About Joe

Welcome to Onlinehorsemanship. This site is dedicated to helping others breakthrough the confusion of what it means to truly communicate with your horse. Also to develop the kind of control, confidence and respect you always wanted in your relationship with your equine partner.

Trainer - Clinician
Joe Nortrup

Joe’s Story

My personal journey with horses began the year after I was honorably discharged from the Marine Corp. I had waited for years to have my own horse and now the time had come! Of course I did exactly what many do, without any knowledge of horse/ human relationships I went out and bought a nice big, stout three year old colt with zero training. You can figure out the rest from there.

The biggest difference between when I started my journey with horses and today is the amount of information available, literally at your finger tips, that simply wasn’t the case back then. This was also at a time when successful trainers didn’t want to share their knowledge either as their techniques were considered trade secrets. You can imagine the trial and error and the wrecks that a newcomer would be faced with. Looking back I cringe thinking about all the hard lessons I had to learn and the horses that suffered through my ignorance.

Movie - Horse
Joe on the Set of ROOTS

Obviously I didn’t give up. My struggles only fueled my passion and hunger for knowledge about horses and horsemanship. Eventually I achieved my goals and found success with horses, becoming skilled enough to become a clinician and work as a trainer and horsemanship instructor in the film industry teaching both actors and stunt persons how to ride for their parts and ultimately performing equine stunts and riding as an extra in multiple productions like UNDERGROUND (the series), the remake of the classic ROOTS, the movie THE TALE and most recently the film LOGAN starring Hugh Jackman.


Why I Want To Help People

Natural - Horsemanship
Joe and Horse Joined Up

I want to help people with their horses because I’ve learned over the years the best way to help the horses I love is to help the people they belong too. With today’s media and the proliferation of horse training videos and websites like this the potential to help thousands of horse enthusiasts instead of just hundreds is a reality and I want to be a part of that!


The Goal Of This Site

The goal of this site is to help both horses and the people who love them. If I can shorten the learning curve for the individual and open their eyes to the possibilities that exist with their equine partners they will find a deeper enjoyment and relationship with their horse, adding value to both of them. Not to mention one of the most important goals, that being SAFETY for both horse and rider.

If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

All the best,






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