Welcome to the April issue of Western Horse UK. We have had a busy couple of months since the February issue.
Firstly, we welcomed Kate McLaughlin as our new Features Editor. Kate has a background in brand management, is a keen equestrian, became a BHASI, and had a successful dressage career. Her path changed course once she was introduced to the world of horsemanship and western riding, this marked the beginning of a life’s work pursuing the art of Vaquero horsemanship and documenting her journey riding with Buck Brannaman in the UK. The success of her ‘Road to Buck’ blog led Kate to write for other large equestrian publications, and now we are excited to have her on the team!
Secondly, we launched our WHUK&HJTV channel, starting with an interview with Sean Coleman. Keep watching, as we interview other UK trainer talent over the coming weeks. We also launched our Podcast channel last year ‘Horsemanship Audio’. If you haven't already, then go to the website and have a listen; we will be adding more podcasts soon.
Are you thinking of going to the Horsemanship Showcase on the 23rd of November? If you are, then WHUK and HJ subscribers can enjoy a £10 discount. Buy your ticket at www.organisedequestrian.com/horsemanship-showcase and choose the member price of £25.
In this issue, the Vaquero style of horsemanship has a rich culture, steeped in history. Brandon McAuslan speaks with leading horseman Jeff Sanders, to find out more about the traditions and techniques integral to this unique western art form. Julie Goodnight helps us to find focus, and Al Dunning helps us with turns.
…and on the flip side of the magazine…
Hello and welcome to the April issue of Horsemanship Journal.
Firstly, I would like to say what a privilege it is to join the team here as Features Editor, and I look forward to sharing the wealth of information we have in store for you.
Legendary horseman Buck Brannaman hits our shores again this year for another UK clinic. Find out all about this amazing event inside this issue, which is not one to be missed!
We welcome new author Finnish Taru Sarkela of Body and Soul Natural Horses, who looks at the concept of the Alpha Mare in the leadership role with our own horses.
Horses as mental health workers? Absolutely! Rene Dewhurst, talks about how participants of TheHorseCourse program are being taught the qualities of great horsemen, which in turn helps with communication, and better equips them for coping with life.
Bev Walton continues her ‘Why Groundwork’ series, and in part four she explores loading. Ross Cooper delves into the limits of equine psychological tolerance in his Trigger Stacking piece, whilst, Franklin Levinson discusses ‘Compassion, Wisdom, Skill and Trust in Horse Training’.
Lindsay Setchell, BSc (Hons), PGCE, AANHCP Founder & Editor of The Barefoot Horse Magazine clarifies what is meant by the statement ‘All horses can go barefoot’, and Carole Herder, Author of the #1 International Bestseller There Are No Horseshoes in Heaven, talks us through how an alternative approach to rehabilitation following laminitis can lead to a successful outcome.
In our community pages, Lucy Irvine tells us about the ‘Roma Rider Star Project’, a scheme to support and educate young people on the potential to have a horse as a partner, and not just as a means of transport.
All of us here hope you enjoy this issue, and do get in touch to let us know what you have been up to with your horse.