Whinny Farms:

2008 Gallery & References

38434 East Hwy 20 Burns Oregon, 97720

(541) 493- 2232

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3yr Old AQHA Appendix

Burns, Oegon.



3yr Old AQHA Appendix

Burns, Oegon.




3yr old,

Princeton, Oregon



3yr old Quarter Horse

Riley, Oregon   




12yr old BS/Paint

Eagleville, California.


2yr old Quarter Horse

Eagleville, California.



Lebanon, Oregon

Gaited Rocky Mountain




Lebanon, Oregon

Gaited Kentucky Mountain




3yr Old

Burns, Oregon



5yr old, Oregon Mustang

Burns, Oregon



2yr old

Burns, Oregon


Sir Charles

3yr old Mustang,

Adobe Town HMA,Wyoming


Long Bangs

3yr old Mustang,

Adobe Town HMA,Wyoming


3yr old, Quarter Horse

Burns, Oregon.

 Ima RockStarr Drummin

by Drummin The Boogie

2yr old Stud

Eagleville, California.



1yr old

Burns, Oregon


5yr Old, Nevada Mustang

Prairie City, Oregon


3yr old Quarter Horse

Burns, Oregon

Doc's Last Magic

4yr old 

Madras, Oregon

Hi Don,
'DOC' ia really doing well.  We have been working this week on getting our cues and communication together.  I have been trying to focus on the same signals you were using, and 'Doc" is getting used to me.  He is doing excellent hounch and forhand turns, and sidepasses every time and quite a bit of the time really pretty.  I am using what you tought me on the reins for turning, which is working really well. He turns with almost no rein pressure.  He is stopping very well also.  I am truly pleased.  He has a lot of focus, and is letting me be his protecor and guide, even when he is nervous.
I would like to thank you and Mike and Katie for your work on 'Doc' ,as in the time he was there you exposed him to a lot of different things and put a solid foundation on him on which we can build for his future.  We are certainly looking forward to you working again on him and my wife's horse this fall.  Thanks again,  Larry


10 yr old

Burns Oregon


6yr, old, Quarter horse



3yr old Princeton, Oregon


2yr old paint,

Elma Washington



3yr old Mustang

"South Steens"


3yr old.Tennessee Walker

Elma Washington




3yr old, Rocky Mountain Horse

Lebanon, Oregon

Hi Don
Sunday night and we went to a clinic with six other horses in the arena and she was fantastic!!!!  Truely wonderful!!!  We just need to get her mouth and we will have a whole horse.  She did a trail course with backing through barrels opening gaits poles, plastic tarps, flags and plastic on a stick, she was totally awsome!!!  She did nothing wrong, I'm still in love with her.  You did a great job she just was having a bad day when I picked her up. Please see the attached article.


2yr old, Foxtrotter.

Lebanon, Oregon



I  just fot home from a gaited horse clinic this weekend.  She did great.  She felt very solid but she did fuss a little in her "Whitney" stlye.  A little check here and there to see if I was paying attention, Nice job, thank you!  I was also pleasantly surprised at how soft Whitney's mouth was.


Here I am at the clinic this weekend.  I am doing some rail work.  She is doing very well and I am so pleased!  There were 5 other horses in the arena with me and she did great!  I can't wait to do some trail rides.
Thanks for  giving me back a such a nice horse.  Janice


2yr Old, Bend



12yr old Bend, Oregon


Don and Family-
Thank you so much for all the hard work that you put into my horses.  You took such great care of them, I never worried a moment about their health or happiness. You did such and amazing job that I now trust Annie to not spook and take off on the trail, and I trust that Wrigley will take absolute care of any rider on his back.  So far Annie has been enjoying the trail rides, she loves to go out with Wrigley and just explore and relax.  Wrigley is learning about cows, this was day number two hanging out in the pen with them.  I've attached some photos of us at a sorting practice tonight.  I'm just so amazed that in 60 days you took my 2 year old colt who hadn't seen a saddle before, and now I am able to haul him and ride him in an arena with 20 other horses running around and he is just calm, relaxed and totally intent on listening to what I have to ask.  Your an amazing trainer, you have a real knack for listening to what a horse is thinking and feeling.  Thank you to all of your family for all their hard work, the love that you all put into your training really shows.  My horses are proof of it!  Thank you Don for your good eye for looking at what a horse needs, and a special thank you to Mike for putting so many miles on my horses. Your patience and confidence on horseback has made my horses calm, collected, and willing to do whatever I ask.
-Melissa Brookshire

