Horse Training Articles

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 […]


Continuous Motion Triangle Drill

April 16, 2020
Lynn Kohr

I learned this triangle barrel drill from a fellow barrel horse trainer and good friend, Cody Hyde, from Blackfoot, ID. As he introduced this drill his words have proven very true. This drill works for green horses all the way to finished horses.  For me, the power of this triangle barrel drill is it reinforces […]


Joe Wolter Online Learning Opportunity

April 3, 2020
Savanna Simmons

Joe Wolter is right up there among my favorite of clinicians. He’s awfully down-to-earth and kind while still able to poignantly deliver a message or lesson. He has been able to help me in some of my biggest sticking points with horses over the years, and, if you’ve seen him ride, you know how animated […]


Respect is Always Right with Horses

April 1, 2020
Lynn Kohr

Respect is always right and everything we do with our horse matters. Have you ever been in a hurry? Maybe you’ve caught your horse without waiting for your horse to respectfully turn, face and walk towards you?  Then you drag your horse to the trailer instead of leading him lightly? Then you load him and maybe […]


Children’s Ag School Resources

March 30, 2020
Savanna Simmons

I’ve witnessed a wonderful occurrence across Facebook and the internet as schools began closing their doors: online school resources for children. Coloring pages, learning apps that usually cost, virtual zoo and park tours and lives all became available to entertain and teach our children. I’ve been doing the suggested school work with my children, but my […]


Alternate Rope Halter Knot

March 2, 2020
Jenn Zeller

If you struggle with a horse that sits or pulls back, and enjoy using your rope halter, but hate undoing the knot after they struggle, this is the solution. I can’t believe I’ve gone 4 decades on this earth not knowing about this knot. Here is a photo of the knot: Have you tied your […]