to her and the horse rider's advantage when training. Perhaps her greatest thrill is watching an ownerâ€™s face when a horse she has trained does well for the owner in the ring.