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Can Your Horse Survive a Fire Drill

Written by Martin BlackThis article originally appeared in Eclectic Horseman Issue No.49Many things have changed since I was in grade school, but one thing...

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...

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...

Backing Up a Hill

Written by Martin Black This article originally appeared in Eclectic Horseman Issue No.46 If your horse doesn’t back up very well, you might find this exercise helpful....

Desensitizing – How much is enough?

Written by Martin Black This article originally appeared in Eclectic Horseman Issue No.45 There is a lot of hype about “desensitizing” among horse people and some...

Flight or Fight? Yield or Resist?

Written by Martin Black We have all heard it said that “A horse’s first means of defense is flight, and his second means of defense is...

What is our Horse Telling Us?

Written by Martin Black This article originally appeared in Eclectic Horseman Issue No.43 Why do some horses have more trouble with their head position than others? This...

Speed Regulation

Written by Martin Black This article originally appeared in Eclectic Horseman Issue No.42 While visiting an 84-year-old buckaroo friend of mine recently, he made the comment...

Where are those feet going?

Written by Martin Black This article originally appeared in Eclectic Horseman Issue No.41 If we don’t have jobs for our horse we need to create some. A...

What Makes Horses Unresponsive

Written by Martin Black This article originally appeared in Eclectic Horseman Issue No.40 The answer: Boiled frogs. Our horses are extremely sensitive animals. They can also be...

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