Author Archives: Martin Black

Martin Black is a 5th generation Idaho rancher and 4th generation rodeo competitor. He has a lifetime of experience in handling horses, cattle and roping. In his youth there was a strong influence of the California-Spanish style of horsemanship. He has earned money in stock hose events, NRCHA events, rodeo events, and more. His basic philosophy is to “build the horse’s confidence in everything he does. Learn more: www.martinblack.net

A Bit About Bits

Written by Martin Black This article originally appeared in Eclectic Horseman Issue No.55 People often ask what kind of bit they should use or what kind of bit I would use for a particular situation.…

Flagging From Your Horse

Written by Martin Black This article originally appeared in Eclectic Horseman Issue No.51 When I was a boy, the older buckaroos would say ”Don’t do anything on foot that you can do on horseback.” I…

Thoughts on Using a Flag

Written by Martin Black This article originally appeared in Eclectic Horseman Issue No.50 There are probably as many ways to use a flag on a horse as there are different types, shapes and sizes of…

Can Your Horse Survive a Fire Drill

Written by Martin Black This article originally appeared in Eclectic Horseman Issue No.49 Many things have changed since I was in grade school, but one thing I remember the teachers doing was testing us with…

To Spur or Not to Spur?

Written by Martin Black This article originally appeared in Eclectic Horseman Issue No.48 People often ask about spurs—when or if they should use them. I think it depends on the individual and “when or if”…

Why Do You Change Bits?

Written by Martin Black Why do we change from one bit to another on our horses? This can tell us something about our horsemanship and ourselves. Sounds like one of those dreaded self-evaluations? — “It’s…

Memories of Ray Hunt

  Martin Black In the early 70s, I would go to Nevada and help Bill Van Norman start the ranches’ colts in the winter. He had recently married Ray’s oldest daughter, Geri, and having had…