Horse Training Articles

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 […]

Ponying Your Horse

July 2, 2017
Jolyn Young

Ponying your horse or leading a horse from the back of another horse is a useful skill for both horses and the rider. Your ability to lead a horse while riding one, as well as the horse’s ability to be led from a rider, can come in handy in unexpected ways. If another horse gets […]

Horsewoman, Know Thyself

June 25, 2017
Jolyn Young

“Who do you think you are, Clint Eastwood?” I stopped walking across the round pen toward the stud colt I was starting and looked up at Ben. “What?” “You’re walking like you’re all big and tough,” the horse trainer replied. I hadn’t realized that I had drawn myself up to my full height (5’5″ with […]

Catching the Hard to Catch Horse

June 24, 2017
Jenn Zeller

It seems like at least once a week, something pops up in my Facebook News Feed about someone having trouble catching their horse. I’ve been there too, no doubt. But, I’ve also learned a few things between the time that I was there, and now, that have enabled me to catch whatever horse I want […]

Branding: More than Just a Job to do

June 18, 2017
Savanna Simmons

I was invited to photograph our friend the Wasserburger’s branding a few weeks ago, and I jumped at the chance immediately. There are so many good moments to soak in at brandings from a cowboy perspective: those neat horses like that of our friend and coworker Clay Ashurst’s Tebow, that daintily slinks through the herd […]

Getting a Horse Ready to Bridle

June 14, 2017
Jenn Zeller

Here is a quick tip for getting your horse ready for a bridle. We like to make it their idea to take the bit. This horse now, practically grabs the bit out of your hands and puts it in his mouth. I like having a willing partner. Do you? Happy Trails!

Choosing a Saddle Pad that Works – 5 Star Saddle Pads

June 8, 2017
Savanna Simmons

I spoke with Jodie Mesko of 5 Star Saddle Pads about how to choose the appropriate saddle pad to fit the horse, saddle, and job being accomplished. We personally use 5 Star Pads and have found them to be long-lasting and of great quality. We have used other brands and ended up with thin areas, […]

Correct The Wallering Colt

June 3, 2017
Rachel Larsen

I don’t know about you, but I can’t inspire my child to put his toys away with constant nagging.  I nag, nag, nag, and nag, all the while never receiving my desired response.  Finally, exasperated I give up and put the toys away myself.  Phew, the chore is done.  But has my child actually learned […]

Creating a Soft Horse

June 2, 2017
Jenn Zeller

I believe that all horses are born soft: it’s our job when we start them as babies to keep that softness in them. We can do this by asking quietly, waiting longer, doing less, and asking when what we want is the easiest thing for them to do. We all want to ride a nice, […]

Avoid Fraud while Selling Horses

May 30, 2017
Savanna Simmons

Identity and monetary fraud is a battle in our current technology-filled world and while certain methods of payment are safer, such as PayPal and money orders, there are still ways in which one can be duped, especially while selling horses. My husband and I don’t sell many horses, yet we were still the almost-victims of […]