Ask Our Expert - Jay McLaughlin

Jay McLaughlinJay McLaughlin trains for Carol Rose Quarter Horses in Gainesville, Texas. The multi-event trainer has nearly $780,000 in lifetime earnings in working cow horse, reining and cutting events. Riding A Shiner Named Sioux, he captured the 2010 AQHA Junior Reining World Championship, and, aboard Genuine Masterpiece, McLaughlin won the 2010 AQHA Junior Working Cow Horse World Championship. At the 2011 NRCHA World Championship show, he captured the both the Open Two-Rein World Championship and Reserve World Championship in Open Hackamore.

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Ponying Over an Obstacle

Marty MartenAnyone horseback who has ever led another horse probably has had the pony horse balk at some obstacle along the trail. Colorado horseman Marty Marten of Berthoud says the best way to deal with a potential obstacle is the same thing he recommends to make the initial ponying experience a comfortable one for both horses—preparation.

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5 Common Mistakes

Mike KevilThe majority of people make the same kinds of training errors when starting a colt. Find out how to recognize and avoid these costly mistakes.

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Ponying Multiple Horses

Marty MartenThrough the years, ponying horses has been routine work for Marty Marten, author of Western Horseman's two problem-solving books. As a ranch cowboy, Marty has packed salt to cattle in distant areas and also has handled large pack strings for mountain outfitters.

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Ask Our Expert - Richard Winters

Richard WintersRichard Winters lives in Ojai, California, with his wife, Cheryl. They conduct horsemanship clinics throughout the country and operate their horsemanship program at the Thacher School, a private boarding school in Ojai. Winters won the 2009 Road to the Horse challenge, and is featured in the October article, "Higher-Level Horsemanship," on page 68.

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