6 Overlooked Training Principles

If you're training a horse, you probably devote a lot of energy to technique. Technique isn't everything, though. Here are six useful horse-training concepts, often overlooked, that'll help you train a better horse.

A Meeting of the Minds

The mentors who helped Kansas horsemanship clinician Kerry Kuhn successfully blend old-time cowboy ways with natural horsemanship.

A Vaquero's Horse

A legendary horseman speaks about the five most important things a horse must have to make the cut in the Californio culture.

Ask Our Expert - Blue Allen

Blue Allen

Reined cow horse trainer Blue Allen is based out of Alamosa, Colorado, where he lives with his wife, Jeannie, and son, Caden. After graduating from Colorado State University with a...

Ask Our Expert - Bozo Rogers

Bozo Rogers

Bozo Rogers trains versatility horses and reined cow horses at Wes and Sarah Williams’ Dove Creek Ranch in Rhome, Texas.

Ask Our Expert - Casey Deary

Ask Our Expert - Casey Deary

Casey Deary grew up in Texas riding horses, taking low-cost colts, training them and reselling them, allowing him to grow his training business. He has worked with many notable trainers, including Steve Archer, Clint Haverty, Shawn Flarida and Craig Schmersal, among others.

Ask Our Expert - Dick Pieper

Pieper trained and showed reining horses for many years, and is a past president of the National Reining Horse Association and a member of the NRHA Hall of Fame.

Ask Our Expert - Mike Major

Ask Our Expert - Mike Major

In 2006, Mike Major rode Smart Whiskey Doc to a working cow horse championship at the American Quarter Horse Association Select World Championship Show...

Ask Our Expert - Ruben Vandorp

Ruben Vandorp

By the time Ruben Vandorp moved from the Netherlands to the United States in 2002, he already had nine European reining championships to his name. Since then, the Aubrey, Texas, trainer has continued his success, and attributes much of it to his stallion, Einsteins Revolution, the first horse to earn $300,000 in National Reining Horse Association competition.

Ask Our Expert - Russell Dilday

Russell Dilday

Russell Dilday was raised in the San Joaquin Valley of California and worked on ranches throughout Arizona, California, Nevada and Australia. Before transitioning to training full time, he cowboyed and trained colts under legendary cow horse trainer Greg Ward.

Ask Our Expert - Sandy Collier

Sandy Collier

Trainer and clinician Sandy Collier is a multiple National Reined Cow Horse Association and American Quarter Horse Association world champion, and is an NRCHA and AQHA judge.

Ask Our Expert - Sean Johnson

Ask Our Expert -Sean Johnson

A fourth-generation horse trainer, Sean Johnson was a successful three-day eventing rider as a teenager but always had a fascination with reining. Under the tutelage of his mother, Lee Troup, he was on the long list for the 2000 Olympic Games. Two years later, he began...

Ask Our Expert - Tom Curtin

Trainer and clinician Tom Curtin of Madison, Florida, shares his knowledge of horses, teaching from what he’s learned from legendary horsemen.

Avoid Ruts

Avoid Ruts

Cow horse trainer Robert Forst of the Stuart Ranch offers four tips for keeping training on track.

Behind the Scenes at Downunder Horsemanship

Clinton Anderson Downunder Horsemanship

The gates of clinician Clinton Anderson’s ranch in Stephenville, Texas—adorned with the kangaroo that signifies the Australian native’s business, Downunder Horsemanship—are not usually open to the public. In the past, only clinic participants and other invited guests have gained entrance. But September 5–7, Anderson offered a clinic and invited spectators to join in. As the 22 riders in the clinic learned how to improve their ground work and riding skills, 247 spectators set up their lawn chairs and surrounded the arena so they could also pick up tips to improve their horsemanship.

Create a Positive Presence

From the moment you enter the corral or pasture, you’re sending your horse messages. Set the tone for a successful training session with clinician Tammy Pate’s advice on catching your horse.