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Translating Horsemanship by Brooke Sweat

Have you ever tried to have a meaningful conversation with someone that speaks a different language? Would you go into a business meeting without first taking the time to learn the language of those you are sitting down with?  So why is it that we, as humans, feel that we can so easily communicate with a 1,000lb animal, without first...

The Great Basin Buckaroo Gathering by Brooke Sweat

We invite you to join us September 7th & 8th for the 5th Annual Great Basin Buckaroo Gathering at The Golden Spike Events Center in Ogden, Utah.   Jim and Donnette Hicks, of Heber City, Utah, joined in partnership with Trevor Ellis for The Great Basin Buckaroo Gathering in April of this year, and as their Executive Assistant, I am so...

Fall Events at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum will be hosting several fantastic events through the end of the year!  SEPTEMBER: September 1-May 12, 2019 American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters. Explore early artists such as the Kiowa Six, Tonita Peña, Harrison Begay and the institutions that influenced them – particularly the University of Oklahoma and the Santa Fe Indian School. National Cowboy and...

Vaquero Heritage Days 2018

August 17 – 19, 2018 In the Historic Mission City of San Juan Bautista, California On Historic Mission Land Where Vaqueros Rode & Roped Hosted by Franciscan Friars at St. Francis Retreat Center on Historic Rancho San Justo Journey back in time & celebrate California vaquero’s legacy amidst the rolling hills on historic land originally part of Mission San Juan Bautista’s holdings where...

The Value of Face to Face

"There’s always been groups of people that never could see eye to eye. and I always thought if they ever had a chance to sit down and talk face to face. They might realize they got a lot in common." - Chris LeDoux From a neurological point of view, sticking to your guns and doing what you’ve always done is the easiest thing to do. ...

Two Masters – An Evening with Buck Brannaman and George Morris

Above Photos: Left by Rebecca Walton. Right by Emily Kitching  Don't miss this unique opportunity to learn from two great horsemen in one location! The stars have aligned to have these two masters in the same place at the same time. This is your chance to enjoy an evening roundtable discussion with these horsemen on a variety of topics including the commonalities...

The 5th Annual Early Californios Skills of the Rancho

Mark your calendar - 6th Annual Early Californios Skills of the Rancho July 13-15 2018 at the historic TEJON RANCH Report by Linda Turner Photos by Marc Alt  www.marcalt.com   The Californio Bridlehorse Association’s (CBA) 5th Early Californios Skills of the Rancho was held in Santa Maria, California on July 6-9, 2017. CBA’s President and founder Bruce Sandifer has credited his friend...

Ten Ways to Show Your Horse You Love Him

Yes, I got this idea off Facebook. But it doesn’t necessarily have to be shared there. I think Eclectic Horseman is a fine place. Write a note to the Editor and add your own idea to be included in the next issue of the magazine. Bring your horse in and give him a very good grooming. Then turn him (back) out. Get a referral...

The Blessing of Coming Up Short By Brooke Sweat

I grew up in a small town in Southern Utah. The main focus there was for the youth to play sports. The kind of sports that had absolutely nothing to do with horses. If you were a part of the horse community, it was because our family owned a ranch and you learned to ride out of necessity. This...

Change in Behavior May Mean Back Problems

There are many types of back injuries, including acute and chronic problems, and repetitive injuries due to use of the horse. A horse with a painful back is often reluctant to work under saddle, since certain movements hurt, and he may become grumpy. Many back problems show up first as a change in performance and/or attitude. It may be subtle...

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