Horse Training Articles

The Look In His Eye

May 10, 2017
Jolyn Young

“Jolyn, have you been bucked off lately?” The question was asked years ago by the ranch manager. He could see that I was about to step on a fresh 2-year-old cutting filly with a broncy look in her eye. “No, but I might be about to,” I said as I swung aboard. Jenna was the […]

Green Grass Syndrome

May 4, 2017
Jolyn Young

You’ve heard of Tying Up Syndrome and Cushing’s Syndrome, but have you ever heard of Green Grass Syndrome? It’s rarely researched and scantily documented by equine researchers and veterinarians, but it regularly occurs each spring and affects thousands 0f domesticated horses and horse owners worldwide. Green Grass Syndrome (GGS) is caused by an increased consumption […]

How to tie an Alamar Knot

April 27, 2017
Savanna Simmons

The alamar knot is one of the prettiest I know and is commonly seen among buckaroo crowds. It is used as a way to tie your get-down rope on a horse that is straight up in the bridle. The entire length of your rope can be tied into the alamar knot, or if there is slack […]

Traditional Bridle Horse Wither Marks

April 19, 2017
Jan Swan Wood

The old California tradition of the development of a horse from snaffle or hackamore to the classic bridle horse has spread over the west until one is liable to see the horse being ridden with a spade, half breed, or similar bit, rawhide reins and romal, and under-bosal and mecate lead most anywhere, from Oregon […]

Ride Straight

April 14, 2017
Jenn Zeller

I’ve spent most of the winter riding in the barn and as such my ability to ride straight has nearly  vanished. Once upon a time, I quit loping circles on my horses altogether. I mean, if I can pick them up, they get round and are soft when I ask, do I really need to […]

Equine Dentistry For Your Horse’s Health

April 8, 2017
Jessie Salter

A horse’s teeth need consistent care. Equine Dentistry can be performed by a professional equine dentist or your veterinarian. In a previous post I talked about a parrot mouthed horse and the different perceptions and concerns pertaining to his dentistry needs.  The equine mouth is very complicated, and therefore needs attention. How do you know […]

Helping the Barn Sour Horse

April 1, 2017
Jenn Zeller

A “problem” that most every horse owner will experience at some point, is a “barn sour” horse. Here are a few tips to help you, help your horse learn that the best place to be is with you.   There are a few things you might not know about a barn sour horse. -He may feel […]

Knots for Tying Your Horse

March 31, 2017
Savanna Simmons

When tying my horses, there are two general knots I use: one for a horizontal bar or tie rail, and another for a vertical bar or in a ring. Neither pulls loose if a horse sets back on it, which I personally prefer, because I don’t want my horses to know that they can get […]

Coming to Rodeos Near You: Ladys Got Talent

March 28, 2017
Savanna Simmons

I wrote a story about Miles City, Montana’s Haven Meged competing in the Junior Ironman, a youth division of the CINCH Timed Event Championship in Guthrie, Oklahoma, for Tri-State Livestock News. (Read it here.) As is common in rodeo, Haven used a different horse for each event, one of which was a horse borrowed from […]

Conditioning an Out of Shape Horse

March 27, 2017
Jenn Zeller

Ask A Pro Question: “Our snow has finally melted and I’m anxious to get my horse competing again. What is the best way to get my horse back in shape?” The answers you will get on conditioning an out of shape horse may vary depending upon who you ask. So, I’ll give you the 411 on what’s worked […]