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Welcome to the training barn, a comprehensive library of over 100 horse training videos. These videos are brought to you free thanks to the generosity of our sponsors. With a wide array of topics, horseback riders of all disciplines and levels will find our horse training videos helpful and informative. We utilize the knowledge base of industry leading professionals to make their horse training techniques and methods available to you in the comfort of your own home or mobile device The training barn features horse training videos relevant to English and Western disciplines including topics such as colt starting, problem behaviors, ground work, reining, cutting, cow horse & more and features top professionals like Tom McCuctheon, Warwick Schiller, Bob Loomis among many others.

Trevor Dare, Associate Trainer at Xtra Quarter Horses, gives tips on speeding up your spins, Part 2

Trevor picks up where we left off in this second installment of how to speed up your spins. Part 2 of 2.

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Trevor Dare, Associate Trainer at Xtra Quarter Horses, gives tips on his method for speeding up spins

After winning the 2008 NRHA Limited Open Reining Futurity, Trevor Dare decided to become a professional in a meteoric rise to the top of the reining world. He has been …

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Farrier, Trent Wargo talks about fitting sliders on a horse

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Tips for keeping your free arm still

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How to help a short forelock grow

How can you help a short forelock grow? I have 3 horses, two of them have super short, thin forelocks that just won’t grow! The third horse has a really …

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Common questions about care, custody and control insurance coverage.

Q: I board and train horses I do not own – do I need care, custody and control (CCC) coverage? A: Yes, the intent of care, custody and control insurance …

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Measures you can take to prevent fires or lessen their impact.

Fire safety for barns – are you prepared? If you ask a group of horse owners what safety issues scare them the most, a large number will tell you it’s …

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What NOT to ask when looking for an Assistant Trainer Position

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What to Put In & What to Put On: Joints

Make a sound investment Your horse’s joints help power his motion, and keeping them healthy is key to keeping him moving comfortably for years to come. However, a  study …

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Protecting Your Horses Knees

Josh Rosenstrater shows us how they protect their horses knees during training at Tom McCutcheon Reining Horses.

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Teaching a Horse to Sidepass- Tom McCutcheon

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Trail with Will Knabenshue- Cloverleaf Exercise

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How to Keep your Horse From Running Off in a Circle

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Keeping your Horse in the Spin – Joe Schmidt

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How to teach a horse to keep its front end moving during the stop

How to teach a horse to keep its front end moving during the stop Ask Tom Anything is brought to you by Absorbine. Do you have a question you would like …

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Why is My Horse Rearing with Warwick Schiller

In this horse training video Warwick Schiller discusses the different reasons horses rear and what causes those behaviors. According to Warwick the reason for rearing falls into one of two categories, …

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How to School A Horse’s Spins in the Show Pen

Tom McCutcheon discusses how to school a horses spins in the show pen This question was asked by Virtual Horse Help member Catherine Brown- Swain. Ask Tom Anything is brought …

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Keeping Your Horse Honest in the Run Downs

NRHA Professional, Scott McCutcheon demonstrates a drill you can use to keep your horse from taking off to its stops.

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How to Keep a Horse From Bucking with Warwick Schiller

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In this horse training video Warwick Schiller discusses horses bucking. The primary focus is horses bucking when being started undersaddle, but he also discusses bucking for any other circumstance. He talks …

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What to Look For in a Reining Prospect

Tom McCutcheon discusses what should be considered when purchasing a reining prospect.

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What to Look For In A First Reiner

Tom McCutcheon discusses what should be considered when purchasing a reiner for the first time.   This question was asked by Virtual Horse Help member Bryce Clark. Ask Tom Anything …

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Circling Your Horse – Tom McCutcheon

Tom talks about how he positions his body while loping his fast and small circles as if he is showing. Tom also goes over how he keeps his horses relaxed …

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Colt Starting Series with Sarah Dawson

Colt Starting Part 1 – Sarah Dawson Sarah Dawson is a well known colt starter and competed in The Road to the Horse. Sarah talks about how she starts to work …

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Ground Tying – Mozaun McKibben

Mozaun talks about the importance of teaching his horses to ground tie. Teaching your horse to ground tie can be extremely useful when working on a ranch or doing any …

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Misconception of a Low Head in Reining Horses – Fred Thomsson

Fred talks about the misconception with reining horses and wanting their heads low while riding. What you truly want in your horse is one that is soft and willing to …

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Stopping Without Pulling – Pete Kyle

