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Volume 11 Issue 8 – Performance Horse Digest



★ 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

10 Rundowns & Stops  by Al Dunning
The ability of a horse to stop hard on his hind legs is essential for cattle work. When facing a wild cow, a horse needs to be able to run straight and stop hard to have any chance of keeping the upper hand.

16 What is Natural?  by David Slipka
I would say there is nothing natural about what we do with our horses.  I do not believe they would chase a cow, run around a barrel.

20 Home Away From Home  by Martha Josey & Alissa  Burson Kelly
After hauling thousands of miles for years, I learned that the stress of haul- ing and stalling is harder on the horse than the actual competition.

22 Display Confidence When Interacting With Your Horse  by Doug Lindgren
I have mentioned leadership, confi- dence, trust, patience and time, in  the past.

24 Straight vs. Slant Trailers  by Tom Scheve
When it comes to researching horse trailers, it’s often difficult to find what is truth and what is opinion.

26 A Little Secret  by Barbra Schulte
It is widely known that visualization is a key mental skills tool. That’s because we tend to get what we think about. I bet you’ve heard this a lot.

28 Feeding Ps & Qs by Clinton Anderson
A horse that tries to run you over and pins his ears at you and bites you when you feed him is a disrespectful horse. It’s that simple.

34 5 Tips to Riding with Little Kids  by Chevy (Siobhan) Allen
Our kids have been in the saddle since, well, before they were born. It is natural for us horse lovers to want to share our love of horses and riding with our  children.

36 How to Choose  Your Bit  by Craig Cameron
When you go to a tack store and look at bits, it can be daunting to see all the choices.

38 A Soft Frame  by Mike Major
When I talk about framing up a  horse, I want him to gather and collect his body from his head to his tail, be soft through the poll, and round his back, his spine.

40 Horses Do Not Fear Predators  by Robert M. Miller, DVM
It is a common and widespread belief that horses, being a flighty prey species, automatically fear predatory species. It seems logical to believe this.

42 Reading Your Horse  by Lynn Palm
Before we start training outside the box (a confined area), it is important to recognize and learn how to read the horse to tell if he has inner energy and playfulness that needs to be  released through forced exercise like longeing.

44 Four Directions Amino Acids Can Take  by Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D.
The quantity of protein in the diet is important but even more so, is its quality. To achieve this, we need to include additional protein sources to a forage-based diet.

48 What Happens When a Twitter ‘Tweet’ of a Few Words Becomes a Horse Industry Defamation Lawsuit?  by Julie I. Fershtman
At Foster Swift, we’ve successfully defended equine-related defamation litigation.

50 Lead Changes  by Sandy Collier
NOT “getting changed” is the most expensive penalty levied in the  reining pattern in competition. At the same time, earning credit points for the flying change is one of the most difficult things to do.

52 Martingales and Draw Reins by Dick Pieper
I use a running martingale quite a bit. I like one that’s easily  adjusted because I use it on many horses, so must adjust it tighter or looser, depending on the horse.


14 Dr. Jason E. Bruemmer Conferred 2018 Equine Science Award

18 Cinch RSNC 2018  Finals Recap

32 Therapeutic Options  by Ed Boldt, DVM

37 Sony Pictures Classics CAVIAR and Highwayman Films Presents THE RIDER

49 CSI Saddle Pads… Are You Riding The Ultimate Protection For Your Horse?


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