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Carrie Iacobucci-Grimm

ABI Success Story


Advanced Equine Training, Equine Behavior & Management

Carrie’s love for horses began at an early age when her grandparents were dairy farmers in upstate New York. They bought Carrie her very first pony, and it was on the farm where she learned to ride with coaching from her grandmother.  She honed her riding skills by participating in neighborhood trail rides and by riding bareback on her favorite quarter horse, Mr. Kay.  

College and career eventually put owning a horse on the back burner, but Carrie stayed involved with horses by volunteering as a leader and side walker for an Equine Therapeutic center in Houston Texas for several years. In 2004 she became a horse owner again and competed in barrel racing for over 16 years.

When she and her husband, along with her two horses and dogs moved back to Texas, she took a break from barrel racing to focus on her job and their new ranch. 

During the Covid lockdown, Carrie decided to follow her dream of owning an equine business. 

Although Carrie learned from many trainers while barrel racing, as well as attending many clinics, she felt like she needed more information on the nature and behavior of horses.   After experiencing the ups and downs in barrel racing including the injuries to horses and riders, witnessing the way people handle and treat horses (good or bad), witnessing challenging horse behaviors, and, how people label horses based upon their behaviors, Carrie decided to pursue a formal education on equines.

It took her over 2 years to complete and acquire certification of the required courses in Equine Behavior & Management, and Advanced Equine Training from the Animal Behavior institute, a premier accredited school.   Carrie has started a business called “AGE is JUST a NUMBER RANCH, LLC. where she wants to help equine lovers by sharing her knowledge of the most current learning theory.  Educating individuals on equine behaviors, safety when handling or working around horses, groundwork, energy, ranch sitting, and retirement boarding are just a few areas that she will focus on.

Carrie will continue to educate herself by working with other certified trainers who have the same passion for helping people understand horses and horse welfare, and to help develop compassionate and knowledgeable horsemen and women.

Carrie is also very active in her community as a twenty-seven-year volunteer at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, as a foster for multiple Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society horses, as a member of the Cowboy Church of Brenham Arena Team, as a member of the Rotary of Caldwell, TX., and as a member of the Burleson County Chamber.

A note from Carrie:

I realize as I reflect on my past experiences and challenges in the horse world, how each horse has prepared me for where I am today. I believe that when we try to control our situations without asking and listening for help, things may or may not work out the way we want. Whatever the outcome, we are presented with the lessons that we are intended to learn. I do my best to ask and listen to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who will give us guidance and direction.

“We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.” – Proverbs 16.9

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