Pete shows you how to properly teach your horse to stop without having to pull on the reins. Start this maneuver at the walk and then increase to the jog, …

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Fundamentals to Reining and 5 Easy Maneuvers – Fred Thomsson

Reining Trainer, Fred Thomsson, talks about the five maneuvers that he performs on a daily basis to make his horses soft, supple and willing to work. Performing these five steps …

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Shoulders up While Stopping – Pete Kyle

Pete talks about the importance of a horses shoulders that should be up when stopping. Todays style is for a horses head to be lower when stopping, yet if the …

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Training with a Heightened Pole- Will Knabenshue

Will talks about the difference between a flat and raised pole and when he starts to train his horses on a raised pole. In AQHA more of the advanced classes …

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Conformation Part 1 – Bob Loomis

In Part I of this series, reining legend, Bob Loomis, talks about his theory in conformation called The Trapezoid Theory that he uses on all of his horses whether selecting …

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Counting Your Horses Steps – Will Knabenshue

Will goes over about counting your horses steps while working his trail horses at home or in a show situation. Will also shows you how many steps it should be …

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Collection – Fred Thomsson

Fred talks about training a reining horse and why collection is a useful tool to make a good reining horse.

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Changing Leads – Fred Thomsson

Fred teaches the difference between the right and left lead while in the lope. Fred also goes over how he teaches his horses to change leads and to keep them …

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Backing Up – Fred Thomsson

Fred talks about the three cues that he gives his horses to back up. Fred goes over the importance of having a soft horse to be able to perform the …

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Foundation to a Reining Horse – Fred Thomsson

Fred talks about the five steps that he puts on his horses to make them soft and willing to be a good reining horse. Working on these five steps will …

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Picking Your Horse’s Feet Up – Mozaun McKibben

Mozaun goes over how to properly pick up your horses feet up and where to position your body to where you are less likely to get hurt.

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Conformation Part 2 – Bob Loomis

Go in the Loomis Ranch barns with Bob as he elaborates on Part I, showing you himself what his conformation theory is all about in Part II of our series …

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How to Drag a Log – Mozaun McKibben

Mozaun shows you how to properly drag a log on a horse and what to do if your horse starts to get scared of the log or the rope.

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Opening a Gate – Mozaun McKibben

Opening a gate is becoming different than a typical AQHA Trail Class. Mozaun says most gates on a ranch are in a corner and in the pen they are simulating …

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Side Passing – Mozaun McKibben

Mozaun goes over how he likes to get his horse to side pass, and how he will use a log for the horse to learn. Mozaun speaks about the practical …

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Ranch Pleasure – Mozaun McKibben

Mozaun talks about the Ranch Pleasure, what the class encompasses, and what the judges are looking for in the horse and rider. Mozaun also talks about how it was to …

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Versatility Ranch Horse – Mozaun McKibben

Moazun talks about the Versatility Ranch Horse and what he looks for in a horse to be able to compete and be successful in this discipline. Mozaun also talks about how …

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Romel Reins – Debbie Brown

NRHA Professional Trainer Debbie Brown talks about using romel reins on a reining horse and the benefits that can come from using romel reins and the maneuvers it can help.

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Rein Management – Debbie Brown

Debbie goes over the importance of rein management while you show. Having your reins the correct length and both even, can show the judge you are there to impress. Keeping …

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Counter Bend – Debbie Brown

Debbie talks about how to teach your horse to counter bend, or also known as reverse trotting. This exercise has a lot of benefits to teaching your horse can can …

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Colt Starting Part 7 – Sarah Dawson

Sarah goes over what you should expect the first time you ride a young horse. Sarah teams up with Austin and shows you how to work a colt around with …

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Colt Starting Part 3 – Sarah Dawson

Sarah talks about how she gets on her horses for the first time. Always keep everything organized, such as your lead rope when you are ready to get on so …

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Colt Starting Part 6 – Sarah Dawson

Sarah goes over how she teaches her young horses how to move off of her legs, and how to not send your horse too many cues at once

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Colt Starting Part 5 – Sarah Dawson

Sarah explains on keeping everything soft and simple while working with a young horse and then with time and persistence everything will start to fall into place. Sarah also talks …

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Colt Starting Part 4 – Sarah Dawson

Sarah talks about how she gets her horses to get its forward motion going without scaring the horse. Being a soft rider and being quite in your saddle while riding …

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Colt Starting Part 1 – Sarah Dawson

Sarah Dawson is a well known colt starter and competed in The Road to the Horse. Sarah talks about how she starts to work a colt, along with teaching the …

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Colt Starting Part 2 – Sarah Dawson

In Colt Starting Part 2, Sarah shows you how she desensitizes and saddles her horses. Sarah’s main point of focus is to make the horses comfortable in whatever she does.

