Author Archives: Dr. Karl Cloninger

SWR Blog: “One True ‘Essence’ of Horsemanship”

Greeting dear friends: I have been a little quiet around here but a new series of forthcoming blogs will relate some of my impressions of the horse industry as a whole, to include what I have seen from the announcer’s booth, through my own experiences as an instructor, and how I perceive certain “happenings” in the […] Continue Reading...

SWR Blog: The Importance of “Feel”

In his book “True Horsemanship Through Feel“, written with Leslie Desmond, Bill Dorrance starts off Chapter 1 with a powerful description of Indirect Feel and Direct Feel.  “Indirect feel” is described as when a person is not physically connected to the horse, but the horse will react to or ignore the person depending entirely on […] Continue Reading...

SWR Blog: This Never Happens – Part 2

An open letter from Dr. Karl: This is a follow-up to my situation when I was trying to get my horses up to the trailer to load, and they refused (Part 1). I went after them and then quit chasing them prior to achieving my goal. By doing so, I taught them that if they run […] Continue Reading...

SWR Blog: This Never Happens – Part 1

An open letter from Dr. Karl: I bought a new (used ) horse trailer several weeks ago. Since purchasing the trailer I’ve spent considerable time loading and unloading my two horses–Jake and Pappy. They have always loaded easily in a stock trailer or a 3-horse slant, but this unit is an oversize straight load. There’s nothing unusual about […] Continue Reading...

SWR Blog: Driving from the Rear

It’s always necessary to give credit where due. California clinician Dennis Reis always teaches: An  amateur rides the front of the horse. A horseman rides from the hind end forward.”  I began to teach this principle on the ground with our Stormwalker Ranch students riders last spring and was amazed at how quickly they were […] Continue Reading...

SWR Blog: Learning About Body Energy

who knew that an 80 lb. kid could move this 1000 lb. horse at will using only body energy?” I am sitting here in the midst of lots of Stormwalker Ranch  paperwork, but am thinking back to the great times we had at the Spring Extravaganza and the Summer Hoofbeats programs. Some of my favorite parts […] Continue Reading...

SWR Blog: A Commonly Disregarded Principle

Post Image I can touch you, but you can’t touch me” In my studies over the years with a variety of clinicians whom I admire–like Dennis Reis, I have found that they teach a full set of basic principles that apply, without fail, to all humans and to all horses everywhere. The principle is “I can touch […] Continue Reading...