Horse Training Articles

Mane Dilemma

September 10, 2020
Jan Swan Wood

The trend of long, thick mane on horses is big right now, and though it seems like that couldn’t be a problem for a horse other than having the knots brushed out on occasion, I see another problem that could lead to soundness issues. Bear with me. The long, thick mane goes clear to the […]


Rethinking Horsemanship: A Mother’s Journey

July 20, 2020
Jolyn Young

Before I had kids, I evaluated my daily productivity by how many tasks I fully completed each day. I only felt satisfied if I loped a bunch of circles, improved my second barrel, got my horse more rounded behind the bit, or checked another similar item off my list of personal equine goals. I spent […]


Racehorse to Ranch Horse: Part 3; First Outside Ride

July 17, 2020
Jan Swan Wood

I gave my newly acquired California racehorse a week or so to get adjusted to her new climate and location. She never got so much as a sniffle from being moved to such extreme weather, and adapted to her new home quickly. She was interested in everything that went on around her and had gotten […]


Building Confidence In Your Horse

May 31, 2020
Lynn Kohr

Building confidence in our horse is putting security into your program. Horses are all individuals and each have varying tolerance to change. Change for our horses causes them hardship. Change disrupts their daily routines and patterns. A disruption can be as slight as changing pastures, adjusting their bit, or adding a buddy to the trailer. […]


How To Ride With Kids

May 13, 2020
Jolyn Young

I agonized over how to ride my horse when my first baby was born. Finding the time to catch, saddle, and ride a horse with a baby (or toddler) in tow proved to be one of the most difficult aspects of ranch motherhood for me. I loved to ride and wanted to continue that aspect […]


The Dun and the Grey

May 11, 2020
Mykal Kirkpatrick

Who could have ever predicted that we would see the impacts of COVID-19 in our lifetime?  It has affected our social lives, financial security, food securities, educational systems, and our family life.  For my family and many other ranching families, we choose to try to find the blessings from within.  In particular, both of our kids are home from […]


4 Common Training Tools

May 5, 2020
Lynn Kohr

There are several training tools available.  Here is a list of four common training tools we have on hand and use on occasion. I’ll cover tie downs, german martingales, running martingales, and draw reins. Tie Downs: Soft leather, rope and double rope tie downs are common in the roping arena and several different tie downs are […]


Kohr Quarter Horses’ Favorite Bits

April 28, 2020
Lynn Kohr

Halters to Bits. From the ground up we teach our colts to be soft and give to nose pressure with a halter first before we introduce a snaffle. As our colts accept all of our softening ideas with a halter we add the snaffle. We will put a broken in three-piece snaffle on them for […]


Teaching Patience, Trust, and Tolerance

April 22, 2020
Lynn Kohr

How do horses show their thresholds to humans’ pressure? Their reactions may show up as: bucking, rearing, freezing their feet, running away, shaking heads, being restless, mouthing lead ropes or bits, pawing or all combinations of these. What do we do to combat these behaviors? We teach patience, trust, and tolerance. How do I teach […]


Tricks for Getting a Horse Shod and Handling Feet

April 20, 2020
Mykal Kirkpatrick

In a perfect world, when people are doing their groundwork with a colt, they have gone through the steps to prepare him to have his feet picked up, handled, and eventually shod.  Unfortunately, the horse world is far from perfect, and many times a horse has not been prepared properly, or may just be twitchy […]


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