Horsemanship Essays

First Impressions

This article originally appeared in Eclectic Horseman Issue No.72 When I meet someone for the first time I like to form my own impressions, based on my own sense of the person. I really try…

Balance vs. Motion in Dressage

Written by Jec Ballou The development of dressage horses falls more or less into two camps, with a lively debate dividing them over the proper foundation and training progression. For example, should a horse in…

A Dream Come True

Written by Linda Turner This article originally appeared in Eclectic Horseman Issue No.71 Early Californios Skills of the Rancho held in Santa Ynez February 8th-10th was the realization of Bruce Sandifer’s dream to form an…

The Wade Saddle Fabulous or Fad?

Written by Chuck Stormes This article originally appeared in Eclectic Horseman Issue No.69 About forty years ago I started hearing stories about Ray Hunt and his clinics. Usually, the account came from a wide-eyed cowboy…

One More on Attention

Written by Jeff Derby This article originally appeared in Eclectic Horseman Issue No.68 In two previous articles I talked about the importance of being able to gain your horse’s attention, and building on that to where…

I Wish I Were in Africa

Written by Wendy Murdoch This article originally appeared in Eclectic Horseman Issue No.64 “Jambo!” the soft musical voice of the Daniel floats through the tent flaps as hot coffee, tea and cookies arrive to wake…

Challenge, Encourage and Inspire

Written by Buster McLaury This article originally appeared in Eclectic Horseman Issue No.55 Subscribe Today! When working with our horses, we should always be thinking about preparing them for what’s coming next – after a…

Learning From The Bay Mare

Written by Joe Wolter This article originally appeared in Eclectic Horseman Issue No.47 In 1978 I took a job on a yearling ranch in Carmel Valley, Calif. My job consisted of taking care of about…