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.
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.
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.
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.