How To – Horse Training, Featured Post




Learn The “How To” Behind the Horse Training


HowWhen you think about horse training, I want you to think, “How To” Horse Training.  That’s not only the name of our website, but it’s exactly what you’re going to find, within the various pages and posts.  Here’s a sampling of some of those things that you’ll find here…







“How To”, learn to ride a horse

“How To”, train a horse if you’re a beginner

“How To”, do the necessary ground work required, before you actually ride your horse

“How To”, groom your horse so that he looks his best, and feels his best

“How To”, provide proper health care for your horse; including giving shots, and deworming

“How To”, provide proper hoof care for your horse

“How To”, properly feed your horse and give necessary supplements

“How To”, saddle your horse

“How To”, bridle your horse

“How To”, handle and begin training a foal or a weanling horse

“How To”, train a yearling horse

“How To”, train a 2 year old horse

“How To”, train a 3 year old horse

“How To”, train a mature horse

“How To”, train a nervous or spooky horse

“How To”, understand some basic principles about horse training

“How To”, utilize the most fundamental method of training horses, that of “pressure and release”

“How To”, build a “relationship” with your horse

“How To”, teach your horse to “ground drive”

“How To”, teach your horse to rein; whether it’s direct reining, or neck reining

“How To”, train your horse for trail riding

“How To”, enjoy a horseback riding vacation in the Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming

“How To”, relax with the very unique Western Art of Bev Doolittle

“How To”, get turned on to Chris Ledoux’s brand of Cowboy Music



Details Please



details“How To” Horse Training, attempts to give you very detailed explanations of the various facets of training horses, and riding horses, and caring for horses.  When I learned about horses, it was “by the seat of my pants” so to speak.  I had an interest that just kept growing and growing, and so I got more and more involved with horses all my adult life.



When I deal with a specific training lesson, as I said, I do try to be as detailed as I possibly can.  I want anyone who reads these lessons, to be able to clearly understand, so that you can go out with your horse and truly, “do it yourself”.  And I want you to succeed, doing it yourself.  The satisfaction that you’ll get from your time training your horse, and riding your horse, will be immeasurable.



I may recommend doing some things a little bit differently from some other trainers, but then I think you’ll find that to be true with just about any trainer.  There are some things that simply have to be done a certain way, but then there’s other things that are a matter of personal preference.  I’ve found what has worked best for me over the years, and this is what I’m passing on to my readers.




I Like To Tell Stories



images5ETRDT9OI do like to tell stories sometimes, and so that’s what you’ll find scattered around, among my lessons.  I wanna’ share the really good times I’ve had raising horses, and training, but most especially riding.  My hope is that you’ll share some of your experience with me also through your comments, or questions.  I guarantee you, I could sit around the corral visiting about horses, all night long.  “Chin Wagging”, is what a woman who commented called it.





That reminds me of a little story right now, so I think I’ll just go ahead and tell it…

I’ve bought several horses from breeders around the country, and I’ve had the horses shipped here by private shippers.  Usually the shippers have been individuals who run their own little horse transport business.  So one time I bought a horse from a rancher, who was also a breeder of Missouri Foxtrotter horses, in Ava Missouri.  Roy Brown is the man’s name, and he was raising what I call “using” type horses.  They were ranch horses, not show horses, like you’ll see so much of, in and around Ava Missouri.  Ava is the “Capital” of Foxtrotter country, because that’s where the annual “Foxtrotter Celebration is held.  And that means, “Show Horses”.



Well anyway, Roy raised ranch horses, from older blood lines, and these were just good all around usin’ horses.  That’s what I raised here in Wyoming too, because we were always raising horses to ride in the mountains.



imagesXFQMM0P4So I made arrangements with a shipper to pick up the horse from Roy’s place, and bring it back here to Wyoming.  Actually it was a mare and foal that we had bought.  I had wanted a horse that could really “travel”.  Almost all of the gaited horses can move out very nicely, but Jan and I (that’s my wife), liked horses that could really move out fast and smooth.  We’ve both rode so much, that we were always looking for that “something extra”, to add to the fun.





