Horse Training Articles

Stepping off of “Old Faithful”

October 16, 2014
Bailee Murnion

Do you remember as a kid how frightening it was transitioning from your trusty old pony to a BIG horse? Not only were you several hands taller sitting on your horse, but the horse didn’t act like your pony, didn’t look like your pony and dangit – just wasn’t the same as your pony! You […]


How to Lead a Horse

October 14, 2014
Jenn Zeller

Helmet manufacturers claim that many horse – related injuries occur while riders are on the ground. I don’t doubt that that’s true. But I’d also argue that it’s often because people don’t pay attention to what their horse is telling them when they’re on the ground. I’d also say from experience that many people don’t […]


How To Saddle a Horse

October 5, 2014
Jenn Zeller

We’ve probably all seen it happen: a wreck where the saddle ends up under the horse. It can happen for any number of reasons – a latigo could break, or you could be in the process of saddling your horse when he spooks, and under him the saddle goes. One of the ways to prevent […]


Do You Have a Plan?

October 4, 2014
Rachel Larsen

After a little wheeling and dealing, my son and his Grandpa Rooster, negotiated a pony riding deal.  They sealed their contract with a handshake and we brought home a Shetland.  Joe is a gentle pony, a bit of an easy keeper, who needs experience and exercise.  He is also my 9-year-old son’s first project horse. […]


A bit about bits…

September 29, 2014
Jenn Zeller

I see it at least once a week. In a newspaper ad, on Craigslist, in Facebook Horse Groups – someone says they have a short shanked snaffle for sale. I’d like very much to explain to everyone that writes that, that they don’t technically have a snaffle bit available. You have a leverage bit, or […]


That’s No Bull. Training Horses On The Ranch.

September 22, 2014
Jenn Zeller

I started trailing bulls home this week. Their 60 days with the cows are up. Bringing bulls home is probably one of my favorite parts of ranch work. For the past several years on the ranch, it’s been solely my job. Depending on where the bulls are, how much time I have that day, and […]


Ranch Work Presents A Horse Training Opportunity

September 15, 2014
Jenn Zeller

While riding a young horse one summer, I had one of those lightbulb moments- a moment that reinforced what I have learned and what I know to be true about riding horses. Those can happen daily if we listen and are in a learning frame of mind each and every time we are in the […]


Communication Between Horse And Rider

September 12, 2014
Jessie Salter

The other day my 5 year old gelding, just up and decided he wasn’t going to load in the trailer.  He’s been in and out of trailers since the day he was born, and of coarse we were on a schedule. So, the first thing I do is get his feet moving, maybe not with […]


FEMININE VAPORS: A Young Mare Learns A Lesson

September 10, 2014
Jan Swan Wood

FEMININE VAPORS: A Young Mare Learns A Lesson by Jan Swan Wood Many years ago, when my great horse Lily was a rather green, track broke mare, we were taking care of a nice set of replacement heifers for a feller. A couple of times a week one of us would ride through the heifers […]


What To Look For In A Young Performance Horse Prospect: Part 2

September 2, 2014
Jessie Salter

In our first segment of this series we talked about bloodlines and breed history. Today, we will talk about conformation and disposition.  We know that champions come in all shapes and sizes and they all have different dispositions or quirks, which takes me back to the statement that, the horse is only as good as […]