Looking for bend? Riding circles is a smart option.

The ability to bend and become supple in both directions is one of the key qualities of all lateral work and ultimately helps to straighten the horse and enhance collection. Schooling the horse’s bend in both directions is paramount. Riding a circle helps the horse and rider achieve this goal. When a horse moves in […]

The Road to a Half Pass 

Achieving the half pass is often begun by introducing a travers (haunches-in) to the horse. In this movement, the horse bends into the direction of the line of travel. This requires a lot of lateral suppleness, and is ridden as a four- track movement at about an thirty five degree angle.  The rider’s position is […]

Q & A With Dwight Hill

Photos by Marry Williams Hyde  The 2018 Great Basin Buckaroo Gathering has a fantastic line up of talented Top Hand Ropers. There will be both men and women showcasing their roping and horsemanship abilities. One of this year’s teams include accomplished Horsemen; Dwight Hill, Mark Lundy, and Scott Vanleuven.  We caught up with Dwight Hill for a Q […]

Handy Little Cowboy

photography by Sandy Black It was a cold breezy September day in Bruneau, Idaho when I walked up to the corrals at the Ace Black Ranch. Their fall branding was underway and what caught my eye instantly was a young man roping with down right proficiency. The clincher for me was finding out this young […]

Q & A With Jim Hicks

Questions that are often asked by those who are searching to improve their horsemanship. # 1 What should I consider when choosing a coach or clinician? The first decision a rider must make is what type of education they would like to pursue.Once this has been decided, they can begin to research and determine a good place to start. The next […]

Signs Of Readiness: Lesson Success For Kids And Horses

Parents often ask me at what age their children will be ready for riding lessons. In short, my answer is, “there’s no perfect age: I watch for signs of readiness.” Even though a child may be giddy to start riding horses, they may not be truly ready to engage with them. There are several developmental skills required for success with horses.  Readiness for horse activities does […]

Children’s Riding Instructors Are Priceless

Safe, knowledgeable, and fun riding instructors for children are priceless!  Finding the perfect teacher for your child can sometimes be a challenge.  In order to make your child’s riding experience safe and enjoyable, you must know what to look for in an instructor.  There are several important factors to consider when choosing a riding instructor who will […]

Understanding How Children Learn

When introducing children to horses it is important to leave them feeling safe, confident and excited for more.  However, understanding how children process information is often overlooked.  Children are sensory learners, so their learning styles are determined by which of the senses they are most likely to favor. The four sensory learning styles are: Visual […]

Paralysis To Paralympian Hopeful

Utah horsewoman, Lara Oles, not only subscribes to the Eclectic Horseman magazine, she is a pretty eclectic rider herself.  One weekend you may find her at an International dressage show in California on her Canadian Warmblood mare, Bella; another weekend she may be riding the rugged trails of Utah’s Uinta Mountains on her Tennessee Walking Horse gelding, […]

Impact of the Horse, Two Worlds One Event

What is it about the Impact of The Horse, which brings men and women together from up to seven separate states? Most would reply, “it’s the spirit in which the competition is formulated.” The judging curriculum of this event, is noted for its highest scores going to the horse and rider team that shows the strongest “willing partnership”. Its aim […]