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.
Breast Collars are generally an optional item on a saddle but for disciplines like barrel racing, roping, and cow horse where our horses make quick stops and turns with powerful acceleration and pull they can be a life saver. Steep inclines on the trail are another place a breast collar is invaluable.
(Scottsdale, AZ) The Parelli Education Institute has added Art Glenn, owner of Natural Horseman Saddles, Inc., the exclusive provider of Parelli saddles, to the Board of the Parelli Education Institute. Glenn has more than fifty years of experience in business ownership, management and board service, including serving on the boards of United Bank, St. Joseph Hospital, the Regional Boy Scouts of America, and the National Television Bureau of Advertising.
(Scottsdale, AZ) The Atwood Ranch and the Parelli Education Institute are coming together for one great event to be held September 5-7, 2014 at the Parelli Education Institute Campus in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. The highlight of the event will be the auction of eight horses that, for the past year, have trained with Parelli’s top instructors.
NWNHC Productions has announced the first national competition to crown the top all-around women horse trainers in the United States and Canada. The American Horsewoman’s Challenge is a six-month contest to train a young horse for a cross-discipline competition to be held in October of 2014 in Oklahoma City. The competition combines the equestrian skills of Dressage, Ranch/Trail Versatility and Liberty. The top ten finishers split a purse worth $28,000.
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