Horse Training Articles

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 […]

Unusual Uses for Your Horse

March 2, 2015
Rachel Larsen

  #1. Teaching your milk cow to lead (this is an expirimental process, results may vary). How many unusual uses do you have for your horse?

Tips for First-Time Horse Owners

February 24, 2015
Jenn Zeller

I was a HORSE crazy kid. Just ask my parents. At age 4 I started begging for a horse. I got a riding lesson here or there, and a week or two at summer camp with my aunt, who grew up on a ranch and took us riding the “dude string” horses, but that was […]

The Colt Cam: Roping the Feet Part 1

February 19, 2015
Jenn Zeller

I know that there are people reading this that have no experience in handling a rope, but I’m here to tell you it behooves you to get on board and learn to use one — even if you’ll never rope a live bovine. We rope the feet of all our horses. There are several reasons […]

The On-Duty Horse.

February 15, 2015
Kay Schrock

It is calving season on the ranch, which means there is an on-duty horse.  We keep a few horses in the corral so we can use them to work the heifers. The heifers get turned out in the morning, and then pushed back into the corral at night. This is easiest if done from the […]

Hobbles and Ice

February 7, 2015
Tayler Teichert

Strange combo eh? Yeah that’s what I thought too… Before I tell you this story I need to introduce you to my father. His name is Steve, he is a sorta crusty old, Western Wyoming cowboy. He claims he doesn’t care about being stylish, but I can promise you he will be the last guy in […]

The Colt Cam

February 5, 2015
Jenn Zeller

On my personal blog, I run a series (when I’ve time and I’m starting colts), called the Colt Cam Chronicles. This winter, like last, I am participating in a 12 Week Riding Challenge.   It’s run on Facebook through Northwood Farms (in the Pacific Northwest), and the goal is to kind of encourage you get […]

Ground Work Basics for All Horses

February 1, 2015
Jenn Zeller

One of the things we’ve learned since we began handling horses the “way” we do at the ranch, is that how your horse operates with you on his back can be predicted fairly accurately and even dictated through thoughtful and observant ground work. Any time we get horses in to ride, whether they are older […]

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