Brian Kelly and Laura Thomson with horses Small Lights and Dually. Small Lights is by CD Lights, a world champion.
Photo by Candice Vetter.

Cutting Horses Down East

New Association, Old Sport The sport of cutting horses may have originated in the Old West, but it has its cowboys, cowgirls and fans in Ontario and Quebec too. Using cutting horses to separate, or cut, cattle from a larger herd is not only a skill still used on farms and ranches today, but as …

Illustration by Ryan McCondach.

Smudging 101

Insect Relief for Your Herd There is a simple, inexpensive method to give your livestock some relief from flies and mosquitoes. It’s called smudge-burning, and every owner should be well-schooled in this fine art. A smudge is a slow-burning, smoke-producing fire. When used properly, it can eliminate the irritation and suffering caused by flying insects …

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Grooming to Win

5 Top tips for Winning Looks Three horse owners walk into a barn. One stands a Paint stallion to the public. The next has a well broke reining mare listed for sale. The third competes in Western Pleasure on his AQHA gelding. So what do these people have in common? Give up? All three horse people need the ability …

The secure seat comes from the "purchase" of the rider's lower right leg against her horse's left shoulder. 

Sidesaddle 101

The Beauty of Riding Aside   Lee McLean prefers to ride aside. She is one of a handful of women in the Alberta foothills who keep the bygone riding style alive. “I was enrolled in sidesaddle riding lessons at the age of eight,” says Lee. “I’ve been riding aside ever since.” For over 40 years, …