Established 2003


Bruce Nock MS, PhD

Dr. Nock has been a scientist for 40+ years. He is a tenured faculty member of multiple departments at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. He is a subject of biographical record in both Marquis’ Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare.

Dr. Nock has published numerous articles of original research in leading scientific journals on diverse topics including learning theory, wild horse behavior and stress physiology. Currently his research is funded by the United States National Institute of Health and focuses on transgenerational and epigenetic effects of morphine.

Dr. Nock has a deep practical and academic knowledge of animal behavior and related topics. He has a Master of Science degree from a psychobiology program at Bucknell University that focused almost entirely on animal behavior and related subjects. He earned a PhD from the world renown Institute of Animal Behavior, Rutgers University, and continued with four years of post-doctoral studies that focused on behavioral neuroendocrinology. The best part is, he can communicate what he knows in straightforward, understandable terms.

Dr. Nock is an avid horseman—a dressage and trail rider and dressage instructor (retired). He is the author of the acclaimed books Ten Golden Rules of Horse Training: Universal Laws for all Levels and Riding Styles, and Ride For Tomorrow: Dressage Today and the highly regarded series of articles entitled The Biology of Natural Horsemanship. He has been helping people train and ride horses for many years through clinics, private lessons and lectures.

In addition to Liberated Horsemanship, Dr. Nock serves on the faculty of The Kerulos Center—a non-profit organization which finds science-based solutions to pressing questions and concerns that affect the lives of animals. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC), a broad-based coalition representing over 10 million supporters, and has written a series of science-based articles for the AWHPC on how Bureau of Land Management practices negatively affect the long-term health and welfare of America’s wild horses. He has also written a number of declaration to support legal actions by advocate groups against the United States Government’s management of our wild horses. Some of Bruce’s articles are available to download free or for a small sum.

With past participants from nearly 50 states, 16 countries, and international travel and events, LH is

“Helping Horses and People Worldwide”

I founded Liberated Horsemanship (LH) in 2003 as Ten Golden Rules of Horse Training (TGR) went to press. I wrote the book as a diversion from the impersonal world of science and to put my background in the science of animal behavior and physiology to practical use helping people with their horses. The LH website was initially just a crude platform to promote TGR and the riding and training clinics which were meant to help people apply the principles described in it.

Things have certainly changed since that modest beginning. Riding and training remains a major focus of LH. I’ve even written a second book, Ride For Tomorrow: Dressage Today, that picks up where TGR left off, and two series of articles, The Biology of Natural Horsemanship (which is not available at the moment because certain aspects require updating) and the Speaker for the Horse Series.

But LH has become much more. The breadth and depth of information now provided through LH even amazes me. It has become a conduit for practical, science-based services and educational programs devoted to improving horse welfare and the pleasure of horse ownership. Even five years ago I couldn’t have imagined LH would have a faculty which includes four internationally renowned veterinarians, a PhD scientist, an esteemed architect, two sports physical therapists, two Houston mounted police officers, and some of the most distinguished hoof care professionals in the world.

Instructors and clinicians are chosen very carefully. Quality is never compromised for quantity. An individual has to be exceptional to be considered for a teaching position. They have to be highly skilled with an in-depth knowledge of pertinent information. They also have to be articulate—able to communicate in-depth information in understandable terms. They must be enthusiastic about teaching and personable—able to create a friendly welcoming atmosphere conducive to learning and individual growth. Finally, they must be caring and dedicated to kind and gentle treatment of horses.

I’m very proud of what LH has become but I now see it is just the beginning. LH continues to grow and flourish with vital help and input from my wife Jean (pictured above with me), whose official title is  Executive Consultant, Ann Corso, the Director of our Barefoot Initiative, Jeanine Key, Director of our Ride For Tomorrow Initiative, and LH clinicians and instructors.

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