Smokey At 6 Months Of Training

We are at about the 6 month mark in Smokey’s training. Dennis brushes up on the lessons he has already been working on and then he introduces the saddle to him for the first time!

Patience With Training

The dictionary defines patience as “The capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset”. I have noticed the number one quality that Dennis brings to his training is his patience. He never gets in a hurry. I have heard him say many times at his clinics that slow is fast, fast is slow. I …

We Should Do That Again!

About 15 years ago CJ and I were riding with our longtime friend and horse trainer Dennis Paschal. We were down at his place riding in his indoor arena. All of a sudden, someone opened up one of the overhead doors. Dennis’s horse just stood there and looked in the direction of the door while our horses headed instantly in …

Don’t Get Lost

You’re all excited about a trail ride to an area you’ve never been before. Usually the last thing on your mind is getting lost. It can happen to anyone. Seasoned hikers, hunters and horseback riders all have a story or two about getting lost. Getting lost in the forest can bring on an instant panic attack. CJ and I have …

Late Summer And Fall Trail Tips

Late summer and fall is my favorite time of the year for riding. As the summer temperatures cool the insects die out and the forest is spectacular with the colors of the changing seasons. This is also the time of year you have to pay attention so that you don’t run into any serious trail difficulties. These trail riding tips …