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 Corner: What to Do When Your Horse is Wrong

Horse is Wrong
Photo Courtesy Anna Blake

Affirmative Training Shapes Behavior It started the way it usually starts. Either the horse looked to the side or the rider pulled on her horse’s face. It’s the fundamental disagreement; the rider thinks it’s her right to control the horse and the horse doesn’t like having metal jammed on his …

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Trail Savvy: Winter Riding Goals

Winter Riding
Photo Courtesy Robert Eversole

Tips for Staying Motivated in the Off-Season Don’t let snow and cold temperatures deter you from pursuing your riding goals. When the wind is howling, the snow is knee-deep, and you can no longer feel your face while gathering your horses from the other side of the pasture, it’s easy …

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From My Saddle – Don’t Forget the Basics

Basics
Riding Chip. NWHS Photo.

Senior Horses (and Senior People) Need Confidence I got my horse Chip in the fall of 2022. I wasn’t looking for a horse after losing my mare, April, but the opportunity presented itself and I brought Chip home. I’ve recently learned a valuable lesson: it doesn’t matter how old you …

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Media Barn: Book Review – The Horse is My Teacher

The Horse is My Teacher

Lessons from the Ranch: Training, Riding, Luck, and Love By Van Hargis Van Hargis grew up in the saddle on an East Texas ranch, training his first horse at age 12 and eventually making a living starting cutting and reining colts, many of which would leave his hands to become …

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Horse Gentler Monty Roberts Tames a Wild Horse In Front of 30,000 Brazilians

Horse Gentler
Photo Credit André Monteiro. Taken at Barretos Equine Event 2023, Provided by Debbie Loucks.

Sao Paulo, Brazil: American Trainer, Monty Roberts, is known worldwide for his gentle taming method which establishes a connection with the animal and does not require brute force.  The Horse Gentler Monty Roberts uses gentle taming with horse at Barretos Equine Event 2023  Under the eyes of the audience at the …

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Editor’s Postcard: Nothing Forced is Beautiful

Nothing forced is beautiful
Photo Courtesy Kim Roe

Help a Horse Feel Good to Make Training Stick The summer I was 12 my father took my sister and me on a six-week long trip around the Western U.S. We hiked slot-canyons and the Grand Canyon, camped under the stars in Zion, and got soaked by thunderstorms in the …

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Editor’s Postcard: Are You Learning?

Learning

Let Your Passion Fuel Your Desire to Become Educated I’ve taken a lot of riding lessons in my life, and I continue to educate myself through lessons, clinics, seminars, and extensive reading. My passion for horses and riding has fueled this desire to learn. I’m currently taking a year-long writers’ …

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Willfully Guided: Falling Together

Falling Together

Horses Help Us Find our Strength After a 12-year hiatus from showing in National Reined Cow Horse Association shows, I stepped back into the show pen recently in Nampa, Idaho. Last year I gingerly entered five or six National Reining Horse Association shows on my 2018 Stallion OHickory Rey (Garth), …

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Equine Wellness: Five Signs of Discomfort in Your Horse

Discomfort
Photos Courtesy Amanda Leto

Your Horse’s Behavior Can be an Expression of Pain As you get up from your desk, you place a hand on your shoulder and rotate it uncomfortably. Really need to get that checked out, you think. As you fight traffic on the drive to the barn, you notice the tension …

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