Trouble in Paradise
A horse and rider team is like a marriage. Some days, it's pure bliss. Other times, you might want to lace up the gloves and duke it out. But, before you and your horse head to the boxing ring, or file for divorce, check out what California trainer Jet Thompson says about the how's and why's of horse-rider conflicts.
Straight ShooterYou mean I actually get to ride and shoot? I'd just arrived at world-champion mounted-shooter Annie Bianco-Ellett's Palm Ranch, Cave Creek Arizona, for an interview for the September 2005 WH feature "Safe Shooting." Greeting me in the driveway, Bianco-Ellett, a lively horsewoman with contagious enthusiasm, immediately swept me to the arena and invited me to a private lesson.
Escalating CuesDuring the interview for our June 2005 print feature, "A 10-Maneuver Groundwork Test," Texas clinician Jody Cunningham of Grapeland also discussed escalating cues when working with horses. Here are his tips for bringing pressure to bear on your horse in effective, appropriate ways.
The Horsemanship of Martin BlackThe Idaho trainer makes working with young horses his lifeâs work.
Back PainUse these doctor-prescribed tips to ease back pain while riding.