All About Boots

How to Boot Up Your Horse for Safety and Support by Allison Trimble, Willfully Guided Horsemanship   In very physical equine sports, like performance horse competition, leg protection is important. Injury to a horse’s legs can be career ending. There are a lot of types and brands of leg protection and …

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Mastering the Texas Two-Step

Texas Two-Step

Teach Your Horse Speed Control with this Common Obstacle   by Mark Bolender There are a number of important tools we can use to train a horse for Mountain Trail and Extreme Trail competition. Those same tools can also be used to create a great partnership between you and your …

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On Green Horses, Spurs, and Achieving “Feel”

Riding Well is More than Mechanics by Al Dunning   Hi Al,      I really enjoy your show on Dish Network. I have green broke 7 year old quarter horse that I just began riding. He has had four rides on the trail. When do you recommend using spurs and, …

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Water Monsters

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Help Your Horse (Safely) Confront His Fear of Water   by Mark Bolender Nearly every equestrian has experienced a horse with water issues. Often I’m told by owners that no matter what they try their horse will refuse to enter water, or else it will leap the smallest stream or …

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Developing a True Connection with Your Horse: Part 4

July 2014

Liberty Work Part 4 by Alice Trindle   In examining the suggestions within the past three articles about liberty work, I hope you have been able get out to play with your horse—no strings attached! Items that are key to your success include being mindful of why you want to accomplish …

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Developing a True Connection with Your Horse: Part 3

Liberty with Relaxation, Rhythm, and Straightness: Part 3 by Alice Trindle   For many of us out west, riding is primarily pursued in a western-type costume. Our western saddle with a saddle horn, more rigid tree, and larger base stirrups has specific purposes for the jobs we need to accomplish with …

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Horses with People Problems

Keep it Simple to Have a Happy Horse by Allison Trimble   “I rarely have met a horse with a problem of their own in my life, but I have met many horses with a people problem. Are there any tips on retraining people to get in tune with the …

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Mastering the Balance Beam

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Why Your Trail Horse Needs this Skill   by Mark Bolender The exciting sports of Mountain Trail and Trail Challenges have their basis in real-life situations found on the trail or working on the ranch. Certain obstacles simulate these situations and can be used to train for these sports. One …

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Developing a True Connection with Your Horse: Part 2

Liberty in the Round Pen: Part 2 by Alice Trindle   Every year in our clinics we try to focus on some aspect of horsemanship that helps us to go to a deeper understanding of the principles of a positive connection with our horses. It is amazing that year after …

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Your Most Important Piece of “Tack”

Good Hands Equal Good Horsemanship by Jim Winney   We all have a favorite piece of tack in our collection: a saddle, a bit, or a good feeling set of reins. Hopefully it is a piece that helps us to gain a better communication with our horse. This is good, …

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