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Hobbles: Who, What, Where, When, Why or Why Not?

July 27, 2017
Jenn Zeller

I had some interesting feedback from a few of our readers with regards to hobbling horses. This leads me to write about the who, what, where, when, why or why not, when it comes to using hobbles. In the previous article, I shared this thought: Also, I will not recommend, or tell you, EVER, that […]

Slick Storage of Your Latigo

July 24, 2017
Savanna Simmons

In Properly Storing Gear Part one and Part two, I talked about how my husband and I are very particular about how our gear is stored, and in doing so, we often maximize its lifespan. Consider this an addendum to that blog, but important enough to stand on its own. Let me get up on […]

Motivational Quotes For Horse People

July 22, 2017
Jolyn Young

Sometimes, a person gets stuck in a rut when working with his or her horse. When your horsemanship (or just your state of mind regarding your horsemanship) is down in the dumps, it’s helpful to pump yourself up with a few motivational quotes. Here are some of my favorite lines to get stuck in my […]

Helping a Head-Shy Horse

July 20, 2017
Savanna Simmons

Meet Leroy. Leroy is head-shy, and in particular, ear-shy. He is the type of horse that isn’t crazy about human contact, but isn’t aggressive. This has more to do with his personality than anything in his past, to my knowledge and based on watching him. Leroy, as you can imagine, is also hard to catch […]

Hobble Training

July 18, 2017
Jenn Zeller

Hobble training a horse is a pretty handy tool in a cowhand’s arsenal! So, I thought I’d take a moment to share with you, how you might go about getting a horse good to be hobbled. It isn’t just for cow-ponies and ranch hands. Having a horse that can quietly stand hobbled, is a way […]

Cowboy Skills: Reading Tracks

July 16, 2017
Jolyn Young

Reading tracks is an important skill for a working cowboy, right up there with doctoring calves and learning how to avoid driving a tractor. When a cowboy is checking his cattle and finds an open gate, he needs to be able to tell if any cattle passed through it. Chances are, he won’t see any […]

Roping Horses’ Feet

July 14, 2017
Savanna Simmons

Roping horses’ feet, primarily colts, can be a fantastic tool benefitting many aspects of your horse’s mind and manners. Some horses react minimally to having feet roped, others can be quite dramatic, but both types can benefit from having their feet and legs worked with. First, roping horses’ feet encourages them to yield on a […]

Cowboy Skill: Nose Bags

July 12, 2017
Jolyn Young

Using nose bags can be a handy way to grain your horse. It also helps get him sacked out and more gentle, because he won’t be too wild and head-shy after he learns to like having a bag filled with grain tied to his face. To nose bag a horse (or a corral full, in […]

Horsewoman must-read: The Hearts of Horses by Molly Gloss

July 10, 2017
Savanna Simmons

This is a reprint of what I wrote in college as the editor of The Eagle at Chadron State College. I am currently re-reading this book and enjoying it just as thoroughly as I did the first time I cracked open this realistic, yet magical read. Next in my pile of books to read is […]

Wildfire Season: Are You Prepared?

July 6, 2017
Jolyn Young

If a wildfire strikes near your home, what will you do? If your answer is “I have no idea,” then it’s high time you started getting an idea. July is here, and it’s a hot month that typically brings thunder storms – and subsequently lightning strikes – to many parts of America. Despite Smokey Bear’s […]