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Cross 9 Ranch
Bill & Linda Black,  McNeal, Arizona
Phone: 520-221-6160  Email: Cross9ranch@hotmail.com

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  • Julia & Larry Hamel

    Julia & Larry Hamel Willcox, AZ

    Linda and Bill have trained two of our horses. Big Mama the Clydesdale and Wiley the quarter horse. They are excellent in their skills and are very fun to work with. They are no-joke the real thing. They are always aware of safety, the horses and the rider. Their natural horsemanship training program is just what we were looking for. A big thank you to the Cross 9 Ranch!

    Linda and Bill have trained two of our horses. Big Mama the Clydesdale and Wiley the quarter horse. They are excellent in their skills and are very fun to work with. They are no-joke the real thing. They are always aware of safety, the horses and the rider. Their natural horsemanship training program is just what we were looking for. A big thank you to the Cross 9 Ranch!

  • Suzie Wilburn

    Suzie Wilburn Fort Huacahuca, AZ

    I met Bill and Linda though a friend of mine that also boarded her horse at Buffalo Corral on Fort Huachuca, AZ. I have two mares Misty and Lilly and the one Bill came for was Misty, my white-grey QH mare. Misty had issues with loading on a trailer and she had been that way since I had bought her over a year prior to the lesson. I had been working Misty through Clinton Anderson's Down Under Natural Horsemanship Method and she was doing well. the only problem I had was I couldn't get her back end in the trailer. you can say her whole body was practically in the trailer except for her feet. So Bill and Linda came out in mid Nov 2012 and met Misty. He had me show him how I was trying to get her on the trailer. After that her pointed out everything that I was pretty much doing wrong in a way. He said Misty wasn't even paying attention to me nor did she even want to do what I wanted her to do: get on the trailer. So he worked with her and after he got through to her, she stubbornly got on the trailer. I was shocked. I didn't even know what to think at that moment bc she was in the trailer. I had spent time and money on other trainers who couldn't even accomplish that in a day much less in an hour. Then Bill had me do it and then she had a few set backs but I eventually got her in there. I was so happy and relieved to have accomplished that task bc I was moving back to GA the next week coming. Now Misty is still improving on trailer loading and she is getting better and before I know it she will load like a normal, easy to load horse. This past Sunday, Misty and I went to a park that had equestrian trails. She was wonderful the whole time which I was impressed bc it was our first outing together and actually I think it was her first outing in general. Misty and her "lil sister", Lilly, were so happy she arrived home, Lilly was running around the pasture like a crazy woman. They were neighing at each the whole time driving up the driveway to the barn to unload her. Thank you Bill and Linda for helping me achieve my goal of teaching Misty to trailer load. I couldn't have done it without your help.

    I met Bill and Linda though a friend of mine that also boarded her horse at Buffalo Corral on Fort Huachuca, AZ. I have two mares Misty and Lilly and the one Bill came for was Misty, my white-grey QH mare. Misty had issues with loading on a trailer and she had been that way since I had bought her over a year prior to the lesson. I had been working Misty through Clinton Anderson's Down Under Natural Horsemanship Method and she was doing well. the only problem I had was I couldn't get her back end in the trailer. you can say her whole body was practically in the trailer except for her feet. So Bill and Linda came out in mid Nov 2012 and met Misty. He had me show him how I was trying to get her on the trailer. After that her pointed out everything that I was pretty much doing wrong in a way. He said Misty wasn't even paying attention to me nor did she even want to do what I wanted her to do: get on the trailer. So he worked with her and after he got through to her, she stubbornly got on the trailer. I was shocked. I didn't even know what to think at that moment bc she was in the trailer. I had spent time and money on other trainers who couldn't even accomplish that in a day much less in an hour. Then Bill had me do it and then she had a few set backs but I eventually got her in there. I was so happy and relieved to have accomplished that task bc I was moving back to GA the next week coming.
    Now Misty is still improving on trailer loading and she is getting better and before I know it she will load like a normal, easy to load horse. This past Sunday, Misty and I went to a park that had equestrian trails. She was
    wonderful the whole time which I was impressed bc it was our first outing together and actually I think it was her first outing in general. Misty and her "lil sister", Lilly, were so happy she arrived home, Lilly was running around the pasture like a crazy woman. They were neighing at each the whole time driving up the driveway to the barn to unload her.
    Thank you Bill and Linda for helping me achieve my goal of teaching Misty to trailer load. I couldn't have done it without your help.

  • Judy Lynn

    Judy Lynn Bisbee AZ

    I met Bill and Linda threw a friend, I have a nice yearling stud colt named Dallas Wayne..The Bill calls him DDub.. He was a mess!! a spoiled brat, bites, kicks, no respect. I sent the colt with Bill for a few months..OMG. I would go to the ranch and have lessons, it was like magic. He was calm respectful, happy and liked being worked with..I can't say enough wonderful things about Bill and Linda training. They have forgot more than most peoplen know..He now comes to Bisbee to help me and other riders learn the magic! Thx Judy Lynn

    I met Bill and Linda threw a friend, I have a nice yearling stud colt named Dallas Wayne..The Bill calls him DDub.. He was a mess!! a spoiled brat, bites, kicks, no respect. I sent the colt with Bill for a few months..OMG. I would go to the ranch and have lessons, it was like magic. He was calm respectful, happy and liked being worked with..I can't say enough wonderful things about Bill and Linda training. They have forgot more than most peoplen know..He now comes to Bisbee to help me and other riders learn the magic! Thx Judy Lynn

