Horse Training Articles

Lateral Flexions and Simple Manuvers

August 14, 2019
Tristen Baroni

Today I quickly go over some basic flexions on my horse, Merl, for his first ride in the hackamore. The goal of these flexions is to gain more and more willing control of the horse’s body. While doing so you are actually also helping the horse maintain suppleness, and lengthening and shortening his muscles, therefore […]


Horse Ads Decoded

July 25, 2019
Jolyn Young

I have been perusing horse classified ads lately, and man, let me tell you – the entertainment factor is satisfyingly high. Quality of horse flesh offered for sale varies, but I am thoroughly enjoying the wording of some of these ads. I’ve rounded up a sampling of some of my favorite horse-selling phrases for your […]


Sweet Clover, Rattlesnakes, and Dale

July 20, 2019
Jan Swan Wood

It’s been a big sweet clover year in the northern plains. For those who aren’t familiar, sweet clover with it’s yellow blossoms, gets really tall and thick. It doesn’t happen every year and needs a good wet spring to really do well. It’s a biennial plant, so, it blooms the second year of it’s cycle. […]


Back Cinch Blunders

July 13, 2019
Savanna Simmons

Plenty of reasons exist for the use of a back cinch, roping being the most prominent of reasons, to my mind, as well as starting a colt, to keep the saddle closer to the colt should he buck, and get him used to and comfortable with the feel as early as possible. An equal amount […]


Italian Cowboy Comes To America

July 8, 2019
Jolyn Young

Two years ago, I received an email from an Italian cowboy. Massimo Tupone, aka “Max,” wrote to say he followed my blog and was an avid fan of the American West. He lived in Guardiagrele, a small town up in the mountains of central Italy near Rome. Max and his friend Luca enjoyed team roping […]


Short Serpentines

June 26, 2019
Jenn Zeller

Hi friends! I’ve been busy taking care of my horses this Spring, and of course the rain that we’ve been blessed with here in South Dakota has really put everyone behind where branding and such goes! I wanted to take this moment to share with you one of my FAVORITE drills for my horses. I […]


7th Annual Early Californios Skills of the Rancho

June 24, 2019
Jolyn Young

For the seventh consecutive year, ranch roping enthusiasts will gather to compete and celebrate traditional roping and horsemanship methods developed during the mission days of early California. The Early Californios Skills of the Rancho, or “The Skills” as it is commonly known, will be held July 12-14  at the Tejon Ranch Equestrian Center in Lebec, […]


Riding Your Horse with Purpose

June 21, 2019
Tristen Baroni

Today we are once again diving into my strange brain. Enter at your own risk! In this video I put a ride on one of my horses in the Meyer Company ranch horses program. I cover a wide variety of topics from the halt all the way to the lope. Try and take some of […]


How To Start A Colt

June 15, 2019
Tristen Baroni

In this hour long segment we go over how to start a colt and I show and demonstrate several things a potential horse buyer should check out. My line of thinking is, if I can teach you how to observe, you can learn together with your horse. Observation is the key, before you go to […]


Transformation Tuesday: Tuning the Horse into You

June 11, 2019
Jenn Zeller

In the video below, we’ll show you what we might do to help a troubled horse tune into you. You’ll see at the beginning, the horse is looking around, kind of blasting through the ground work. He’s not really thinking about what Zach is asking. It doesn’t take too long, however, and his head comes […]


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