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In a business where people often say one thing and do another, it is a rare privilege to come across a person with the integrity of Alma . I have purchased a number of horses from him.  He has always lived up to his word.  He told me, "I want you to be fully satisfied with the horses you get from me."  He has proved to me in deeds that his word is his bond. Kent Pearson - Provo, Utah (801) 201-1894

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Alma is as honest to you as he is to his horses. He is very knowledgeable, a great resource for help/information, and most of all he will be upfront and honest with you about your horse or any horse that he is offering you. I have had a horse trained by him and my sister has purchased a horse from him. He cares about his horses and his fellow riders and wants to make sure that he gets the best match for both horse and rider. Amy Lyon - Cedar City, Utah

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I own two gaited horses, not foxtrotters, but attended a clinic by Alma DeMille anyway to see if he could help me with the problems I was having. I had been to several trainers and many clinicians and was ready to give up and sell my horses, then I found Alma! He taught both my TWH horse and my Rocky Mtn/Saddle Cross to gait so smoothly that I was in shock! I had hoped for improvement so I'd not be bounced to death each ride, but he taught them to ride as smooth as riding a 4 wheeler on the road! Once he had them gaiting well, he took extra time with me after all the other folks went home teaching me what I NEEDED TO DO to keep the horses going right! To have him go the extra mile like this was really incredible to me and so appreciated! I recommend anyone looking for a horse, horse trainer, or teacher to go to Alma DeMille!  Marlin Gossner - Durango, CO

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"Alma, I have spent enormous amounts of money for week long one on one instruction from the best trainers in the world, like Pat Parelli, John Lyons, Clinton Anderson, and even the Queen of England's trainer and I have to tell you that in one weekend with you I have learned more about gaiting well and even general good sense horsemanship than in all the other lessons combined! I think you are simply the most talented horseman there is!" - US Supreme Court Judge, John Troughton

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"I have a 17 year old TWH gelding that I've owned since he was a baby. About 10 years ago, when Alma lived in Hurricane, he was my Farrier. He shod my horses for years until he moved out to Monticello. However, I remember one time when I was telling him I didn't know how to get my horse to gait. So, after he got done putting a new set of shoes on, he willingly hopped on and rode my gelding down the road, and had him gaiting right then and there. Then he had me try it, and I started to get the hang of it. I remember him telling me this like it was yesterday, "Lacee, I hope you don't take offense, but when you let him hard trot, it's like putting tractor tires on a Cadillac"....in other words, I didn't know what kind of talent my horse had. And this was probably when my gelding was around 12 years old. SO for all of those years I never had him gait, but now he is a GAITING MACHINE! In fact, we clocked him at 17 mph at his running walk, just goofing around, but it is so FUN! My husband now steals him to go out to check on the cows so he doesn't have to have a sore butt when he comes back. :) Thanks, Alma, for showing me and teaching me how to take the tractor tires off my Cadillac!" Lacee Jessop - Hurricane, Utah (435) 313-5223

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"Hi Alma and Heather, We are home and riding Gabriel and Nozer.  They are the BEST horses we have ever had and we want to thank you for your consideration of all our problems and situation out here in no where.  Alma there is no one like you with your experience and expertise on these trotter horses.  You helped us so much and were so honest it is a total pleasure to deal with you.  I wish everyone could buy their horses from you.  Your care and concern for our particular needs was amazing.  It is such a pleasure to deal with such honesty; we will always come back to you for anything we need in any way.  Thank you both for your kindness and care.  Best to your family." Andrew and Elizabeth Sebastian - Abiqui New Mexico

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We have known Alma DeMille for over five years now and he is a rare find. He is one of the most honest people we know--an invaluable trait in the horse-tradin' business.  He also has a superior knowledge of horses, and is 100 percent dedicated to the one trait that matters most in a trail horse--the smoothness of the gait. His "conversion" and commitment to Missouri Fox Trotters and to the original gait that founded this legendary breed is awe inspiring. He really knows excellent quality gaited horses. Time and again Alma has taken our horses and helped each one to find their natural smoothness. It's always a pleasant surprise when we get our smooth-gaited horses back from him! Alma also tells his clients the flaws and limitations of each horse, not just the good points.  And how can you beat the 30 day money-back guarantee?!  It's easy to say that we have been very happy with the horses and services we have received from Alma over the years, as well as his friendship. Alma is the one who convinced us to go with this breed in the first place, not the head-jerkin' post horses. And we've never looked back. We are very thankful to know Alma and his wonderful family.  People who want a high-quality, smooth-gaited, properly trained horse could do no better than to go to Alma.  His horses are the best represented horses in the breed that we know. If you want the complete package, Alma is your man! Craig and Lisa Perry - Hurricane, Utah (435) 635-1140

