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Volume 11 Issue 4 – Performance Horse Digest



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Performance Horse Digest - Volume 11 Issue 4

Performance Horse Digest – Volume 11 Issue 4

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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 Reined Work  by Al Dunning
The reined-cow-horse sport is special and unique in that every portion of competition pays homage not only to our history as horsemen, but also to a rustic chapter in the United States of America’s story.

18 Let’s Talk About Spurs. Do You Use Them? Why Don’t You?  by David Slipka
A spur is a metal tool designed to be worn in pairs on the heel of riding boots for the purpose of directing a horse to move forward or laterally while riding.

20 The Making of a Good Bridle Horse by Monty Bruce
How many of you have actually turned your horse totally loose in a maneuver or on a cow? If not you should because it tells you a lot on how broke your horse actually is and if they are actually hunting the maneuver.

22 First Things First  by Martha Josey
From the moment I place my foot in the stirrup I have a plan. My goal is to make every second of the ride count.

26 How to Guide Your Horse on the Cut  by Barbra Schulte
Guiding your horse smoothly and accurately through quick moves during the cut can be a tricky thing, no doubt.

30 Cribbing: Its Cause and Prevention  by Robert M. Miller, DVM
Cribbing, or crib biting as it is also known, is the most common  stereotypy in the horse.

40 Let Your Hands be Quiet, Soft & Gentle  by Doug Lindgren
If you’ve ever ridden the back seat of your family car on the way to Grandma’s house with siblings, you’re going to relate to what I have to say in this article.

44 Fix It Sooner Rather Than Later  by Craig Cameron
At one of my clinics, a participant had a horse that turned away from her in the round pen, pinned back both ears and ran backward at the handler.

46 Effective Groundwork  by Mike Major
Every move you make has an effect on your horse, and you want your horse to respect you instead of run from you or run over you.

48 Take Charge of a Jigger  by Clinton Anderson
Jigging is a symptom of nervousness or a lack of foundation. Is your horse hot and nervous because he’s in a group of horses, or is he just naturally hot and nervous on his own?

50 On-the-Trail Training for the Horse Who Wants to be “Leader of the Pack”  by Lynn Palm
We have previously discussed 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, preparing the rider through warm up and stretching exercises, and building safety and confidence out on the trail.

52 Don’t Let Your Horse Develop An Ulcer  by Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D.
I never stop urging horse owners to “feed your horse like a horse,” for the simple reason that a horse, fed according to his physiology and instincts, will be healthier.

54 Damage Caused By Boarded Horses – Who Pays For It?  by Julie I. Fershtman
Broken pasture fences, broken gates, stall dividers kicked through, wash rack hoses and nozzles broken, stall walls bitten through, stall doors broken off of their hinges.

56 The Come Around  by Sandy Collier
A good rollback is a fluid motion.  The horse slides in his stop as far as momentum will take him, hesitates for a split second, then turns 180 degrees by dramatically “cracking back over his hocks” and swinging his forehand around.

60 Introducing The Saddle by Dick Pieper
Next, I do the same things with the saddle that I have done with the blanket. As I approach the horse with the saddle, I let him smell and look at it.


16 $100,000 Bonus Time
36 Recognizing Critical Illness in Foals: Is He Sick, or Just Napping?  by Madison Seamans, DVM, MS
45 Kelby Phillips is the 2018 World’s Greatest Horseman





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