Ask A Pro Articles

Trailer Unloading Woes

January 9, 2019
Savanna Simmons

We were asked, following this blog about building confidence in a horse to step down out of a trailer, what to do if a horse comes out like a rocket. Now that’s a little tricky, because more often than not, horses that speed through backing-or jumping-out of a trailer do so because of a prior […]


Building Confidence in a Young Horse

December 17, 2018
Jenn Zeller

When riding a green horse — or even 2 or 3 ride colt — outside for the first time, I have a few tips, for building confidence in that young horse and even in yourself.  We all know firsthand how overwhelming it can be, thinking about all the things that could go wrong on that […]


A Little Tarp Work

December 11, 2018
Jenn Zeller

Tarp work is one of the training tools that we feel is important in preparing a horse to be ridden. Here we show you how some of our ranch interns, utilize tarps on a couple of  2 year old geldings. This is to prepare them for the riding to come. As you’ll see there are […]


Housing Horses on the Rodeo Road

November 26, 2018
Jenn Zeller

I have spent plenty of time taking down, and setting up, small, electric (hot-wire), enclosures for my horses while on the rodeo road. They’re not entirely unhandy. My fencer is battery powered, lightweight, and small which makes it pretty easy to travel with. BUT… When I was at the WPRA World Finals in Texas last […]


Halter Breaking the Young Horse

November 15, 2018
Jenn Zeller

There are some subtle little things you can do when halter breaking a young horse. These quick points will help them lead better, hunt you up, and make it easier to get them haltered. Enjoy! Happy Trails!


Help Them Get Comfortable

August 31, 2018
Jenn Zeller

I’ve been getting to ride a few colts this Summer. In my string I have two 3 year olds, and a 4 year old. The four year old, you’ve all seen because she was featured in my Yielding the Hips Series. She has the most rides on her, and this week, as I was astride, […]


Yielding the Hips: Part 3

August 23, 2018
Jenn Zeller

The last video I’m going to share in this series  about yielding the hips is below. Here you can see the mare is pretty hooked on, and is thinking her way through the maneuvers she’s being asked to do. She’s become less reactive and more interested in what is being presented to her. Teach the horse […]


Yielding the Hips, Part Two

August 8, 2018
Jenn Zeller

Here, we continue our series in helping Cosmo, my 4 year old mare, with getting soft, looking us up, and yielding her feet to us. Please feel free to ask questions in the comments. I’ll do my best to answer them! Happy Trails!


Yielding the Hips, Part One

August 2, 2018
Jenn Zeller

Yielding the hips is one of the most important things you can teach a colt to do. In the first video in this series, you’ll see Zach Ducheneaux working with a 4 year old mare. She’s not particularly tight. However, she’s not tuned into, or looking to the human to help her or give her […]


Kinesiology Taping Horses with Laurel Statz

July 22, 2018
Savanna Simmons

I have been intrigued with Kinesiology taping for some time, so I reached out to my friend from Wisconsin, Laurel Statz, CVT, CEMT, CEKTP, with Spot On Ranch and Equine Bodywork. Here’s what she had to say about the history of kinesiology taping and using it to improve and heal our horses. In Laurel’s words: Kinesiology […]