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The Best Place to Keep Your Horse

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-By Charles Wilhelm-Is it better for a horse to be kept in a stall, a paddock or a pasture? Sometimes we don’t have a...

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...

Stall Manners

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-By Charles Wilhelm- I saw an article video on YouTube by another recognized trainer suggested that, basically, horses are entitled to their space and we...

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...

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...

It’s a Cinch

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-By Charles Wilhelm- When the big day comes to saddle up for the first time, it is usually not a really big deal when you...

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...

Foundation Training

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-By Charles Wilhelm-  Foundation training for a young horse is some of the most important training we can give. I feel good about the foundation...

Round Pen Training

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

Snaffle Bits

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  -By Charles Wilhelm- There are a lot of opinions out there about the snaffle bit. Everyone, from your local trainer to a national level trainer,...

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...

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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...

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...