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Luke Brown of Reata Horsemanship shares insights and stories about ranching, horsemanship, business, family, and life.

Q&A: Horse is Aggressive at Feeding Time horse training tips horsemanship problem solving q&a Nov 16, 2023

Q: My horse has a bad habit of being very dominant when it comes to feeding time, oftentimes a bit aggressive. How can I address this safely?

A: This question hits home to me, as my aunt, when she...

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Q&A: How Do I Teach My Horse to Move Laterally without Speeding Up? advanced horse training tips horsemanship problem solving q&a riding Nov 09, 2023

Q: When working on softening techniques such as counter-flexion or lateral movement, my horse seems to associate any leg pressure with speeding up rather than moving off my leg. What can I do to...

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Q&A: Horse Paws While Tied groundwork horse training tips horsemanship problem solving q&a Nov 02, 2023

Q: My horse will stand quietly at the hitching post when no one else is around. I follow your advice and always have my horses stand tied for a period of time after a training session, but when she...

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Q&A: Horse Rushes Through Stall Gate groundwork horse training tips horsemanship problem solving q&a Oct 26, 2023

Q: I have a horse with terrible anxiety issues. Particularly, when passing through narrow spaces including his stall door. He likes to rush and I’m worried he’s going to hurt me or...

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Q&A: Instead of Cantering, he Turns into an Uncontrollable Racehorse advanced horse training tips horsemanship horses problem solving q&a Oct 19, 2023

Q: I often enjoy riding out on the trail with a group of friends, and we also like to often do some trotting and cantering. However, my horse has gotten into the habit of every time I ask for...

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Q&A: Ground Tying advanced groundwork horse training tips Oct 12, 2023

Q: "How do I start working towards teaching my horse to ground tie?"

 

A: Ground tying is a wonderful skill I believe every horse should have.  It is an indication that your horse is...

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Q&A: Horses that Rear Up horse training tips horsemanship problem solving q&a riding Sep 05, 2023

Q: The biggest fear I have when riding is a horse that rears. I’ve noticed that when my horse gets frustrated, he tends to come up in the front end. How do I solve this issue and prevent it...

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Q&A: Horses that Bolt horse training tips horsemanship problem solving q&a riding Aug 29, 2023

Q: My horse’s go-to response when he gets spooked is to take off and bolt - SCARY! How can I better prepare him and myself for a frightening situation like this?

A: This is a great...

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Q&A: My Horse is Pushy While Leading groundwork horse training tips horsemanship problem solving q&a Aug 22, 2023

 Q: My horse has a tendency to be very pushy when I’m leading him. Although he does well with the backing exercises, I can’t seem to set him at a good pace whilst going from...

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Q&A: Horse Won't Stop While Roundpenning groundwork horse training tips horsemanship problem solving q&a Aug 15, 2023

Q: I have a horse that doesn't like to stop in the round pen. (Round penning exercise) Step in front and he doesn't even notice. Walk backwards and he shoots the gap or turns around and runs the...

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Q&A: Horse Won't Stand for a Bath groundwork horse training tips horsemanship q&a Aug 08, 2023

Q: My horse doesn’t like to stand still while hosing him off or giving him a bath? What are your training tips?

A: Horses that don’t want to stand still while...
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Q&A: Counterflexion Conundrum advanced horse training tips horsemanship q&a riding Aug 01, 2023

Q: Do you have any tips on counter flexion? I’m struggling to understand how to ask/cue the horse and once I think I’ve got it, he goes for a direction change and I’m unsure how...

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