Horse Training Articles

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 […]

Tips for a Fidgety Horse

January 16, 2015
Jenn Zeller

The last thing any horse really wants to do is fidget. No, seriously, think about it. If you’ve watched them in the pasture, when they’re not eating, they’re lazing, and if they’re young and full of energy, they’ll play for a bit and go back to eating or lazing. They’d rather be at peace than […]

Finished Barrel Horse For Sale

January 13, 2015
Jessie Salter

We’ve heard this several ways; Finished barrel horse for sale, finished bridle horse for sale, finished rope horse for sale…You get the picture.  What exactly does “finished” mean? To me “finished” in the performance horse world helps define where a horse is in it’s training. In my opinion this DOES NOT mean that the horse […]

Buckaroo Style Roping

December 13, 2014
Jenn Zeller

This isn’t a style of roping often practiced here on the plains of South Dakota. In fact since I’ve lived here, I only know of a few other outfits in the entire state that rope this way when they’re branding calves. We hold a special branding for purposes of keeping the art alive. It’s an […]

Horse with Mouth Problems in A Sweat

November 28, 2014
Jan Swan Wood

When a bridled horse is having problems with it’s mouth, it has many ways of showing it. Some examples would be slobbering, fighting their head, rearing, chomping at the bit, opening their mouth when reins are pulled, head shaking, bucking, and not moving out normally. Sometimes though, the reaction is so subtle that it takes […]

Winter Horse Work

November 21, 2014
Kay Schrock

Winter horse work is very much part of the ranch life scene.  Despite the daily use of tractors and trucks to feed, the horses get their work in, too.  The horses here on the ranch develop warm, fuzzy winter coats as they live and work outside year round.  One bright winter day, I walked out […]

Never Stop Learning

November 16, 2014
Bailee Murnion

“Ability is what you are capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” – Unknown   In order to grow as horsemen, we should never forget that we are always learning. We should foster that attitude that we can learn something, whether it be good or bad, from every […]

The Third Ride

November 8, 2014
Jenn Zeller

I thought I’d start sharing some videos I took this past winter, when I started one of my colts. I’ve since sold this colt – he’s gone on to a very handy,  West River Cowboy. He’d had him a couple weeks, rode him maybe once, and went and roped and doctored a yearling bull on him. […]

Working over a Tarp

November 3, 2014
Jenn Zeller

One of the things I love to do with my colts, and even older horses, is challenge them to “get with me”.  I want them to realize that as an effective leader for them, I’ll not “lead” them astray; that they can trust my judgement. If we do not become effective leaders for our horses, […]


October 31, 2014
One smart ranch horses figures out how to ride, not trot, home from the pasture.

Many years ago when I worked on a big outfit in New Mexico, an incident occurred that has stuck in my mind for all these years. One early morning a crew of us were sent to the top of the mesa to a rough, rocky pasture that was pretty thick with cedars to gather some […]

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