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Published 12/17/2014 - 1:42 p.m. CDT

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“When you decide to leave a trainer, you first must ask, what did the trainer not do for me and my horse," Greiff states. Photo © Ali Grusha
In the first part of this series, we asked professional horse trainers how they dealt with the very delicate and difficult task of clients leaving their barn. Many of our readers requested GoHorseShow write another article from the clients' perspective. We talked to several clients about their experiences and advice when changing trainers in a respectful and dignified manner including Joanne Garnett, Dan Yeager, Mary Jo Greiff, Alexandra Chavez, Anne Wilson, and Peek Owen.

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Published 12/16/2014 - 1:43 p.m. CDT

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If you are still trying to figure out the best gift for your horse-loving relative, look no further. Photo © Impulse Photography
GoHorseShow has tracked down the last minute must-have equine gifts for the holidays. If you are still trying to figure out the best gift for your horse-loving relative, look no further. We have found some great and unique Christmas gifts and many of them are reduced in price and can be delivered before Christmas!


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Published 12/12/2014 - 1:03 p.m. CDT

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Now that you’re hooked on AQHA’s fastest-growing class, you’re probably chomping at the bit for any shards of advice that will lead to success in ranch horse pleasure. (Journal Photo)
So you were bit by the AQHA ranch horse pleasure bug, eh? Now that you’re hooked on AQHA’s fastest-growing class, you’re probably chomping at the bit for any shards of advice that will lead to success in ranch horse pleasure. Well, you’ve come to the right place. While there are five standard ranch horse pleasure patterns, which you can find in the AQHA Official Handbook of Rules and Regulations or at www.aqha.com/patterns, judges also have the option to create new patterns for exhibitors to perform.

 
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Published 12/10/2014 - 6:00 a.m. CDT

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As a horse-show helper, taking care of your spouse and the horses are only two parts of the equation. Remember to schedule downtime for yourself, too. Journal illustration.
They are the backbone of the exhibitor. They are the ones who are there for the thrill of victory or the agony of defeat. They ensure that the horse is show-ring ready and the exhibitor is perfect.They are show spouses. Always behind the scenes, show spouses are usually only recognized by their significant other for their contributions.


Published 12/06/2014 - 8:38 a.m. CDT

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Some would say that the modern trail class, which is a very different event than it was as recently as 10 or 20 years ago, had to change to survive. But are those changes for the betterment of the class? (Journal Photo)

“When you're finished changing, you're finished,” once said Founding Father Benjamin Franklin. His timeless wisdom still applies to everything, even in the 21st century. But does this simple idea also relate to how we’ve ridden and evolved our horses over the years? Some would say that the modern trail class, which is a very different event than it was as recently as 10 or 20 years ago, had to change to survive.



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Published 12/04/2014 - 8:00 a.m. CDT

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If handled correctly, there should be no long standing ill will between client and trainer. Photo © Impulse Photography
You have made the decision to move your horse from your current trainer to a new one. The reasons can be varied, but in your opinion, they are valid. Unlike many other business decisions, however, this can be an emotionally charged situation. You will most likely see them down the road, how you handle it can impact the ease of the move and potential of maintaining a friendship with your former trainer.

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Published 12/01/2014 - 2:00 p.m. CDT

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Have you seen any encouraging developments in our industry? If so, we want to hear about them. Photo © Ali Grusha Photography
GoHorseShow recently wrote an article about trends judges wished would go away that was one of our most popular stories of the year. We wanted to further investigate the topic of trends while celebrating the positive aspects of the industry. We asked judges, trainers, breeders, and exhibitors what positive trends they have recently seen in the horse industry. Have you seen any encouraging developments in our industry? If so, we want to hear about them.

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Published 11/27/2014 - 10:00 p.m. CDT

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Learn some horse-showing hints to “keep the cows in” during your next trail course.When you ride through the gateway, think about blocking the opening as much as you can. Jean Abernethy illustration
When you think about stepping up your form for the gate obstacle in trail, try thinking of why the obstacle is one of the required maneuvers for the class in the first place.Trail began as a stock horse class. Why would you be on your horse to open the gate? Usually, it was because you were working cattle, and it was more efficient to open a gate horseback when you could. Of course, it also meant you needed to make sure the cows didn’t get out when you opened and closed the gate.

Published 11/25/2014 - 8:00 a.m. CDT

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The spiral exercise works best if you ride with soft hands while keeping a slight bend, but the crucial aids are your seat and your legs, teaching the horse to move laterally. Jean Abernethy illustration
This simple horse-training exercise teaches your horse to balance himself on his own by shifting his weight to his back end. In the first part of this series, you learned how to do transition exercises and a rollback into an extended trot exercise to help your horse strengthen and level out his topline. Here are two more exercises that will help your horse learn to balance himself for better self-carriage.