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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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Do You Use a Breast Collar?

By Dennis Moreland Tack

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.

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Art Glenn Joins Parelli Education Institute Board of Directors

(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.

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Eight Parelli -Trained Colts to be Auctioned at Road to the Summit Event

(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. 

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American Horsewoman’s Challenge

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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Double Dan Horsemanship’s Dan James to Compete at Mustang Million

Dan James of Double Dan Horsemanship and Smart Little Mustang make their run at one million dollars in cash and prizes at Mustang Million on September 17-21, 2013.  

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Double Dan Horsemanship How To: Tying a Rope Halter

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.

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Mustang Million: One Horse. One Event. One Million Reasons.

In 2013, the Mustang Heritage Foundation will present an unparalleled level of competition in its Mustang program portfolio. One thousand Mustangs will be eligible for the inaugural Mustang Million event to be held in Fort Worth, Texas, in September.

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10-Point Conformation Checklist

by Sean Patrick

first published in Western Horseman

If you want a prospect to excel in competition or do his job well on a ranch, it’s best to start with the right horse.

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Success in the Saddle: Learning is Your Friend

by Robert M. Liner

The most effective riders are the ones prepared for the unexpected. On the most pleasant of afternoons, a simple trail ride can suddenly turn into a fight for survival. Why this happens is a question that is impossible for any human to answer, but how and what makes it happen can be addressed.

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