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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: “Horsing Around with Harmoni” – Gunner

…he says he never knows when a bird is going to fly out of the grass and hit him in the face” Everyday I work with the greatest ranch crew and I’m not just talking about the humans. It’s always the horses that make the days interesting.  So, for my next series of blogs, I will […] 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: 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: The Cow Horse and the Greenhorn

My greatest teacher in the school of soft-feel.” The first time I met Sackett – a solid, well-built Quarter Horse, let’s just say, I was a little bit out of practice. I started out riding on a bareback pad. It was just like riding a bike. Only this bike was a 1,200 pound, living, breathing […] 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: 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...