The Quick Fix
Fast solutions make the horse world go ’round. We find all sorts of crazy ways to reuse almost anything in a pinch—including feed sacks, of all things! (Visit
for “Upcycle Your Feed Sacks” if you need hints.) So there’s a time and place for the quick fix. Such as when your performance horse regularly pulls front shoes when overreaching. (Grab your electrical tape and turn to page 51.) Or when you plan to school your horse at a show and question whether your presentation and your horse’s turnout are acceptable. (Hint: Leave the hoodie at the stalls; more advice from Bob Avila on page 28.) A quick fix gets you out of a jam and in the saddle without any major consequences.
For the Long Haul
Quick fixes are convenient, but in some situations nothing can replace a wellthought-out plan of action that requires mindfulness and persistence. The fastand-easy way is rarely successful in training or health-management situations. Yes, that means we’ve yet to find a magic spell to get that lead change. (But you can find exercises to improve it, with hard work and practice, on page 65!)
Behaviors such as jigging or prancing on the trail are annoying and can snowball into more dangerous situations if not handled correctly. The master of his “method,” Clinton Anderson, offers his straightforward process for eliminating your horse’s jigging on page 52. And sometimes you’re the one who needs to change your habits to achieve the “fix,” as outlined in Private Lesson on page 26, with reiner Casey Deary’s tips for rider position during a stop.
Contributing veterinarian Barb Crabbe says it best in “Meds or Management” (page 36). “A ‘magic pill’ might sound appealing, especially if it could make your horse slide farther, turn a barrel faster, or take the edge off for a rail class. But rarely does it take the place of good old-fashioned horsemanship.”
We always choose horsemanship, and we’re pretty sure you do, too. Keep sending your training and horsekeeping questions; you’ll see them in monthly departments such as Problem Solvers and Whole Horse. You can email them to me at the address below.