The Horseman’s Gazette is a quarterly video-series and complement to our print magazine, The Eclectic Horseman. Watch the familiar faces from its pages, listen to their voices, and witness their expertise with your own eyes and ears. We’ll also introduce you to new horsemen and -women who are out in the world working for the horse, educating riders to a deeper understanding and respect for ways of working with horses that work with their nature, not in spite of it.
In this third issue you will see a troubled young mare be worked with a flag, lean an exercise for developing consistent circles at the lope, and learn how to ride with a balanced head and neck. Chock-full of information for all students of horsemanship, it is your seat on the fence to how the best trainers in the business work with their horses and their students.
Using the technology in a way you can view the table of contents and “flip” to whatever story grabs your interest to study, we’ll give you 3 hours of solid instructional material as well as thought-provoking insights to keep you busy until the next issue.
Table of Contents:
• Foundation Exercises Part 1: Loping Circles with Martin Black
In part 1 of a series of foundation exercises, Martin Black demonstrates a simple way for you to help your horse lope round circles. Whether you are riding a young horse that has never loped a circle, or an older bridle horse that has developed some bad habits, you can encourage your horse to lope round even circles by seeking relief, not by giving to pressure by trying to hold him on a circle.
• Flag Work with Buster McLaury
In this segment Buster McLaury works with a young mare who was gentle in some ways, but quite troubled in others. While she had been handled she had not been exposed to things that troubled her. Buster worked with this horse over two days, getting her ready to saddle, exposing her to the rope and the flag and many other areas. We have taken portions of those two days, and in this segment we will highlight all the flag work that he did with this filly.
• Circling the Herd with Joe Wolter
Continuing his cow working series, Joe Wolter demonstrates an exercise that helps his young filly choose to want to be with the cattle.
Joe is riding Tangy Berry who is a 2 year-old filly raised at the Wolter’s ranch in Texas. She is by their stud Strawberry Boon by Peptoboonsmal who Wendy Woldt in Wisconsin now owns. He is producing some very nice colts each year. Tangy Berry was started in the late spring and the Wolter’s have ridden her outside a lot and this summer started working some on a cow. They have plans on training her for a snaffle bit futurity to be shown her 3 year-old-year. You can find more information about her on the Wolter’s web site under horses.
• Counterbend Exercise with Richard Caldwell
Richard Caldwell demonstrates an exercise that will help you to develop more control over your horse’s shoulders. You might be circling a cow in the show arena, or riding around obstacles out on the side of a mountain; in either instance for safety’s sake you need to be able to move your horse’s front end without resistance when the situation calls for it.
• Balancing the Head and Neck with Wendy Murdoch
Wendy Murdoch helps a student rider balance her head and neck without becoming stiff or rigid. Often times, a rider will strive for “good” posture, but wind up creating braces in themselves and their horse. Finding proper alignment will keep you and your horse moving freely.
• Profile of Saddle Maker and Craftsman Andy Stevens
Andy Stevens is a young man in the saddle making business; at only 34-year-old he has earned himself a reputation as being a versatile western craftsman. Andy visits about his background, his carving tools, apprenticing with other master craftsmen, and more.
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