As we head into the autumn season, make sure to check out the latest issue of Western Horse and Horsemanship Journal. September's issue is packed with horse health and wellbeing information, from Vet Nikki's 'Ask the Vet' column to how you can manage your horse's weight. Be sure to also take a look at our feature on alternative grazing methods and Ross Cooper's article on environmental stewardship. You won't want to miss it!
Bella Barr Explores Clinics from Another Perspective, that of Observer Rather than Rider.
I recognised how much less I hear or take in when I am absorbed in trying to do an exercise with my horse and how much more I understand from observing the exercise repeated, corrected and explained in different ways as students practise and are corrected.
Ever ridden in a western saddle that felt just right? That fit your horse, and you like it was custom made for you?
Chances are, that saddle was made by a professional western saddle maker. These skilled craftsmen create some of the most comfortable, well-fitting saddles for riders of all levels. If you're curious about the process of crafting a custom western saddle, or if you're thinking about commissioning one yourself, read on for more information.
We cannot avoid every nerve on the horse's face, but we can increase our awareness, be mindful of the bridle we select and its placement, and educate ourselves on the correct fit for enhanced comfort. With no consideration of this, the horses' welfare will indeed be compromised.
Finding Zero is not sitting in the field with a book, although that's a great thing to do too! It's about using our senses to absorb each other's presence and truly connect the human and horse spirits. Taking time to Find Zero can be like having a reset button in a relationship, and as you use it, your horse will begin to understand that it is also a signal saying, "I'm ready to listen to you".