  • Angie Allred

    Angie Allred Benson, AZ

    My 16-year-old son, Val, is a cowboy at heart. He has been around animals on our small farm all his life, and he rides his horse any chance he gets. He can rarely be seen without his dusty, sun-bleached cowboy hat pressed low over his brow. His boots scuff up puffs of dust as he walks across the desert. He is quiet, and he always seemed deep in thought, dreaming his dreams about someday being a rancher. Then, over a year ago, we lucked into a chance meeting with Bill and Linda thru a friend. We talked about Val’s hopes of becoming a rancher and his longing to learn the real life of a rancher -- every aspect of it. Bill and Linda agreed to take him on as a rancher-in-training/ranch hand. What an amazing stroke of luck for my son. He is learning how to handle so many aspects of ranching: horse handling and riding, cattle gathering in the old way of gentle finesse, roping, riding fences and gates, branding cattle and monitoring their health, raising dogie calves, mothering up calves, taking proper care of a fine saddle, maintaining wells and generators and pipes, working hard during the day then gathering with friends for a good dinner and cowboyin’ stories, and so many other amazing things. He is quiet, he doesn’t talk a lot, but when I see him smile his quiet grin at the end of a day on the ranch, I know he is proud of what he is learning, and is very happy. One day, out on Cross 9, we were all working on gathering the cattle to a corral at the well at the back of 9000 wide acres. We had separated into zones, and were working our zones; searching draws, thick stands of Mesquite, corners of washes, heck, any nook or cranny a cow could fit in. After a few hours, only a few cows had been gathered. We met up at the well, and started working on plan B. As we were studying the horizon, we saw a cow come up over a bluff, then another, then a whole long line, marching slowly towards us. At the end of the line, a horse and rider appear, slowly, gently steering the cows towards the well. As soon as I could see the lone rider was Val, I swallowed a lump of pride in my throat. As soon as I could see his face, there it was, that quiet grin. Now, my son is on his way to living his dream. Thank you Bill and Linda. There are no words…

    My 16-year-old son, Val, is a cowboy at heart. He has been around animals on our small farm all his life, and he rides his horse any chance he gets. He can rarely be seen without his dusty, sun-bleached cowboy hat pressed low over his brow. His boots scuff up puffs of dust as he walks across the desert. He is quiet, and he always seemed deep in thought, dreaming his dreams about someday being a rancher. Then, over a year ago, we lucked into a chance meeting with Bill and Linda thru a friend. We talked about Val’s hopes of becoming a rancher and his longing to learn the real life of a rancher -- every aspect of it. Bill and Linda agreed to take him on as a rancher-in-training/ranch hand. What an amazing stroke of luck for my son. He is learning how to handle so many aspects of ranching: horse handling and riding, cattle gathering in the old way of gentle finesse, roping, riding fences and gates, branding cattle and monitoring their health, raising dogie calves, mothering up calves, taking proper care of a fine saddle, maintaining wells and generators and pipes, working hard during the day then gathering with friends for a good dinner and cowboyin’ stories, and so many other amazing things. He is quiet, he doesn’t talk a lot, but when I see him smile his quiet grin at the end of a day on the ranch, I know he is proud of what he is learning, and is very happy. One day, out on Cross 9, we were all working on gathering the cattle to a corral at the well at the back of 9000 wide acres. We had separated into zones, and were working our zones; searching draws, thick stands of Mesquite, corners of washes, heck, any nook or cranny a cow could fit in. After a few hours, only a few cows had been gathered. We met up at the well, and started working on plan B. As we were studying the horizon, we saw a cow come up over a bluff, then another, then a whole long line, marching slowly towards us. At the end of the line, a horse and rider appear, slowly, gently steering the cows towards the well. As soon as I could see the lone rider was Val, I swallowed a lump of pride in my throat. As soon as I could see his face, there it was, that quiet grin. Now, my son is on his way to living his dream. Thank you Bill and Linda. There are no words…

  • Greg Coar

    Greg Coar Indianapolis In.

    Getting ready for my third trip to Az. to ride with Bill and Linda. I have been with them since 2007 and I can't express how greatful I am for their friendship and training. When I'm at home I have my good horse Pines Impressive Guy to ride { trained by Bill and Linda } and when I am in Az. I get to ride the great Commander Plan son Cross9 Roy. Life doesn't get much better than that. Thanks for all you have given me. See you soon.

    Getting ready for my third trip to Az. to ride with Bill and Linda. I have been with them since 2007 and I can't express how greatful I am for their friendship and training. When I'm at home I have my good horse Pines Impressive Guy to ride { trained by Bill and Linda } and when I am in Az. I get to ride the great Commander Plan son Cross9 Roy. Life doesn't get much better than that. Thanks for all you have given me. See you soon.

  • Roni Wood

    Roni Wood Sierra Vista, AZ

    I have riden with Linda Black on several occassions. I have no previous experience to speak of. Linda explained everything to me and then had me try it. I saddled my own horse and finished by brushing him. Linda has a way of explaining that is easy going and sometimes funny, she always makes sure you get what she is saying. Coming from zero riding experience, I walked away wanting to pursue my new found passion for being a "cowgirl"!! I hope you too will discover the wonders to be had on the Cross9Ranch and very soon......Roni Wood of Sierra Vista, AZ

    I have riden with Linda Black on several occassions. I have no previous experience to speak of. Linda explained everything to me and then had me try it. I saddled my own horse and finished by brushing him. Linda has a way of explaining that is easy going and sometimes funny, she always makes sure you get what she is saying. Coming from zero riding experience, I walked away wanting to pursue my new found passion for being a "cowgirl"!! I hope you too will discover the wonders to be had on the Cross9Ranch and very soon......Roni Wood of Sierra Vista, AZ