October 11, 2019

As a result of having a number of family and friends with either brain injuries or developmental delays and disorders, I have become exposed to how our brain works or is damaged. The more exposure I have had, the more curious I have become about any similarities betwee...

July 22, 2019

If you have never had the pleasure of riding with Sonny Rice you have missed out. Stories of cutting horses, doctoring screwworms, bird dogs… the tales are endless. Chances are you know of him though if you have followed cutting at all over the years. “Grande” on the o...

September 5, 2018

When preparing a young horse to be saddled many people go through a process that they call “sacking out.” I am not sure I like the term but it is commonly used and mostly understood.  This term generally means a process of getting a horse to accept different scary obje...

May 29, 2017

If you enjoy western history and have never read J. Frank Dobie I hope this will tease you into reading one. I have enjoyed Dobie’s writing for years and in particular, The Mustangs.

Each one of the sixteen chapters is a period in the history of the mustang. Starting at...

April 13, 2017

An important tool in my training arsenal is what I call side drive.  Essentially, I define this as creating energy from only one side of the horse’s body at a time.  This energy can be used for forward or backwards motion.  The energy though is generated one side at a...

March 21, 2017

Conveying the idea of collection to a horse can be likened to pulling back a bow. It can be followed by the bow breaking under the pressure of an unskilled hand, losing your grip and everything flying out of control, or.... the executing of the most elegant and powerfu...

February 28, 2017

When a horse gets frustrated he gets sour.  When he gets sour he starts demonstrating what we would call poor behavior.  This behavior is an attempt to stop the source of his agitation.  His behavior of course now becomes a problem and a learned experience he will reve...

February 21, 2017

Why snub a horse?  Good question, glad you asked!  When many people hear the phrase “snubbing horse” it conjures up images of a 1915 era cowboy climbing on a blindfolded bronc.  That bronc is snorting fire and fear while the “snub horse” is laying into the halter rope....

February 5, 2017

Having been in the saddlery trade for over twenty years, one of the more basic and often asked questions is how to price used saddles.  While this process is certainly far from an absolute science, there are a few guidelines that will help you determine a value.  First...

January 16, 2017

There are many things I like about working with different guys on various ranches.  One of my favorites is seeing new ways to do an old thing, in this instance, “tying off”.  If you are unfamiliar with what this is, it is the method used to restrain a bovine while you...

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