Horse Training Articles

Create a Walking Horse

May 13, 2018
Savanna Simmons

I feel as though I am always jogging my horse to keep up with my husband’s walking horse when we’re riding together. For those times when a long trot isn’t necessary—for saving one’s horse, enjoying the territory, or when going a not-so-far distance—a nice walk suffices. My husband isn’t into the slow jaunt, he is […]

Meet The Horseman – Shaun Strickland

May 3, 2018
Tiffany Schwenke

Texas cowboy and horseman Shaun Strickland, along with Texas ranchers, Tom Moorhouse and Johnny Ferguson decided to venture north to Wyoming and in 2015 they formed a partnership on Poison Spider Cattle Company. Poison Spider consists of two ranches west of Casper, Wyoming. One being the Wild Horse Basin Ranch and the other Casper Creek […]

Patience Pole

April 21, 2018
Savanna Simmons

I saw a post that Ashley Mershon shared to Facebook of a gelding who tied well, but didn’t have the best patience when he was alone—no horses or humans around. Ashley’s way of working on this was to tie him to her patience pole and allow him to pull on himself until he was ready […]

Leaning In

April 9, 2018
Savanna Simmons

I read a post on Facebook about a horse leaning in their shoulders on their circles, to the point where the horse would about cut the circle in half in its attempt to evade a nice round shape. Many folks said a few good things: be sure your horse travels in a nice straight line […]

University of Montana Western Colt Challenge and Sale: Part 2

April 3, 2018
Mykal Kirkpatrick

The draw to the University of Montana Western is undeniable.  Beyond its hometown of Dillon’s cozy western charm, the university is the only one in the nation to offer Experience One, known as the block system, which enables students to take one class at a time.  Class sizes are small, which means more one on […]

Meet The Horsewoman – Brittani Johnson

March 27, 2018
Tiffany Schwenke

I have had the pleasure of meeting Brittani Johnson at a couple ranch rodeos. Brittani along with her team of lady ropers were all very sincere and super handy. I watched them work as a team in the arena and I watched them cheer on other teams with great enthusiasm. Brittani Johnson especially caught my […]

Must-Read: Loving Larry

March 23, 2018
Savanna Simmons

Every so often a video circulates Facebook of Royal Blue Boon ridden by Larry Reeder in the 1995 Masters with a score of 225. Every time it comes around, I watch it and think of all the good that mare, bred to Peppy San Badger, did for the cutting industry with their colt, Peptoboonsmal. I […]

University of Montana Western Colt Challenge and Sale: Part 1 of 3

March 15, 2018
Mykal Kirkpatrick

“It all comes down to sale day,”  says Eric Hoffmann, professor of Natural Horsemanship at the University of Montana Western in Dillon, Montana.  As winter winds down, students enrolled in the Colt Prep and Sales class are spending the next month putting the finishing touches on their colts in preparation for the 2nd annual Colt […]

Good Manners In One Lesson

March 13, 2018
Jan Swan Wood

Years ago, I had a really outstanding gray Hancock/Bill Cody bred mare that had done every ranch job possible and done them all well. Consequently, when she reached her mid-teens, she had earned the right to raise some babies. This mare, Cody, was the boss mare on the place and second in command only to […]

Lizzy Whipple: Young Horse Breeder Finds Business Success

March 11, 2018
Jolyn Young

After college, 24-year-old Lizzy Whipple returned home to rural Scott Valley in northern California to start a horse breeding program, Whipple Equine. Through hard work, help from mentors, and the Lord’s blessings, her program is flourishing. She owns a proven stallion, Reygans Smart Lena, helps find optimal stallions for client mares, assists in the process […]

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