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Handling a Horse That is Nervous at Shows

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-By Charles Wilhelm- I received a question about a really nice thoroughbred off the track that does very well at home but shies at everything...

What is a “Broke Horse?”

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We hear the term broke horse and sometimes it has a negative connotation as if it is describing a horse with a broken in...

The Importance of Collection

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The Importance of Collection- By Charles Wilhelm- We often speak about making sure our horse is collected. Collection is important for every rider whether...

The Mature Rider

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Over the years, many of the riders I worked with were older ladies with an average age around 52. They wanted to have a...

Bitless Riding – Part II

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As I said last month, for me, riding bitless is neither right nor wrong. It depends onthe horse and the type of riding you...

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...