Foundation Exercises Part 3: Developing a Stop with Martin Black

Excerpt from the Horseman’s Gazette Issue No. 5 Teaching a horse to stop is just as important as teaching him how to go. In the third part of his foundation series, Martin Black shares one way he uses to prepare a horse for the stop. This exercise is about getting your horse to read your […]

Preparing to Cross Water with Jon Ensign

Excerpt from the Horseman’s Gazette Issue No. 5 Teaching a horse to cross water can be challenging. Set yourself up for success by following Jon Ensign’s tips on how to cross water safely and confidently on your horse. Most horses do not want to cross because they are afraid. A river or creek with a […]

Profile of Bootmakers Ed and Thea Disney

Excerpt from the Horseman’s Gazette Issue No. 4 They say if the boot fits, then wear it. But what makes a cowboy boot so comfortable, or uncomfortable as the case may be? Bootmakes Ed and Thea Disney take us through the parts of the cowboy boot and the manufacturing process. Custom boots may be more […]

Introduction to Rope Work with Bryan Neubert

Excerpt from the Horseman’s Gazette Issue No. 4 Having a reliable partner in your horse is important for roping success. Whether you apply this from the ground or from the saddle, Bryan Neubert shares some exercises for developing confidence in your horse in preparation for roping. Teach your horse how to handle the noise, movement […]

Cow Work Exercises – Riding a Horse Who Is Behind the Leg with Joe Wolter

Excerpt from the Horseman’s Gazette Issue No. 4 Ever ridden an unmotivated horse? Some days horses just don’t want to go to work. Joe Wolter reminds us to remember yesterday but to expect a different horse today and adjust to fit the situation. In this segment, Joe rides a young horse who is disinterested in […]

Foundation Exercises Part 2: Working on Leads with Martin Black

Excerpt from the Horseman’s Gazette Issue No. 4 Martin Black presents a series of foundation exercises that can benefit horses and riders at any level of experience. In part two, Martin builds on the previous loping circles exercise and discusses how to encourage a horse to take the correct lead. The principles remain the same […]

Some Elements of Bridle Horse Refinement with Buck Brannaman

Buy the Horseman’s Gazette Issue No. 4 Developing a bridle horse is a long-term goal and commitment but the product is well worth the process. In the end, you’ll have a horse that is light, responsive and a pleasure to ride. Buck Brannaman discusses the importance of maintaining proper form throughout the training process. As […]

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 […]