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Volume 12 Issue 3 – Performance Horse Digest



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Performance Horse Digest - Volume 12 Issue 3

Performance Horse Digest – Volume 12 Issue 3

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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 Turn in Time by Al Dunning
One of the basics of horse training is circles. After the circles are perfected, they are the precursor for turns. Having a horse that turns proficiently is the key to success in many events or just pure enjoyment of your horse on a general ride.
12 Enjoy Our Beautiful, Inspiring Public Lands by Doug Lindgren
We’ve returned to the Black Hills from our winter paradise in Arizona. Now preparing for a busy summer here I look out the window and see four inches of snow on the ground and more coming.
16 Make It Count by David Slipka
Tomorrow is never a sure thing and yesterday is gone. You will never have this day again so make it count.
20 3 Simple Ways to Improve Your Time by Martha Josey & Alissa Burson-Kelly
“How can I improve my time?” is one of the most frequently asked questions we receive from our students.
26 The Danger of An Un-Level Trailer by Tom Scheve
Why should a trailer be level? For a horse trailer to avoid overloading one of the four tires or possibly break- ing one of the axles, it must be level when hitched to a tow vehicle.
28 3 Ways to Survive Change by Barbra Schulte
Did you ever notice how we all crave for things to be certain? We avoid change like the plague. We love thinking that FINALLY, we found the way it’s going to be … I like it and I don’t want any change.
30 Handling A Horse That Spooks Outside The Arena by Clinton Anderson
I bought my Quarter Horse eight months ago. I spent an entire month doing nothing but groundwork four days a week.
32 The Confidence Conundrum by Chevy (Siobhan) Allen
In last month’s article I talked about Confidence and how there are many different pieces of confidence that all fit together like a puzzle to build your total confidence.
34 The Use of Cues: Your Legs by Craig Cameron
Your legs become very important when you’re riding. Remember: That’s the legs and not the feet. I always start with my legs.
36 Building the Stop by Daniel Dauphin
Stop! In the name of love, before you break my heart. Think it o-o-ver. This is the final article in our series on developing more feel for and specific control of the horse’s feet.
38 Body Control Exercises by Mike Major
The serpentine is a series of half- circles, alternating from left to right, somewhat like a pole-bending pattern, which allows for forward motion.
40 Lower Forelimb Lameness by Robert M. Miller, DVM
The anatomy of the horse’s lower forelimb is identical with that of the hind limb. Why then is lower forelimb lameness so much more prevalent than hind limb lameness?
44 Aids Communication: Correcting Falling Out by Lynn Palm
The goal for both the bending and turning aids is to control the horse’s body position and his balance.
46 Salt vs Electrolyte Supplements – An Important Distinction by Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D.
Salt, chemically known as sodium chloride (NaCl) is fundamental to your horse’s well-being. Even horses who are not working require a daily supply.
50 Unbounded Risk in Open Range Districts by Julie I. Fershtman
Driving along a highway at night, motorists don’t expect to see herds of cattle or horses. In designated “open range” districts, however, these animals could potentially cross the road in the day or night.
52 The Big Release by Dick Pieper
Another really important thing about this process of teaching a horse basic number one: When you give the horse a release, you must give him a big release.
54 Circling the Cow by Sandy Collier
In previous articles, I shared boxing tips, leaving the corner well, rating and turning on the fence. All that’s left now is to “circle up”.
22 EHV-1 Outbreaks by Thomas R. Lenz, DVM, MS, DACT
53 NRHA Board of Directors Vote to Create Category 13

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