Welcome to Cook Arena

FLASH!!! I am no longer training horses for the public. I sincerely appreciate everyone who has put their faith in me over the years, but am looking forward to working exclusively with my own horses!

Recent Articles

How To Be A Horse Trainer

13 Feb

How to be a horse trainer in today’s day and age. They say that all you need is a shingle, some paint, a nail, and a hammer. And you know what? For the most part, they’re right. I gave up my Amateur status about 2 years ago now, but been a “Professional Amateur” for years. I’ve […]

Schooling A Young Horse

02 Feb

Schooling a young horse can at times be stressful for both you and your young prospect. I’ve seen it countless times where people have bought one that’s just a little too green for them, but they still bring it home with hopes and dreams as big as the Olympics. Even if your horse is incredibly […]

Finding A Cutting Horse Prospect

30 Jan

I was asked the other day, “How do go about finding a cutting horse prospect of sorting horse prospect?” The topic brought to mind my many horse hunting trips, and has me thinking about what exactly DO I look for in a prospect? Conformation: Legs and feet. This is so important that I am going […]

Poor Weather & Horses

14 Jan

Through rain & snow & sleet & hail, a horse owners job is never done. This is one reason why I’ve always said that horse’s are a lifestyle rather than a hobby. As much money as can go into sailing, golf, or even football, there is no other sport that requires the hobbyist to bundle […]

Everyone needs a first…

09 Jan

First of all, welcome to the new blog for Cook Arena! Between horse shows, training horses, web design, the tack store/saddle shop (Cook Saddlery), and a full time job as a Project Manager at Floyd Medical Center in Rome, Georgia, I stay pretty busy, but I’m going to commit to at least one post per […]


I took a 3 year old QH Mare to Heidi for her to ride for 30 days. She took the time to discuss my goals and concerns for my horse. I was pleased to find my goals where met when I picked up my mare. Her circles, lead changes, and head set were awesome! Heidi is a motivated, compassionate trainer. Rain, sleet, or snow, she gets the job done. Thanks Heidi!

A big thanks to Heidi Cook at Cook Arena for the amazing training she has done. Not only on one of my horses but two of them. She continues to amaze me on the variety of training she can do on a horse. Heidi trained my first one on heading he had box issues and a few more in general working and responding to what I needed for team sorting. When I got him back he was totally different, like a new horse I loved it to. The second one she is still training and he is vastly improving each day he is a sorter and cutter I absolutely love what she has done with him. He works great and I am so happy she is working with him because I love the stop turn and cutting she has advanced him to. Thank you Heidi so much for all the hard work you have done and hours you have put in to working with my horses because it makes it so much fun for me to ride and compete on a whole new level. Once again thank you so much for your dedication, work, and skill!

“We absolutely LOVE Heidi & Dale. Both of our horses did extremely well under Heidi’s training. The first, a 3 year old mare who was just under saddle became an AQHA point earner & sorting champ. The second an all around ranch horse became a finished cutter, a winner in both ARHA & AQHA as well as earning an invitation to the AQHA World Show. Even more important, both of our horses genuinely love their job, it was very obvious they enjoyed being around Heidi and responded to her with affection and trust. I was always amazed from one week to the next at the consistent improvement in the horses, it was evident that they were being ridden as promised, and trained with gentle consistency. I also found that she was very patient with us when giving lessons each week. I just can’t say enough good things about her!”

“Heidi has done “tune ups” on both my horses and I can’t say enough good things. The difference in just 30 days was amazing. I completely trust Heidi and Dale, I know I don’t have to worry about my boys when they are in training. I have also bought a horse from Heidi and he is absolutely amazing! Dale her husband is my go to guy for ANY and ALL tack needs. He made my new horse a custom fit saddle, custom headstall and custom breast collar. Pricing is unbeatable for both there horse training and tack needs. Trustworthy and always friendly, I refer everyone to the Cook Arena and Cook Saddlery.”

“We took one of our younger horses to Heidi for her to ride for 30 days. We picked him up last weekend and we could not be more pleased. His turns were great, he had a great headset, and soft face. We was much more settled while working the cows with all around improvements. She did a great job.”

“I raised the best colt that I have had in several years. This past year I sent him to Heidi to break and start training.  I was very pleased in the job that Heidi did. I would recommend her to anyone.”

“One of the best I’ve had a pleasure to meet. Soft with her hands and very in tune with your horse.”