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 second issue you will see two young horses continue to make changes that will create the foundation for a lifetime of education, learn an exercise for building a confident offense in a green cow-horse, and learn the basics of preparing rawhide for braiding. 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.
• Half Circle Exercise with Buck Brannaman
There are many things that you can do with a horse on the ground, not only to keep you safe but to develop refinement in how he moves his feet. Buck Brannaman demonstrates an exercise you might do with a horse that is solid moving his hindquarters, but might be needing a little more help on freeing up the front quarters.
• Handling Young Horses on Foot Part 2 with Bryan Neubert
If you can develop a strong foundation with your young horse, both of you will benefit from it during the rest of your time together. Bryan Neubert continues to handle two young horses on foot, building on what you saw him demonstrate in the last issue. Bryan prepares the horses to be saddled, handles all of their feet, and continues teaching them how to lead in a halter.
• Tucking In Exercise with Joe Wolter
Working cattle out of a herd is all about teaching a horse good offense and defense. Joe Wolter demonstrates a simple exercise that can build a confident offense as well as help settle your cattle. He then shows how to develop a horse’s defensive skills by having there be consequences for getting out of position.
Joe is riding “A Little Strawberry”, she is a two-year-old, that was raised at the Wolter’s Ranch. She is by Strawberry Boon by Peptoboonsmal. Joe started her in February of her two-year-old year and has ridden her out on the ranch. She has tracked cattle and Joe has just started working out of a herd on her.
• Building a Loop with Scott Grosskopf
Learning to rope can be a challenging and frustrating proposition. Montana cowboy Scott Grosskopf teaches you how to build a loop quickly and easily; a fantastic skill for the beginner and experienced roper alike. Scott teaches roping clinics as well as owns Buckaroo Businesses, which specializes in ropes and other traditional gear.
• What a Bridle Horse is with Richard Caldwell
With the increased interest in old vaquero skills comes a lot of discussions, opinions and definitions of what makes a “true” bridle horse. Richard Caldwell shares his opinions on what a bridle horse is and is not, and some thoughts on how a bridle horse is made.
• Stabilizing Your Feet in the Stirrups with Wendy Murdoch
In order to have a truly solid foundation of your foot in the stirrup, your foot needs to be as level as possible. Wendy Murdoch demonstrates a simple way to accomplish this and with the help of a student rider shows the difference it makes to both rider and horse.
• Rawhide Braider Bryan Neubert
Braided rawhide horse gear can range from utilitarian to museum quality; but every piece has the same beginnings. Bryan Neubert guides us through the steps of this art; from preparing the hide, to cutting strings, and starting to braid. Bryan has two excellent instructional DVDs out on the subject of braiding. This story is an overview of the process, but if you would like more detail on how to actually braid, we highly recommend these two DVDs.
Please enjoy a sneak preview of this DVD: