Translating Horsemanship Clinic Report

By Anpeytu Neier   For several years, Translating Horsemanship, a clinic held in the spring and fall at Sage Creek Equestrian, has offered riders opportunity to create greater understanding of and with their horses. Martin Black and Donnette Hicks teach three days of concepts to build and refine the vital skills of timing, feel, and […]

The Road to a Half Pass 

Achieving the half pass is often begun by introducing a travers (haunches-in) to the horse. In this movement, the horse bends into the direction of the line of travel. This requires a lot of lateral suppleness, and is ridden as a four- track movement at about an thirty five degree angle.  The rider’s position is […]

Starting Colts, Snaffle Bit vs. Hackamore

Round Table Discussion with Martin Black, Buck Brannaman, and Bryan Neubert. This article originally appeared in issue #81 – Jan/Feb 2015 issue of Eclectic Horseman Magazine. Learn how to subscribe. Often people use either the snaffle bit or the hackamore when putting the first few rides on a colt, but is one a better choice than […]

Lessons with Ellen Eckstein Part 3 – Katie and Willowby

Excerpt from the Horseman’s Gazette Issue No. 16 If you have ever wondered what an instructor is looking for and wanting out of a horse and rider this is a wonderful opportunity to be in the mind of instructor Ellen Eckstein as she narrates a lesson with one of her students. In this third  part […]

Learning to Learn with Joe Wolter

Written by Patti Hudson photos by Eric Sines This article originally appeared in Eclectic Horseman Issue No.72 During a recent ranch clinic at Joe Wolter’s home place in Aspermont Texas, we got to talking about learning. After all, isn’t that why we go to clinics? Joe said he thinks learning isn’t just about absorb- ing […]

Rein Position

Written by Martin Black This article originally appeared in Eclectic Horseman Issue No.64 Why can one rider have trouble getting a horse to respond and another rider take the same horse and get along great? We may be familiar with the influence of feel and timing, but something that could be quicker for the rider […]

Now Wait Just a Minute

Written by Jeff Derby This article originally appeared in Eclectic Horseman Issue No.49 In a previous article I stated that gaining our horse’s attention is the initial step to effective communication (EH #39). Building on that idea, I’d like to discuss the importance of developing the habit of waiting in our horse. A familiar analogy […]

The Reaching Exercise with Buck Brannaman

This article originally appeared in Eclectic Horseman Issue No.31 – Subscribe today! To ride your horse properly, there should never be a time that you change directions without directing your horse’s leading foot. Every time you take your horse’s nose off the centerline, you need to be in harmony with his feet. Changing directions without […]