Ask Our Expert - Aaron Ralston
Colorado horseman Aaron Ralston grew up in the ranching world in which horses are part of everyday life. It wasn’t until later that he began training and showing reiners and working cow horses. He was part of Team USA at the World Equestrian Games in 2006, in Germany, where he won an individual bronze and helped the team earn a gold medal riding Smart Paul Olena, a stallion owned by Ralston and his wife, Meg.
Ask Our Expert - Jon Ensign
Horseman Jon Ensign’s techniques are drawn from Ray Hunt, Martin Black and Buck Brannaman. He uses these techniques to educate in clinics around North America, and to work with horses at his facility in Belgrade, Montana. In the July issue of Western Horseman, Ensign discusses ways to gentle your horse, minimizing injury to both horse and rider. Here, Ensign answers reader-submitted questions on crossing water, riding in spurs and suppleness.
Ask Our Expert - Mozaun McKibben
Mozaun McKibben is a New Mexico native who now lives in Whitesboro, Texas. In March, he rode Lil Ruf Catalyst to earn the American Quarter Horse Association’s Versatility Ranch Horse World Championship.
McKibben buys, sells and trains versatility and stock horse prospects. He also has shown in reining, cutting and working cow horse competition. In the June issue of Western Horseman, McKibben talks about why he enjoys stock horse events and how Lil Ruf Catalyst has become a great equine partner.
Ask Our Expert - Casey Deary
An accomplished reining horse trainer from Weatherford, Texas, Casey Deary competes in the National Reining Horse Association, and has accumulated more than $250,000 in winnings. Deary works with youth and amateur clients to successfully work with their horses, not only in competition, but every time they ride.
Part 2 of a three-part series on restraint
There are three basic types of restraint that can be effective during an emergency: location restraint, physical restraint and chemical restraint. In this article, Colorado veterinarian Ruth Sorensen discusses hobbling, a form of physical restraint that helps a handler control a horse in an emergency.