Ask Our Expert - Bryan Neubert
Bryan Neubert grew up riding horses on his family's ranch outside of Salinas, California, and also spent 20 years cowboying and starting horses on large outfits in Nevada and California. Neubert was influenced by the great horsemen Ray Hunt and Tom Dorrance, and his training philosophy emphasizes recognizing opportunities to help a horse learn and presenting lessons in a way a horse understands.
Neubert and his wife, Patty, live near Alturas, California, and have three grown children—Jim, Luke and Kate—who all make their living riding horses. In the May issue Neubert provides expert advice on preparing a young horse for their first ride in "Saddle-Prep Steps." For more information on Bryan Neubert, visit BryanNeubert.com.
Q: My horse is always happy to see me at feeding time but when I go out to ride and she is in the pasture, it is more a game of cat and mouse. What can I do to make her easier to catch when it is time to ride?
Janet, Oakley, Utah
Listen to Bryan's suggestion in the video below:
Q: I have a horse that's very pushy when he's being led to his turnout. He wants to walk in front of me or gets in my space. I've tried stopping and backing him, giving him a few sharp pulls on the lead rope or lunging him in small circles to get his attention, but he still does it. He only does this when he anticipates being turned out. At other times he's very mannerly. How can I make him be more respectful when he does this?
Jeye, Hobbs, New Mexico
Listen to Bryan's answer in the video below:
Q: My older gelding has a nice slow trot, but when I ask him to extend the trot he breaks into a lope instead. I want to show him in stock horse pleasure, and since they ask for extended gaits, I need to be sure he knows how to do this. How can I get him to trot faster when I ask instead of loping?
Rochelle, Kiowa, Colorado
Watch what Bryan has to say in the video below:
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