Lexington, KY

John and Kathy’s passion for helping horses and teaching people laid the groundwork for the creation of Raising The Baar Horsemanship Center. Their vision was to create a facility and atmosphere that is as safe for the learner as it is functional for horse development.



We offer programs for horses that need to be started under saddle, to continue in their foundation development and training for specific problems that need to be solved. Colt Starting, Foundation Training & Problem Solving.


Does your horse whinny when you take him away from his buddy? Does your horse rush to get back to the herd? Is your horse’s herd mate frantic when his buddy leaves the pen? Are your horse’s Separation Anxiety Issues becoming safety issues?  “Solving Separation Anxiety” can help you!!


The Virtual Learning Program is a perfect fit if you live far away, or prefer not to travel but you still want to progress with expert instruction. We offer different packages and styles depending what fits your needs.

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Meet our Team

John Baar

John Baar is a lifelong student of the horse, developing his craft of Colt Starting and Teaching using Natural Horsemanship. John is dedicated to growth as a horseman and has ridden with Master horsemen including Martin Black, Ray Hunt and Pat Parelli. He has an appreciation for all disciplines of HMS and is particularly passionate about cow working. John is a Horse Development Specialist and a Natural Horsemanship Instructor.

Kathy Baar

Kathy Baar is a USDF Gold Medalist, Author, Horse Development Specialist and Natural Horsemanship Instructor. She has been studying and teaching Natural Horsemanship for over 20 years, combining the happiness of the horse with the results needed for competition and Horse Development.

Luke Baar
Luke's Little Trainer

Luke’s vision is to put quality training on miniature horses, developing them into loving partners for the young equestrian and their family!!


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    Great Courses

    Through the course format and John’s leadership not only have I become better for my horse but I have become a better husband to my wife and a better father for my children. This was more then I ever expected!

    Tom S

    What a Change

    Equestrians highly value quality training for their horses. To find an exceptional trainer is very hard. John Baar is one of those exceptional trainers.

    Grace Murdoch – Cincinnati, Ohio

    What They're Saying

    My experience at Raising the Baar Farm with John and Kathy Baar was a revelation!

    Carol and Unser