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Bitless Riding – Part I

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-By Charles Wilhelm- Any type of equipment that goes on a horse’s face but does not go into the mouth is categorized as bitless. Thus,...

Bucking and Bolting on the Trail

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-By Charles Wilhelm- Safety on the trail is always our first concern. A horse that bucks, bolts or even rears when out on the trail...

Western Pleasure – Selection of a Horse

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- By Charles Wilhelm - This is the first of three articles for amateur riders wishing to show in Western Pleasure who are working...

Success with Trailering – Part III

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In the last two articles we have talked about preparing your horse for loading into a trailer. Once your horse is solid with the...

Success with Trailering – Part II

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- By Charles Wilhelm - Most horse trainers with solid skills can load almost any horse into a trailer in under 15 minutes. Those of...

Success with Trailering – Part 1

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-By Charles Wilhelm- Most horse trainers with solid skills can load almost any horse into a trailer in under 15 minutes. Those of us who specialize...

Feeding Treats

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While I am not against feeding treats, I do think it is more appropriate and safer for treats to be put in a bucket...

Personality and How It Can Effect the Training of Your Horse — Part II

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-By Charles Wilhelm- We’ve been talking about the part that personality plays in the training of a horse. We know about the herd instinct and...

Personality and How It Can Effect the Training of Your Horse

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Personality and How It Can Effect the Training of Your Horse - Part I -By Charles Wilhelm- We often hear about the herd instinct and the...

First Rides

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-By Charles Wilhelm- We have been talking about working with a young horse, foundation training, groundwork, saddling and getting your horse used to the basic...

Working with a Young Horse

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-By Charles Wilhelm- The best place to work with a young horse is in a round pen. Begin by letting the horse be at liberty...

Watch the Birdie

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-By Charles Wilhelm- Horses are prey animals, they are programmed to fight or flee. It is partof the herd instinct. If something startles a horse...

Thoughts on What It Means to be a Horseman – Part II

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  A part of being a horseman is in knowing when to be firm.We need to set standards and have expectations for our horses. There...

Ranch Versatility – Part II

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-By Charles Wilhelm- One of the things I have seen in the last year is the growth in popularity of Ranch Riding and Versatility and...

Ranch Versatility – Part I

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  I was very excited when American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Ranch Versatility was first introduced. Ranch Pleasure or Ranch Riding as it is now...

It’s Never, Ever the Horse’s Fault

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By Charles Wilhelm - “It’s Never, Ever the Horse’s Fault” has been my slogan for many years now. One of the biggest and most important...

A Word on Hoof Care

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-- By Charles Wilhelm -- Hoof care is an important element in the care of a horse. With a young horse it is really important...

Feel and Timing

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  One of the current topics of discussion and an important part of horsemanship is timing and feel. For me it is more correct to...

What All Disciplines Have in Common

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- By Charles Wilhelm - Regardless of the discipline you ride, there are basic aspects of training that apply and are needed for all horses....

Round Pen Training

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  There has been a lot of recent discussion on Facebook about the use of a round pen. Several well-known trainers say that round pen...

Rescued and Abused Horses – Part I

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Rescued and Abused Horses – Part I - By Charles Wilhelm - I know a good deal about this subject as I have rescued many, many...

Disaster Preparedness  – Part II

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Disaster Preparedness  – Part II -By Charles Wilhelm - Last time I discussed the need to free our horses from stalls and barns that may collapse or...