Author Archives: Alhefner

I saddle my horse from the right side, not the left.

All during my life, until a couple of years ago, I heard ‘Always saddle form the left side of the horse!’. I didn’t question it, everyone said it, it had to be the only acceptable thing to do! Well, no. … Continue reading

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Cleaning horse hooves and treating for thrush

I had my camera running as I cleaned Mr. “I ain’t gunna and you can’t make me” Barney’s hooves. I thought it might be good to show the process. The camera work is not all that great since it’s just … Continue reading

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Teaching leg cues to my horse

OK, right off the bat, I need to let you know that Willy knows leg cues already! He just chooses to ignore them a lot of the time. So, time in the saddle reinforcing them is required. You see, Willy … Continue reading

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The horse knows

One of the most legendary horsemen was a man named Ray Hunt. His words of wisdom are quoted far and wide. One of the things he said is the topic of this post. The horse knows. He knows if you … Continue reading

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Correcting unwanted or dangerous behavior

This is a touchy topic for a lot of people. There is general agreement that unwanted, and dangerous, behavior from your horse needs to be corrected. However, there is also a lot times when people simply don’t provide the kind … Continue reading

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New horsemen often tie a rope halter wrong

I only use rope halters with my horses. I feel that a rope halter is absolutely the best there is and that’s why I use them. They are tough, your horse will not break one unless it is worn out. … Continue reading

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A new horseman must learn pressure and release

Every horse responds to pressure in some manner and every horse learns from the release of that pressure. For the horseman, learning how to apply pressure to gain a desired response and know how to release that pressure once the … Continue reading

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Fundamental knowledge

In my efforts to understand what I needed to do in working with my horses, I did a lot of research. What I found out is that I had to gain some very fundamental knowledge then apply it! Horses are … Continue reading

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First adventures with Mr. Barney

So, as I posted in my first blog post, my real adventures into horsemanship really started with my adoption of Mr. Barney Rubble from the BLM program at the Northern Nevada Correctional facility in Carson City.

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The new horseman!

This is the very first post to the blog. I should have started this two years ago but, hey, I simply didn’t think to do so! Well, here I am. The short version of my story in horsemanship is that … Continue reading

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