And Then There Is Gambler

In just about every clinic I do, there comes a moment when a frustrated rider gets an all-too-familiar “look” on his or her face. And, believe me, you don’t need a translator to figure out the thoughts behind that at-the-end-of-my-rope look. “ I can’t figure this out. My horse always does this thing that sooo…

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Flat Bed Annie and Sweetie Pie

More than a few decades ago, while feeding livestock during an infamous Eastern Montana winter, I had a team of horses that taught me a thing or two about an animal’s stress. Can’t remember when but somewhere along the way, I had purchased this black thirteen-year old draft mare that was very well broke. Although…

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Is Jesus Really the Reason for the Season ?

First of all, I want to wish everyone a warm Merry Christmas and blessings for the new year coming. With that said, I am also acutely aware that the Christmas holidays are not so merry for a lot of people. Which brings me to share a story with you that will open a door and…

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Deal Your Horse a Winning Hand

  Could it be that you treating your horse like he’s a one-arm bandit — believing that if you keep on putting in quarters and pulling the lever that you will magically win the jackpot – and have your horse behave as you think he should? Or, given your ongoing struggles, have you become convinced…

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Pig Pig Strikes Again

Some of you might remember that about a year ago, a little piglet arrived in our neck of the woods. Pig Pig is his name. From the very start, Pig Pig seemed to immensely enjoy his new surroundings and neighbors, even though the twenty­plus horses had another mind about that altogether. As the months have…

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Introductory & Testimonial Videos

For those who don’t know me here are some videos. Introductory Testimonial both videos – played in a loop by Samuel Pyke DP ~~~~~ ~also found~ Introductory & Testimonial Videos – charleysnellhorsemanship.com

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Is the Stove Turned Off?

When your horse is troubled, a good question to ask yourself is this: “Is what you are doing ‘keeping the pot from boiling over?’ Or have you successfully turned off the stove?” The primary way that a horse relates to trouble (and reacts to trouble in the natural) is by moving his feet. Along this…

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The Master’s Artisan

  Most of the time, I share with you about horses but, today, I want to talk a bit about art, artistry and being an artist — which I consider myself to be. But let me explain a little bit. Some artists, like my cinematographer friend, Samuel Pyke, create beauty with images, light and expression.…

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Teaching Them How To Let Go Of a Thought

After sixty years in the saddle, the process of teaching a horse to let go of a thought and take up another one comes fairly naturally to me. Like most things that are so profound for the horse and seem to be difficult for the human to grasp, this is not much different. However, like…

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