I had called Roy because I knew that he raised the kind of horses that we liked, and I had talked to him a couple times previously.  As I described what kind of horse we were looking for, he knew exactly what I meant.  He said that he had a horse there, that was like that, and it actually belonged to a guy who lived in Florida, but Roy was selling the horse for him.  The owner of the horse was into dog trials, and so he used his horses in the field, following the dog trial circuit down south.



Red ManThe mare was a real old time bred horse (a lot of walking horse blood in her ancestry), and her name was Sugarfoot’s Delight, but we just called her “Sugar”.  Roy said that he had ridden her a little bit, and she definitely had that “something extra” that we were looking for.  Well, the mare had a stud colt at her side, by a stallion that a neighbor of Roy’s raised.   The man from Florida had purchased the stallion too, and was raising horses by him.  The stallion’s name was Vickie’s Red Man, another old time bred horse with quite a reputation as a using horse.  (That’s Red Man in the picture on the left.  I think that’s his original owner and breeder, Lawrence Barnes, handling him)  And the mare was bred back to the same stallion, so it was actually a three-in-one package.




“Sugar” Produced Some Of Our Best Foals


As it turned out, over the years, we had four more foals out of Sugar, and they all had exceptional gait.  But the best two horses that we had out of her, were the two that were by Vickie’s Red Man.  One colt, and one filly.  The colt was the one at Sugar’s side when we bought her.  He was a late colt, born in September.  I usually start training my horses to ride when they’re two year olds, but in the spring when the other colts that I was starting were two, he was actually still a late yearling.  But he was a fairly big horse, so I started him along with the others.



Well, he came along very quickly, and was already gaiting really good by May of that year, at about 20 months of age.  The horse sale was coming up in June, and we had him consigned.  So I had consigned him as a two year old, even though he wasn’t going to be two until later on in September.  Well, anyway, by the time the sale came around, he was really going very nicely, much better than the rest of the two year olds that were there.  I was talking to a man who was interested in buying him, and I wasn’t really thinking about the fact that he wasn’t even two years old yet.



Jim, riding a young mare at the action sale. She was a daughter of our stallion “Zane’s Lad”. She had a perfect “natural” foxtrot.





The man was asking me several questions about the horse, and he asked me what month the horse was born in.  So I told him September.  And he said; Oh, so he’ll be three years old soon.  And I said; No, he’s just going to be two this September.  Well this guy couldn’t believe it.  He said; You mean to tell me that, that horse isn’t even two years old yet?  And all I could say was; Yep, that’s right.  Well, the horse did bring very good money at that sale.  I’m not sure if that same guy bought him or not.  I wish I could have had a dozen colts just like him.  Actually, I wish I could have bred that mare to that same stallion every year.  Those two horses, just “nicked” so well, it was fantastic.  But I was in Wyoming, and the stallion was in Florida.


The foal that was born next out of Sugar, was again born later than usual, this time in August.  (gestation is eleven months)  That filly turned out to have a “running walk” that was so smooth and fast.  She really taught me what a “running walk” was supposed to feel like.  We lived on a little ranch, about 400 acres, and I used to ride the horses that I was training, all around the upper pastures and down a big draw, and up the other side, and then back to the corral.  I’d do that in the evening after work.  It was very good experience for the young horses.


This filly was named “Glenette”.  Sounds like a strange name, but we named her after a friend named Glenn.  Anyhow, Glenette was super gentle.  When she was a three year old, (again, she wasn’t even quite three yet) I could ride her bareback, in just a halter, all around the ranch, and she would just “eat up” the ground.  And she was so smooth and fast, and even riding bareback, you wouldn’t move off her back.  I’d get done with my hour long ride, in about 35 minutes.  We raised three other foals by Glenette,  and they were all very nice horses, with good dispositions, and all had very nice gait.   The best one was a tall grey colt that we named “Sammy”  We sold him at the sale as a two year old, and some men who had come up from Missouri to sell a few horses, said that he was the best gaiting horse at the sale that year.  And he was as gentle as Glenette too.  Sometimes I wish I could have kept them all, but you can’t do that, can ya?



