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Book Review—The Five Horse Types – Traditional Chinese Medicine for Training and Caring for Every Horse

Dr. Ina Gösmeier is a classically trained veterinarian. She supports her Western medical practice with knowledge gained through the study of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). This handbook provides a basic introduction to the guiding principle of determining a horse’s type before making decisions about handling, care, training, or treatment. According to TCM …

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Trail Obstacle Problem Solving – Master the Water Box

Photo by Cambrie Caldwell Photography

The water box is a fun obstacle that’s a crowd-pleaser at competitions. But it can be tricky to train a horse to calmly walk through it—let alone do a 360º turn inside! If we break down these scary parts, it makes it easier for horses to overcome. We start everything …

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Trainer Profile Submission Form

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Celebrating Northwest Trainers and Instructors! NW Horse Source is celebrating Northwest trainers and instructors! Our newest column will profile trainers from all over the Northwest in multiple disciplines. Please answer these questions for a chance to have your article appear in the magazine and online. We believe that connecting riders, trainers …

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Trail Obstacle Problem Solving with Mark Bolender – Overcoming the Teeter-totter

Photo by Mark Bolender

The teeter-totter is a very popular obstacle at many trail challenges, and it’s one of the more difficult ones. That’s because most people do not teach their horses how to deal with the ground moving under them. Suddenly, we get to a teeter-totter and we expect them to “just do …

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Confidence Lost and Found – Overcoming Fear

“You have to let your heart be soft. You have to let your love be just an inch bigger than your fear.” Photo by Anna Blake

Ever notice how horse stories all have the same plot? We get a new horse, usually the wrong one. There’s a period of struggle. We get bad advice, we lose money, we get bucked off. We persist, two steps forward and one step back. In time, the horse ends up …

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Confidence Lost and Found – Overcoming Fear

“You have to let your heart be soft. You have to let your love be just an inch bigger than your fear.” Photo by Anna Blake

Ever notice how horse stories all have the same plot? We get a new horse, usually the wrong one. There’s a period of struggle. We get bad advice, we lose money, we get bucked off. We persist, two steps forward and one step back. In time, the horse ends up …

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