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Connecting With Your Horse – Mark Lyon

Mark Lyon talks about using sense with your horse and adjust to your horses emotions and to successfully support the horse. Horses have many gifts greater than our own and …

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Changing Leads on a Young Horse – Dell Hendricks

Dell Hendricks answers a users question about how he starts to teach a young horse to change leads. Dell talks about keeping his horses calm when he pushes the horse …

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Teaching Your Horse to Guide Part 1 – Billy Williams

Billy goes over how he teaches his horses guide with two hands and one hand. Billy explains why he wants his horses to be light and responsive to the reins …

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Keeping Your Horse Still While Mounting – Barbara Williams

Barbara talks about how to keep your horse in place while you mount your horse, and to always stay patient while working with your horse. Many times if our temper …

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Teaching Your Horse to Guide Part 2 – Billy Williams

In Part 2 of teaching your horse to guide, Billy shows you a few exercises that he does to soften the horses face to be able to guide better. Billy …

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Teaching Your Horse to Side-pass – Tom McCutcheon

Tom answers Rhonda’s question about how to teach a horse to side-pass.

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Keeping Your Horse Warm During the Winter – Tom McCutcheon

Tom talks about the current weather conditions and how he keeps his horses warm if he works them in cold weather.

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Reconditioning a Horse – Tom McCutcheon

Tom answers Debra’s question on how to recondition a horse after a few months of not being ridden.

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When to Start Working on a Cow – Teddy Johnson

Teddy speaks about when he likes to go from warming up his horses to when is a good time to start working a cow. Every horse is different and will …

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Keeping Your Horse’s Shoulders up While Working a Cow – Teddy Johnson

Teddy thinks that it is important to keep the horses shoulders up when his horses are working a cow. Teddy shows you some exercises on how he keeps the shoulders …

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Showing Your Horse to Their Ability – Miranda Lyon

Miranda goes over her experience of showing her horse to their best ability, and knowing the strong and weak spots in her horse.

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Partnership with Your Horse – Mark Lyon

Mark talks about the partnership of a horse and rider, and using a horses and persons ability together to achieve greater results. Thank you M&M Horsemanship for sharing your knowledge.

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Lunging Your Horse – Mirjam Stillo

Mirjam answers Rhonda’s question about how to keep her horse from cutting in while lunging.

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Bucking Horse – Mark Lyon

Mark talks about a young horse that bucks, and what he has seen and found in horses that buck.

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When to Stop Working Your Horse – Mark Lyon

Mark goes over when he likes to stop working with his horse and call it a day. He also believes that the first five and last five minutes of training …

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Being Aware of Your Surroundings – Mark Lyon

Mark goes over how to be aware of you and your horses surrounding while riding. he also says use the horses gifts of knowing what is going on around them, …

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Stopping and Running Down to Your Stop – Ruben Vandorp

Ruben speaks about how he teaches his horses to stop and make a big move without going fast. Ruben also goes over about running down to the stops, and how …

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When to Put Sliders on Your Horse and Stopping Cues – Ruben Vandorp

Ruben speaks about when he starts putting sliding shoes on a young horse. He also goes over the three cues that he uses to train his horses to stop.

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Spinning with One Hand – Tom McCutcheon

Tom shows you how he starts his horse and continues to spin with one hand.

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Working a Young Horse on a Flag – Teddy Johnson

Teddy explains how he gets a young horse to work on a flag. Thank you Teddy Johnson for providing your information. Teddy Johnson Cutting Horses

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Warming up Your Horse before Working on a Flag – Teddy Johnson

Teddy shows you how he bridles up his horses and how he warms them up before working on a flag. Thank you Teddy Johnson for providing your information. Teddy Johnson …

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Catching Your Horse Safely with a Rope – Mark Lyon

Mark shows you a few tricks on how to catch a difficult horse in their stall with a rope while keeping the horse calm and relaxed.

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Short Shank Correctional Bit – Dell Hendricks

Dell shows you his favorite bit and why he likes to use it on most of his horses.

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Controlling the Horse with Your Reins – Teddy Johnson

Teddy shows your how he gets a better control of his horse, and how to get your horse to do a reverse arch with your indirect rein. Thank you Teddy …

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Body Position – Teddy Johnson

Teddy speaks about his body position while he is working a horse and where you should sit in your saddle.

