Welcome to the 43rd issue of The Horseman’s Gazette, a quarterly video-series that enables you to watch and learn from some of the most talented horsemen and -women working with horses today.
The primary goal of The Horseman’s Gazette is education. We know that some concepts and fundamental exercises are better taught by demonstration. For viewers this is a chance to learn from clinicians and cowboys as they work with their own horses, at their own pace. Becoming a better horseman is a life-long process, and if you are serious about becoming the best you can be, now you can take advantage of having access to some of the best in the horse world.
• Feeling Good About the Flag with Tom Curtin 18:08
The flag is a common tool in horsemanship, but your feel and approach can make the difference between it helping your horse become more or less sure about things. Tom Curtin shares his thoughts on approach as he works to help a horse become more confident with the flag. Tom stresses that the most important thing is helping the horse to understand when the life in the flag is or is not intended towards the him.
• Right on the Leg & Soft in the Hands with Lee Smith 24:59
Many horses that Lee Smith sees in her clinics are not responsive to their rider’s legs and therefore not soft in their hand. In this segment Lee presents a variety of exercises and suggestions to help a horse become more responsive to the leg and therefore soft in the hand.
• Turn on the Forehand with Shane Brown 17:36
The turn on the forehand is a seemingly simple maneuver but for Shane Brown it is a movement that is the foundation of his training program. Shane demonstrates how he would begin the turn on the forehand and discusses common mistakes new riders can make. This is a movement that is essential for horses of all disciplines.
• Riding for the Release with Nahshon Cook 31:29
Nahshon Cook uses dressage to rehabilitate and develop partnerships with his off-the-track Thoroughbred horses. In this particular segment please enjoy a narrated training ride on one of his mares who has been under saddle with him for a year after traumatic injuries and experiences in her prior life.