Author Archives: Alhefner

Thrush can hide after you think it is gone!

OK, this has been a lesson for me! My mustang, Barney, had terrible thrush last year. My farrier and I thought that we had gotten rid of it. That was not the case as I just found out! Here’s a … Continue reading

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The hard, ugly, disgusting, truth about horses in the US

So many people want so desperately to prevent the slaughter of a horse. I understand that perfectly! Each year, thousands upon thousands of beautiful horses are sent off to slaughter. They are used for everything from dog food to human … Continue reading

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My horse freaks at any new thing… this time, it’s a different rope.

Alrighty then! Mr. “I ain’t gunna and you can’t make me” Barney is one of those horses that notices and reacts to every new thing. This time, it’s a different rope… yep, just a different rope. To you and me, … Continue reading

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Desensitizing my horse to falling objects

So, the other day I made the mistake of allowing the saddle to fall off of Barney…on the off side. He spooked badly, ran me over, and generally flipped out. The whole thing was avoidable but, I felt the need … Continue reading

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How to get run over by your horse

Well, once again, I have proven that horses can be dangerous animals. Today, I managed to spook my mustang Barney and he ran over me. The good part is that he managed to avoid stepping on me. Most horses won’t … Continue reading

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Riding my horse bit-less. Just his halter.

Well, after some serious consideration, I have decided to try going bit-less! I have a side pull bridle on order but, why wait? After getting Willy saddled up today, I decided to not put on his bridle but to simply … Continue reading

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Take that halter OFF of your horse!

Halters help us humans when working with out horses. We can attach lead lines, lunge lines, and even reins to a horse’s halter to work them on the ground or ride them out on the trail. But, when you’re done … Continue reading

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Using the passenger exercise on your horse.

One of the areas I need to dramatically improve is my seat! I have found that just being a passenger on my horse gives me time to concentrate better on doing that. I suggest doing this exercise in some sort … Continue reading

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Examples of using pressure and release to train my horse

Below, you’ll find a video I took today. It’s edited to show examples of how I use pressure and release to train Mr. “I ain’t gunna and you can’t make me!” Barney. Pressure and release is really what everyone uses … Continue reading

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I want you to be here!

I struggled over writing this post. This blog is brand spanking new and, as such, the readership is still quite low. It’s to be all about my ventures into horsemanship, lessons learned, horsemanship advice worthy of passing on, and all … Continue reading

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