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Heather Smith Thomas

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Heather Smith Thomas grew up on a ranch near Salmon, Idaho. She is the author of 20 books and thousands of articles on animal health care. Her books include Essential Guide to Calving, Getting Started with Beef & Dairy Cattle. She and her husband Lynn Thomas have been raising beef cattle and a few horses on their ranch in central Idaho since 1967.

Horsemanship Instruction for Older Riders

Written by Heather Smith Thomas Most riding instructors teach children or young adults who want to learn to ride or improve their riding skills for...

Tying Knots That Work for Horses

Written by Heather Smith Thomas This article originally appeared in Eclectic Horseman Issue No.71 There are several knots that every horseman should know how to tie—that...

Dwight Hill – Raising & Training Versatile Horses

Written by Heather Smith Thomas photos by Tessa Gilpin This article originally appeared in Eclectic Horseman Issue No.54 Handling horses the natural way and producing finished...

Remembering Ray Hunt

Written by Heather Smith Thomas photo by Melissa Stone Ray Hunt wasn’t the first horseman to travel a different path in handling horses, utilizing what...

Cary Schwarz – Thoughts on Saddlemaking

Written by Heather Smith Thomas There are many good saddlemakers/ craftsmen who create superior western tack. Cowboy gear has become an art form in recent...