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Category: Horsemanship

Peter Cambell Clinic

Top Clinician Offers Discount to LOPE

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Peter Campbell is an exceptional horsemanship teacher and mentor. His credentials as a horseman and clinician are too numerous to easily list. Peter studied directly with Tom Dorrance and has focused his clinics on the art of working with the horse’s mind. Because of that, Peter is able to teach people the most effective ways […]

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LOPE Orientation Process for New “Students”

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We get many inquiries about our training technique at the LOPE Ranch. It’s usually a straightforward process that simply involves some time and patience with the new ex-racehorses that arrive here. Below is the basic outline of our approach: Turnout If the horses are coming straight from the track, we like to give them some […]

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Hiroshi Hoketsu. He was a dressage competitor in the 2012 Olympics — and qualified for those Games at age 70. Credit: David Hecker/AFP

What’s My Age Again?

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For the past couple of years, I’ve noticed an interesting trend among women equestrians who inquire about LOPE horses or meet me at clinics for the first time. About eight times out of ten, they will volunteer their age as part of their introductory email or greeting. Often that age is above 35 — but […]

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ellie-wood

In Praise of Imperfection

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A good friend and talented competitive rider once gave me some excellent advice. She told me to buy a “nice, broke” horse — so I could concentrate on riding well and maybe even competing effectively one day. A few months later, a professional trainer urged me to only ride quiet, pretty horses at clinics — so that […]

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Hand Feeding Treats — Why We Don’t Do It

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There are many thoughtful articles about hand feeding treats and how it harms the horse-human relationship. I have listened to many top horsemanship experts repeatedly advise against the practice during their clinics and seminars. In the past, I also have hand fed treats to my horses and suffered serious consequences before finally realizing that my […]

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Times of Trouble: Dos and Don’ts

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Three Scenarios You are out trail riding alone on your trusty steed on a familiar path. Suddenly you encounter two adrenaline-crazed deer being chased by wild hogs dragging a tarp behind them. Your horse is teetering the edge of sanity, leaping and snorting — and then your right stirrup leather breaks with an emphatic cracking […]

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kindeyes

Good Intentions and Cruelty to Horses

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For ten years, I’ve been in the horse adoption profession. Before that, I had several years of other horse-related experience — ranging from owning horses, acting as a working student in assorted barns, teaching beginner riding lessons, and exercising horses for pay. As you can imagine, I’ve seen many types of horses, owners, and trainers […]

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Peter Campbell

Peter Campbell Clinic, Part II: Puzzles Solved

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Presence: Teaching Through Example In my Part I post about the Peter Campbell clinic, I went into some detail about how the best clinicians bring a very clear presence into the arena. Another aspect of Peter’s presence I noticed was how dedicated he was as a teacher. Nearly all the clinicians I have ridden with […]

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Lynn riding Santo

Buck Brannaman Clinic Part II: The Last Two Days

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Day Three I was optimistic at the start of the third day of the clinic. After all, Santo and I had made much progress together on the first two days. And usually by the third day of a clinic, the horse and rider teams have settled into the rhythm of the clinic — so all […]

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