China Doll

2yr old 

Lebanon, Oregon

Hi Don,
Thank you for putting such quality training into China Doll.  You put such a solid foundation on her.  When I came and picked her up, you gave me a lesson on her, and helped me with her ques.  I was able to take her home and ride her on a trail ride with two other horse riders, she was if she had done it all her life.  She did everything I asked of her.   She gaits beautifully!  Thanks for all your hard work!
Cindy McDougal


3yr old 3/8/2008

Montesano, WA

Wellafter we left the ranch that Friday we took her out on the trails in the Capital Forest, just Dave and I and she did wonderful even put her in front and she went right along, then the following Saturday we took her with a bunch of our friends to a 4-H fundraiser and she did good ( actually have some pictures that I will send to you of her on the trail), my friend was riding her mare(which has done trails for a year now)  behind me and there was some trees planted in tires, her horse spooked gracie didn't. this last saturday we went on another fundraiser and she did well, not too crazy about horses coming up on her, but we're working on that. Sooner is doing good too, she's had two trail rides.

We went on another trail ride the other day and everytime I ride her I'm getting more comfortable with her...you have taught her well.  thanks to you and Mike for I think i'll have a wonderful ride for the next 20 years or so.


2yr old 3/8/2008

Elma, Washington

Hi Don and Kandy,
I just wanted to thank you again for training Brandy for me.  I know I'm not doing what I am supposed to do when it comes to riding her but I'm still enjoying her very much.  I took her on her second trail ride yesterday.  It was about 8 miles and she did terrific.  I had her in the lead most of the time and she just walks out like an old broke trail horse.  We only had one problem at a little wooden bridge that had water running under it.  I let someone else show her it wouldn't hurt her and then the next one we came to she went first again.  My biggest problem is going to be remembering that she is only a 2 year old green broke horse.  Suz keeps reminding me though.  She rode Beulah yesterday and she also did terrific.  If I can continue to ride Brandy once in awhile I think she will become my favorite horse.  I think I'm going to like her even better than her brother.
Thanks again for training my horse for me and doing such a good job.

 3yr old 

Brookings, Oregon


Well FINALLY, we are home safely.  Just sat down at 9:15 pm.  Took a detour to an arena in Eagle Point to let Tipsey out... and Heather and her friend Barbara ride her.  Barbara did awesome with Tipsey.  Heather rode Tipsey on a trail ride with 3-4 other horses. Barbara is gentle, patient and has only had 2 and 3 year old horses.  She got a great response out of Tipsey!
Tipsey trailered like a dream, didn't sweat up despite the long haul and curvey roads!
Anyway, thank you Don and thank you Kandy and Katie and Mike and EVERYONE who helped, I am VERY pleased with the job you did with Tipsey!
Thanks Again!
Jan Miller



2yr old 

Elma, Washington


3yr old 

Prineston, Oregon



2yr Old

from "Three Fingers"

Pheonix, Arizona


3yr old gelding.

Burns Oregon



2Yr Old,

Princeton Oregon

For Sale


4yr old 3/8/2008

Elma, Washington




Dance (For Sale $5,000.00)


