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May-June 2021 – Performance Horse Digest



Performance Horse Digest - May / June. 2021

Performance Horse Digest – May / June. 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 The Back-Around Drill
by Al Dunning
Learn about an exercise that can be used to prepare your horse for any discipline.

12 Do You Have A Solid Support System
by Chevy (Siobhan) Allen
Your support system is a big piece of your success along your horsemanship journey.

14 Ride, Ride, Ride – It’ll Be Fine!
by Doug Lindgren
A couple of months ago there was a common thread going through the Performance Horse magazine.

18 Proper Bits, Good Hands, Good Horses
by Monty Bruce
When it comes to the horse world there are few things more numerous than bits. There are hundreds of different kinds, variations, and styles.

22 Connection
by David Slipka
When horses are standing next to each other do you ever see them swish their tails onto each other? This gesture is a connection.

24 Developing a WANT TO Attitude
by Ken McNabb
In my mind, horse training is never about the here and now, it is always about tomorrow.

30 Beat the Heat
by Martha Josey & Ashley Schenck
As the summer months get closer, so does the heat. Whether it is hot and dry or hot and humid, the extremely warm weather can be very hard on our equine athletes.

36 Four-Part Harmony – Hindquarters – Part 4
by Richard Winters
With young horses, we talk about hindquarter control. Disengaging those
hindquarters and how important that is.

40 Nerves in Horses and People
by Barbra Schulte
I was thinking about this challenge of ‘nerves’ that’s a tough one. And if you think you’re the only one, believe me, you’re not. It’s a challenge most of us have.

42 Circle Driving: An Exercise to Connect With Your Horse on the Ground
by Clinton Anderson
Circle Driving gets a lot accomplished by working on several key areas at once. It teaches the horse to be soft on the halter and bend his ribs around you in a circle. It helps horses that are reactive and nervous to relax.

46 Think About It!!
by Dr. Harlan Anderson, DVM
Recently a horse client of mine called with a question. He asked if I had heard of a rare metabolic disease.

48 Tough Enough?
by Craig Cameron
The longest or the shortest journey begins with a single step. For the novice or advanced horse person who is interested in enrolling in an apprentice program, the first step would be to make contact with the trainer of your preference.

50 The Horseman’s Mental Advantage
by Dennis Cappel
The Clear Mental Picture (CMP) has become my favorite topic of discussion for one reason.

54 Stable Rules: What’s On Your Wall?
by Julie I. Fershtman
Should your stable have rules? Stable rules list the various policies and regulations governing activities on the property.

56 The Barn Magnet
by Mike Major
If you don’t understand the ins and outs of riding a young horse, before long you both can be frustrated.

58 Western Dressage: Understanding Test Scores
by Lynn Palm
In Dressage, it is tradition to receive score sheets from the judge.

60 Stops
by Dick Pieper
Before moving ahead to have advanced conversations with your horse about stops and rollbacks, it’s really important that you and your horse communicate well and consistently, using the three basics previously discussed.

62 Sworls
by Sandy Collier
I thought it might be a fun change of pace to explore the myth vs fact of sworls in our horses.


20 Texas A&M Study to Evaluate Bisphosphonate Risk in Young Horses
by Kay Ledbetter

28 Top Five Tips for Protecting Your Horse From Insects

52 National Versatility Ranch Horse Association

57 6666 Ranch is Under Contract

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