From the Race Track to the Show Ring: Bringing your new horse home

So you've picked out your retiring racehorse and had them evaluated by a veterinarian for suitability and soundness. You've negotiated your price with the owner or agent, and you've made arrangements to bring your new horse home. As exciting as it is, it is important to understand that your new horse is about to go through a tremendous life-change, and it is part of your job to help them adjust and feel comfortable as they acclimate to their new surroundings. In this month's installment, we'll...

Do You Have A Really Sensitive Horse?

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,...

How to Divorce Your Trainer

Is your riding in a slump? Do you dread your lessons? Has your horse stopped making progress? If fun and fulfillment are missing from your riding, maybe it's time to find another trainer. Deciding to make the move to another barn is ...Is your riding in a slump? Do you dread your lessons? Has your horse stopped making progress? If fun and fulfillment are missing from your riding, maybe it's time to find another trainer. Deciding to make the move to another barn is ...

Viewer needs specifics on finding the right size horse

I'm 5'7" and an very overweight (aprox. 370lbs). I have been asking everyone that I know about what breed and size of horse I need to look for. At this time I have a 30+ year old Racking horse (now retired). I am a beginner rider ...I'm 5'7" and an very overweight (aprox. 370lbs). I have been asking everyone that I know about what breed and size of horse I need to look for. At this time I have a 30+ year old Racking horse (now retired). I am a beginner...