The first horse bits were probably rawhide. Human experience with horses has resulted in myriad versions of the horse bit. One fine trainer I know rarely uses anything but a snaffle horse bit. He believes that finding just the right horse bit for a given horse is one secret to success.
In training pack animals, consider the way the pack animals travel and also the ability of your string leader (the horse you ride) or pony horse to vary his speed to suit the pack animals behind him. Gait training for your pony horse or string leader may
Ground-driving has been a successful training technique for centuries, and in a wide variety of disciplines. For instance, trainers at the famous Spanish Riding School in Vienna rely on ground-driving to teach their Lipizzaner stallions essential lessons on their way to advanced dressage.
Feeling a little lazy and sore from trail riding the previous day, I snuggled more deeply into my sleeping bag and watched through the trailer window. Only moments ago, the stars had been brilliant, but now they faded as the buttes dotting the landscape became discernable in the coming dawn. Very soon the eastern horizon turned pink, then brilliant red, and then, celebrating the coming of another great day, a chorus of coyotes saluted the lighting of this vast stage. High treble wails were punct
Here are some gear selections I've made over the years, including tapaderos/rider footwear, reins, halters/lead ropes, saddle pads, saddlebags, spurs, shoeing, and breastcollars/cruppers. Rest assured, they're direct products of the experiences I've had, the miles I've ridden, and the situations I've known.