Trail Savvy: Getting Past the Spook

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Ruger and the mule-eating stump. Photo by Robert Eversole

Prepare with a Pre-ride Checklist and Practiced Training We’ve all been there: headed down the trail and our mount suddenly decides to exit the area, posthaste. How we respond to that event determines whether the ride is over or if it’s no big deal.  My bestest boy mule, Ruger, encountered …

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Five Things You Don’t Know About Pony Club

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USPC Isn’t Just For Children and Ponies by Elizabeth Moyer, USPC National Office Staff What’s in a name? The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (USPC or Pony Club) isn’t actually for ponies. When Pony Club was originally founded in Great Britain in 1929, the term “pony” was used generally to …

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Natural Horsemanship Clinic to be held in Dillon, Montana in September, Focus on Global Education

“The Natural Horsemanship Revolution” Conference & Film Festival at the Montana Center For Horsemanship Features in Depth Saddle Analysis & Innovations in Professional Hoof Care Dillon, Montana, June 9, 2022 — “The Natural Horsemanship Revolution” September 8-10, hosted by the Montana Center for Horsemanship focusing on a global understanding of natural horsemanship, …

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Unclear is Unkind: Approach Training from the Horse’s Perspective

How horses learn and how many people think they learn are often at odds. SALIDA, Colorado, May 31, 2022–Julie Goodnight sheds light on how horses learn from every interaction with a person–for better or worse–in the latest episode of Ride on with Julie Goodnight. (JulieGoodnight.com/Podcast) “No one sets out to teach …

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Take Julie Goodnight’s Quiz to Learn your Horse’s Skill Set for Training

Find a Horse’s Present Skills to Set the Right Training Goals for the Future SALIDA, Colorado, May 26, 2022—It’s hard to know where you’re going without knowing where you’ve been—and where you are right now⁠. Nothing is more true when it comes to training horses. Julie Goodnight developed a revealing …

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Ask the Expert: Horse Has Too Much Go on the Trail

Q: I have a mare that has a lot more go than anything else. After riding for 30 or so minutes, she calms down some, but is still a fast walker. When going through trails, she doesn’t slow down to take the time to take the best path. I don’t …

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Ask the Expert: How Do I Deal With a Herd Bound Horse?

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Q: My question has a bit of a back story. I have one mare and one gelding. They’ve been together for four years. I had the gelding first (he is 16 and my mare is 9).  I bought the mare as a four-year-old. They’ve never been apart. I show jump …

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