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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...

Disaster Preparedness – Part 1

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Disaster Preparedness – Part 1 Several years ago at a horse expo when another presenter cancelled at the last minute, I was asked to fill...

The Pros and Cons of Lunging

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The Pros and Cons of Lunging By Charles Wilhelm I’ve seen too many people over the years get hurt because they just mounted without getting the...

Working With a Horse That has a Problem Maintaining Leads, a Gait and Fluidity

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Working With a Horse That has a Problem Maintaining Leads, a Gait and Fluidity -By Charles Wilhelm- I see many horses that have difficulty with leads....

A Word on Hoof Care

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A Word on Hoof Care by Charles Wilhelm Reprinted from the Valley Equestrian Newspaper, May 2011 Hoof care is an important element in the care of a...

What to Consider When Looking For a Horse

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What to Consider When Looking For a Horse   Spending time on the road, I have been asked many times, “What is your favorite breed?” My...

What is a Clinician and What Qualifies a Person to be a Clinician?

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What is a Clinician and What Qualifies a Person to be a Clinician? -By Charles Wilhelm- A clinician is an individual who works with a horse...

The Need for De-Spooking

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The Need for De-Spooking -By Charles Wilhelm- An interesting fact about horses is that while they can seem so smart and appear to learn so fast when...