Dr. Jim and Lynda McCall are nationally recognized experts on horse behavior, reproduction, training, management and business. From 1968 to 1998, Dr. Jim McCall was instrumental in the development of horse programs at Texas A & M University, the University of Maryland and Louisiana Tech University. Dr. McCall was the Founder and Horse Director of Equine Studies at the University of Maryland for 9 years, Founder and Director of Equine Studies at Louisiana Tech University for 18 years. Jim also served as a consultant to several other universities on the development of horse programs. The McCall's have also served as legal consultants and expert witnesses related to all facets of horse industry.
Since the 1970's Dr. McCall has been renown for his training philosophy referred to as Tackless Training or Breaking Without Force and his system of Free Lounging using body language to control the movement of horses. He has appeared on Howard Cosell's Sportsbeat, NBC Today Show and CBS Morning News as well as numerous other national and local television programs. In addition to giving clinics on his training techniques and philosophy, Dr McCall has been featured in EQUUS, the Quarter Horse Journal, Practical Horseman, Horse and Rider and Horsemen Magazine.
The McCalls have written three books: Influencing Horse Behavior: A Natural Approach to Training, The Stallion: A Breeding Guide for Owners and Handlers, Horses Behavin' Badly and produced a training video, Lounging With Body English. Between the 1970 and the 2005, the McCall also wrote over 500 articles on horse topics for leading horse magazines. During this time, they also wrote to syndicated columns, - The Pool of Knowledge which dealt with topics related to the management and business of horses and Equine Insight which dealt with horse behavior and training problems.
Retired from university teaching in 1998, the McCall's now reside in Mount Holly, Arkansas at their farm The Old Place. They currently stand Tippy Toe Plan, the Palomino World Champion Cutting Horse and Color a Star, Paint World Champion Cutting Horse as well train and show cutting horses. As Equine Specialists, the McCall's also are available as consultants to farms and individuals as well as attorneys involved in equine cases.
The McCall's have been involved in the horse business for over 50 years. In addition to cutting, Jim has trained horses for almost every event including including hunters and jumpers, race horses, dressage horses, barrel horses, and pleasure horses. Lynda has been a licensed thoroughbred trainer and rode horses in many disciples over the years. As breeders, they have bred an Olympic Gold Medal winner, multiple Thoroughbred stakes winners, and many AQHA, NRHA and NCHA performance horses.
Articles written about the McCalls (pdf files): The Maryland Horse,1973 Equus 1979 Horse and Rider, 1980 Spur, 1981 American Quarter Horse Journal, 1982 Louisiana Life,1986 American Quarter Horse Journal, 1989 Equine Practice, 2001