2yr Old. Carson Nevada



2yr old B/Paint

Hines, Oregon



3yr old, Jhon Day



4yr old

Elma, Washington

Sizzlin Panda

8yr old Stud,

Elma, Washington


22months. Mustang

Stinkwater herd, Oregon

  Washougal, Washington




4yr Old, Princeton,




4yr old Mitchell Oregon



1yr old, Halter training

Princeton Oregon



1yr old, Halter training

Princeton Oregon

Halter Training





For Sale




For Sale




For Sale




For Sale


When I came to Whinny Farms, I was less experienced than I liked. I knew a lot of things about horses and riding, which I learned from parents, grandparents, and just plain riding. Even I knew you can never know enough about horses and riding, and any tips you pick up can help. I brought my 4yr old horse, “Playboy”, to Don hoping he could train and improve my horses’ abilities. I had started some minor ground work, but knew that I couldn’t start and train him alone. From the time he came to Whinny Farms to the day he left, I saw great and amazing improvements. Each time he was worked with, he got better and better. I had a good horse, and now he’s a great horse. “MY BIG BABY”.

I also took a few riding lessons, courtesy of Don, which is a great instructor, very patient, calm and thorough, which is what I think a horse needs also from us. First from those first couple lessons I saw myself improve upon what I had already known, and I hope to learn and enjoy more through riding. My Thanks to Don, Kandy and their family for everything they have taught me, and for being courteous & kind.

Wish Ya’ll the best

Lisa Gunkel (9/4/2007)

Lisa's riding lessons on Cowboy




5yr old,  Redmond, Oregon


4yr old,Redmond, Oregon

*For Sale*

Rio came to use for 30days with a bucking problem, He likes people and is easy to get along with as long as he’s doing what he wants we put him through our training program, Worked on his bucking and head problems and introduced him back to his owners. There boy Jr is in his teens and was one of the ones who kept getting bucked off. Knowing Rio was going to be testing Jr we worked with them both on the day of pick up. Jr did good with neck bends, walk, trots, and stops. We started the lope and Rio started to think about bucking and Jr went into action and got him to quit his attitude and they went on with the ride. Jr was a bit nervous but after taking control of Rio I can see him settle down a bit. We sent Rio, all the pictures, videos and a riding pamphlet home.

With permission from owner to post this e mail:

Hi, I wish JR would call Don but he's to shy. He says he doesn't know what to say, but then can tell me all about it.

Anyway, he went trail riding with his Dad again Saturday. When he asked Rio to canter he prepared himself and sure enough Rio bucked a little. He pulled him out of it, turned him around, went back, and started over. He hopped some the second time so JR made him go back again. The third time he was fine. I was very proud of JR when he told me that! He has really changed since you showed him how to handle Rio. He's a lot more confident and is really having fun with Rio and even plays some with the other horses. He told me he's no longer afraid to canter out of the pen since he knows what to do now.

He asked me to take Rio off of dreamhorse because he wants to keep him. He is really enjoying him now!!!

He has also referred back to the videos.

I just have to give you another great big THANKS! You have really helped us TONS!


P.S. I wouldn't be surprised if JR ends up working with horses someday. He really enjoys it and even more so now that he has some more knowledge. He even jumped up on my horse in the pasture! No halter, no bridle, no nothing! He just did what you showed him with Rio until she calmly let him. Clinton Anderson would classify her a crack head! I can't believe he did that! Well, maybe it's more, I can't believe she let him do it! He does have a way with horses though.

I definitely recommend your services! We got more then we paid for and I really appreciate that!

Don has helped me with my horse. He taught my horse how to do things I've never even heard of, and taught me how to stay on a horse and not get bucked off, he taught me how to lunge a horse too. The time I spent with Don I learned more about patience and respect for my horse. I had a lot of fun learning new things and I know this knowledge will be put to good use as I continue to ride and become better. His help and coaching have been a lot of help to me and I hope other people will benefit from his teachings and guidence as I have.

