Laurel Walker Denton, Skull Valley, Arizona, grew up on the Bar U Bar Ranch, where she and her husband, Barry, reside. An AQHA and NRCHA judge, Laurel has trained and shown horses in working cow horse, reining, and ranch riding (barubar.com).
This time-honored exercise can both train and condition your horse. Learn to make the most of it.
I’ve been showing Quarter Horses all my life. Along the way, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to succeed with horses.
After 60 years riding horses, I never thought I’d have to rebound after a horse wreck. But a year and a half ago, I had a serious accident while riding in the warm-up pen at a show.
Executing a square corner in a ranch riding pattern requires a different kind of finesse than a regular horsemanship pattern. Learn the nuances here.
Learn this skill to prepare for a ranch trail class, or just to increase your horse’s ‘broke quotient.’
Master gait extension by understanding what it means and how to ask your horse to lengthen his stride for extended gaits.