The Premiere Issue
Welcome to the premiere issue of The Horseman’s Gazette, a quarterly video-magazine that will help you deepen your relationship with your horse and develop your skills as a horseman.
Our primary goal for this series is education, we had no hair or makeup crew along with us when we filmed. What you are seeing is how these horsemen work and teach on a daily basis. So you might hear a little wind blowing, or watch a dog wander through the shot, we know you won’t mind, because we know you know that substance is better than polish.
Table of Contents:
• Cow Horse Turnarounds with Buck Brannaman
Ask a group of horse people what hind foot a horse should pivot on in a turnaround, and you’re likely to generate some lively discussion. In this segment Buck Brannaman discusses cow horse turnarounds and the reasons behind turning on the outside hind leg when things are slow, and what happens when things speed up. Then he demonstrates several methods of preparing your horse to turnaround; first slowly, then building to ask for more speed.
• Handling Weanlings on Foot Part 1 with Bryan Neubert
The start of the halter breaking process can be intimidating to a lot of people, many people choose to start this process when they wean a colt from their mother. In part 1 of a series of working with young horses Bryan Neubert demonstrates several how you might approach getting started on foot. Bryan shows how to catch, halter, introduce the flag and handle the feet on two young horses.
• Cow Work Exercises – Riding around the Herd with Joe Wolter
Helping a horse be comfortable and confident working cattle is one of Joe Wolter’s many talents. In this segment Joe gives you an exercise that can help the horse and rider learn how to get in position to accomplish a certain task.
Joe is riding GR Smart Medicine, a 2-year-old gelding by of GR Medicine Man, son of Peptoboonhsmal and his dam is CG Miss Smart Chic, a daughter of Smart Chic Olena. He is owned by the Galt Ranch, in Montana. They Ranch has a nice mare band and use their horses on the ranch. Smart Medicine was started late spring, at the Wolter’s Ranch Texas, and Joe rode him outside and then started tracking cattle on him. Today is one of the first times he has worked out of a heard. This horse is real willing and shows a lot of try. Joe starts most all of his colts this way, and then builds on it.
• Introduction to Rope Types with Scott Grosskopf
For the beginning roper, selecting a rope can be a difficult task, without having experience its hard to know which rope is best for you. Montana cowboy Scott Grosskopf teaches roping clinics as well as owns Buckaroo Businesses, which specializes in ropes and other traditional gear. Scott offers some suggestions on how to select a rope that will suit your needs.
• Hackamore Safety and Tips with Richard Caldwell
The hackamore is a fine piece of traditional gear in the vaquero tradition. Richard Caldwell offers some safety tips and techniques to use with the hackamore. He demonstrates how to tie up your reins when you are leading you horse, and how to properly use your get down rope when mounting and dismounting your horse.
• Finding and Understanding Your Hips with Wendy Murdoch
All good riders have a good “seat.” In order to understand how you can develop a better seat you must first have a knowledge of the anatomy of your pelvis and have a clear sense of where your hip joints are. In this segment, Wendy Murdoch helps a student rider find her hip joints, and discovers some interesting changes in her horse as the rider’s awareness develops.
• Profile of Equestrian Pencil Artist Karmel Timmons
In this segment you’ll meet renown pencil artist Karmel Timmons, we visited with her about her artistic process and about her upcoming solo show. Karmel is known for her exquisitely detailed pencil drawings which capture the pure essence of her subject be it a buckaroo’s ranch horse dressed for a day in the branding pen, a tender moment between a mare and her foal, or an action scene of a loping horse with mane and tail flying.
In her 10-year career, Karmel has amassed awards and accolades that take most artists a lifetime. For details on all of her awards please visit her web site, there you can see many of her originals in an online portfolio, view prints she has for sale, and read her about her latest pieces on her blog.
We caught up with Karmel as she put the finishing touches on her final two pieces for her solo art show in Santa Fe, New Mexico this past August. The Altermann Galleries show featured 20 originals, half of which showcased Spanish mustangs. Proceeds from the sale of her “Three Amigos” piece, which sold for $6,300 were donated to the Spanish Mustang Foundation.
The opening gala for Karmel’s show was attended by over two hundred guests, a larger response than any other artist featured by Altermann Galleries in the last five years. Along with the donation piece, 7 other pieces sold that evening, and three more have sold since the show’s opening. The available pieces can be found on the Altermann Web site. We sat her down during the show to ask how it was going for her.