Loose Horse!

Four Logical, and Safe, Ways to Handle the Drama of a Wayward Horse by Raye Lochert   Recently I was on a training ride with a client’s horse in my favorite park. The horse was exceptional and I felt very secure on him. He just needed time and miles. While walking up …

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Buy, Adopt, or Rescue?

How to Choose an Equine Partner by Raye Lochert     Picking the right horse is a practice in realism. Too often people choose a horse based on color, breed, bloodlines, or just because “they’re so darn cute.” While I have been guilty of all these things in the past there is …

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Protecting Precious Cargo

How to Travel Safely with Horses by Raye Lochert   Everyday untold numbers of tractor trailers motor down the road carrying materials from here to there. Before being entrusted with a rig weighing in the neighborhood of 80,000 pounds, truck drivers spend time in school learning about the working parts …

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The “Worst-Case Scenario”

To Win on the Trail, Prepare for the Worst by Raye Lochert   There is a popular board game called “The Worst-Case Scenario.” The object of the game is to successfully navigate unexpected and dangerous scenarios. In one version, the winning player will not only finish with the most gold …

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Conditioning Your Horse for the Trail

Spare Your Horse the Unpleasant Side Effects of Being a “Weekend Warrior” by Raye Lochert   Trail riding is the most popular equine activity among horse owners. However, unfortunate side effects of a weekend on the trail can include things like colic, tying up, and a variety of lameness issues all …

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Respect in the Stall

Handling Confined and Cranky Horses by Raye Lochert, Raye Lochert Horsemanship   Stall time is a fact of life for many horses. Unfortunately, many horses are not safe in a stall: they may lunge to get at hay or grain, be aggressive, or just hard to catch. With a little time you …

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The Horse that Paws

How to Solve This Common (and Annoying) Problem by Raye Lochert   Everywhere I go I often hear the same question: “How do I get my horse to stop pawing?” Horses paw in all sorts of places including the trailer, outside the trailer, at the tie rail, and in the stall. They …

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Barn and Buddy Sour Horses

The Steps to Breaking a Dangerous Cycle by Raye Lochert   Barn or buddy sour horses are not much fun. They can be downright dangerous. When they’re acting up they aren’t listening to the rider. This can lead to injury for horse, rider, or both. So how do you fix …

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The Open Minded Approach

 Successful Horsemen Are Always “In Training” by Raye Lochert   Everyone who has worked with me knows that I trained with John Lyons. Some know that I worked even more with Josh Lyons. A few know that I’ve worked with Richard Shrake and even fewer know that I have an extensive video/DVD …

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