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The Colt Cam: Desensitizing with a Rope

March 23, 2015
Jenn Zeller

In this episode of our Colt Cam — I show how to approach a horse with the coils of your rope. This colt isn’t quite as snorty now as he was when I took this video — proof that this works and it’s getting better (maybe I’ll take a video to update our progress) but […]

Curb Strap Adjustments

March 20, 2015
Lynn Kohr

Curb straps, chin straps… What is their purpose and how in the world should they be adjusted? Previously on Cavvy Savvy there was a blog post on how to properly attach a curb strap. Today, I’ll quickly explain how I like them to be adjusted once they are on properly. Honestly mine are loose, probably […]

Calving Fun Facts

March 19, 2015
Tayler Teichert

It is no secret that calving makes most people weird! I am no exception either… in fact I may be the rule. To help keep my sanity I try to find something fun and time consuming to do while I wait for heifers to calve. A few years ago I wrote a rap called, This […]

Introducing a New Horse to the Herd

March 18, 2015
Jessie Salter

How do you go about introducing a new horse to the herd? I spend a lot of time watching how my horses interact with each other. Often I have a horse in the group that I know is assertive, but not mean.  Or one that is great about protecting the youngsters.  I also have ones […]

Big, Bad Bucking Horses

March 17, 2015
Rachel Larsen

If the title of this post hadn’t given it away, you might not guess the friendly horses pictured below are actually bucking horses.  These photos were taken on January 1st, the day before a big WSRRA sanctioned stock saddle bronc riding in Torrington, Wyoming.  My son was playing on the ice in the horse pasture, when […]

The Colt Cam: Roping the Feet Part 2

March 14, 2015
Jenn Zeller

I realize we are all busy, and don’t always have time to sit and watch hours of video, so I’ve tried to break these down into shorter sections where you can see the change happen.  Listen close as Zach talks through what he’s after. You want to let the horse get used to wearing the […]

Soft Eye, Soft Feel, Soft Feet; Part 1 in Balanced Horse Balanced Ride

March 11, 2015
Lynn Kohr

A horse’s eye tells his story…where there is a soft look, he is content and light to handle, and his feet move easily and evenly. An eye with a strained, concerned, difficult appearance has sticky, glued to the ground feet that have rigidity to their move. Taking the lead rope in hand, can you just […]

The Organized Barn

March 9, 2015
Jenn Zeller

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I love to be organized. I’m sure if my other half is reading this right now, he’s laughing, a great, big, deep, belly laugh because I’m sure to him I seem scattered. And I am — because I don’t have enough storage places to put things […]

Champ, The Best Bad Pony

March 7, 2015
Rachel Larsen

Champ 1993-2014 Champ joined our family, as a four-year-old, with a trailer load of fellow Shetland/thoroughbred-cross ponies from Bozeman, Montana. Four ponies; buckskin, bay, black, and gray. We found new homes for them all, except for Champ the bay.  He became my younger brother’s home school project. My brother and Champ’s relationship started off on the wrong […]

Groundwork with Buck Brannaman

March 5, 2015
Jenn Zeller

In a previous post I wrote about doing groundwork, and why I believe it’s important. I’m often by myself around here though, and as such, it’s hard to get good video showing how to do it, plus I’m not nearly as good as some other folks when it comes to doing groundwork. So I figured […]