Specialized equine athletes— from broncs to barrel racing horses—win accolades in rodeo for their speed, timing and skills in the specific events for which they are trained. However, there are equally athletic and highly skilled horses, their names and stories rarely known, that are often unnoticed and underappreciated. 

Introducing a child to horses involves much more than helping them into the saddle. Trainer and coach Jackie Krshka says the best approach starts on the ground and includes valuable lessons about a horse’s nature.