Trainer Profile: Ben Longwell of True West Horsemanship

True West Horsemanship
Photo Credit Natalie Longwell

Helping Riders Build Trust and Feel with Their Horses What is your name and location? Ben Longwell of True West Horsemanship, LLC from Pendleton, Oregon. What disciplines do you train/teach? We teach horsemanship for all disciplines, helping riders build strong partnerships through clearer communication. We do ranch roping and emphasize …

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Media Barn: New in Books – A Horse by Nature

Mary Ann Simonds

Managing Emotional and Mental Stress in Horses for Improved Welfare by Mary Ann Simonds Renowned wild horse ecologist and equine behaviorist Mary Ann Simonds provides a practical soup-to-nuts manual for understanding how horses think, feel, learn, communicate, and interact with each other and with humans. Integrating over 30 years of …

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Trainer’s Corner: Get the Most from Your Training Dollars

Get the Most

Have Clear Expectations and Good Communication Deciding to send your horse out for training is a huge commitment and financial expense. When you put your horse in training it’s important to define your expectations. Select a trainer who specializes in the discipline you’re interested in pursuing. For example, we train …

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The Cowboy & The Jump Jockey, How A Champion Racehorse Was Saved

March 31, 2024 Solvang, California: Amazing stories unfold in the podcast episode #251 about how champion horses are made when the trainers get it right for the horse.  Born in the United Kingdom and famous in Germany for working with Monty Roberts on some remarkable horses, Simon Stokes is a fearless Jump Jockey and patient trainer. When the …

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Trainer’s Profile: BCR Horsemanship at Baxter Creek Ranch

Baxter Creek Ranch
Photo by Roxanne Baxter

Roxanne Baxter Offers All-around Training in Phoenix, Oregon What is your name and location Roxanne Baxter, BCR Horsemanship LLC in Phoenix, Oregon. Our ranch name is Baxter Creek Ranch. Disciplines offered? I’m an all-around trainer and riding instructor with an emphasis on kind horsemanship with no shortcuts to real communication, …

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Trail Savvy: No Round Pen? No Problem!

round pen
Photo Courtesy Robert Eversole

Find Horse Training Success in Less-than-ideal Situations A round pen is one of those items that has been on my wish list for a while. Everywhere you look, it seems that a round pen is a “must-have” piece of equipment if you’re going to be serious about your horsemanship; I …

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Trainer’s Profile: Bruce Anderson of Natural Humanship™

Natural Humanship™
Photos by Julianne Neal, JA Media Productions

Seeing Bruce in action has been a thrill. He has such a way with horses and people! I witnessed his methods at the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo a couple years ago and then again at the Mustang Summit in Westcliffe, Colorado this past summer. Check out his website and see …

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Editor’s Postcard: Seek Out Quality Instruction

Quality Instruction
Photo by Kim Roe

Successful Riders are Not Always Good Teachers Recently a video going around social media featured clips of a jumping lesson taught by an elite equestrian to a group of young riders. The trainer, a former world champion, repeatedly berated her students, yelled at them, and at one point said, “Either …

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Community News: What Makes a Good Instructor?

What Makes a Good Instructor
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CHA Region One Conference is February 29 – March 3 By Phil Peterson – CHA Region 1 Director Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) promotes excellence in safety and education by certifying riding instructors, accrediting equine facilities, producing educational conferences, and publishing educational resources. CHA has a new website. Visit www.CHA.Horse for more …

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Trainer’s Profile: Molly McDaniel of Balanced Performance Training and Hoofcare

Trainer’s Profile
Photo by Cassidy Kettlestring

Focusing on the Longevity and Soundness of the Horse Interview by Kim Roe What is the name of your business? Balanced Performance Training and Hoofcare, LLC What do you do?  I’m a farrier and I also accept horses and mules for training. I teach lessons (and can provide lesson horses …

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