Category: Dave’s Blog Page

Welcome to Dave’s Weekly Blog

As we start the new year it’s a great time to reflect on last years accomplishments and to start thinking about what we want to accomplish in 2019. Our new and improved website is starting to take shape, and the recent launch of our On-Line Video Site is going to be a great learning tool …

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Horse Won’t Load in a Trailer

We purchased a 15 year old thoroughbred gelding from a local auction to use as a subject in a video series we produced last year. The gelding, Cruiser, is a retired racehorse and is currently an excellent trail horse prospect. Cruiser was hard to load when we picked him up at the sale barn, so …

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Equine Fear Memory

This month I did our problem solving article on trailer loading. In the article I discuss how you need to determine whether the problem is fear or attitude. In our case, it was an attitude problem that we ultimately corrected. Fear issues are a whole set of problems themselves. I talk in my book, Foundations, …

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Advancing Bits, Neck Reining and Rein Management

Advancing Bits Over the years I have come to gain a real appreciation for the Vaquero methods of training a horse. They not only spent hours in the saddle every day, but went to great lengths to transition a horse to a finished, in-the-bridle mount. Their methods to eventually get a horse in a high …

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Learning the Language—From the Horse’s Mouth

Last month, I gave you some of the take-aways from my past experiences that I incorporate in my program. The next topic in the Foundations section of my program is what I call Learning the Language. Before you can successfully interact with a horse, it is so important to understand as much as you can …

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Horse Scared of Saddle and Blanket (Mike and his Paint Mare)

Mike explained that his mare was deathly afraid of both the saddle blanket and the saddle. He further indicated that this fear was a result of the saddle rolling underneath her because the cinch was too loose. She spooked and crashed into the fence virtually tearing up his roundpen. Since that experience, they have never …

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Foundation

The whole premise of our training and riding pyramid is that we advance up the levels of our program teaching our horse in baby steps.  The first level of the pyramid is called Foundations.  This level is probably one of the most important since it lays the foundation for the rest of our program. The …

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Horse Won’t Pick Up Feet (Randy and his Broodmare)

Randy explained that his mare had been professionally trained and was good to ride.  However, at some point in her life, someone had tied up her feet and now she is so bad that you can’t pick her feet up at all, let alone have the farrier trim her feet. We took the mare in …

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Horse Training and Baseball

The other day I was thinking back to when I was a little kid, and every Saturday watching baseball on television. Back in those days there were only a few channels, and usually only one game on a week. I’ll never forget the announcers, Dizzy Dean and Pee Wee Reese. Dizzy was the color guy …

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Natural Horsemanship

The other day while making a rare appearance in a grocery store, I couldn’t help but notice that almost everything carries a “Natural” label these days. I went to the dictionary to look up the definition of Natural, and there is a whole slew of definitions. I guess with all these definitions, food distributors and …

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