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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 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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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...

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...

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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-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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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....

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...