Horse Training Articles

Activities for Young Riders: Part 1

October 15, 2017
Savanna Simmons

The weather here in Wyoming this fall has been beautiful . . . but windy. The constant blowing makes it a little less fun for young riders to want to be aboard a horse. Luckily, we have a small barn that has a large round-pen set up for our kids to ride in on blustery […]


Using Cadence to Stop Harder

October 5, 2017
Savanna Simmons

When considering using your horse’s cadence to stop, feel and listen to the horse’s stride. Jolyn Young wrote an informative blog about cadence at the lope and learning to feel the three-beat footfall. Read about her blog post here. Once you’re comfortable feeling the footfall at each gait, you can start to use it to […]


Picket Breaking a Horse by a Front Foot

October 2, 2017
Jan Swan Wood

Picket breaking a horse is an important lesson. Having a horse that is picket broke is pretty handy. Nearly anywhere you end up, you can picket a horse out so he can graze, lay down and move around. It’s also handy for keeping a horse up close when you need him. A little strategic yard […]


Weaning Colts Part 2: The Wilson Ranch

September 21, 2017
Lynn Kohr

Clara Wilson of The Wilson Ranch, founded in 1908, Newcastle WY, shares with us her knowledge from many years of raising and weaning colts. We feed the mares some grain while the colts are still on their sides, so the colts already know what oats are, and they have a round bale available all of the […]


Halter Breaking with Tom Wagoner Part 2

September 8, 2017
Lynn Kohr

In our previous article on halter breaking, we have a halter on our young horse and she is comfortable with it around her head and putting it on and off. With the halter on and Tom’s hand on the halter just above the lead, he asks her to give to pressure, first tucking her nose […]


Preparing for the Farrier: Part 3

September 5, 2017
Savanna Simmons

I visited with Doug and Jacob Butler of Butler Professional Farrier School in Crawford, Nebraska, earlier this year for an article in Tri-State Livestock New’s Horse Round-Up 2017. Read the story here. The Butler Family has an incredible amount of knowledge to share, and Jacob has composed a three-part series for Cavvy Savvy. After Appointment […]


The Joys of Jingling

September 3, 2017
Savanna Simmons

The joys of jingling, the rewards of wrangling, the . . . well . . . you get it. We’re the goobers that wrangle horses with a four-wheeler, but it’s nicer on our horses to be able to turn them out after a hard day’s work and not keep one in just to get other […]


Halter Breaking With Tom Wagoner Part 1

August 30, 2017
Lynn Kohr

In this halter breaking series with Tom Wagoner, I interviewed Tom’s wife, Toni Wagoner. The first step in halter breaking is getting your colt ready for a halter. LK: What does Tom first do with colts getting them ready to halter break? TW: Tom will put the colt in a round pen while riding a […]


Preparing for the Farrier: Part 2

August 26, 2017
Savanna Simmons

I visited with Doug and Jacob Butler of Butler Professional Farrier School in Crawford, Nebraska, earlier this year for an article in Tri-State Livestock New’s Horse Round-Up 2017. Read the story here. The Butler Family has an incredible amount of knowledge to share, and Jacob has composed a three-part series for Cavvy Savvy. During appointment […]


Preparing for the Farrier: Part 1

August 23, 2017
Savanna Simmons

I visited with Doug and Jacob Butler of Butler Professional Farrier School in Crawford, Nebraska, earlier this year for an article in Tri-State Livestock New’s Horse Round-Up 2017. Read the story here. The Butler Family has an incredible amount of knowledge to share, and Jacob has composed a three-part series for Cavvy Savvy. Often as […]


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