I just got my editor’s copy of Horse&Rider’s July 2013 issue, and wow—it is a knockout, if I do say so myself, on our entire team’s behalf.
The Paint on the cover is Lets Play Bingo, owned by Rockin W Ranch of Chappell Hill, Texas. The rider is Carolyn Gunn. The image of “going for a good ride” is a good fit for our feature on a topic that’s seldom if ever addressed: how to convert a show horse into a safe, relaxed trail mount. Carrie Scrima, co-founder of the American Competitive Trail Horse Association, provides a how-to on helping an arena-trained horse make the transition.
Speaking of topics that are seldom if ever addressed, this issue also includes advice on how to best present and show an Arabian in Western pleasure competition. For this, we tapped a national champion in that subject, Arabian trainer, exhibitor, and coach Gordon Potts.
We go into the Unusual Topic zone a third time, with Dr. Barb Crabbe’s look at the unwanted horse population from a personal perspective. Personal, as in, where does personal responsibility begin and end for keeping one’s horses out of the ‘unwanted’ pool to start with? I expect to hear some buzzing about this one.
July’s issue also explores how to get confidence back after fall, and how to transition your horse from a snaffle to a one-hand bit. We even picked readers’ brains for their best farm fixes so that you could borrow some of their ideas.
Enjoy, learn, and comment if you get the chance.