In 2021 I competed at Road to the Horse, which was actually held in Texas instead of its typical location in Lexington, Kentucky due to the Covid outbreak. For the competition, I chose a 6666 Ranch red roan colt, which I later named Dandy. After the 2021 competition, I then got the opportunity to purchase Dandy and have continued his training at home. This month I wanted to share an exercise for consideration in your colt starting program at home.
English, eventing, and dressage disciplines are several examples where a back cinch is not needed (and for these specifically, not even an option). Other events where riders may choose to opt out of having a back cinch can include barrel racing, reining, trail riding, and western pleasure.
Growing up on a Montana ranch, Brad Barkemeyer started his first colt when he was 12. By the age of 14, Brad was training horses in different disciplines for the public. This early experience served him well throughout his career as a professional horseman and trainer.
Over the years my tack room has become filled with many different pieces of equipment. Hanging on the wall I often find myself reaching for “the perfect connection”. A connection piece that is not necessarily common to all, but one that really comes in handy as a great training piece.
From a little boy with dreams, professional horseman Ken McNabb, has established himself into a well known trainer, clinician, host of the award-winning RFD-TV show – Discovering the Horseman Within and partner in the top quality annual Diamond-McNabb Ranch Horse Sale.
It’s hard to imagine that it’s been 7 years since my life changed. What started out as a normal day working at the barn, turned into an overnight stay in the ER with a life altering injury. Let me tell you a quick story about that day and what I’ve learned about myself and about passion.