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date: 07 March 2021

Rarey, John Solomonlocked

(06 December 1827–04 October 1866)
  • Sharon E. Cregier


Rarey, John Solomon (06 December 1827–04 October 1866), "Great American Horse Tamer", “Great American Horse Tamer,” was born in Groveport, Ohio, the son of Adam Rarey, a farmer and tavern keeper, and Mary Catherine Pontius. A Methodist, Rarey attended Ohio Wesleyan University.

Introduced to horse taming as a farm boy, Rarey was seriously injured in early attempts to train horses forcibly. After softening his approach, he attracted clients as early as age twelve. To test and refine his developing theories of gentler training, Rarey consulted other tamers but found their methods unsatisfactory....

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