Time constraints and mechanization can get in the way of horseback cowboying traditions. A veteran cowboy offers his advice on increasing your riding time, and becoming a better 21st-century hand.
"Usually when I'm talking about horses, I'm also talking about mules," Smoke Elser tells the two-dozen people at his weeklong packing clinic.
As demonstrated in my videos, Teaching Horses to Drive - A 10 Step Method, hitching and driving horses in false shafts is, for me, an important intermediate training step between having a horse drag objects on the ground and hitching to a vehicle.
Packers, outfitters, trail riders and others often must lead a horse while riding another one. Here's a safe, easy way to do so.
There's nothing complicated about Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch's philosophies on helping children.The Oregon program partners young people with horses and adult leaders, all in an effort to help children overcome physical and emotional difficulties.
The romance and legend of the Pony Express is a patchwork of tangled certainties and larger-than-life lies.
Neck-reining is just one step toward getting in sync with a saddle horse. For a rider, achieving a greater degree of control is about measured progress and communication with his mount.
Editor's Note: This article first appeared in WH's September 1992 issue. See the November 2006 print edition for Cantleberry's latest take on conquering the trail class.