Category Archives: Equine Partnership

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: “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: Horsing Around with Harmoni – Snuffy

  Every lesson program needs that one horse, that no matter how new a rider is, will make them feel comfortable.  And at Stormwalker Ranch that horse is SNUFFY.” Having begun his riding career as a hot-headed racehorse, it seemed unlikely that Snuffy would turn out to be the horse that would walk as slow as possible […] Continue Reading...

SWR Blog: Indescribable Moments

A very influential man in my life once said: A good horse will lend you its speed, agility and strength when you ask for it; but a great horse will lend you its spirit when yours is broken.” Those words have stuck with me through many years, even during my more than 10-year break from […] 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...

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: “Horsing Around with Harmoni” – BBQ Blue

Post Image O Captain!  My Captain!” – Walt Whitman Captain Blue Midnight, or Blue as he is called, is quite an fun guy to be around.  He is always around to give a helping hoof, mostly he is just really  in the way but at least he is fun to look at. There are a few things that […] 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...