Horse Training

What Is Team Wrangler?

May 24, 2016

AQHA and Wrangler have teamed up to gather a collection of AQHA Professional Horsemen for you and your horse’s educational benefit.

By Camille Graupman, AQHA Communications and Digital Marketing Intern

AQHA Professional Horseman Marty Simper of Ogden Utah Journal photo

AQHA Professional Horseman Marty Simper of Ogden, Utah. Journal photo

As a joint effort between Wrangler and the American Quarter Horse Association, Team Wrangler promotes educational outreach for the horse industry.

The 2016 team is as versatile as the American Quarter Horse, comprising top AQHA Professional Horsemen and -women, from across the disciplines – including halter, all-around, roping and racing. The AQHA Professional Horsemen Association is an organization of horse trainers who agree to adhere to the professional standards of AQHA and work in a professional manner to further its goals and objectives.

Team Wrangler members will be promoting the American Quarter Horse around the United States throughout 2016. This year’s AQHA trail ride in Eminence, Missouri, will feature an appearance from Team Wrangler member Marty Simper. Marty will be instructing the Ranch Riding clinic and assisting with the Trail Challenge.

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Selecting a Riding Instructor

May 10, 2016

Horse training 101: A good riding instructor brings out the best in you and your horse.

Find an instructor who can help you meet your goals, whatever they may be. Journal photo

By AQHA Professional Horsewoman Lynn Palm

In this article, I will give you some suggestions on how to select a riding instructor to help you improve the skills you bring to the partnership.

Finding the “Right” Instructor

I stress the importance of creating goals for both horse and rider. Your riding goals should be based on an honest evaluation of your personality, expectations and riding skills. Once you have accomplished this step, you have a blueprint to help you select the right instructor to help you achieve your goals. Read the rest of this entry »


April 26, 2016

AQHA Professional Horseman and Team Wrangler member Dan Trein lends his wisdom on the moderate extension of the jog.

Brianna Tamulewicz sports a well fitting jacket in the 2011 Built Fors Tough AQHYA World Championship Show western pleasure finals on Dark Jasmine. Journal photo.

Effective and patient communication between you and your horse will result in more seamless gait transitions, like the moderate extension on the jog. Journal photo.

By Dan Trein in The American Quarter Horse Journal

What is the moderate extension of the jog supposed to be?

Simply what it’s called: It’s just a moderate extension of the jog. We put enough extension to it so that there’s a notable difference. However, with this gait in a western pleasure class, you won’t see the level of impulsion as you would if you asked that hunter under saddle horse to trot ahead. Read the rest of this entry »

Follow His Instincts

April 12, 2016

When training American Quarter Horses, it’s all about the attitude.

Martin Black

Any successes we have with horses come from communicating in their way. – Martin Black. Journal photo

By Martin Black

It is interesting to watch big cats and other predators stroll through herds of prey on the Serengeti Plains in Africa. A zebra may take notice of a lion, but if the lion doesn’t show any aggression, the zebra may continue grazing.

As long as the lion is relaxed and non-threatening, the zebra stays relaxed. But when the zebra gets any hint of suspicious action from the lion, the zebra becomes alert. If there is a sense of danger, the zebras leave for safer ground. If the zebras can’t get away, they turn to fighting. Read the rest of this entry »

Professional’s Choice: A Bit of Advice

March 29, 2016

This compilation of great bitting advice from Professional’s Choice is sure to gear you and your American Quarter Horse up for horse-training success.

 Ed Dufurrena attributes his new found improved communication with his horses to Clear Signal Equine Bits

Ed Dufurrena attributes improved communication with his horses to Clear Signal Equine Bits. Photo courtesy of Professional’s Choice

From AQHA Corporate Partner Professional’s Choice

Clear Signal Equine Bits aim to eliminate common bitting problems by providing innovative solutions and clear communication with our equine partners.

These bits have been designed to keep horses comfortable during work, enabling them to perform at their best. Read the rest of this entry »

Mind Your Manners

March 8, 2016

Your actions may encourage your horse’s food aggressive behavior. Here’s a horse-training tip to help:

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A training flag can help you get your horse’s respect at mealtime. Journal photo

By AQHA Professional Horsewoman Julie Goodnight

Is your horse cranky at feed time? Does he pin his ears, bare his teeth and stomp his feet? Or worse, does he grab the hay out of your arms and shove you aside? Read the rest of this entry »

Groundwork: Less Is More

February 23, 2016

We can take a good horse-training technique and run it into the ground.

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Curt Pate works with a young horse on the ground. Journal photo

From America’s Horse

By AQHA Professional Horseman Curt Pate

Keep groundwork to a minimum.

By this, I mean, do what it takes to be safe, but don’t overdo it. Read the rest of this entry »

Horse Training for a Straight Lead Change

February 9, 2016

Changing leads on your horse is not about changing direction.

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Photo courtesy of Bob Avila.

By Bob Avila in The American Quarter Horse Journal

For many years, I was no good at lead changes. I can’t tell you how much money I have lost by missing a lead by half a stride or dragging a lead by two strides.

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Horse Training: No-Go Mounting

January 26, 2016

Tips to keep your horse standing still while you get on.

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Become a better horseman. Photo from AQHA’s Fundamentals of Horsemanship.

From AQHA’s Fundamentals of Horsemanship

Can you barely swing your leg over your horse’s side before he starts to walk off?

If you’re envious of those horses who stand still as a statue until their riders are ready, these instructions are for you.


  • To get onto your horse without him moving or becoming disturbed.
  • To have your horse “await further instructions” once you have mounted

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Halter Horse Training: Your Space, My Space

January 12, 2016

AQHA Professional Horseman Jason Smith offers horse-training tips to teach your horse to respect your personal space.

Remember to stay in your space from the ear back to the wither to get the best out of your horse.

Remember to stay in ‘your space’ from the ear back to the wither to get the best out of your horse.

By Jason Smith with The American Quarter Horse Journal

Whether you call it “shouldering in,” “crowding the handler” or “falling into you,” it’s a habit that needs to be stopped. Listen to what Jason has to say about teaching your horse to respect your personal space.

The Right Place to Learn

When you have a horse that’s shouldering in on you, you can’t correct it at the horse show. It needs to be worked on at home.

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History and Fitting of Cowboy Boots

December 15, 2015

Horse training starts from the ground up. Make sure your boots fit correctly before training your horses with these tips from Justin Boots.

Training horses requires durable and comfortable boots. Journal photo

Training horses requires durable and comfortable boots. Journal photo

From AQHA Corporate Partner Justin Boots

Cowboy boots have adapted and kept up with ever-changing fads and trends, while continuing to provide the same traditional function they did more than a century ago for cowboys, cowgirls, ranchers and farmers.

Whether you’re wearing your Justin Boots around the ranch, riding, or out for a night on the town, there is a style for everyone. Read the rest of this entry »

Cutting Fundamentals

December 1, 2015

Learn how one horse trainer teaches young horses to react and move with cattle.

Cutting Fundamentals

The rider’s body position is extremely important when it comes to critical timing in cutting. Journal photo

From The American Quarter Horse Journal

The ideal picture of a cutting horse is one of polished concentration and split-second response to the action of the cow.

The ability to excel in cutting depends on breeding, training and an individual’s desire. Read the rest of this entry »