Horse Training Articles

Fire Fly; Ranch Bred, Raised and Trained Makes NFR

January 4, 2022
Ruth Nicolaus

A ranch-raised and trained horse was among the barrel racing mounts at the 2021 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Frenchman Fire Fly, “Fire Fly,” was bred by B-P Quarter Horses, Bob and Peggy Welsh, Gillette, Wyo., and is ridden by their daughter, Amanda Welsh. Bob got Fire Fly’s grandmother, Special Rocket, whose bloodlines included Idaho Special […]


Puckered Up Learning

December 9, 2021
Jan Swan Wood

Returning from a fairly short day of riding, I had time to go catch a fresh horse that had been turned out to heal up from an injury. This was a mare I’d raised, started and ridden a lot and she was about a five year old. It was time to return her to the […]


Electrolyte Lowdown

August 4, 2021
Jolyn Young

Electrolytes. They’ve been a mainstay buzzword for years in the performance horse world. Professional competitors smile at us from the pages of glossy magazines and attest to how much such-and-such brand has drastically improved their performance. Online ads tell us we need to give them to our equine partners in order for them to stay […]


Horse Tying Safety Tip

July 26, 2021
Jan Swan Wood

We’ve all done it. After a graphic illustration of why not to many years ago, though, I stopped doing it. Doing what? Tying a horse up with your back to it. Let me explain further. I see it often. Someone leads a horse up to a fence, trailer or a barn wall tie, with the […]


Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics US Equestrian Team

July 20, 2021
Jolyn Young

It’s almost time for the 2021 Summer Olympics, officially called “Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.” They were originally scheduled for last year, but cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic; hence the slightly confusing date in the name. Anyway, regardless of what year they’re known as and held in, it’s the Summer Games, so you know what […]


Making a Barrel Horse: Almont, ND Jackpot

March 30, 2021
Jenn Zeller

In my continuing series on making a barrel horse, I wanted to share my latest run. My mare is now 7, and we spent most of last year clocking in the 4D and 5D respectively. For those of you not in the world of barrel horses – that means she was running 2 – 2.5 […]


Making a Barrel Horse – Hauling a Young Horse

March 11, 2021
Jenn Zeller

Hauling a horse is one of the single most important ways to make them great — save for roping cattle on them. The more broke you can get your horse, the better; the more they’ll focus on you. The less likely they are to make mistakes. Getting a horse really really broke is a never-ending […]


Ride ’em Backwards

January 25, 2021
Jenn Zeller

Riding your horse backwards is a better choice then pulling them backwards. Here’s how you accomplish this feat. Happy trails and happy training!


Racehorse to Ranch Horse Part 4: Stand Still

January 21, 2021
Jan Swan Wood

The cold winter days continued, as did the education of the ex-racehorse I had named Lily. Calving started March 1, and I rode her through calving and she seemed to really enjoy pairing out the heifers and their new calves. As high powered as she was, she would gear down and idle along behind a […]


Ratey Vs Non- Ratey Barrel Horses

January 19, 2021
Jenn Zeller

How do you help a ratey barrel horse free up? How do you help a free-runner, rate up? Here are my tips. Happy trails and happy training!


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