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Volume 13 Issue 5 – Performance Horse Digest



Performance Horse Digest, Volume 13 Issue 5

Performance Horse Digest, Volume 13 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

8 Making of a Champion – Part 3 – Starting the Young Horse
by Al Dunning
Every interaction with a horse will make an impression to form their trust and understanding of a human connection.

12 Stop Shoulding on Yourself
by Chevy (Siobhan) Allen
I should exercise more. I should pack a lunch to save money. I should pack lunches the night before so we aren’t in a rush every morning.

14 Don’t Fence Me In
by Doug Lindgren
Living twelve miles from nowhere is a good thing. Hay Creek Ranch is nestled in a quiet little valley in the Northern Black Hills.

18 The Greatest Lesson I’ve Learned is, I Still Have a Lot to Learn
by David Slipka
A coach is someone who makes you do what you don’t want to do, So you can be what you wanted to be. There is no glory in practice, But without practice, there is no glory.

20 Sound or Unsound?
by Martha Josey
Just what do people mean when they talk about a horse being sound or unsound, and what is a blemish?

22 Get Out of the Way
by Daniel Dauphin
“Whoa!” is what he wanted. Whoa plus 9 other things is what he cued. How did the horse respond? He stopped, half-heartedly, and tossed his head a few times. How did they place?

24 Is Your Horse Really Broke?
Richard Winters Horsemanship
What does it mean to be broke through the body? We know it’s important to have body control. I have exercises that teach my horse to yield his head and neck, shoulders, rib cage, and hindquarters.

28 A Simple Way to Condition Your Horse
by Barbra Schulte
It’s time to get our ponies in better physical shape. This article is about a simple formula to do that. It’s incredibly effective and efficient.

30 Problem Solving on the Trail: Correcting A Horse That Rears
by Clinton Anderson
Rearing is a very dangerous situation for both horse and rider, and if left uncorrected is a problem that only gets worse.

34 The Cowboy Tradition
by Craig Cameron
It was not so long ago when the old-time working cowboy was kissing his sweetheart goodbye and he would head out on the open trail.

38 Ranch Versatility –  The Lope
by Mike Major
Your horse’s lope should have a definite three-beat cadence. The cadence and speed in the lope might be different from that of the trot, but not your horse’s softness and lightness.

40 Riding the Hot Horse on the Trail
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.

43 6 Points to Consider Before Using a Calming Supplement
by Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D.
Travel and competition season is upon us, and “show nerves” are
common, even in horses

44 Essential 6 Moving  Off Your Leg on the Ground
by Sandy Collier
Getting your horse to move off your leg (or move laterally) is key to getting control of his whole body.

46 Basic Number Three: Part 3 – Resistance, Understanding, Release
by Dick Pieper
One common mistake at this point is to bend the horse’s head to the inside while pushing his hip out.


36 The Science Behind Veterinarian- Administered Vaccines
by Tom Lenz, DVM, MS, DACT

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