Thoughts on Introducing Children and Horses – Getting it Right the First Time

This article originally ran in issue No. 106 Some people who know me know that I have three adult children who have become very successful in the horse business. Occasionally someone will ask me how that all got started. As I remember when they were pretty small we held them up to a horse’s face […]

A Back Up Plan with Joe Wolter

This article is from issue No.108 During a recent clinic a rider asked Joe how she could get her horse to back up better. Joe answered the question by having the rider first check out how her horse was moving forward. “It’s not about what you’re asking; it’s about what you mean to the horse.” […]

Six Tools for Vaporizing Anxiety

This article is from issue No.108 My grandfather gave me a toolbox years ago that says on the front “Scott DePaolo champ.” Inside are a few tools. The important thing about tools is learning how to use each one for its intended purpose. With a tape measure, for example, an inch is still part of […]

Learning to Learn with Joe Wolter

Written by Patti Hudson photos by Eric Sines This article originally appeared in Eclectic Horseman Issue No.72 During a recent ranch clinic at Joe Wolter’s home place in Aspermont Texas, we got to talking about learning. After all, isn’t that why we go to clinics? Joe said he thinks learning isn’t just about absorb- ing […]

How Groundwork Relates to Riding

Written by Mindy Bower Editor’s Note: In the series that ran in several issues Mindy Bower discussed how groundwork relates to riding. This first piece is an overview of basic concepts and maneuvers. In the articles that followed, Mindy discussed specific trouble areas in specific horses and how these related to how the horse operates […]

Taking a Different Approach; Sorting It Out With Joe Wolter

Written by Patti Hudson Photos by Eric Sines This article originally appeared in Eclectic Horseman Issue No.71 I had just finished shoeing my horse, and was unkinking my back, when the dog jumped off the haystack where he’d been hunting packrats and landed on a pile of tarps. The horse had a big issue with tarps […]

TaylorMade Horsemanship

Written by Tom Moates “It’s a unique learning experience,” says horsemanship clinician, Mindy Bower, about the joint venture between Melanie Smith Taylor and her called TaylorMade Horsemanship. “I think this is a unique opportunity to combine the two worlds.” Just glance at their website, taylormadehorsemanship.com, and it’s clear what two worlds Mindy means. There’s her […]

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 horses that can do anything you ask of them—this is Dwight Hill’s goal.   He raises and trains horses that can excel in many disciplines and his horses are […]

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