Training Theory: Relationship

Like the proverbial Nuns in parochial schools of old, whose educational approach was based on intimidation, repetition, and rules, a trainer can demand a perfect performance from a horse. But as surely as form follows function, emancipaed performance follows Relationship. Relationship is NOT Training. Relationship (with a capital R) is based on mutual respect and… Read More Training Theory: Relationship

Sing to Me: A Kristull Chronicle

For Courtney A new Odyssey Sing to me of the man, Muse, the man of twists and turns Once upon a time, there was a young maiden named Courtney. She was tall for her age, thin and tall, limber, and strong. She loved the countryside. And she dreamed of having a horse. She dreamed and… Read More Sing to Me: A Kristull Chronicle

There’s More Than One Way to Skin a Cat: A Kristull Chronicle

In the Fall, the ranch is a little bee hive of activity. Chores that were impossible during the 100 degree summer are now a delight to tackle. Winter Rye needs planting. Gates are leveled. Grass is mowed. Repairs to everything make the air hum with the sound of Gators, Tractors, Lawn Mowers. I love the… Read More There’s More Than One Way to Skin a Cat: A Kristull Chronicle

Horse Problems: Pawing

Most horses will paw occasionally. However, excessive pawing is considered a vice and is a common problem. It is very frequent in young horses who have not been tied enough to learn to be still. It is common in thoroughbreds who seem to exhibit it more than other breeds – and in conjunction with cribbing.… Read More Horse Problems: Pawing

Horse Problems: Riding in Traffic

There is a Mexican fellow in our suburban neighborhood that rides his horse everywhere he goes. He rides with traffic, stops at stop lights, crosses at crosswalks. I see him every so often and marvel at his horse’s composure. I had always had a dream of taking my horse to the Colorado Rockies and riding… Read More Horse Problems: Riding in Traffic

Rainbows and Horses: A Kristull Chronicle

Jamey Gambrell recently visited her horse, Velvet, and captured these awesome scenes. We haven’t actually seen a REAL Leprechaun. But I’m sure they are there, watching over each horse like it is their own. This is their sign that all is well on the Kristull.

Not Your Father’s Caddie – A Kristull Chronicle

It’s not a Cadillac. It’s not a golf club service. There’s a much higher use for a golf cart. Kristull High Water Mark demonstrates the easy way to get around the ranch on a hot day.

Chigger Fest: A Kristull Chronicle

You can drive across the state of Texas for 12 hours and still not cross a border into another state. What is it about Texas that makes people long to move here? Is it Cowboys with a capital C? Horses in wild colors? Warm weather? Graceful windmills on rolling hills as far as the eye… Read More Chigger Fest: A Kristull Chronicle

Horse Problems: Cinchy Horse

“Cinchy” horses object in one way or another to having the saddle-cinch tightened. It can be as mild as just turning to threaten to bite or as dramatic as throwing their body backward onto their back or bucking on top of you. It can be very dangerous. While reading this assessment and possible solutions, take… Read More Horse Problems: Cinchy Horse

Training Exercises: Changing Sides

Changing Sides The Goal: The horse moves his body so that you can reach one side of him and then adjusts so that you can reach the other side while you stand in one position. A great exercise to soften your horse to moving away from a muzzle pressure. It makes grooming a breeze. It… Read More Training Exercises: Changing Sides