Basic Groundwork with Paul Dietz

Excerpt from the Horseman’s Gazette Issue No. 20 Paul Dietz demonstrates groundwork with a young mare and the six basic maneuvers that he works on on the ground; moving the hindquarters left and right, the front quarters left and right, moving forward and moving back. Watch the mare make some nice changes over the course […]

Killing Your Horse’s Appetite with Bryan Neubert

Excerpt from the Horseman’s Gazette Issue No.18 Having a horse that wants to sneak a bite to eat when you’re on his back is a common problem. Bryan Neubert shows you a simple way that you can make it uncomfortable for him to reach for a bite, and kill his appetite for eating grass while […]

Riding Preparation from The Fence with Joe Wolter

Excerpt from the Horseman’s Gazette Issue No. 15 Joe Wolter demonstrates how he would prepare a horse to be saddled and ridden. Working from the fence, and with the flag Joe shows ways to get a horse comfortable and ready to ride. Joe, who is still in the process of healing up from an injury, […]

Saddling a Tied Horse

Written by Buster McLaury This article originally appeared in Eclectic Horseman Issue No.69 I rarely saddle an older horse that is tied up, and I never saddle a young horse that is tied up. I think too much of my horses. Let’s give a little thought (Ray would be proud) to a scenario that could happen; […]

The Half-Circle Exercise

With Buck Brannaman This article originally appeared in Eclectic Horseman Issue No.27 I learned this exercise by watching people get taken advantage of by horses. This is the exact opposite of what horses typically train you to do; they gradually advance toward you all the time and you end up back pedaling to avoid getting […]

Clearing Out the Front Quarters

With Buck Brannaman photos by Emily Kitching This article originally appeared in Eclectic Horseman Issue No. 26 Subscribe Today! There are two parts to groundwork; safety and refinement. The safety part is where you are working on having your horse to where he is relaxed enough so that when you get on you can have […]

Centering Your Horse with Buck Brannaman

What I am looking for when I am riding a horse of any level, a green colt or an experienced bridle horse, is for him to stay centered underneath me. When I’m riding, I draw an imaginary rectangle around my horse; there is a line in front of his nose, one on each side of […]

Getting Off On The Right Foot

With Buck Brannaman photos by Emily Kitching This article originally appeared in Eclectic Horseman Issue No.1 “By working on driving your horse past you and changing directions, you will establish influence over your horse’s feet. If you can gain some from the end of the halter rope when you are on the ground, then you’ve got […]