Old Methods Are New At Horsemanship Seminar; Part 1
- April 25, 2015
- Jan Swan Wood
A seminar called “Ancient Wisdom Meets Common Sense Horsemanship” was held in Billings, Montana in June 2014 and brought people together with an interest in learning about how to do a better job of addressing health, nutrition and physical problems in themselves and their horses.
The instigator of the event was Bill Hackett and Company, and it drew around 30 participants from several states. Bill Hackett of Gillette, Wyoming, has an open mind toward healing therapy and his work with horses goes back over 25 years. “Buster Harlow and I started working horses in 1985. We worked together about two years until branching out on my own,” says Hackett.
Hackett works on about 1000 horses per year and has people working under him in nine states and two Canadian provinces. “They’re hand picked and I’m very proud of every one of them,” says Hackett, adding “I also have a team of therapists, shoers, and trainers that work together too.” Hackett adds, “This summer I’m going to slow down and do more teaching. It’s time to do some other things too.”
He says “Everybody has something to offer. No two people do it the same. My daughter Jacque and I work on each other’s horses because we’ll pick things up on them that we won’t on our own. As for what I do, I couldn’t do any of it without my wife Billee and daughter.”
In 1998, at a seminar in Bozeman, Montana, Hackett met a man with such new ideas and perspective, that he says “It completely changed everything I did. I found out I didn’t know a danged thing!” That man was Regan Golob.
Born in Washington state, Regan Golob grew up on a ranch with his father and grandfather, an emigrant from Croatia. Golob’s grandfather was a unique man with different ideas on how to run stock and handle horses than was the norm for the day and time. His broader thinking inspired young Regan and spawned a way of handling horses later in his life that has had profound influence on many others.
Young Regan was a daring youngster and by the age of 13 was paralyzed from an accident and told he wouldn’t walk again. His father took him to a chiropractor who worked on him and fixed his back, enabling him to walk again. By the age of 18, he was suffering severe arthritis in his spine and ensuing years brought more injuries gleaned from having a daring personality and plenty of nerve.
In severe pain, Golob knew there had to be something better than what modern medicine was offering him. At chiropractic school, he learned more about nutrition and body energy, besides how to adjust others to aid in their comfort and healing.
“I want my body to perform, so I follow a diet and way of living that allows it to,” says Golob, “The body can repair itself if we just get out of the way. Nutrition is everything.”
Today, in his mid-50’s, Golob is the picture of robust health, athletic and fit, and travels sound. His history includes, besides being a chiropractor, training Thoroughbred racehorses, riding endurance horses worldwide, and teaching and performing accupuncture and bio-energy specialties.
Stay tuned to hear more on Ron Golob and this seminar in this 3 part series.
About Jan Swan Wood
Jan was raised on a ranch in far western South Dakota. She grew up horseback working all descriptions of cattle, plus sheep and horses. After leaving home she pursued a post-graduate study of cowboying and dayworking in Nebraska, New Mexico, Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota....