My 2019 Horse Holiday Gift Guide

Are you stuck on what do get your horse friends for the holidays? Here is my 2019 Horse Holiday Gift Guide. I am going to help you with some of my favorites that every horse person will love. The following are 12 items that every horse person should have: The Saddle Sack – Theses come from Fallon Taylor’s Ranch Dress’n. They are convenient for your phone, cash, gum, and whatever else you like to carry with you while you ride. There are so many cool colors and designs that you can coordinate with your take. They easily strap to your saddle.
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Who is your competition in the barrel or gymkhana pen?

Who is your competition in the barrel or gymkhana pen? Do you know who your competition is in that barrel or gymkhana pen? I DO!! Your only competition is YOU!! You heard me right! The only competition you in that pen is you. Do you know why your only competition is you? It is because no one else matters. No one can ride for you, so you are the only one to ride PRs you, who can improve your abilities, be humble for you! Will you be out-rode and out-shown? Probably! Does that matter? Absolutely NOT!! Every time I step
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Bond With Your Horse

Are you truly bonded with your horse? Do you know HOW to bond with your horse? Having a good solid bond with your horse is a key proponent to a great relationship with your horse. Bonding with your horse gives you a way to build trust in each other. Whether it is a new horse or your current horse that you have owned for years, you need to spend time your horse. Answer the following questions: does your horse live in a stall or in a pasture? Is your horse alone or in a herd? Do you board or is
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Slow Down the Hot Horse

Do you need to slow down the hot horse? Does your horse need more focus work? Did you miss the “adding breaks” step to your training? Many of the exercises I use for training my horses come from Heather Smith’s barrelracingtips.com and her book series. I started following Heather in 2012 when her first book, “The Secrets to Barrel Racing Success” came out. Slow down your hot horse with my favorite barrel racing exercises.
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Milan’s Rehab And Return to Work

About a year and a half ago, Milan, our beautiful palomino paint mare, came up lame. I quit riding and using her in our program and went to work figuring out what was wrong. One of the things with Milan is that her right front foot turns in toward her left front leg. She also has been very tight in her shoulders and back. 
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Let’s Talk Sportsmanship

Sportsmanship is lacking in equestrian sports these days. Everyone wants to win but no one want to put in the work, take the losses and be happy for others. We don’t cheer each other on, high-fives are lacking and smiles at each other are almost completely non-existent.
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Arena Etiquette

One of my biggest pet peeves is people riding every different direction in the warmup pen. I have ridden in many warm-up pens of various disciplines in the western world, from cutting and reining to barrel racing and gymkhana and it seems to be all the same. Everyone is riding in whichever direction they please. This is dangerous and I have seen some bad wrecks because of it. Fortunately, not at the gymkhanas, but we need to teach our kids proper arena etiquette and that starts with us as adults. If you enter the arena and other riders are already
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