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Last fall (2016) Alma and Heather invited us to go ride with them on a couple of their Single Footing horses.  We have owned and ridden Missouri Fox Trotters for 12 years and we were very excited to try the single foot horses we have seen in videos.  Now, if you have Fox Trotters and they are fast and smooth for you, you may think that your horse is only a bit slower than a single footer.  WRONG!  I cannot properly convey to you how very fast these horses gait!!  My husband and I were completely floored at their high speed gaits.  We were actually a bit terrified at first because I had no idea that a riding animal could actually go that fast. It was as if we were breaking some land speed records or something.  I thought for sure this horse is going to stumble and I will take a dive. NOPE.  We had the most exhilarating ride of our life and not one misstep.  We actually got bugs stuck to our teeth and we both commented it.  Also, the power that we felt from the horses was amazing.  They just kept going and going and you can even ride them downhill at a good speed without risk of falling unlike the Fox Trotters. If you want tons of speed, endurance and more excitement than you can imagine in your riding adventures, Single Footers are for sure the way to go. Lisa Perry - Hurricane, Utah

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My search to find a horse trainer that could get the results I wanted, where my horse and myself became one in harmony, took me all across America. I spent thousands of dollars attending clinics by almost every famous trainer in the country. Then I accidentally stumbled upon Alma DeMille on the internet, watched his videos and contacted him for lessons. What a blessing! He worked miracles with my horse and taught me more about horsemanship than all the others combined! I recommend everyone I meet to learn from the best! Alma is the ultimate horseman, and he is also one of the kindest, most honest, friendly, sweet men I've ever met. You will not go wrong sending your horse to him for training, learning skills for yourself, or buying a horse from him! Tamara Wilcox - Reno, NV

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I would recommend Alma DeMille because he is honest and a very competent horse trainer.  He will never try to hide faults of a horse. There will be no surprises! Kerry Bingham - Aztec, NM (505) 327-1579

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In my many years of business I've dealt with thousands of people and believe myself a good judge of character. I met Alma at a clinic he was teaching, which my wife participated in, and I was immediately impressed with his honest bold approach to people and horses. He did not beat around the bush to put on a show and impress people about himself, but got right down to business and told them what they needed to do to ride better and get the most out of their horses. He did this with tact and kindness and professionalism second to none I've ever witnessed. One participant had a dangerous acting horse and the way Alma handled the situation impressed me beyond words. He handled the animal quickly and safely so nobody got hurt, then he addressed the owner, and rather than railing on her for what happened he taught everyone what she could have done differently and made her feel so good about herself that she was not embarrassed in front of all the other people. I am not a horseman, but watching Alma's kindness and professionalism dealing with people that day made me a life-long fan of his! Additionally, what he did for my wife's horse was amazing. It used to only hard trot or pace and after just one day with his instruction my wife has been able to ride it in a wonderfully smooth gait that has been very enjoyable, and also has solved her back aches after every ride, and made it fun again! Mike McCabe - Albuquerque, NM 

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Alma DeMille is the Lone Ranger, Honest Abe, Zane Grey, Pat Parelli and Clinton Anderson rolled into one. The next horse I buy will be from Alma. Greg Hansen - SLC, Utah

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My dad and I were fortunate enough to be introduced to Alma DeMille at the MFT stud preview several years ago.  We had been asking around for a reputable horse dealer who would treat us right, and those sitting around us in the bleachers all agreed we needed to talk to Mr. DeMille.  We were told his knowledge of horses, and especially the MFT breed is second to none, that his horses are bred and trained to be very smooth on the trail, and that he's known as one that will not hide the potential faults of the horse from you. After purchasing two horses from Alma I have found the recommendations of the people at the stud preview to be spot on.  As new horse owners we wanted young (4 or 5 year old) horses that were very broke and locked into their gaits and the horses we bought from Alma had it all.  If you're looking to buy the best horses available I fully recommend Alma's operation. Matt Sterzer - Provo, Utah

