Debbie Cocklin explains the craftsmanship of leatherwork.
Items made from leather have been found to date back to prehistoric times, when leather hides leftover from animals that had been hunted for food, were used as clothing and to form shelter against harsh conditions.
Over time people learnt that drying out leather prevented it from rotting and the early days of tanning were started, a process that changes the structure of the cells.
Various methods were tried and tested over the years to preserve leather including smoking it and even using urine collected from the locals!
Give your western pleasure horse a leg to stand on, says Tom Chown.
In today’s western pleasure, it is a sad fact that many horses are trained and shown with little regard for natural movement. They are forced to move uncomfortably causing them to appear laboured or lame. While we do have many great horse trainers that are doing an excellent job, and some amazing horses that look comfortable and happy doing theirs, there are many more that don’t.
The only way any positive change can come is through knowledge, and I want to share with you my ideas of good, natural movement.
Try to put a silhouette of a great horse moving around in the front your mind. Compare this to the ones that you see in the show pen today. That can be a problem if you have never seen a great horse move; you have no frame of reference, nothing to compare the ‘bad’ ones too. So the bad ones end up looking good, especially after they have placed or even won the class!
If you have done your snaffle bit homework, teaching your young horse to go one handed should be simple. Putting the horse in one hand is not an overnight job. When I am training a horse to go one hand in a curb bit it takes me about six months before I have them performing every manoeuvre in this fashion.