The more I train the trail-gaited horse, the more I am convinced that his heart and soul is in his mouth, and the gait is in his top line. The old-timers used to say, "the higher the horse's head, the less brains and the lower the horse's head, the more brains." Let's put a different spin on this and also say that, "The higher the horse's head, the less gait, and the lower the horse's head, the more gait. "
Riding with soft hands is an awesome goal, and your horse will thank you for it. In this training tip, I'm going to give you both some simple physical exercises and also some fun mental exercises to help you achieve this goal.
Professional cutting horse trainer Phil Rapp shares his story of winning this year’s National Cutting Horse Association Super Stakes with Dennis Moreland Tack.
Phil Rapp stopped in my shop yesterday to tell me that he had used one of my bits to pilot Dont Stopp Believin to the 2015 NCHA Super Stakes Open Co-Championship. Phil said, “Dont Stopp Believin is so light in the face. I was riding him in a short shanked bit with a low port in the go-rounds at this year’s Super Stakes, but he needed something even milder.
I have a 18 month old stud colt, that I've raised since he was 4 hours old. I'm with him everyday and play with him everyday. He goes to horse shows, he goes on trail rides, and everything else possible. He's getting pretty big now, and I was just wondering, when can I tell when his knees are formed correctly, or whatever it is, that has to be right with his front legs?
I was asked by an owner training a 2-year old mare, "What do I do and how do I teach her good ground manners?" There are two reasons why you want ground manners: 1. You want to be an effective leader and gain respect from your horse. 2. You want to use this stage to develop transitional cues to help with your introduction to saddle work in the near future.
by Jane Savoie
Riding a spooky horse can be challenging and frustrating. You might be more patient with your spooky horse when you understand that horses have survived in the wild all these years because of their natural flight response.
A rope halter can easily be one of the most versatile pieces of equipment that a cowboy owns, but only if used and tied correctly. Tying your rope halter incorrectly could result in a Houdini horse incident; one moment they’re quietly standing tied, the next, you turn your back for a short period of time and by the time you’ve turned back around they’ve disappeared, leaving the halter swinging from where the horse once stood.
by Courtney Capps
Have you ever hopped on your horse in the middle of winter ready for a good ride and noticed your horse seems hunched-up and is taking small steps?
Curb (chin strap) adjustment on curb or leverage bits is critical for safety (stopping your horse) and is also important for proper function of not only the bit and curb but the entire bridle. A curb must be attached to the cheek piece rings or curb rings of the bit. It must never be attached to the snaffle rein rings on a bit with shanks and must not be too loose or too tight. In addition to safety, proper curb adjustment will allow your horse to respond to your cues accurately.
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