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March 2021 – Performance Horse Digest



Performance Horse Digest, March 2021

Performance Horse Digest, March 2021

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Performance Horse Digest – Featuring: Al Dunning, Pat Parelli, Clinton Anderson, Martha Josey, Lynn Palm, Craig Cameron, Richard Winters, Mike Major, Barbra Schulte, Sandy Collier, Monty Bruce, Dick Pieper, Dr. Robert M. Miller, Dr. Juliet M. Getty, and more! LEARN FROM THE PROS!

Table of Contents

8 Imaginary Gauges
by Al Dunning
Once you’ve established a connection between your horse and a cow, a point of great importance is your horse’s acceptance of a pull on the bridle.

12 Winter Funk to Focus
by Chevy (Siobhan) Allen
Three simple tips to transform the Winter Funk to Focus and get on track to achieve your horsemanship goals.

14 New Horse, New Challenges, New Confidence, – It’ll Be Fine!
by Doug Lindgren
A few weeks ago, a couple joined us at camp here in Arizona. They’ve stayed with us at both camps a number of times.

20 There is a Lesson in Everything We Do
by David Slipka
Spring is right around the corner and some of us are looking forward to starting a new horse. Whether new to the herd or a colt out to learn it all, this is an exciting time of year.

26 No Foot, No Horse
by Martha Josey
Imagine for a minute that you are preparing to go to the Olympics as a sprinter in the 100-yard dash. You have worked and trained hard to prepare but, at the last second there is a pain in your foot.

28 Why Grain?
by Harlan R. Anderson, DVM
I grew up on a crop and livestock farm. We had a lot of sheep and feeder cattle. I really enjoyed healthy animals including my cats and dog.

30 Four Part Harmony – Shoulders Part 2
by Richard Winters
You may have heard trainers or possibly someone has given you a lesson and they say, “He’s dropping his shoulder, he’s falling to the inside.”

34 An Exercise to Develop Feel
by Barbra Schulte
There’s that word again … “feel.” It can be so elusive. What does that mean?

36 Train Your Horse to Wait for Your Cues
by Clinton Anderson
Horses are great at predicting our behavior and learning our habits, and it isn’t generally too hard for them to do so.

40 The Brave Rider
by Craig Cameron
In order to create a brave horse, you need to be confident and brave yourself. You must learn to use good leadership skills.

44 Just Breathe
by Dennis Cappel
Most people with a love for livestock can often be found quietly observing these wonderful animals as they graze peacefully.

46 What to Consider Before An Equine Professional Does Business on Your Property
by Julie I. Fershtman
An elderly widow lives alone on the family farm. The horse barn has been empty since the children moved out.

48 The Spin – Part 2
by Mike Major
When your horse is comfortable walking tight circles, pick up the reins slightly and try to move his outside shoulder across to the inside as you bump his rib cage with your outside leg.

50 Western Dressage: Are You Ready to Show?
by Lynn Palm
So, you and your horse have been training in anticipation of entering your first Western Dressage show. But how do you know when you’re actually ready to compete?

52 A Quiet Lead Change
by Dick Pieper
There a few more things that you should do if you are going to preserve this horse and make him a quiet lead-changer all the time for years to come.

54 Does Your Horse Pay Attention to You?
by Sandy Collier
When you’re schooling him, is he alert to your cues, and eager to follow them? Does he seem almost able to read your mind?


10 Spinoff to Yellowstone’s Series ‘6666’ is Coming to Paramount+

18 Pregnant Mares
by Atwood C. Asbury, DVM, DACT

24 Montana Mountain Breeding Magic or Mystery, Royalty Blood and Sire Mystique?

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