Volume 1 Issue 5 - 1999


Kidz' Korner

How Do I Get My Horse to Come to Me When I Don't Have a Grain Bucket?

Story and photos by Leslie Desmond

Published in the December 1996 issue of Stable Kids Magazine

Does your horse walk away when you approach him with a rope and halter? This is a common problem and it can be fixed. However, it is a lot easier to prevent it than it is to change this behavior once it has become a habit.

Imagine that friends at school only let you play with them when you give them your lunch money. It wouldn't be much of a friendship. Your horse catching problem is not much different. Horses caught with grain are bribed.

Wouldn't it feel good to have your horse come up to be haltered because he likes you and wants to be with you?


Humane Training

The Use of the Round Pen: Applied Practical Horsemanship

By Bob Sagely


The roundpen is great for refining already good horses and for re-aligning the thinnking of horses who have people problems

In recent times the round pen has resurfaced as a popular tool for the horseperson (HP), both in the United States and increasingly abroad. Though it never really disappeared from the US West, the resurgence of its use by many backyard horse owners and professional trainers alike seems to be associated with what is deemed a "new" breed of HP. A common profile of the premier "natural horsemen" leading this movement is one who has worked or grown up on cattle ranches in the western US and typically includes having "earned their spurs" using the round pen to start horses under saddle. But the RP's history is long and its usefulness is not limited just to getting a horse going for the first few rides. It can serve as an effective tool that allows the human to shape, or reshape, the horse's natural and manmade behaviors and acclimate the horse to living and working with a human. It is great for great beginnings and terrific for refining or reclaiming an older horse. And just as its proper use is based on a thorough understanding of some basic horse psychology, its misuse has always generated stories that can leave anyone shaking their head in disgust. This can be true of just about any equipment in the equestrian world. This article explains my opinions on what that proper use of the pen should be and also gives the HP unfamiliar with this tool a reasonable set of expectations to work with regarding its use.

At Home With Homeopathy

If Your Horse Cribs or Chews, Choose Homeopathy!

The fact that the horse grabs a fixed object and makes a grunting sound while gulping air is a syptom of an underlying imbalance.

One of the most frustrating problems for the horse owner is having a horse that chews wood or cribs. These particular equine actions have got researchers baffled and owners jumping through hoops. Wood chewing describes primarily a destructive behavior or habit where horses will chew and destroy wood. Cribbing, also known as wind sucking, is a behavior where the horse will actually bear down with the teeth on the wood or other fixed object and draw air in; it can include the destruction of wood as well.


Seville playing peek-a-boo in the myrtle bushes of Shackleford Banks, North Carolina

Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Loftin

Wild Horse Art Gallery,

2371 Lennoxville Road

Beaufort, NC 28516

(252) 504-2658




Katye Allen riding Red Mist, 18 year old Chinoteague mare.

Photo courtesy of Kirsten Kauffma


Weed or Feed? Identifying Edible Herbs

Barn Buddies

The Diverse Emu

Pony Express

A Voice for the Shackleford Mustangs

From the Editor

Scientific Proof

Feed Facts and Fancies

Scouting Hayfields: How to Find Your Hay Before It Is Baled

Case Histories

Do magnets work? YES!!

Creative Corral

From our Kids

Straight From the Horse's Mouth

Picnics at the Farm - My Recipe

Do It Yourself!

Safe and Simple Fly Sprays

For the Rider

A Miracle Called Idaho


Puzzles and Games

Book Bits

Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants in wild (and not so wild) places

Special Features

Magnetic Attraction

Stable Environment

Good Fences Make Good Neigh-bors


Re-examining the Pre-Purchase Examm