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December 2021 – Performance Horse Digest



Performance Horse - December 2021

Performance Horse – December 2021

★ Performance Horse Digest ★ Tips for Novice to Serious Competitors ★ Featuring top trainers and competitors in the industry!


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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 Schooling with Style & Purpose
by Al Dunning
The majority of show horses will only perform at their peak for a given period of time.

12 Is It Possible To Be Too Gritty?
by Chevy (Siobhan) Allen
In one of my Get Gritty Facebook Groups, we have been discussing grit,
and the first two parts of grit, passion and purpose.

14 It’s Ok to Fence Me In – It’ll Be Fine!
by Doug Lindgren
It seems that every day since Jody and I left South Dakota has been filled with loads of work.

18 Making Success
by David Slipka
I’m really trying to find something deep, something meaningful. Something that will help you reach your goals.

22 It’s Not A Race!
by Clinton Anderson
Dealing with a horse that tries to race ahead of others is not only frustrating, but tiring.

26 Goals
by Ken McNabb
Last month we talked about OVERCOMING and this month as a continuation I want to talk about GOALS.

30 Competition Day Routine
by Martha Josey
One of the most important things a competitor needs to know is what to do on Competition Day!

32 Blue Tarps and Hula-Hoops
by Richard Winters
I’m teaching my annual “Ultimate Horse Course” next week. Twenty participants will come to build a better relationship with their horse and improve their horsemanship skills.

36 Theories and Philosophies of Horsemanship-Part 1
by Craig Cameron
The fundamentals of all good horsemanship are the same. It doesn’t matter what seat or discipline or style of equitation you ride.

42 Who’s Your Superhero?
by Barbra Schulte
Sometimes we don’t know how or why one person achieves great success, and at the same time, is incredibly happy and confident.

46 What Can You Do To Help a Horse That Pulls Back?
by Glenn Stewart
Contrary to some people’s way of thinking, horses do not enjoy, like, or
think it is fun to pull back. It hurts and they are very worried, scared and claustrophobic feeling when they pull back.

52 Baseball Diamond Exercise
by Sandy Collier
I’ll describe this exercise, then provide trouble-shooting information (because you’ll be working to develop collection and steering).

54 Research Why??
by Dr. Harlan Anderson, DVM
My father was a great mentor. I was barely 20 years old when he passed away. I realize now that I learned a lot from him in the very short time he had to teach me.

56 Drive, Draw & Hold
by Dennis Cappel
When it comes to handling livestock there are really three principles of drive – draw and hold, that you can use to get them to do what you want.

62 The “Get-Back”
by Mike Major
More than anything, when I back my horse, I want him to back more off my feet and body motion than off my hands

64 Keep Progressing
by Lynn Palm
There are so many training “methods” out there today, it sure can confuse most riders. My advice to you is to “put your common sense cap on.”

70 Key Factors to Communication
by Dick Pieper
How well the horse progresses in his training by getting better at reading the rider’s cues and learning responses that gain release from pressure is almost entirely dependent upon three factors.


40 Maximizing Pregnancy Rates with Shipped Semen
by Elizabeth S. Metcalf, MS, DVM, DACT


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