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Volume 11 Issue 2 – Performance Horse Digest



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Performance Horse Digest, Volume 11 Issue 2

Performance Horse Digest, Volume 11 Issue 2

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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

10 Rider Attributes and Dedication by Al Dunning

A long list of credentials make a horse seem successful in reined- cow-horse competition—brains, brawn, temperament, athleticism and God-given talent, and the list goes on.


18 Your Hands…To The Horse’s Head, To The Horse’s Feet by David Slipka

Often I witness this scenario: People make a team-roping run and one of the ropers misses. The roper rides out of the arena, whips his horse, pulling and jerking him in a circle.


20 Never Judge A Book By It’s Cover by Monty Bruce

I just recently did a cow horse clinic in northern Nebraska, and I love doing clinics with real working cowboys.


22 Horse Deals – Quality of Canter by Dan Steers

We are going to work on how you can improve the quality of canter with a simple leg yield serpentine on the canter circle exercise.


26 Consistency Is The Key by Martha Josey

Asking a horse to move in a direction or to stop is all part of training or preparing for the event you wish to compete in. Being aware of your body and hands at all times during any ride, is a very important habit even when it’s not a specific training session.


30 Do You Have These Three Critical Elements? by Barbra Schulte

Through my years of riding, showing and coaching, I have come to know that success on your horse has 3 Must Haves. They’re kind of like big buckets!


34 Safe Equine Handling by Robert M. Miller, DVM

One of my more recent books on horsemanship is Handling the Equine Patient. I wrote it for veterinary students and for students of veterinary technology (the veterinary nursing profession).


36 Equine Law – Half Lease – Whole Problem by Julie I. Fershtman

The words “half lease” seem unique to the horse industry. In law school, this lawyer never heard the phrase mentioned, and the authoritative legal dictionary, Black’s Law Dictionary, nowhere mentions it.


48 Ask Your Horse…I Guarantee He’ll Be There For You! by Doug Lindgren

Have you ever been in a situation where you were in new or unfamiliar territory?


52 On-the-Road Care by Craig Cameron

Caring for your horse while traveling is equally as important as caring for him at home, and maybe more so.


54 Conformation Class Showmanship by Mike Major

In the ranch-versatility world, the halter conformation class has the same points possible as the reining or cutting.


58 The Training Scale by Clinton Anderson

In order to be a great horseman, you have to learn how to apply pressure effectively. While helping others learn how to effectively communicate with their horses, I generally come across two types of horse people.


60 Safety & Confidence on the Trail by Lynn Palm

In previous articles we have reviewed important steps to prepare for training on the trail, including reading the horse to recognize his inner energy level and working with him to release it.


62 Even Non-GMO Is Not Necessarily Safe by Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D.

Non-GMO. Do you know what it means? And is it better than GMO? It must be, right? Otherwise, it wouldn’t be displayed on food-labels as something to brag about.


66 Shoulder-Swing Exercise by Sandy Collier

In this exercise, whenever your horse’s hind end veers off course in the backup, instead of moving it back over, swing his shoulders over 90 degrees to re-establish the straight line before resuming backing-up.


68 Introducing The Blanket by Dick Pieper

When the horse is comfortable in the round pen, moving around freely and stopping and coming to me, I begin to sack him out with a blanket, rubbing it all over his body and letting him get used to the feel of being touched in a way that is unfamiliar to him.





40 2018 Truck Defender Horse Sale & Stallion Show by Larry Larson


44 2017 NRHA Professionals of the Year Named


46 Signs of a Healthy Horse by Tom Lenz, DVM, M.S., DACT


64 Equine Stem Cells Rein in Bacteria by Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine




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