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New Podcast!!!

If you have not heard yet – Ben has started a new podcast “American Cowboy In New Zealand”!!! You can check out some of the episodes on the Podcast option on our main menu – or listen on Apple, Android, Spoitify or all good podcast apps! About American Cowboy In

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Foundational Principles

Working with horses, as with anything, gains better results through better understanding. True horsemanship, working in a safe manner by building trust and respect and studying the way horses think and behave, requires comprehending many principles from the perspective of the horse.   Their own personal safety is a horse’s

Offended after you have asked for help?

We have a number of people that write to us for help when they are having problems with their horse. But sometimes after digging deeper and asking the owner questions (so we can get to the root of what is going on), some folks get offended by the fact we

Thoughtful Thursday – the Try

Thoughtful Thursday is a live video post we do each week on social media discussing different topics or questions that our fans have asked!

Heart of Horsemanship Podcast

Ben was a guest on Colton Woods “Heart of Horsemanship” Podcast Check the podcast out here: https://www.coltonwoodshorsemanship.com/podcast-1/episode/dba6a58c/045-or-ben-longwell-or-serving-your-horse-with-practicality-authenticity-and-effectiveness

Out of the Box Training

An experience by an Endurance Rider with the use of one arm when she decided to buy an unbroken horse and send to Ben for training….. “It was in February 2012 that I was told that my “pocket rocket’ Arab cross mare could no longer compete in endurance. Our years

Chewing on Tack

Horses biting or chewing on tack is a common issue, and can be very frustrating and costly. We are going to discuss just a couple of reasons that cause this and what can be done about it. Many times a young horse will develop this tendency when they have a

From The Barnyard: The Great Hay Dilemma

Our hay season started out with a visit from a fantastic fertilizer man in October. He is an older gentleman – who does not just try to ‘sell’ you what product of his might make him the most money – he tested our grass, root systems, soil and knowing we

Station Clinic 2 Photos

Our guests loved our 2 fully booked Station Clinics, where they got to advance their horsemanship, enjoy an adventurous getaway with some like-minded people passionate about horses!!! Guests brought their horses and joined Ben for a very special week of Horsemanship & Stockmanship Clinics on a stunning high country station

Station Clinic 1 Photos

Our guests loved our 2 fully booked Station Clinics, where they got to advance their horsemanship, enjoy an adventurous getaway with some like-minded people passionate about horses!!! Guests brought their horses and joined Ben for a very special week of Horsemanship & Stockmanship Clinics on a stunning high country station

Horses Pulling Back

Pulling back while tied is one of the more common habits some horses can develop. Initially, a horse pulls back because he doesn’t feel safe with his feet restricted and doesn’t know how to “give” to the halter to find the release. If he breaks whatever he’s tied to and

Thoughtful Thursday – The Moment

Thoughtful Thursday is a live video post we do each week on social media discussing different topics or questions that our fans have asked!

Trust Based Desensitization

Desensitization, or “sacking out”, is an important part of training and building confidence (even a horse that’s not spooky can benefit from desensitization). It doesn’t matter what object that he’s scared of; your goal is to build his trust and confidence in you as the leader, regardless of the object

Building Confidence in the Flighty Horse

As a young fellow of 16, I learned a valuable lesson from a flighty Quarter Horse filly, the first horse I ever started (broke-in). Finding she was a little high-strung and not knowing any better, I kept things quiet and easy around her and really took my time in the

Building Life In The Dull Horse

A common issue that arises in a lot of our Clinics or Lessons is learning how to handle a dull or “over-desensitized” horse. Equines that are naturally quieter usually take to our training more willingly, at least on the outside, and deal new experiences with less reaction than their “spookier”