Ride with a Reason

Aaron RalstonAaron Ralston keeps his show horses fit and happy by giving them new and sometimes surprising jobs, but all those chores give the horse a reason for what it’s doing.

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EHV-1 Outbreak

In 2011, cases of EHV-1, or equine herpesvirus-1, were rampant following two large events held in Utah. This May, several confirmed cases of EHV-1 have surfaced in Mississippi, Colorado, Tennessee and Kentucky.

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Old is New Again

Jack BrainardWith the Western Dressage Association of America, Jack Brainard is incorporating age-old methods to reshape the way Western riders approach training.

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My Journey to Road to the Horse 2012

Johnathan FieldSometimes things in life can come out of nowhere. Last April, I had one of those moments. Walking in from teaching a clinic near Edmonton, Alberta, my wife Angie informed me that Tootie Bland had called and I was to call her back. I knew exactly who she was and didn’t hesitate to pick up the phone.

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My Journey to Road to the Horse 2012 - Day 3

Johnathan FieldNow we’re onto the obstacle course. When practicing I followed the same timeline as in the real event, so the colt had a rest overnight. This overnight rest before the obstacle competition makes the event quite different from others because the horses get a full day’s rest before going into the obstacle course.

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Ask Our Expert - Tom Neel (2012)

Tom NeelTom Neel trains performance horses at his facility in Millsap, Texas. He has earned more than $221,000 in reined cow horse, reining and cutting competition. He has earned world and reserve world championships in the American Quarter Horse Association and National Reined Cow Horse Association. He was the AQHA reserve world champion in junior working cow horse in 2011 with Zackly Right Time. In 2009, he rode Zezes Pepto Cat to the open hackamore title at the NRCHA World Championship Show. Zezes Pepto Cat also has American Paint Horse Association world titles in junior and senior working cow horse. Neel also is a judge for the National Cutting Horse Association and NRCHA.

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Ask Our Expert - Teryn Muench

Teryn MuenchTeryn Muench, a performance horse trainer from Marietta, Oklahoma, makes his living starting colts and laying the foundation a horse needs to compete in Western performance events. A champion in American Stock Horse Association events and ranch horse competitions, Muench also competes in Mustang Makeover events, winning the 2011 Mustang Magic Trainers Challenge and the 2010 Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover.

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