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{node-type}Editorial{/node-type} Whoa! Eleanor Blazer The most important cue for any horse being ridden is the cue for “whoa”. A good foundation should have been laid during halter breaking, leading lessons and learning how to lunge. Read More
{node-type}Editorial{/node-type} A Buck It’s hard to save a buck these days. Don Blazer It’s hard to save a buck these days. It can be done, but to do it, you have to spend money. Don’t buy cheap horses or cheap tack. Both always turn out to be more expensive in the long run Read More
{node-type}Editorial{/node-type} Ground Tied Whoa! Eleanor Blazer “Whoa” is the first verbal command a foal hears, and will be repeated many times over the course of its lifetime. Read More
{node-type}Editorial{/node-type} Don Blazer A Horse, Of Course Don Blazer There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that out of every 1,000 horses, 999 are smarter than the person riding them. Read More
{node-type}Editorial{/node-type} Standing Wrap Horse Leg Protection Eleanor Blazer Protecting a horse’s legs effectively and correctly is a skill every horseman should perfect. No matter the type of protection it must be properly used and applied. Read More
{node-type}Editorial{/node-type} Chariot A Horse, Of Course Don Blazer A little more than 10,000 years ago—give or take a 1,000 years—one cave man said to another, “I’m so hungry I could eat a horse.” So they did. First man just ate horses. Read More
{node-type}Editorial{/node-type} Don and Walter Communicating with Your Horse Don Blazer Why is it these days that whenever a clinician tells a rider, "the most important way of communicating is….” - he or she always has a communication device to sell? Read More
{node-type}Editorial{/node-type} 45 degree angle Horses and Math Eleanor Blazer Train A, traveling 70 miles per hour (mph), leaves Westford heading toward Eastford, 260 miles away. Read More
{node-type}Editorial{/node-type} Pete rope Tiny Balance Rider for General Physical Fitness ~ Part One J. L. Hardesty We are often asked if the Balance Rider is only for equestrians, or if it has value for people who don’t ride horses. Read More
{node-type}Editorial{/node-type} The Way of Horses Eleanor Blazer Encourage your child to join a gang--it can lead to success! Youth join gangs to achieve a sense of community, Read More
{node-type}Editorial{/node-type} A Horse, Of Course don blazer Not all horse trainers are good, and not all are bad. But all get blamed at one time or another for something they have no control over – the horse which simply can’t win in the show ring Read More
{node-type}Editorial{/node-type} fun Building Confidence in the Saddle ~ Part One J. L. Hardesty Comfort and confidence rely on balance . . . and balance relies largely on core strength. In this series focusing on RIDER confidence, we’ll cover a number of ways to develop this Read More
{node-type}Editorial{/node-type} Jim Confidence in the Saddle . . . How’s yours? J. L. Hardesty Confidence is the belief that we can accomplish or handle a given task or enterprise. A confident rider is a comfortable rider. Read More
{node-type}Editorial{/node-type} Jim Birth of the Balance Rider Part 2 J. L. Hardesty Before summer arrived, in that year when my anticipation of it was marred by fear, Jim presented me with a gift that soon found its way to the top of my best-ever list. Read More
{node-type}Editorial{/node-type} Don with Sox A Horse, Of Course Don Blazer If you want to be rich and you want to be happy, then you must do what you love. Simple as that! “No it isn’t,” you say… You’ve got a job and a husband and kids, or a wife and kids, Read More
{node-type}Editorial{/node-type} Socks bandaged The Way of Horses Eleanor Blazer Horse owners joke about wrapping horses in “bubble-wrap” to protect them from injury. Unfortunately we can’t, so we have to deal with the resulting wounds when our beloved steeds do damage Read More
{node-type}Editorial{/node-type} Balance Rider Birth of the Balance Rider J. L. Hardesty It all started one day in early spring, when the snow was softening from icy white to the pearlescent color that hints at winter’s end. Here in the Rocky Mountains, Read More
{node-type}Editorial{/node-type} Man 'O War A Horse, Of Course Don Blazer Only under very special circumstances or in a fit of sentimental foolishness would a man refuse to put a price on a horse. Samuel D. Riddle might have been guided by both. He had a colt he Read More
{node-type}Editorial{/node-type} Don on Sheza A Horse, Of Course Don Blazer ummer may mean vacation for us, but it usually means work time for horses. With the kids out of school, and longer days, there’s more time to ride. And ride we do. In far too many cases, Read More
{node-type}Editorial{/node-type} Pat Parelli Western States Horse Expo: Get Ready to Rumble! No, that’s not a California earthquake. It’s the rumbling of thousands of horse enthusiasts as they come through the gates at Western States Horse Expo, June 10-12, 2016 at Cal Expo. Read More
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