Training at WTS. And while horses as a species are very similar in their perception, thinking, responses, reactions and natural instincts in general, the differences in their exposure, environments and treatments from birth through adulthood, make them and their learned behaviors, individually very different. Knowing the congenital similarities as a species, and inherent behaviors and instincts they possess, is what gives trainers a strong foundation in understanding what most horses will respond to and why they behave or react as they do.
Please ask permission before using other people's photos. May I use this picture for a 'meme' which will say "Most equine disciplines are not cruel"? My western pleasure show horse retired at 15 due to PTSD from a warm up ring accident.
Sometimes I'm so happy to live in my own little happy Shanster world and block the rest out! I know people can be very very cruel to animals due to ignorance and due to ego or just plain meanness. I've seen some pretty gross pictures and heard about nasty situations.
Shopping for a new horse? Just because a horse is "a good deal" doesn't mean he'll be good for you. If he doesn't match your needs in several key ways, he won't make you happy—even if you get him for free. To be sure you're buying the right horse, first ask yourself what your riding goals are?
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Western riding in North America originated from the Spanish conquistadors in the 17th Century. As the conquistadors traveled to what is now Texas and California, this style of riding began to spread across the continent. Both equipment and riding style evolved to meet the working needs of the cowboy in the American West.
The horse was tied up with a shank bit and apparently panicked, breaking the straps, according to Bethany Wallace, another trainer at the ranch. She was unable to move — just groaning. Bella belonged to ranch owner Martha Torkington, who was not at the property when the incident happened.
A top trainer debunks common training principles you may have been taking as gospel. Use just four foot poles to lengthen your horse's stride, improved his focus, and guide, and hone your control. Think dressage is unrelated to the Western riding you do? In this slideshow, Al Dunning shows you a dressage-based exercise, the leg-yield that puts your horse in the perfect position for a smooth, collected lope on the correct lead.