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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...

The Forward Cue – Revisited

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-By Charles Wilhelm- The forward cue is probably the most ignored of all the cues. It is misunderstood and misused by most riders. I am...

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...

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...

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...

Concentrated Circles Exercise

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-By Charles Wilhelm- The exercise we call “concentrated circles” is a critical foundation training exercise. This exercise teaches the horse to bend around you, which...

The One-Rein Stop

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The One-Rein Stop- By Charles Wilhelm- The act of moving the hips over for a one-rein emergency halt is the single greatesttechnique you can employ to...

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...

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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....

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...

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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...

When to Transition to a Bridle

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When to Transition to a Bridle   A snaffle bit is a great educational tool and makes learning easy for a young horse. Last time we...

Ten Secrets Every Horse Wants its Owner to Know – Part...

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Ten Secrets Every Horse Wants its Owner to Know – Part II – -By Charles Wilhelm- Last time I discussed six important “secrets” or training tips to...