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. […]

Rawhide Braider Bryan Neubert

Excerpt from the Horseman’s Gazette Issue No. 2 Horseman Bryan Neubert is not only known for his skills in working with wild horses, but also for his talent as a maker of traditional western gear. Braiding rawhide or leather is a time-consuming process where the techniques have been handed down through the generations. Bryan guides […]

Building a Loop with Scott Grosskopf

Excerpt from the Horseman’s Gazette Issue No. 2 Learning how to rope? First you have to build a loop. Montana cowboy and owner of Buckaroo Business, Scott Grosskopf, is here to get you started. He demonstrates a simple technique for feeding out a loop slowly, which comes in handy during windy conditions or in thick […]

Stabilizing Your Feet in the Stirrups with Wendy Murdoch

Excerpt from the Horseman’s Gazette Issue No. 2 Stirrups aren’t just for decoration, they’re a useful tool for maintaining your balance and finding harmony with your horse. Wendy Murdoch explains why the stirrups on western saddles often need some adjustment in order to do the job. Stirrups that are not properly balanced can cause the […]

What a Bridle Horse Is with Richard Caldwell

Excerpt from the Horseman’s Gazette Issue No. 2 The traditional Spanish bridle horse is a beautiful sight to behold. Richard Caldwell offers his opinions on what a ‘true’ bridle horse is and is not. In the vaquero tradition, the bridle is used for communication, not control. In this style of horsemanship. it is important that […]

Tucking In Exercise with Joe Wolter

Excerpt from the Horseman’s Gazette Issue No. 2 Creating a good cow horse is all about developing confidence. A confident cow horse wants to be right in the middle of the herd. Joe Wolter works cattle on a two-year-old filly and starts to teach her the game of offense and defense. This young horse learns […]

Handling Weanlings on Foot – Part 2 with Bryan Neubert

Excerpt from the Horseman’s Gazette Issue No. 2 In part two of this series, Bryan Neubert continues his work handling two young horses on foot. He uses a cinch rope to teach them how to turn loose, not tighten up when they experience being touched under the belly. This step in preparation drastically reduces the […]

Half Circle Exercise with Buck Brannaman

Excerpt from the Horseman’s Gazette Issue No. 2 Ground work can be a valuable tool for assessing a horse and teaching them to yield before getting in the saddle.  Buck Brannaman demonstrates a half-circle exercise that he uses to free up the forequarters. This is more of a mental exercise than a physical one, so […]