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I bought a horse (my first) from Alma and thought at the time I was crazy to pay so much, but he treated me so good I figured the service and his guarantee was worth it as a first time horse buyer. Then I started riding with other people and learned that buying from Alma was the best investment I ever made! Every time other people had trouble with their horses, mine behaved perfectly, due to Alma's amazing training! Every time they had sore hind ends, I was smiling because my DeMille Foxtrotter rides so smooth I never get a sore butt! Owning a horse that is as close to perfect as an animal can be in every way has proven to be a wise choice for me! He also has proven to me that he honors his guarantee and treats others with respect, living the golden rule. I recommend everyone who wants the best quality, best service, and to deal with an honest man who really knows his trade to buy from DeMille Foxtrotters! Matthew Riley -Tucson, Arizona

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When I met Alma, I was looking for somebody to give me some ideas of where to ride when I visited St George UT. Not only was he willing to give me some ideas. He suggested I come along for a ride with him.  I showed up at his home, wondering just what I was getting myself into to go for a ride in a remote area of Utah with somebody I had never met and had only exchanged a couple of emails with.  Not only did he lead me on a terrific trail ride, but gave me some great tips for improving my horse.  I found Alma to be extremely knowledgeable about MFT and horses in general. Over the years we have maintained our friendship and ridden together  in South Eastern, South Western and Northern Utah. I've hauled my horses down to Alma to get his opinion on how to train and bring out the best in my horses.  He has always been very knowledgeable and willing to share that knowledge. I have recommended Alma to friends who were looking to buy horses and the reports I've gotten back have confirmed my beliefs that he is honest and goes above and beyond to make sure folks find just the right horse for their needs. I would recommend Alma to anybody looking for a trainer to train their gaited horse, to anybody looking to purchase a horse, or for mare owners looking for a stallion to breed their mares to. Jon Tanner - Kaysville, Utah

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"Alma, Our friendship with you over this past four years have been nothing less than a pleasure.  You have always been very willing to share your horse expertise with us and others through teaching, inspiration and enthusiasm. We have personally witnessed AND experienced your willingness to go above and beyond the expected in delivering quality service in your  training, horse sales and generosity with your time. Your coaching and encouragement  has helped us enjoy our Foxtrotter mare Ribbon more than we could have ever imagined.  We love your opinion and philosophy on the Foxtrotter breed and how they can be enjoyed more as a pet, pleasure horse or show horse by working with their God given talents rather than a man made "extreme makeover".  We are so grateful that our paths crossed and we know that anyone that ever buys a horse from you, has you train their horse or train them will know that they have dealt with a  honest man who is passionate about what he believes and lives.  (We only wish we lived closer so I could enjoy you and your families' friendship more often)."
Val and LeRoy Walser - Guthrie, OK  405-822-6705

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I have purchased many fine quality Missouri Foxtrotters from Alma DeMille in the past. He sells quality, well gaited, good natured horses. I have purchased other Missouri Foxtrotters from other breeders and have to say that my old saying used to be that you had to purchase some bad ones to get a good one, but after dealing with DeMille Foxtrotters, I have always been completely satisfied and never lied to about any of the horses qualities. Alma tends to tell the prospective buyer the worse case scenario, but I have always been more than pleased with my purchases and the horses have always been exactly what he has said with no surprises. Alma is an excellent trainer and all of my horses that he has trained have come back to me with the utmost care and great responsive training. Anyone wanting to purchase their first Missouri Foxtrotter, add to their breeding program or have their horse trained I can personally recommend Alma to find you the perfect horse. If he doesn't have it he will work for his customers to find it. Please feel free to contact me anytime at skawinga@yahoo.com. If your ever in my area feel free to drop in and ride a quality Missouri Foxtrotter that I have purchased from Alma. "To ride one is to own one." Susan Isgrig - North Carolina

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If you have bought a horse from me, had me train a horse for you, attended one of my clinics or had personal lessons, or dealt with me in any way and would like to have your comments on this page, I'd appreciate it. Just email them to me. Thanks, Alma

 

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