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The Turn Around
Don't Over Think It
Too often we expect our horse to turn when we’re ready, without considering the horse and whether he’s prepared for what we’re asking. A smooth turn requires an awareness of the horse’s feet and body position. So while it's good to understand the mechanics of the turn, Joe says feeling it is equally important.
“Don't get too hung up on intellectually knowing the footfall sequences and thinking about just exactly how a particular movement should be performed,” he explains . “If you think too much about the mechanics of what you’re trying to do, you'll ride mechanically. By developing a feel for what a horse does naturally your riding can become a more instinctive.”

Joe encourages riders to learn what it feels like for a horse to turn naturally instead of concentrating too much on where all four feet are all of the time. “To me it’s just as important to know where my horse’s mind is at,” he says.

Have you ever been riding along when your horse spots something he’s unsure of? The horse will shift his mind, then his body, then his feet and then he's out of there. "Notice that sequence," Joe says. “If you let your horse follow his mind you’ll notice how it feels when he stops or turns on his own. That's the kind of feel you want to have when you ask him to do something – like he’s doing it on his own."

Joe suggests watching loose horse's minds and bodies as they move about freely. Imagine how it would feel if you were on them. Then once you’re in the saddle, he offers this advice:

“Sit on your horse like you truly enjoy being there, alive, in sync, moving with him. Don't inhibit his movement by bracing your legs in the stirrups. Just relax and feel his movement and then go with it.  When you can recognize how he feels just before he turns on his own, you'll have a better idea of what he should feel like when he’s ready to turn and that’s when you’ll really start to get some nice turn arounds.”
Upcoming Clinics
More dates & details at 2014 Schedule

5 – 7   Hartland, MI
Colt Starting, Horsemanship
11 - 13  Ogden, Utah
Great Basin Buckaroo Gathering
Horsemanship, Cow Working
20 – 22  Ballantine, MT
Horsemanship, Ranch Roping/Cow Work           

3 - 5 Zillah, WA
Versatility Ranch Horse II
10 - 12 Moline, KS
Horsemanship, Ranch Roping/Branding

7 - 9 Eaton, CO
Colt Starting, Horsemanship
20 - 23 Walkertown, NC
Colt Starting, Horsemanship

We're already starting to pencil in 2015 clinics, so if you're interested in sponsoring a clinic next year please get in touch with us soon. We'll of course be doing clinics in many of our established locations, but we also have some exciting new venues planned and our 2015 calendar is filling fast.

Jimmie and I have sure been enjoying our time in Montana. We’ve gotten quite a bit done on the place and have still been able to get in lots of riding and roping.

We have a bunch of our replacement heifers here enjoying all the green grass and it’s worked out real well using them in our home ranch clinics. Looking forward to a little traveling in the next couple of months and to another clinic here at our Montana camp as well
. – JW
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