Profile of Saddle Maker and Craftsman Andy Stevens

Excerpt from the Horseman’s Gazette Issue No. 3 As a young man in the saddle making business, Andy Stevens has already gained an impressive reputation as a talented and versatile craftsman. Here, Andy shares his background with us – how he got started, his apprenticeships with master craftsmen and where he gets his inspiration. The […]

Balancing the Head and Neck with Wendy Murdoch

Excerpt from the Horseman’s Gazette Issue No. 3 Your head is a rather heavy object sitting at the top of your spinal cord. Wendy Murdoch explains how the position of your head affects your balance and how a few simple adjustments can improve your overall posture. Finding proper alignment reduces muscle tension and strain. In […]

Counterbend Exercise with Richard Caldwell

Excerpt from the Horseman’s Gazette Issue No. 3 A cow horse must be able to swing his shoulders freely and smoothly in order to work cattle. Richard Caldwell demonstrates one method he uses to develop more control over a horse’s shoulders. Richard emphasizes several aspects of the bridle horse tradition in this exercise, including the […]

Circling the Herd with Joe Wolter

Excerpt from the Horseman’s Gazette Issue No. 3 Joe Wolter continues his cow working series in this segment with a young filly who does not demonstrate much interest or effort in cattle. In his patient manner, Joe encourages his horse without distracting her from the cow or punishing her for getting out of position. The […]

Flag Work with Buster McLaury

Excerpt from the Horseman’s Gazette Issue No. 3 The flag is a tool that has experienced an increase in popularity over the past few years. Like any instrument, it is best used with some instruction. Buster McLaury talks about the flag and its purposes, then demonstrates how he would use it to prepare a young […]

Foundation Exercises Part 1: Loping Circles with Martin Black

Excerpt from the Horseman’s Gazette Issue No. 3 Martin Black presents a series of foundation exercises that can benefit horses and riders at any level of experience. In part one, Martin demonstrates one way you can help your horse to lope round even circles. Encourage a horse to seek relief rather than escape from pressure. […]