Book Release – From the Horse’s Point of View

For years, Andrea Kutsch filled stadiums with spectators as she demonstrated remarkable transformations in problem horses using the Natural Horsemanship training methods she’d learned from leaders in the field. But something was bothering her—a feeling that had been with her since her childhood days, watching Icelandics in a field and …

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Mind Games – Create a Horse Who Thinks and Looks for Direction

The key to getting in sync with your horse’s mind is to resist the human instinct to stop when faced with something unexpected. Photo by Cara Crain

In this article, we discuss how you can influence your horse to choose the thinking part of the brain rather than the reactive part when faced with everyday decisions. The mind of the horse is very powerful and is a key component in creating an all-round partner. In our previous …

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Ty Friedrich and Broke-N-Rode Ranch – Livingston, Montana Trainer Focuses on Faith and the Three Rs in Training

Photos by Sarah Friedrich

Name? Ty Friedrich   Farm or Ranch Name? Broke-N-Rode Ranch (BNRR)   Where are you located? Livingston, Montana   What aspect of the horse business are you involved with? We specialize in Western riding, equitation, performance; also, basic reining, cutting and cowhorse as well as trail and obstacle work. We …

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Suzanne Huizenga – Mentoring and Training Youth Riders, Young Professionals, and Serious Amateurs

Photo by Totem Photography

Suzanne (Suzy) Huizenga is a sought-after and much-admired trainer located in Whatcom County, Washington, where she has been training students and horses for over 40 years. She specializes in bringing students and horses along calmly and happily from trot poles to jumping courses in the hunter/jumper rings. Suzy has developed …

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Training Transitions – This Vital Exercise Should be Part of Every Training Session

Extended trot results from many transitions from working trot to a extended and back again.

As a young and serious rider my teacher would often tell me, “You need to work on your transitions more.” I’d do as I was told, but I never really understood why. I didn’t find them easy or fun, and neither did my horse. Now I’m wearing the instructor’s hat, …

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