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The Benefits of Using a Round Pen – Part I

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A round pen can be an excellent tool. It creates a very safe training environment with the round edges, smooth sides and no corners....

The Use of Spurs

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The Use of Spurs-By Charles Wilhelm- Spurs are a training aid to assist us to get a horse to go in the direction we would...

Dealing with a Horse That Rears

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-By Charles Wilhelm- I’d like to discuss what causes a horse to rear and how we can actually set a horse up to rear. There...

When to Retire the Older Horse

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-By Charles Wilhelm- At this time, like the medical care for humans that extends our lives and allows us to remain active as we get...

Working with a Blind Horse

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-By Charles Wilhelm- Over the last 45 years I have worked with many blind horses, probably three or four dozen. Most have been blind...

Setting a Goal for Your Horse and Reaching It

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-By Charles Wilhelm- It is good to set goals for our horses and if one of your goals is to take your horse to a...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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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...

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...

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

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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...

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

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-By Charles Wilhelm- What qualifies a person to be a horseman or horsewoman? I think maturity is the number one factor. By this I mean...

Crossing an Obstacle

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  Many of us ride trails that cross creeks that may be dry in summer and fill with winter rains.  Also, you never know when...

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...

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...