Learning Horse Sense
Learn how a horse thinks, responds to pressure, release from pressure, and threatening situations. Knowing how to be there to support your horse will help you understand and fulfill your responsibility as a rider and help keep you safe. Your horse is a feeling, thinking, herd animal that requires a leader that he can respect and trust at all times. You can be that leader. You will begin to understand how everything you do in the saddle is influenced by the groundwork you do before you get into the saddle.
It's important to have fun!
The reason most folks bought their horse was to have fun. It is much more enjoyable when you feel safe. When your paths of communication are open, you get the response and respect you need for whatever job you choose to do. If you are working cattle, roping, trail riding or showing, it will all be more fun if your horse wants to be with you and your partnership is working smoothly.
Safety of both horse and rider are our prime concern. A horse that is respectful, happy to be with the human and feels no need to either defend itself or take over the partnership will be safe, eager and fun to ride.
Ground Work + Work in Hand
Calmly leading, yielding to pressure, turning, bending, freeing up the hindquarters and all four feet are some of the components of ground work. You will learn a philosophy that, when applied, will begin to improve your communication and safety in the saddle. As your horse learns to respond lightly in the halter, you will have the beginnings of the trust and respect you need to solve problems under saddle. When I do my ground work I try to have the same feel I have in the saddle. When the horse is going in a circle to the right I want to ...
Building a partnership with your horse
Discover exercises that will teach mutual respect, mental and physical softness, communication, the principles of pressure and release and gain control of the feet and therefore the movement of the horse. Check out Buddy's clinics to learn in a laid-back, positive atmosphere.
Is your horse ready for the trail?
It is amazing to me that there are not more injuries and deaths of trail riders out there. People think because their horse turns, stops and is gentle to be around that it is broke. Almost every "problem horse" I get is a trail horse. A trail horse must be able to move their hindquarters and leg yield at the walk, trot and lope. They must have control of front quarters and have a good back-up. The better you and your horse have this foundation, the less likely you'll see bucking, rearing, runaways, jigging and barn sourness. Yes it is ...
Trailer loading, shoeing, shying, kicking, biting, hard to catch, and hard to bridle are a few of the problems riders encounter. Many of the problems that arise between horse and rider can be traced to lack of mutual respect. This manifests as tenseness, the inability of the horse to move its feet freely and calmly, and resistance in the mind and the hindquarters. When feelings of resistance, defensiveness and fear anre alleviated, most problems will disappear.
Buddy's Favorite Poem
The Guy in the Glass by Dale Wimbrow, (c) 1934 When you get what you want in your struggle for pelf, And the world makes you King for a day, Then go to the mirror and look at yourself, And see what that guy has to say. For it isn't your Father, or Mother, or Wife, Who judgement upon you must pass. The feller whose verdict counts most in your life Is the guy staring back from the glass. He's the feller to please, never mind all the rest, For he's with you clear up to the end, And you've passed your most dangerous, difficult test If the guy in the ...