The Western Horse

Reining, cutting, working cow horse, Western pleasure, ranch sorting, team penning, trail, halter, showmanship… The foundations for these events came to the New World with the Spanish Conquistadores and were refined on the ranches and trail drives of the Old West.  The ideal “Western” horse is the American Quarter Horse, and the history of Western riding is tied firmly to the development of this breed.  The ideal Western mount is obedient, brave, cow-savvy, athletic, and light in the bridle.

Mia Manzanares, College Rodeo Star

by Barbara Newtown. When Mia Manzanares was a freshman at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana, she tore her…

“Cowboys gotta ride” – Review of The Rider [2017]

  By Barbara Newtown. Saddle bronc competitor Brady Blackburn, skull crushed by a hoof and repaired with a metal plate,…

Guns, Horses, and … Balloons: The Sport of Mounted Shooting

By Barbara Newtown. Mounted shooting involves galloping at top speed, flying changes of lead, hand gun or long gun marksmanship,…