It is a muggy, stifling morning in Southern Oklahoma. The red maples have begun their fall blush and rain puddles the drive, yet the air remains thick with humidity and heavy with ongoing summer. There will be no cool air today. Buttoning the cuffs of her long-sleeved shirt, a petite figure steps out of the grey daylight and into the shadowy quiet of the barn. This is Kay Whittaker Young. She moves quickly, smoothly, her eyes scanning the stalls for signs of the horses that are in her care. As if on a rotating cue, six heads appear one at a time over the stall doors, ears up, eyes glittering.
Anyone who competes in the sport of barrel racing knows what a frustrating event it can be. Being young and trying to learn this complicated activity can be trying at best. Adults and trainers can help ease this learning process by becoming a positive light in young kids’ lives.
With barrel racing being a sport that all ages can enjoy, building a solid horsemanship skill set at a young age is important for any barrel racer’s confidence later. The learning process is just one of those things that never ends. You get motivated to learn at a young age and that enthusiasm and hard work gets you the tools, confidence and power it takes to ride well for a lifetime. It’s a lifelong pursuit, and sometimes people don’t realize just how much goes into barrel racing.
Wendy Halweg and her horse, Dually, were rodeoing this 4th of July in Fort Pierre, South Dakota. After Saturday night's performance, she and Dually were in third place…
Veterinarian and farrier Britt Conklin shares how doctors are gaining a better understanding of the lameness disorder palmar foot pain—commonly referred to as navicular—and why we’re still years away from having the most effective treatments.
Everyone wants to have a perfect horse—one who’s fun to train, rarely becomes ill or injured, is easy to keep conditioned and who wants to work for you at peak intensity every single time you ride.
In reality, most horse owners never achieve this ideal scenario, but according to Thoroughbred trainer Chuck Karlin, it’s possible to get close.
The following story was written by Dwayne Erickson and originally appeared in the Calgary Herald.
World champion barrel racer Lindsay Sears sustained a fractured left leg while leaving the infield during Sunday’s closing performance of the High River rodeo in High River, Alberta, Canada.