Victoria Freed

Because of a chance encounter with another of Don's satisfied clients, my wife and I decided to adopt two mustangs from the Burns BLM corrals, and have Don halter break them. We had adopted mustangs before but only very young ones and didn't feel we had the experience to train two more mature wild horses. My wife picked a gorgeous three year old, golden palomino and a week or two later I found a pretty blue roan filly about 18 months old for myself. Both were transported to Whinny farms for training. Don did a fine job training the two mustangs, then showed great patience in showing us some of his tools to further their learning once they were brought home. Two days after we picked them up our horseshoer did some trimming on Magic's feet, due to a small tear on her hoof. Both I and the horseshoer appreciated Don's efforts. Magic hadn't met the horseshoer prior to this and behaved better than a good share of domestic horses. You couldn't have told him that her first positive human contact had been less than three weeks prior. Both Duchess, the palomino, and Magic are advancing quicker than either I or my wife expected. There are a lot of horse trainers that live closer to our home than Don does but we plan to bring both mustangs back to Whinny farms for their saddle training. We have had bad experiences with different trainers in the past and the results we have seen with our two horse give us the confidence that if we put out the extra effort to drive the horses to Burns, Don and his family will put their best efforts into the education and well being of our horses.

Dave and Kathy Mcnett, Washington


Black Mountain, Idaho Mustang.

4 year old Mustang from Emmett Idaho



Hard Trigger Herd, Idaho Mustang

4 Year old Mustang from Emmett Idaho



You are the greatest!!  What you accomplished with Rocky and Trigger was very impressive!  I never expected that in 30 days both Rocky and Trigger would be going on trails, crossing water, bridges, being roped off of and that BOTH would allow you to stand on them!  Watching the two of you with the horses was a real experience.  In just a month you really developed a bond with them.  That shows you really care!  The training transferred over also, because when we got them home they stayed constant with what you had taught them.

Thank you also for taking the time to work with me teaching you how they had been taught and making sure I was comfortable riding them. The pictures and video clips were valuable showing me how you trained them also…and what their reaction was to things.

Meeting and working with the two of you was a true education and experience. 

Thanks again, 

Eloise and Doug Kraemer, Emmett, Idaho


Dear Don,
I'd like to thank you for the training that you did on our two adopted Mustangs, Terra and Lucy.  The foundation that your training laid has enabled us to seamlessly advance their training now that they are at home.  Friends are amazed at the gentling you did on these Mustangs.
Please know that our next two adopted Mustangs will be coming to you for your excellent gentling, training, and foundation.
Thanks again,
Chuck and Kate Bettis

"I am writing this letter to thank you for what you have done for us on training our little Mustangs we adopted from the B.L.M. We had you pick them up & transport them to your training facility. Then when you were done with the halter training you delivered them to us.We couldn't be more pleased with your work. We feel you went beyond the normal & took very good care of the newest members of our family. They were trained very well & are like they have been raised right here. Please feel free to use us as a reference, if the need ever arises. Again, Thank You, and we will see you agian when the time comes for saddle training."

James and Sharon Girvin

Willie Paint Mare 2007


Burns Oregon, 2007

Thank You Whinny Farms for the great job you did on Tequila ( No Name Horse). When I first saw Tequila, I thought she would never amount to much. My friend really cares for this horse and took her to Whinny farms to have her trained by Don Hall. Don did an excellent job, and she’s totally a different horse. She is doing very well. She is being ridden by her owner, Willy Land. He currently rides her with his good friend, Ronnie moving cows or just out for a joyride. Since Tequila did a great job at the trainer, and at home, we (Ronnie & Lisa) sent “Playboy” also to Whinny Farms. Playboy had some problems and Don Hall has trained him to be a good riding horse. From our point of view, Don is one of the Great trainers of our era. Future trainees (horses) of ours will also go to Whinny Farms ‘ cause it’s the best! Don and his family are great people.

Thank-You Whinny Farms!

Ronnie Patteeuw & Willy Land

Don, Kandy, Mike & Katie..."A special 'Thank You' message intended to express warm appreciation for all your thoughtfulness. Being such good (parents) & trainers to Walia really was a conquest- A real mom can't always be replaced. By choice you gave your blood sweat & tears - and that is what I thank you for."
Love In Christ

Sharyl Parkin, Hwy 395 Burns, Oregon 2005

Thank You!


Find us at "The Big Red Barn", mile marker 147, HWY 20 East of Burns Oregon.

Call (541) 493-2232

Email: whinnyfarms@centurylink.net

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38434 E. Hwy 20
Burns, Oregon 97720

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