Ask Our Expert - Ron Emmons

Ron EmmonsCalifornia reined cow horse trainer Ron Emmons prepares horses for major events such as the National Reined Cow Horse Association’s Snaffle Bit Futurity and World’s Greatest Horseman. Emmons and Olena Oak won the World’s Greatest event in 2012, and successfully defended their title in 2013. The professional horseman grew up on his family ranch in California, and today resides in Ione with his wife, LaDona.

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Foal Watch

With proper management, both mare and foal can come through the foaling process safely. Photo: Darrell DoddsNo horse is identical to another, and no broodmare shows pregnancy signs in the same manner as another. Here, Dr. Khris Crowe outlines the warning signs owners should know to prevent a potential disaster.

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Ask Our Expert - Wade Black

Wade BlackIdaho horseman Wade Black directs the equine science program at Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario, Oregon. Growing up on ranches in the Great Basin area, Black buckarooed with his father, Martin Black, and other top horsemen. While at college at Montana State University, Black took the knowledge he'd gained starting colts and applied it to his equine science degree. To complete his master's degree in equine nutrition, Black wrote the "Foundation for Perfection," a program he uses to teach students and horses at TVCC.

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Ask Our Expert - Al Dunning

Al DunningProfessional horseman Al Dunning lives and trains out of the Almosta Ranch northeast of Scottsdale, Arizona. An avid and successful competitor in reining, cutting and cow horse events, Dunning has won more than $912,000. Though he specializes in Western performance events, this multiple-association-approved judge of 27 years offers horsemanship advice to all riders through his online mentoring program, Team AD International.

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Three for the Trail

Three for the TrailWhen three friends set out on a 1,900-mile cross-country pack trip from New Mexico to Montana, they didn’t know the obstacles they would face, or what it would take to complete an adventure that was more than a year in the making.

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Ask Our Expert - Ben Baldus

Ben BaldusBen Baldus trains horses at the historic Waggoner Ranch in Electra, Texas. He grew up in Michigan, where he showed pleasure and all-around horses as a youth. He worked for Christian evangelist Lew Sterrett and traveled around the country before moving to Texas several years ago to work with National Reining Horse Hall of Fame member Doug Milholland at the Waggoner Ranch. There, he began training and showing reining horses. He has been a finalist at major NRHA events, including the Futurity and Derby, where he was the 2012 Open Level 1 champion on Dainty Little Step, and the National Reining Breeders Classic.

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