919-428-3209

Healthy Horse Seminar

**Register by Jan. 15 for discounted pricing ($225), $250 after Jan. 15. If making a non-refundable deposit, balance will be due by Feb. 28. Dinner available Friday for $10. Dinner Saturday and Sunday included in registration cost! Where else can you learn the literal ins-and-outs of a horse in a weekend? From the brain to the stomach, the trigeminal nerve to the hind gut, you'll delve into evidence-based best practices for your horse. Evidence-Based Horsemanship co-author Dr. Stephen Peters will be our headliner for the weekend. As a neuropsychologist and horseman, he'll change the way you approach your horse. He'll

Read More

Montana Pack Trip- Register Now!

Want to head out to Montana with Bar T Horsemanship? Here's your chance! How about an all-inclusive pack trip on horseback through the backcountry? This includes lodging, food, horse rental, etc.— everything except your airfare.You'd fly into Kalispell (FCA). There will be four nights in cabins at the lodge and three nights in tents in the back country. Here’s the itinerary: Day 1: Arrive (meals and board and at RiverStone Family Lodge) Day 2: Pack clinic at RiverStone Family Lodge Day 3: Depart for Pack Trip/Day One Day 4: Packing through backcountry Day 5: Packing through backcountry Day 6: Last

Read More

Whoa! Stopping in Five, Four, Three, Two and One

Unless you have a lazy horse, you probably had to put a good deal of effort into developing a good stop on your equine. If he stops, that is…! What I often see in clinics and lessons are riders that allow their horses to take their time stopping…it might take them a quarter of the arena before they get their horses stopped. Dribbling is for basketball—not riding! With that being said lets take a look at what happens with the horse when we ask for the stop. From the horse's perspective, we too often pick up aggressively when we ask for

Read More

So You Want to be a Horse Trainer

  Wanted! Trainer to Start My 3-Year-Old Warm Blood Words to a trainer’s ear. But really, is the hunt worth the catch? Depends if you want to work twelve-hour days in the blistering heat or cold, wet, dirty, and many times sore from hitting the ground from that poor horse that’s been passed from trainer to trainer until someone (i.e., you) took the time to help him sort things out. You spend your time wondering if the next horse is coming in as scheduled and hoping the last client’s check clears the bank so you can make your rent or

Read More

That’s My Toe You’re Standing On!

Many times we find ourselves talking with someone while holding our horse, and we are constantly pushing, pulling, moving, swatting, fretting, trying to move that overly pushy freight train we call a horse out of our space having limited results! Why? Is it because he loves us to the point where he wants to be in our pocket? Maybe because we are trying to win his love and devotion with those tasty little horse cookies made of molasses and oatmeal? How about we are the only heartbeat around, and the lions and tigers are lurking in the bushes, behind the

Read More

Buying A Horse In 10 Steps

  Thinking about adding to your herd? Congratulations! It’s surely an exciting time, but it’s a process that requires thought, consideration and patience. Too many prospective buyers get swept up in a rash, have-to-have-it-now mentality. No good comes from that! The worst thing in the world for a buyer to do is fall in love with a flashy horse recently posted on Craig’s List or Facebook, then decide—sight-unseen—that that’s the horse for her. Suppose the buyer finds out that someone else is also interested in her dream horse. Whatever is the love-struck buyer to do? Should she make a full-price

Read More

Do I Need Spurs?

The use of spurs has been a debated question for years and, with the turn to a more natural way of horsemanship, has raised several eyes these days. Spurs were used as far back as the 5th Century and have changed little in appearance or style. The first spur carried a single point on the end and later on, by the 15th Century, was replaced by a rowel. Initially, they carried a more knightly role rather than an aid for persuasion to the horse. Today’s spur is made up of three basic parts: the neck, heel band and the rowel.

Read More