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Performance Horse Digests Volume 11 - Issue 6

Performance Horse Digests Volume 11 – Issue 6




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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 Lead Departures  by Al Dunning
After many years of training horses, giving lessons, and doing clinics, I have developed a 5-step program. This program works well and makes riding and training horses more understandable.

12 Who Is In Charge?  by David Slipka
The other day I watched a person trying to mount their horse using  a mounting block. The rider would place the block on the left side of the horse ready to step up when the horse would side step his rear away or step forward.

14 If It’s Not Broke, Don’t Fix It  by Martha Josey
The only time this phrase rings true is when it comes to your horse. A horse that is properly “broke” or completely trained, will have a long, successful

16 Trailer Tires by Tom Scheve
Your horse’s well-being is riding on your tires. Are you sure those tires are safe? If not, here is what you need to know.

20 Riding in a Group of ONE  by Doug Lindgren
Those of you that’ve been to Hay Creek Ranch know that I ride somewhere nearly every day and if you’re in camp you’re welcome to join me.

22 Cutting The Rhythm of Working a Cow  by Barbra Schulte
One challenge in working a cow is to get accuracy of position, correct form of the turn and a beautiful rhythm all  synchronized with the speed of the cow.

26 Two of My Favorite Poems  by Robert M. Miller, DVM
“From time to time, people tell me, “lighten up, it’s just a dog.” or “that’s a lot of money for just a dog.”

28 6 Ways to Improve Yourself to Better Your Horse’s Sidepassing Under Saddle  by Clinton Anderson
If you are wanting to refine your horse’s sidepassing, here are some tips to accomplish your goal.

34 Overcome Fear in the Saddle: Perform a Risk Assessment  by Chevy (Siobhan) Allen
Perhaps you just got the all clear to return to riding after having a baby and are noticing some feelings of fear and apprehension.

40 Selling Horses on a Payment Plan? Leasing Your Horse to Someone? Here’s an Advance Planning Checklist  by Julie I. Fershtman
Many people sell their horses on an installment basis or lease out their horses to others for a span of months or years.

42 Timing and Feel  by Mike Major
Timing and feel intertwine and are such important things. Timing is a state of mind, knowing when to put pressure on a horse — or not.

44 Introducing the Bit  by Craig Cameron
The first leverage bit I use is a loose- jawed, loose-shanked bit, with a broken mouthpiece similar to the snaffle bits I use.

46 Training on the Trail: The Spooky Horse  by Lynn Palm
To review, we have 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 on the trail.

48 Choose Hemp Instead of Soy!  by Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D.
The ingredients tag on your commercial feed says it all. Protein source? Likely, soybeans. Fat source? Likely, soybean oil. But the love affair with soy is starting to fade.

50 Failing Your Way to Success  by Daniel Dauphin
Have you ever thought about just how many mistakes Ray Hunt made while training horses over the course of his life?

52 Transition to the Hackamore by Dick Pieper
I know when I’m ready to transition a colt to the  hackamore from the halter.

54 Rollback… Troubleshoot It  by Sandy Collier
When the horse Turns too soon: This is when a horse tries to begin  the rollback before he gets to the “bottom” of his stop, and it is why  we do a short backup first, later shortening it to a rock-back only.

18 Results for the 35th Annual May “WYO” Sale by Carole Smith

38 Applying Sweat Bandages To The Horses Leg


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