There's Nothing Better for the Inside of a Man than the Outside of a Horse

January 19, 2019

Artist Bev Doolittle, talking about horses:  "their beauty, grace and strength fascinates me; the variety of their expression and character seem endless".  Horse lovers are smart, preceptive people that recognize profound and unexplainable things.

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Barrel Racers Do You Want To Be Faster?

January 11, 2019

Barrel Racing is all about Straight Lines and Tight Turns.  Examine your tracks. Decide where you can eliminate unnecessary steps.  In the words of Barrel Racer, Lisa Lockhart, "the success of any athletic maneuver, no matter the sport, comes down to preparation".  Set your horse up to Win.

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Wisdom from the Great Horseman, Ray Hunt

January 11, 2019

One must understand themselves before they can perceive clearly what their horse needs.  Make it your goal to figure out the perfect combination - "As little as possible, as much as needed.

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Importance of Warming your Horse Up

January 10, 2019

The warm up is for the rider and the horse.  Everything is about suppleness and flexibility.

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Cooling your horse down

January 09, 2019

Why does a horse need to be cooled down after extreme exercise? Build up of lactic acid can cause muscle soreness.

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Cowboy Hats are a Statement

Cowboy Hats are a Statement

January 09, 2019

A Cowboy Hat is a statement about Who you are and What you Do.  It is the undisputed iconic symbol of the American Cowboy.

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First Barrel Race jeeters

January 09, 2019

It's your first Barrel Race!  "I'm here, but now what"?! Here's a Step by Step-- Game Plan

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What Kind of Cinch Should You Use?

What Kind of Cinch Should You Use?

January 09, 2019

Each type of cinch has its own strengths and weaknesses.  Every rider must decide what works best for them and their horse.

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So You Wanna Be a Cowboy

January 09, 2019

So you wanna be a Cowboy.  Everything comes at a cost.  Only you can decide whether the opportunity is worth the sacrifice.  Passion can be the deciding factor!

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Peak Performance & Winning Runs

Peak Performance & Winning Runs

January 09, 2019

Connolly Saddles are built for Winning Runs.  Today's fast-paced world of barrel racing makes quick response time crucial; your saddle must place you in optimum position.

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Basic Truths Still Hold True

January 05, 2019

My job as co-owner of a western store and saddlery is to take everything I see, hear and read and determine if - and how - it will impact our industry.  I don't just look for shifts in fashion and function, but also in technology, design, consumer behavior and so much more.

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Bits - Direct Pressure vs Leverage

January 04, 2019

Deciding which bit to use can be a daunting challenge. Remember what works for one horse and rider might not work for you and your horse.  Each individual horse and rider must be carefully considered.  How sensitive is your horse? Is he hard mouthed or soft?  How sensitive are you? Do you ride with a light touch on the reins or are you heavy handed?  These are important factors for deciding which bit you should choose.

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