Kelly had given up taking her gelding trail riding because when she did, the horse would only go so far before backing up. After trying bigger spurs, bits and crops, following other horses, and getting off and leading him, Kelly's trail riding dreams were squashed.
by Robert M. Liner A large amount of time that is spent with horses pulls the horse and human relationship closer and closer to a bond that transcends words and thoughts.
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?
Renowned horseman Clinton Anderson will instruct four levels of horsemanship clinics in 2012 at the Downunder Horsemanship Ranch in Stephenville, Texas.
by Sharon Biggs One of the worst vices a horse can have is the inability to tie. A horse that refuses to stand tied is a liability and often dangerous. Untie-able horses eventually learn to fight so hard that they develop a habit of sitting back to break free.
by Wendy Murdoch Do you have trouble sitting to your horse's canter or lope? Do your buttocks slap the saddle? Do you brace against the stirrups in order to sit down? Here's a quick tip to get you going with the flow and staying in the saddle at canter.
Spurs are an invaluable tool for cueing and guiding your horse. To get effective use from your spurs they need to be positioned functionally on your boots.
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.
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.
by Robert M. Liner A riding experience can bring out all of what being with horses so meaningful. By paying close attention to what a horse has to offer you, that time spent together can be an actual investment with a positive payoff better than any lottery could offer.