Grant's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Tabula Rasa

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Moran, WY

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 7

  • ON DVD:

GRANT GOLLIHER

Cowboy/Horse Trainer
Diamond Cross Ranch

“If you have a dream, there's always a price.”

INTERESTS:

Sports

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Acceptance Family Fear Fulfillment Goals Hard Work Opportunity Passion Perseverance Pressure Pride Risk Regrets Success Support & Encouragement Struggle Talent Values Money & Financial Security

FOUNDATION:

Helping People Upholding a cause I believe in

TAGS:

abuse, adventure, anger, animals, dream, envy, federal reserve, frustration, helping others, horse whispering, horses, insecurity, journey, open minded, peace, people, poetry, polo, purpose, railroad

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Grew up on a farm in a bad environment; his mother was depressed, suicidal; he knew he had to get away, “break the cycle.”
  • Worked for the railroad for a year to save up money, then bought two mules and rode from Colorado to Wyoming at age 19.
  • He had $500 and a pack of food; lived on beans and pancakes, was constantly lonely, but considers it all “part of the journey.”
  • Knew he had to “live out his adventure” after watching his dad devote his life to a job he hated.
  • Started out as a professional polo player, but people repeatedly told him that he had a unique bond with the horses.
  • Began training horses through “horse whispering,” extended his bond with horses into talks and demonstrations about trust, human relationships.
  • Had his difficulties: sometimes felt bad about how he was treating the animals, wanted to quit; found a mentor that changed his mind.
  • Says even after all these years, every time he steps into a pen with an unbroken horse, he’s facing his fears.

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