BEYOND THE SHOW PEN

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May 21, 2019

What happens when you head out for a training session or a ride and your horse says NO?  It’s a common thing among many riders, even myself, as a trainer.  Some days I expect the ride to go smoothly, with a finished head nod from my horse thanking me for providing a fu...

January 20, 2019

I mention building your tool box, often.  What does this mean?  It's not just physical equipment.  I have options when I'm training horses, because I understand how the bridle and reins work, how to use my body (legs, hands, weight, positioning), timing of when and wha...

November 29, 2018

Here is an approach to schooling spins.  This is for the horse that has some experience, not the younger horse still figuring out foot work and staying in the turn on his own.  This is to brighten up the broker horse’s spin by working on the startup, body position in t...

September 18, 2018

I wish we had taken some longer video as the end of this one couldn't be edited, however there is some useful information in it to share.  I hope you can take some details from it and put them into practice with your own horse.

Trotting is a great...

June 26, 2018

#keeppushing #keephammering #keeppracticing #keepfighting #fillintheblank  The hashtags can #keepgoing and going to help keep us going.  Reading social media posts with hashtags that influence us to push through obstacles is both motivating and an awareness that we are...

June 3, 2018

There is something to be said on the metaphor of “passing the torch”.  Not just the act (in itself), but to whom the torch is passed can hold a sentiment worth noting.  This very occasion occurred at Wilson Performance Horses one Saturday, in May.  A horse that had bec...

May 4, 2018

Horses, like people, have strengths and weaknesses.  To utilize your horse's strengths in the show pen, a lot has to happen.  To put it simply, you have to "know your horse."  I don't mean whether or not he likes his skid boots or head stall, or if the music or bleache...

March 14, 2018

Balance is a common word with horse trainers.  Most of the time it’s used when referring to how a horse can use their body most efficiently.  I think it can go further into the training aspect, as well as, the horseman and showman side of having a balanced and complete...

February 17, 2018

Being a horse trainer, I get questions often.  I had an inquiry, recently, on my opinion about horses that rear.  Normal responses to this, and maybe for a lot of people, are to think about a horse’s teeth, back, feet, or anything else being sore, maybe even trying a d...

November 27, 2017

Many times bobbles happen when working on spins.  They happen with broker horses, but are very common in young horses learning the maneuver.  In this video is a two year old colt still early on in his training.  I've had him just over 7 months and he is a really nice h...

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