Get Your Horse Ready to Bridle


Have you ever known someone with a horse that would consistently frustrate them with something they were asking, but someone more experienced might come along and get there with almost…

Let Freedom Rein


Our fearless leader, Zach Ducheneaux, recently had a chance to visit with Jason S. on his podcast “Let Freedom Rein”. He shared a bit about our ranch, some of the…

Triple Crown Feed | Contest


Triple Crown Feed is our feed of choice when Mother Nature (ie – the beautiful grass of South Dakota) needs a little help. When it comes to our older horses,…

Curt Pate on Pressure


We were fortunate enough to have Curt to the ranch in October of 2016, and boy was that a fun experience. There are three types of pressure: Driving Pressure, Drawing…

Introduction to the 2016 Interns


Meet our 2016 ranch interns! We have a lot of Animal Science Majors this year, as well as an Equine Management Major (who isn’t in this video). Ranch interns learn…

Bridling Made Easy


Around here, we are all about becoming partners with our horses. We want our horses to “want” to help us. To “want” to be with us. To “want” to be…

My Internship Experience


Today, we have a special guest writer– Emma, one of this summer’s ranch interns. She’s here to share her experience with you and tell you how much she learned and how much she loved it. If you’d like to go back and read her journey in her own words.

Tips for a Fidgety Horse


The last thing any horse really wants to do is fidget. No, seriously, think about it. If you’ve watched them in the pasture, when they’re not eating, they’re lazing, and if they’re young and full of energy, they’ll play for a bit and go back to eating or lazing. They’d rather be at peace than bothered, and to me, a horse that paws is a horse that’s bothered.

What is a Snaffle Bit?


A snaffle is a snaffle because it isn’t a leverage bit. Any bit that has shanks becomes a curb bit (or leverage bit)- whether it has a broken mouthpiece (like a snaffle) or is a ported grazing bit. The reason for this is that a snaffle works on a direct rein and doesn’t utilize leverage.

Proper Saddling Technique


There’s a correct and incorrect order in which to saddle your horse. When done correctly it will keep you and your horse out of a wreck. When done incorrectly, well, you might find the saddle somewhere that you’d rather not have it be.