Horse Training Articles

Achieving Collection: Part 2

April 14, 2015
Jenn Zeller

Hopefully you read the first part of our series on collection. Today we’ll continue and get into the meat and potatoes of how you’d start to get a horse to properly collect. To teach proper elevation and flexion Buck uses a very thorough drill: you standstill- and this drill should carry over to everything else we […]


Achieving Collection: A Series

April 3, 2015
Jenn Zeller

Once you’ve ridden a truly collected horse, you don’t want to ride anything but that. The first thing you need to know to achieve proper collection is how a horse physiologically gets collected, soft, and elevated, and how what happens physiologically, when it’s done correctly v. done incorrectly.  As I have mentioned before- softness in […]


Equine Internships

March 31, 2015
Jenn Zeller

Here at our ranch near Eagle Butte, SD, we offer a unique opportunity. We offer equine/horsemanship internships.  Our equine internships are geared towards college students pursuing equine/ag/animal related degrees, but anyone is welcome to apply, so long as they’re over 18.  We practice Ray Hunt/Buck Brannaman Style horsemanship here as well as low-stress cattle handling. […]


Quick, Easy Wrap to Tie Horses

March 27, 2015
Lynn Kohr

I use this quick, easy wrap to tie horses often in a day for safe, and fast tie ups. I probably have all three of these situations at least once in a day that I use this simple tie up knot for:   1. Pull back horses 2. On the run gotta grab something tie-ups […]


Horse Sale and Collegiate Riding Competition in Bozeman.

March 26, 2015
Jessie Salter

Equine students at Montana State University and the University of Montana Western will be selling more than 30 young horses on Friday, April 10, and Saturday, April 11, as part of the Top of the West Horse Sale at the Copper Spring Ranch near Bozeman. Sponsored by the Equine Boosters of MSU, the annual sale […]


The Colt Cam: Desensitizing with a Rope

March 23, 2015
Jenn Zeller

In this episode of our Colt Cam — I show how to approach a horse with the coils of your rope. This colt isn’t quite as snorty now as he was when I took this video — proof that this works and it’s getting better (maybe I’ll take a video to update our progress) but […]


Curb Strap Adjustments

March 20, 2015
Lynn Kohr

Curb straps, chin straps… What is their purpose and how in the world should they be adjusted? Previously on Cavvy Savvy there was a blog post on how to properly attach a curb strap. Today, I’ll quickly explain how I like them to be adjusted once they are on properly. Honestly mine are loose, probably […]


The Colt Cam: Roping the Feet Part 2

March 14, 2015
Jenn Zeller

I realize we are all busy, and don’t always have time to sit and watch hours of video, so I’ve tried to break these down into shorter sections where you can see the change happen.  Listen close as Zach talks through what he’s after. You want to let the horse get used to wearing the […]


Soft Eye, Soft Feel, Soft Feet; Part 1 in Balanced Horse Balanced Ride

March 11, 2015
Lynn Kohr

A horse’s eye tells his story…where there is a soft look, he is content and light to handle, and his feet move easily and evenly. An eye with a strained, concerned, difficult appearance has sticky, glued to the ground feet that have rigidity to their move. Taking the lead rope in hand, can you just […]


Groundwork with Buck Brannaman

March 5, 2015
Jenn Zeller

In a previous post I wrote about doing groundwork, and why I believe it’s important. I’m often by myself around here though, and as such, it’s hard to get good video showing how to do it, plus I’m not nearly as good as some other folks when it comes to doing groundwork. So I figured […]


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