Did I Get Off On A Tangent ?



Oh yeahWhat reminded me of those stories, was the fact that I said I could hang around the corral and talk about horses all night.  So here’s the part of the story that I was reminded of.  The shipper was scheduled to pick up the horse in the evening, and then drive through the night, and have her to my place, sometime the next day.  Well, he called and said that he was running late, and would it be OK if he didn’t arrive till the following day.  I said sure, just call me a couple hours in advance, so I could be ready to meet him when he got here.





So he arrived with the horses, mare and foal, and we started talking about horses, and transporting horses and we visited for some time.  And he started telling me about why he couldn’t be here the previous day as first planned.  Well, what happened was; When he got to Roy’s place to pick up the horses, THEY started visiting, and talking horses, just like we were now doing.  And he said they sat here half the night, at Roy’s corral, visiting and telling stories without even realizing how late it was getting.  (Time does fly when you’re having fun, doesn’t it?)  Well, when they finally realized how late it was, (actually, he said it was the wee hours of the morning), it was too late to get back on the road, because he needed some sleep.



So anyhow, sitting around and swapping horse stories, is sometimes just as much fun as riding is.  So you will find a few stories, laced in along with the training lessons.  I try to make it interesting, as well as informative.  Also, I try not to be too “dry”, if you know what I mean.  I like to kid around a bit.




I Do Endorse Some Products



The last thing that I’ll tell you is that I do endorse a few products on the website.  And I’ll be perfectly truthful with you;  If someone buys one of the products, I do get a small commission from the sale.  This is simply a way to help pay the expenses of the website.  Anything you do these days cost money, doesn’t it?



But let me give you this promise.  The only things that I endorse on this website, are products and services that I truly believe in.  They are things that either I have used myself, or would use if I had the need.  Let me give you a few examples…


Equestrian Coach


Equestrian Coach is a “Rider Training” site, that utilizes video lessons, coached by the absolute foremost riders and trainers in the country.  Whatever level of riding you’re at, or whatever level you want to achieve, Equestrian Coach has the expertise to provide the training you need.  Check out their site and their services, and maybe you’ll decide to become a member.








E3 Live For Horses



E3 live for Horses is a nutritional supplement made from the finest freshwater blue/green algae.  If you’ve never heard of the benefits derived from this supplement, do yourself a favor and learn about it by going to their website, or you can do a search about blue/green algae on the internet.  You’ll be amazed at the testimonials about the benefits for people as well as animals.  Visit their site by clicking the picture, or one of the links.    E3 Live For Horses









Horse Saddle Shop


verticalbanner1HorseSaddleShop.Com offers some of the best brands of saddles and horse tack out there.  They feature mostly Western saddles and tack, but do offer English saddles too.  I counted at least 34 different English saddles.  You’ll find saddles, bridles, reins, breast collars, saddle pads and blankets, halters and leads, spurs, saddle bags, cinches, and more.   You name it, they’ve got it.  Representatives are available to help you either on-line or by phone.  Give ’em a try.






They also have a “Jewelry” section, featuring  jewelry by Montana Silversmiths.  You’ll find, “Home Décor” and “Gift” and “Kids Toys”  sections too.





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Enjoy a relaxing bit of shopping, at HorseSaddleShop.Com   Click any one of our links, or right here.






Tractor Supply Co.


If you’re looking for the everyday necessities for around the barn or the corral, you’ll find it here, at Tractor Supply Co.  You can buy on-line, and they’ll deliver to your nearest store, free of charge.

Hand tools, power tools, equipment, work clothes, fencing, gates, shovels, rakes, buckets….  Take a look around.

















