Reins And Legs
Carson James
by Carson James
9M ago
Your reins and legs (and your seat and entire body) should all operate in unison when you ride. Too many of us are overusing the reins and underusing everything else. There’s actually scientific data confirming that an entire third of the sensory motor cortex in our brain is dedicated to our hands. So it’s no wonder that we’re handsy. Plus, the front of the horse is in our field of vision, so we tend to concentrate on that part and neglect the hind end, which is actually the one we should be concentrating on more. Your body should always compliment what your legs and reins are doing. Your hor ..read more
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Evaluate Your Horse
Carson James
by Carson James
11M ago
If your horse has had some time off, or you’re riding an unfamiliar or young horse, it’s a good idea to evaluate him before you climb on. The most important thing to know is you don’t want to be sneaky and tiptoe around your horse as you evaluate. Your movements should be casual with flow and purpose. If you try to strictly avoid doing anything that may bother the horse, you’re defeating the purpose of the evaluation. You want to bring any inner bother to the surface without doing so much that you overexpose the horse. The goal is to provide the reassurance that the horse may be lacking BEFOR ..read more
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Top Mistakes Riders Make
Carson James
by Carson James
1y ago
I have compiled a list of the top 3 mistakes riders make. These common errors are easy to correct if you become aware of what they are and know how to avoid them. Rider Mistake #1 A rushed mentality. Example:   A person is trying to get a horse to lunge. They raise whichever arm is holding the leadrope to cue the horse to begin walking a circle. If the horse starts backing up or turns the wrong way, the person gets all discombobulated which causes their timing and approach to go out the window. When a horse is new to learning something or not yet sure about it, there will be many ti ..read more
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Ride Where You Can, Not Where You Can’t
Carson James
by Carson James
1y ago
Ride where you can, not where you can’t. If you and your horse are in a high pressure situation, don’t continue to fight a losing battle. We all know that you have to work with a horse at his current level. But that doesn’t just mean his physical level. It applies to his current mental condition as well. Example Of Riding Where You Can During the lunch break at a recent clinic, the horses and riders began leaving the arena. Joe’s horse got antsy about the fact that he was getting left behind. Joe recognized that as something to work on. So he started trying to get his horse to hold back and w ..read more
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What Is A Broke Horse?
Carson James
by Carson James
1y ago
There are many variations to the definition of a horse being ‘broke’. Those terms may mean something totally different to each person. It’s all in your individual perspective. What Is ‘Broke’? The term ‘broke’ can be somewhat misleading anyway. The goal should never be to break/squash/fracture your horse’s spirit or try. The goal is to have unity and harmony between a willing horse and a supportive human. Some people consider a horse ‘broke’ if you can simply get on him and ride him around.  Others don’t consider a horse ‘broke’ until some fundamental training is in place. To me, it’s mo ..read more
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Trotting Diagonals For Strength And Balance
Carson James
by Carson James
1y ago
Trotting diagonals is one of the best strength building and balancing exercises you can do for your horse. A trot is a two-beat gait in which a front and hind leg on opposite sides of the body move together. This is called a diagonal gait and the pair of legs in motion is called the diagonal pair. So the right front moves with the left hind. And the left front moves with the right hind. To Post Or Not To Post Posting the trot is where you slightly rise out of the saddle for one stride and sit for the opposite stride. Apparently, there is a myth going around that you should never post the trot ..read more
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Stop Fighting With Your Horse
Carson James
by Carson James
1y ago
Do you wish you could stop fighting with your horse? That you and your horse would stop having different ideas of what needs to happen? And your horse would not behave like a rebellious toddler? It’s likely because you’re not taking his natural instincts into consideration. You’re working against them instead of with them. We all know that horses are fight or flight animals. And the ability to move their feet is what makes them feel safe. So when a horse feels confined, his self preservation instincts go into hyper drive. Learn more about a horse’s natural instincts: Listen To Your Horse Stop ..read more
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Horse Trailer | How To Choose
Carson James
by Carson James
1y ago
If you’ve decided that you want to buy a horse trailer, you probably have a lot of questions. If that is the case, then we have put together a guide to the most common questions, and answers – to help you choose the right trailer for you. Is this your first trailer? Before you make your first horse trailer purchase, it’s important to know the benefits and disadvantages of certain horse trailer features. If it’s not your first purchase, maybe you’re thinking of buying a larger (or smaller) trailer. Or changing from a simple bumper pull trailer to a full-on living quarters trailer. There’s so m ..read more
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Solving Horse Problems
Carson James
by Carson James
1y ago
I spend a lot of time helping people solve horse problems. Some of the most common are buddy sour, speeding up, slowing down, bucking, bolting, head tossing, and spooky, but the list goes on. And there are definitive and effective things you can do to help a horse overcome these issues. Visit BuckarooCrew.com to access the Problem Solving videos. Where Is The Problem? I also have people write an email to describe the horse problem they’re having and ask me how to fix it. That’s a catch 22 because, in many instances, the problem is not actually what they think it is. For example, their horse i ..read more
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The Value Of An Extended Trot
Carson James
by Carson James
1y ago
Too many horses miss out on the amazing value of an extended trot.  There’s something almost magical about trotting fast on a loose rein with the rider’s hands forward, wide, and low. This hand position allows you to keep the horse looking straight ahead where he’s going without impeding his forward motion.  Get Out And it’s best to do this out of an arena so the horse can get out and go somewhere. Find a long dirt road or trot out through a pasture from corner to corner. The bigger the area, and the more ground you can allow the horse to cover in an extended trot, the better. Convi ..read more
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