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Working a Flag – Mozaun McKibben

Mozaun explains how he starts his horses on a flag.

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Improving Your Spins – Pete Kyle

Pete answers Margie’s question while Tom is out of town about what she could to do improve her horses spin. Thank you Pete Kyle for providing your knowledge. Kyle Ranch

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Shoes for the Correct Discipline – Trent Wargo

Trent answers Rhonda’s question about what’s the best shoes for a horse that does multiple disciplines.

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Pivot Foot While Spinning – Tom McCutcheon

Tom talks about the pivot foot on the horse while spinning and how it has changed over the past 20 years.

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Moving the Horse’s Hip – Tom McCutcheon

Tom instructs on how and why he gains control of a horse’s hip.

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Rewarding Your Horse – Mozaun McKibben

Mozan talks about rewarding his horse and how helpful it has been in his training.

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Warming Up – Tom McCutcheon

Tom goes over how he warms up his horses before he starts to work them.

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How to Properly Hold and Throw a Rope – Mozaun McKibben

Mozaun goes over how to hold and throw a rope while you are on your horse.

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Exercises for Horses That Suck Back in Their Spin – Pete Kyle

Pete goes over what to do when a horse sucks back in their spins. Thank you Pete Kyle for providing your knowledge. Kyle Ranch

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Working with a Wild Mustang – Mark Lyon

Mark works with a wild mustang that has only been handled a few times. Thank you M&M Horsemanship for sharing your knowledge.

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Staying Smooth and Increasing Your Speed in Spins – Pete Kyle

Pete shows you how to keep your horse smooth into the spin and then how to increase your speed effectively. Thank you Pete Kyle for providing your knowledge. Kyle Ranch

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Collected or not Collected in Spins – Tom McCutcheon

Tom answers Heike’s question about if Tom would prefer his horse to not be as collected in the face and spin faster, or be collected and spin slower.

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Freeing up your Horses Front-End While Stopping – Pete Kyle

Pete shows you exercises that he incorporates into his training that helps engage his horses shoulders and keeps them up while they are loping. Thank you Pete Kyle for providing …

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Keeping a Horse Quiet While in the Middle of the Pen – Dell Hendricks

Dell answers Barbara’s question on what to do to keep her horse quiet in the middle of the pen and before she is about to spin.

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Running Martingale and German Martingale – Dell Hendricks

Dell answers Michelle’s question about if Dell uses a running and german martingale in his training program.

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Consistent Stops – Dell Hendricks

Dell answers Michelle’s question about how to be more consistent while stopping.

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Teaching Your Horse

Check out this YouTube clip below for a Tip from Tom about the best way to teach your horse. It’s all about teaching the horses to learn what you want …

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Trail Obstacle Training and Its Benefits – Mark Lyon

Mark speaks about getting his horses broke to trail obstacles and how he believes it helps  the horses. Thank you Mark and Miranda Lyon for providing your knowledge M and …

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Keeping Your Horse Safe While Properly Attaching Your Cinch – Mark Lyon

Mark gives a tip over how to keep your horse safe with properly attaching your cinch. Thank you M&M Horsemanship for sharing your knowledge.

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Switching Your Lead Rope While Riding – Mark Lyon

Mark gives a demonstration on how to move your lead rope from one side of the horse to the other while riding, and keeping yourself safe in the process. Thank …

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Preparing to Get on for the First Time – Mark Lyon

Mark Lyon goes over how he gets a horse ready before he gets on for the first time. Thank you Mark and Miranda Lyon for providing your knowledge M and …

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Getting Your Horse Desensitized and Ready to Saddle – Mark Lyon

Mark Lyon shows you how to desensitize your horse and how to prepare your horse to be saddled. Mark also shows you a few tricks he has picked up along …

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Getting off a Horse – Miranda Lyon

Miranda Lyon demonstrates a safe way to get off a horse. Thank you to Mark and Miranda Lyon for providing their knowledge. M and M Horsemanship

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Getting on a Horse – Part Two

Miranda Lyon goes through step-by-step how she gets on one of her mustangs for the first time. Thank you Mark and Miranda Lyon for providing your knowledge. M and M …

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Getting on a Horse – Part One

Mark Lyon goes over a basic tip on how to get onto a colt that is new to being ridden. Thank you to Mark and Miranda Lyon for providing their …

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Teach a Horse to Hold Its Back Leg Up – Pete Kyle

Pete Kyle walks us through how to hold your horses back leg up to be able to easily work with your horse, such as your farrier putting shoes on your …

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How to Hobble a Horse – Pete Kyle

Pete Kyle of Kyle Ranch teaches how to properly hobble a horse. Thank you Pete Kyle for providing your knowledge. Kyle Ranch

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Skid Boots – Tom McCutcheon

Tom talks about using skid boots during your ride.

