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February 2021 – Performance Horse Digest



Performance Horse Digest - February 2021

Performance Horse Digest – February 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!

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by Al Dunning
It is vital that you, as rider and trainer, fully understand what you seek to accomplish when building a cow horse. The term “reading a cow” means that your horse watches and reads the cow like a person reads a good book.
by Chevy (Siobhan) Allen
I am getting a little personal. It is hard to juggle a family, a full-time day job, a farm with 50+ beef cattle, and my horse passion. And the horses usually take a back burner to everything else, which can be frustrating!
Last month I talked to you about a project I was working on. Ruger turned out to be a good horse and his owner is very pleased with his progress. In the time I was able to work with him I took him to lots of new places.
by David Slipka
How often do I hear, my horse is running through the bit, ducking off in my team roping run, or dropping his shoulder and ducking into the barrel.
by Martha Josey
In my rodeo career, I hauled horses for many miles with my husband R.E. Josey across the country. For such extended travel times, there were certain things I did to prepare ourselves and our horses.
by Harlan R. Anderson, DVM
My first suggestion is not to buy moldy hay for your horse. When buying hay take the time to open one bale.
by Richard Winters
For over 40 years I have been trying to figure out how to train horses. Quite a few years ago I started getting some more help and it really revolutionized what I was doing with horses when I was asking them to step up their game.
by Barbra Schulte
This week, this comment and question came up: “It’s a fine line between intimidation and strong leadership.
by Clinton Anderson
I often get asked how long a training session should last.
by Craig Cameron
A brave horse is confident, relaxed, and at ease with whatever you ask him to do. He is relaxed mentally, and that is what allows him to relax physically.
by Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D.
“Fecal Liquid” or sometimes referred to as “Fecal Liquid Syndrome” is very difficult to deal with. It is characterized by normal manure, followed by a stream of liquid.
by Mike Major
When it comes to spins, most people worry about locking down a horse’s back end. They don’t think about moving the front end.
by Lynn Palm
Dressage is for every rider and any horse, no matter what age, level of education, and what goals may be. It is simply a natural training method for the horse and rider that leads to great success.
by Dick Pieper
The timing of how I change leads on a horse is almost exactly the same timing needed to stop a horse. In other words, as the horse lopes, for example, in the left lead, this horse’s front-end rolls forward and comes down as his weight shifts onto that leading leg, and both hind feet are being carried up and underneath him.
by Sandy Collier
Changing leads is one of the few reining maneuvers a horse does at liberty, on his own. Horses don’t slide, spin, or back up when they’re loose, but they change leads all day long.
by Patrick M. McCue, DVM, Ph.D.,
Diplomate American College of

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