Originally bred in the mid-1800s to replace child workers in dangerous coal mines, miniature horses have recently become the fastest growing horse breed in the U.S., according to the American Miniature Horse Association. Their popularity has landed them new roles in therapeutic riding programs for autistic, blind and disabled children.
Dear Maggie, I am 50 years old and have had a number of horses in my life. I now have a 3 year old Paint/gelding that is a pleasure to work around, he has a nice disposition and has really bonded with me. I ride him in the arena with no real problem but he has become so barn sour (in love with his stall) that when I ride him away from the barn his whole attitude changes and he goes into a bucking frenzy (not sissy bucking/he really throws a tantrum).
In a thrilling night of reined cow horse competition, Canadian professional John Swales wins the 2017 DT Horses World’s Greatest Horseman riding Heza Diamond Spark (Diamond J Star x Sheza Shinette x Shining Spark), owned by 7 P Ranch. See the highlights and his interview in our final edition of the Rundown from Cowtown: February […]
Have you ever watched young horses? Foals and even yearlings and two year-olds, out in the field as they experience the world? Many natural horsemanship types have written entire books about how the relationship between a young horse and his herd as a basis for creating a relationship with horses and training them. But I'm talking less about herd dynamics and more about watching a young horse learn about himself, develop his personality, and figure out how his massive and powerful body works.
Experience true cowgirl culture alongside the incredible honorees of the Cowgirl Hall of Fame. Learn to ride, wrangle and shoot from these very talented women of the West while enjoying the tranquility of a luxury escape.
We've all heard it. You hear it sitting in the stands at a horse show, standing in line at the local tack shop, or riding along the trail with a group of friends. It's got to be the most repeated phrase in the horse world... "My horse is perfect, except..." Regardless of the 'except,' I have come to see that those imperfections we find in our horse's training and behavior stem from a few basic problems in our horsemanship and our relationship with our horses.
This year, Time to Ride joins Equine Affaire for the first time to provide attendees with horseback rides and information on how to get involved with their local horse community.
Dr. Lowder, My friends' 8 year old was recently given about a dozen "pet" chickens that they have let run loose to feed and roost in their horse barn. (For some reason they think this is cute, but that is another story...) I have read and been told that keeping horses and chickens in close proximity like that causes a health risk for horses.
I feel horsemanship is a key factor in becoming an accomplished roper. It is the better horsemen who are able to get the most out of their horses and make the most consistent runs, time after time. Overall horsemanship, in my opinion, is a good understanding of the different parts of horsemanship.
"Doing meaningful work" doesn't mean you have to sacrifice yourself and dedicate your life to caring for the downtrodden, poor, or sick. It means providing a service or product that is needed to improve the lives of others... human and/or animal.