Chris Ledoux Music

thTXK7NFWXIf you like country music, you may like “Cowboy Music”.  Chris Ledoux was a cowboy originally from Texas, but his family moved to Wyoming, while he was a boy.  He came to love his “Powder River” Wyoming home, and wrote about it in his songs.  Chris was a rodeo cowboy and won the world championship in bareback riding in 1976.  But Chris loved singing and playing his guitar, just as much as he liked rodeo.  I became acquainted with Chris through his father-in-law, who I used to do vehicle repair for, down at his ranch in Kaycee Wyoming.






th8WOR18LWChris had quite a following, because his music was genuine, and from the heart.  He sang about cowboys, and rodeo, and horses, and the hills around his Powder River home.  But I think maybe his popularity really skyrocketed after he became friends with Garth Brooks.  In a song that Garth sang about the life of a rodeo cowboy, he made mention of travelling down the highway, and listening to “worn out tapes of Chris Ledoux”.  Garth and Chris sang a duet together, when they recorded “Whatcha Gonna Do With a Cowboy”.




Check out some of Chris’s music.  I think you’ll love it.




























Thanks for being here


Thanks for being here and listening as I reminisced about some of my horses.  And thanks for visiting “How To” Horse Training, where you’ll find training articles, and a whole lot more.  Please leave me your comments or questions, in the comment area below.  Talk to ya soon, Jim.








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14 thoughts on “How To – Horse Training, Featured Post

  1. Hey Jim. I went backwards! Started reading the how-to articles before reading your intro. Just too excited about learning how to ride a horse, I guess!

    This is a really great post, and reading this after reading the three posts, you are right on the money. What you mention is exactly what you teach. So thanks!

    And I think it’s great that you tell stories and joke around. Funny enough, somehow, I read in my mind with a cowboy accent. For some reason, I imagine you have one and that you sound like a cowboy 😉 It’s really fun and interesting to learn.

    Thanks again Jim for all this amazing info!!

    1. Hi Liz. Actually I sound like a Chicagoan, because I spent my first 24 years in Chicago. I never lost the accent. I’ve picked up words and phrases that are common to the west though. Like “crick” instead of creek. (there’s a pretty little “crick” that runs right behind our house, you can catch little “broookies” there. Brook trout) And Howdy instead of Hi. And “what kind of outfit do you drive”, instead of what kind of car or truck. If you haven’t listened t some of the Chris Ledoux music on my website, you should do that. Chris talked like a cowboy, cause he was a cowboy. There’s a song that he sings with Garth brooks called “Whatcha gonna do with a cowboy”…(when he don’t saddle up and ride away) Anyhow, one line says..”you giggle every time that I say “Yes Ma’am.” That’s the “Texas” in him coming out. He was raised in Texas. Texas cowboys always say, Yes ma’am, and Yes sir, all the time when you talk to them. When you hear that repeatedly, you can bet they’re from Texas. But there definitely is a Western accent, (but I was all growed up before I got here so I aint got that way a talkin’) This is cattle country out here. It used to be sheep country, but most of the big sheep ranches have sold out. “Wyoming, where men are men and sheep are nervous”. One sheep rancher told me that sheep are so timid, that if one dies, two more die out of sympathy. I actually used to help a friend on his sheep ranch and it was actually a lot of fun. It’s different than anything else you’ve ever done, that’s for sure. You can “push” cows from one place to another, but you have to “lead” sheep. There’s a gospel song that says, “Savior like a shepherd lead us”. Boy does he got that right! (see, I’m still talkin’ “cowboy”) Well, enough of my craziness. Thanks so much for visiting, “Ya’ll come back now, hear?

      1. LOL! Love all the stories, Jim!

        Cowboys are very polite, aren’t they? Well, even if you don’t actually sound like a cowboy, you speak like one and that’s really cool!!!

        1. Yes, actually most cowboys are indeed very polite people. They have been brought up with good family values. I think that the ranch families that live out quite a ways from town, are some of the very best people I have ever met. They may not all be “cowboys”, but they are without a doubt “good down home people”, if you know what I mean. Ranchers know what it means to be a “neighbor”, and they liv,e by doing for one another. That’s just the way it is in the country. Why do people forget these values when they move to cities? I was born and raised in the big city (Chicago), and I would go back there for all the riches in the world. Besides, God tells us to be separate from the world. Liz, I do appreciate your time that you have spent here. Please do come back and visit the site, and learn more about horses. See you then, JIm

          1. It’s so nice!!! I think city people have to deal with more “stress” and so react differently. Different surroundings mean different reactions. and then those reactions become habits. It’s quite sad!

