Ride with a Reason

Aaron RalstonAaron Ralston keeps his show horses fit and happy by giving them new and sometimes surprising jobs, but all those chores give the horse a reason for what it's doing.

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Ask Our Expert - Jake Telford

Jake TelfordIn the December issue, cow horse trainer Jake Telford breaks down his circle strategy for a successful pattern. Telford has won more than $1 million in reined cow horse competition, and recently showed Nabsico Roan to the 2012 National Reined Cow Horse Association's Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Bridle Reserve Championship. Telford and his wife, Jessie, share their Idaho home with daughters Shawny and Sierra, who both ride. Look for Telford at the 2012 American Quarter Horse Association World Championship Show in the working cow horse classes held November 2-17.

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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 - C.R. Bradley

C.R. BradleyChampion trainer C.R. Bradley focuses on team roping and tie-down roping horses. He has amassed more than 17 American Quarter Horse Association world and reserve world championships, more than 30 All American Quarter Horse Congress championships and has qualified for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association's National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nevada. Twister Enola Gay, a roan mare Bradley trained and owns, is a frequent visitor to the NFR with PRCA Tie-Down World Champion Tuf Cooper in the saddle. Bradley's father, Clark, is a National Reining Horse Association Hall of Fame inductee, and Bradley was raised to understand all aspects of Western horsemanship. Bradley, his wife, Rosie, and their son, Cooper, reside in Collinsville, Texas.

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Ask Our Expert - Ben Baldus

Ask Our Expert - Ben Baldus

Ben 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...

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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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