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 […]


The recent wildfires that burned through Sonoma and Napa Counties were completely unexpected events. The fires erupted after 10 p.m. on a windy Sunday night and moved with explosive speed, giving people no time to prepare. Numerous stables burned to the ground, with loss of human and animal life, and loss of all the tack and equipment that people […]

Viva Vaquero – 5th Annual Skills of the Rancho

Skilled horsemen showcase traditional Californios horsemanship and stockmanship methods at annual event. The Californio Bridlehorse Association will host the fifth annual Early Californios Skills of the Rancho. The event honors traditional Californio horsemanship and stockmanship still used by working cowboys today. More than 150 riders of different levels–from youth and novices to top working cowboys and […]

European Update from Missy Fladland

Eclectic Horseman contributor Missy Fladland is in Europe for the summer to train and show. She will be sending regular updates about her adventures! The first leg of my journey to Europe has been completed and was successful.  Horses and I flew out on a Friday afternoon and arrived early Saturday morning in Amsterdam.  Because […]

A Revolutionary Way to Learn Anatomy – Build a horse from the inside-out with Jon Zahourek

For more information on Zahourek’s legendary 6-day equine workshops, March 21-29, 2020 in Denver, contact the Anatomy in Clay Centers or Register Today!   “The anatomy is indivisible from understanding your relationship with the horse, if you ask me,” says Jon Zahourek.  “And by approaching it so that human anatomy, your own body, is intimately involved […]

Fladland Demonstration at the FEI World Cup 2017

Tom Dorrance and Ray Hunt will be honored this year in a unique way at a top international equestrian event. It is a gathering that may seem to be an unlikely venue for celebrating the work of two distinguished horsemen of the cowboy persuasion—the Longines FEI (Fédération Equestre Internationale) 2017 World Cup Jumping and World […]

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 […]

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