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Volume 11 Issue 5 – Performance Horse Digest



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Performance Horse Digest - Volume 11 Issue 5

Performance Horse Digest – Volume 11 Issue 5

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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 Rate, Lead Changes & Stops by Al Dunning
In competition, a cow horse must show the judges that he is able to transition between collection and extension, in other words, between a slower lope and a faster gallop, which displays his ability to rate his speed.

16 Flexion…How MuchTime Do We Spend? by David Slipka
We spend a lot of time with flexion on our horses, but often times it is only the front end of horse that bends.

20 Create Lifetime Memories by Doug Lindgren
Summer is finally here, giving us warm sunny days, beautiful blue skies, and clear starry nights to enjoy. We’ve all been waiting for days like these for months, just so we could go somewhere to ride.

22 Injuries Do Happen by Martha Josey
Injuries do happen, but I’m a firm believer in trying to prevent what I can. I always keep my horses legs wrapped in the trailer for protection from getting cut.

26 A Short List for Competition Prep by Barbra Schulte
My friend and awesome Team Coach, Morgan Moreno asked me to write a note to the Texas A&M Stock Horse Team just prior to a huge event.

30 Cushing’s Syndrome by Robert M. Miller, DVM
Pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID) of horses, commonly known as Cushing’s Syndrome is gaining more and more attention, and that’s because it is becoming more common.

32 Bumper Pull Hitches by Tom Scheve
Frame mounted hitches have weight ratings. Tow vehicles have towing
capacities. They are not related. Not identifying hitch ratings may cause your hitch to fail.

38 Back in the Saddle After Baby by Chevy (Siobhan) Allen
I never was a fearless rider, but this sudden inability to breathe was strange to me. My bay mare was standing calmly, resting a hind leg even, but for some reason, I was struggling to make myself put my foot in the stirrup.

44 Beyond the Snaffle by Craig Cameron
Although some people, and some horses, are content with a snaffle bit throughout their lives, many are ready to move on at some point. As the horse makes progress and learns to handle with an indirect rein and to move off the neck-rein and pressure from the rider’s legs, there is less need for a direct rein.

46 Softness & Lightness by Mike Major
Many riding mistakes result from inexperience, but if you just ride your horse, you do okay. That’s the deal: Ride your horse.

48 Stopping the Bolter by Clinton Anderson
If you find yourself on the back of a bolting horse, it’s just as important to know what not to do as it is to know how to safely handle the situation.

50 Trail Training: Dealing with the ‘Hot’ Horse by Lynn Palm
Our series on “training outside the box” continues with another training tip for dealing with common trail training issues: dealing with the horse that is “hot” while on the trail.

52 Why Movement Is So Important by Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D.
Driving through Kentucky recently, I passed breathtaking farms – acres and acres of meticulously manicured pastures, lined with black Kentucky- style four board fences that seemed to travel for miles.

54 Cantering “Out Loud” by Daniel Dauphin
For many of us, our internal conversation as we canter or even prepare to canter is very similar. Physiologically, all sphincters, pupils and pores contract as we become tense and hold our breath.

56 The Effect of State Good Samaritan Laws on Vet Malpractice Claims by Julie I. Fershtman
State “Good Samaritan laws” are generally designed to protect medical caregivers from lawsuits that arise from negligent acts as long as the caregivers have acted voluntarily (not for compensation) at the time of service.

58 The Rollback by Sandy Collier
The key thing here is to make this maneuver no big deal—you want your horse to think of it simply as an extension of the stop, but with a change of direction.

60 The First Ride by Dick Pieper
Inasmuch as this first saddling and the first ride are stressful, I don’t want to worry the colt more than he is already by putting some foreign object in his mouth.

36 Vaccination Indications by Robert Holland, DVM, Ph.D.



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