            You WOULD go back to Chicago? Really? You seem to really love the country.

            I’m going to learn more now Jim 😉 Thanks

          2. The only thing I would consider going back to Chicago for would be to visit someone. I’d never live in a big city. I might go down south for the winter some day, but otherwise I’ll live and die in my own little corner of the world, right here in Wyoming. This is the life for me! I might have mentioned somewhere in my posts that when I became a teen, I would travel with my buddies. We would go to Canada and go fishing, or we’d come out west to go skiing, and we’d go south and go fishing or just camping or something, and every time that I came home to the city, I’d wonder; What in the world am I doing living here. There’s so much beautiful country out there to be enjoyed. So that’s what made me decide to move away from the city. You should come visit Wyoming some day. I’ve got a nice post about riding in Wyoming. Maybe you could check it out. Wyoming Horseback Riding Vacations, is the title. Se you soon, Jim.

  2. Wow, your website is very interesting. I grow up in a farm my parents had some horses and I love riding horse. This is a great niche helping people with horses. Nice work!


    1. Hey thanks Sophie. Where did you grow up at? I grew up in the city, and when I became interested in horses, I had to drive quite a ways to get out into the country to a riding stable. If you know of anyone else who might enjoy the site, please refer them here. Thanks Sophie.

    1. Howdy Albert. Thorough breds are pretty cool horses. they sure can run! I used to watch a lot of thorough bred racing on TV, especially the triple crown. But for some reason I don’t watch anymore. Thorough breds are also the most used breed of horse for jumping. Now that’s really cool to watch open jumping. Horses jumping 5 and 6 foot, Wow! It feels like a big fence to jump when it’s only three feet. I can’t imagine jumping 6 feet. So you never rode any horses at his place in Texas? If you have the chance you should go do that. Thanks for visiting and for leaving a comment though. Maybe I’ll get a chance to talk to you again, Jim.

  3. Jim I like your writing style and I really know about the chin wagging that can occur when two or more horse people meet. I have done that myself when I worked on a cattle station in Queensland.

    Now I come from an engineering background in water supply and sewerage. I have often dealt with blue green algae. And in my case these were algal blooms that are highly toxic. It makes water completely unfit for drinking and eating both for people and horses.

    So imagine my surprise when I find that, in small amounts it is used as super-food for horses. Well isn’t it true you learn something new every day.

    PS if you do ever have blooms you can make up a charcoal filter in a 44 gal (Imp) drum. Done properly this provides drinking water for stock. Over here in Australia this is essential because the blooms often come with the draught.

    So Jim, keep up tales and I will return to get another dose of your humour.


    1. Hello Helen. Chin wagging Huh? My dad (a hundred years ago) used to call it “chewin’ the fat”) Funny how phrases develop. I like “chin wagging” though. If you do some online searching of the blue/green algae, you’ll find that lots of people take it a s a supplement also. As a matter of fact, that ‘s what led people to try it with other animals. The company I’m connected with also has a dog formula. I’ve used it foe one of my dogs that had developed a skin problem caused by some other medicines that he was on, and it worked real well, and helped his skin. We’ve had lots of aquariums ourselves, and so we’ve seen lots of types of algae develop. All kinds of stuff is interesting isn’t it? Thanks again, Jim.

  4. I like your website, the way it is laid out makes it easy to navigate through it. I really liked the list of HOW TO’s that you have on your main page, giving a list of things I can learn. I from there went to the Find Your Way around page and really found this useful. It explains navigating the website very well. Thanks for the information. This is really a great site to learn about horse training.

    1. Hi Teresa. I thank you for visiting and for commenting. I hope others find the site interesting and easy to find what they want. I want to be able to help people with their horse questions, so finding what you want is important. Also, I want us all to just have some fun. Thanks again, and please refer others here, Jim

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