Let Freedom Rein

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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…

Curt Pate on Pressure

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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.

Good Horsemanship Principles

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Essentially, the teaching philosophy we strive to employ is based largely on our study of Ray Hunt’s horse training and philosophies. At no point in time have we sought, or…

The Over the Horn Exercise

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We have a pretty extensive collection of horsemanship DVDs here at the ranch, and every three months we look forward to getting our Horseman’s Gazette, a quarterly DVD journal, published…

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