Author Archives: swr

SWR Blog: “Time Well Spent”

In the hustle and bustle of life as we try to accomplish and maintain so many aspect of our lives it can become very difficult to carve out a little bit of time to spend with our horses. When we do find that time, we hope for a easy going, problem free ride to help […] Continue Reading...

SWR Blog: “Knowledge = Patience”

Post Image Patience is a crucial part of horsemanship. I consider myself a pretty patient person in most areas of my life. The opportunities that I have been given to work with horses are responsible for most of my recent growth in this area. I heard somewhere that Patience ends shortly after our knowledge runs out. I have […] Continue Reading...

SWR Blog: New Every Day

I have recently been blessed with the opportunity to start two colts from the Chambers C Cross Ranch. Up until now, most of the horses that I’ve had the pleasure to work with have been raised around people and handled for years. These two C Cross  colts were born and raised out on the range. […] Continue Reading...

SWR Blog: The Confidence Win

This was a “confidence win”… In my instruction, I employ a number of teaching methods, but they all have common goal: to help people learn and practice the skills required not only sustain themselves through the hard times, but also to pursue their dreams in life. For my students, horses can be their dream-makers, and […] Continue Reading...

A tool and its goal are (too) soon parted!

that you will one day you not need to use them anymore. With an unending supply of novelty gadgets, training aids and bits of all shapes and sizes, it can be very difficult to make heads or tails of it all. Now, we’ve all heard the saying “It’s not what you use, it’s how you […] Continue Reading...

SWR Blog: Do it from the left, right?

It’s a widely accepted “rule” that horses should be haltered, led, saddled, bridled and mounted from the left side. But, why? Now, it’s true that halters generally buckle on the left side. Ok. We tighten our cinch on the left side. There’s that. And since the majority of people are right-handed, it’s just more comfortable […] Continue Reading...

SWR Blog: Curry Your Way to a Captivating Coat

#1 – The Rubber Curry Comb – This little do-dad should be your best grooming tool. I don’t recommend skimping on this one! Series: Quick Tips for a Beautiful Horse Grooming your horse is a fantastic way to build your relationship from the ground, especially on those rainy days or those days your mental game just isn’t […] Continue Reading...

SWR Blog: Desensitization or Confidence building?

A confident horse is a thinking horse.” Anyone who has ever spent five minutes listening to a natural horsemanship clinician has heard the word “desensitize”. In some peoples mind this means getting a horse to where you can crack a whip, while standing on it’s back waving a flag, as a pack of wild chihuahuas […] Continue Reading...

Seat to Four Feet: Ankle Pain

…relieving pressure on both you and your equine partner.” One of the most common physical issues I hear from my riders as they begin working at higher levels of their equestrian adventure is “My ankles are hurting.” In fact, I too have complained of such pain while trotting, cantering and even at the walk over the years. In […] Continue Reading...

SWR Blog: Are you listening?

There’s a reason God gave us one mouth and two ears.” There is far more to communicating with horses than just learning how to “talk” to them. After all, communication isn’t a monologue, it’s a two-way street. We need to make sure we are really listening at least as much, if not more, than we […] Continue Reading...