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Softening a Horses Face – Tom McCutcheon

Tom goes over how to soften your horses face.

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Using a Cavasan – Tom McCutcheon

Tom talks about using a cavasan on his horses, what kind he uses and why they can be helpful.

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Starting Lead Changes – Dell Hendricks

Dell instructs about how to train a two or three year old to do lead changes. User Question: What exercises do you first introduce to young horses to teach them lead …

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How to Start Backing Up – Part Two: Using Your Legs

Tom instructs how to start backing up a horse by using your legs.

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How to Start Backing Up – Tom McCutcheon

Tom instructs how to start backing up a horse.

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Using a Curb Chain – Tom McCutcheon

Tom discusses the reasons to use a curb chain and the types of curb chains he likes to use.

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Front Leg Protection – Tom McCutcheon

Tom explains the importance of protecting your horses front legs and what products he uses.

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Neck vs Direct Reining – Barbara Williams

Barbara demonstrates the differences between direct and neck reining and how they should be used.

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Transitioning from 2 to 3 Year Old – Daniel Schloemer

Daniel talks about the progress a 2 year old horse has made coming into its 3 year old year, and what it might still need to work on.

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Utilizing Limited Training Space – Daniel Schloemer

Daniel talks about how you can properly train your horse with limited space.

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Leg Positioning – Daniel Schloemer

Daniel Schloemer discusses the 3 main positions for your legs that should be used when directing your horse.

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Improve Backing Up – Daniel Schloemer

A little further from the basics, Daniel shows you how to improve upon backing up your horse.

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Tom’s Tips: Straw vs Felt Hat

Brianna Sloan of Lucky Paint Custom Show Shirts gives information on what time of year you should wear a straw or felt hat.

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Importance of Routine – Ted Turner

Champion Halter Horse Trainer, Ted Turner, talks about his training routine and the importance of a constant schedule.

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Part 1 Training Your Horse to Spin – Tom McCutcheon

Tom goes through the basics to start teaching your horse to spin.

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Putting on a Bridle – Tom McCutcheon

Tom goes through the safety steps and simplicity of putting a bridle on and off your horse.

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Holding Western Reins – Barbara Williams

Barbara, walks through the basics of holding western reins.

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Recipient Mare and Foal – Barb Wibbles

Barb talks about a recipient mare and its recent foal, and the complications she faced with its birth.

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Part 2 Training Your Horse to Spin – Tom McCutcheon

Tom follows up Lesson 1 with details on how to further get your horse started on spinning.

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Mouth Control – Tom McCutcheon

Tom talks about the importance of controlling your horse’s face and maintaining mouth control.

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Dismounting – Barbara Williams

Barbara demonstrates how to properly dismount.  She also goes through various safety tips and suggestions for dismounting.

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Tom’s Tips – Standing Patiently

Quick tip from Barbara Williams on the importance of teaching your horse to stand still and be patient after you have mounted.

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Mounting from Block – Barbara Williams

Barbara share the basics of how to mount your horse from a mounting block.

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Choosing a Bit – Tom McCutcheon

Tom takes you through his choice of bits for the various stages of training.

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Tom’s Tips – Securing Your Cinch

Tom goes over how to properly secure your cinch.

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Familiarizing Your Horse with a Mounting Block – Barbara Williams

Barbara instructs on how to properly familiarize your horse to a mounting block. She recommends various steps and positions for safety.

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Spinning Technique for Rookie Rider – Tom McCutcheon

Tom instructs Rookie Rider, Shawn Stratman, on the proper techniques to a good spin and how important the start of the turn is in organizing the whole maneuver, plus the …

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Tying to Post – Tom McCutcheon

Tom talks about the safety of tying your horse.

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Mounting and Control – Tom McCutcheon

Tom shows you easy steps to getting on your horse while maintaining control.

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Intro into Lope Departures – Tom McCutcheon

Tom explains the simple cues and set-up for the lope departure.  He explains how and why keeping it simple is key to a successful lope departure.

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