The Art of the Mecate

A Colorful Cowgirl Mixes Fashion and Tradition by Allison Trimble   One of my favorite things about the cow horse industry is that it is rooted in tradition: from the training, to the people, to the tack and equipment. I marvel at the skill of rawhide braiding for romel reins …

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Shopping for Snake Oil

Good Horsemanship is Developed, Not Sold by Allison Trimble   I had a funny thought while preparing for my first expo—what am I selling? As a clinician, the methods and philosophy are most important, but the merchandising is where you are sustained. This is a business like any other and it’s …

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Training the Sluggish Horse

Getting the Most Out of a Lazy Horse by Allison Trimble   There are many different personality types in horses: some are overachievers, some are hot, and certainly some are, by nature, lazier than others. These horses can make you feel like you are working yourself to death just to …

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Ranch Sorting: Fun for Any Horse and Rider

Fall in Love with this Affordable, Family-Friendly Sport by Allison Trimble   Equestrians are always looking for ways to enjoy their horses. I personally fell in love with working cowhorse, but that is not a sport for everyone. Cowhorse competition requires a high level of commitment, both of time and …

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Kade Mills: Mane Event Trainer’s Challenge Champion

Meet an Inspiring Young Horseman By Allison Trimble   I made my first trip to the Mane Event in Chilliwack, BC and was pleasantly surprised by the horsemanship in the Trainer’s Challenge. Competing in the challenge were Steve Rother, Jon Ensign, and Kade Mills. The trainers each had 4 hours …

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The Benefits of Buffalo

There’s More Than One Way to School a Cowhorse By Allison Trimble   Training cowhorses and cutters in the Pacific Northwest can be challenging simply due to the shortage and expense of fresh cattle. Mechanical devices, such as a pro cutter, can be helpful training tools, but you can’t replace the …

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Presentation is Everything

Help Your Sale Horse Stand Out in a Crowded Market Place By Allison Trimble   In these uncertain times, horse sales can be tricky. The horse market is still very alive, but there are more horses competing for the same buyer’s attention. In most cases, a seller will be advertising on an …

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What Cowhorses Teach Kids

Building Character in Our Youth By Allison Trimble   Many of us started our horse experience as children. I participated in 4-H and rodeo events before being exposed to the working cowhorse discipline in college. As a professional, I have developed a strong group of youth clients. These girls ride 5 to …

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