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 sixth issue you will learn how to mentally and physically prepare your horse to open a gate, build a strong foundation for a smooth turnaround, and find ways to help a horse who is concerned about a the rope gain some confidence. Chock-full of information for all students of horsemanship, it is your chance to sit on the fence and watch some of the most talented horsemen today work at their own pace.
• Preparation for Opening a Gate with Peter Campbell
Preparing your horse both mentally and physically to open a gate might take a little extra time or thought, but taking that time will make all the difference in getting the job done right. Peter Campbell demonstrates how opening the gate can be another situation to help us get “with” our horse first and then have our horse get “with” us.
• Foundation Exercises Part 4: Turnarounds with Martin Black
In his ongoing series of foundation exercises in this segment Martin Black demonstrates how he would begin to develop a horse’s turnaround. In this segment he guides us through both the development of the maneuver as well as strategies for helping your horse stay in a positive and learning frame of mind.
• Being Comfortable with a Rope with Buster McLaury
Buster McLaury shares a story of watching Ray Hunt work with a troubled horse with a rope and how it changed his perspective on having a horse really comfortable with a rope. Buster then demonstrates ways that you can use the lead rope to help a horse who is touchy about the rope around her legs and feet become more comfortable and confident.
• Working Yearlings with Help with Bryan and Luke Neubert
Continuing his work with a group of young horses in this segment Bryan and Luke Neubert team up to work together with two yearlings. Luke is horseback and Bryan is on foot; they catch, halter, saddle and lead each horse as well as work with the flag. Bryan’s goals are to have the horses where he could easily catch them to doctor or trim their feet or handle them; then they will be turned out until they are ready to start. But taking the time to establish this solid foundation is all good preparation for the rest of their lives.
• A Profile of Brook Briddle and Powder River Hat Shop
Brook Briddle is a talented custom hat maker who operates Powder River hat shop in Elizabeth, Colorado. From his shop he builds hats for locals and for hat wearers around the world.