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The 2017 NRCHA World’s Greatest Horseman Reserve Champion Luke Jones, of Luke Jones Performance Horses, uses the Chuck Frazier Sidepull in all aspects of his cow horse training program. The Chuck Frazier is similar to other sidepulls, like those we start our colts in. But in addition to the noseband it’s designed with shanks, a curb and a bit hobble.
Feb
16

Goals & The Peter Principle

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800 Hydrive-Cat-2012-Freshman-Sire-of-the-YearShane and Jane Plummer accept Hydrive Cat's 2012 AQHA NCHA Freshman Sire of the Year award from Frank Merrill

I have been fortunate in my life to have many great teachers. For the most part, I have been a student of observation. I really can’t think of any principles or concepts learned from someone teaching me directly, but I give credit to many people that I have learned from. Chief among that group are my parents. Being raised by entrepreneurs, I have learned a great deal with respect to risk, sacrifice, reward, hard work, ingenuity, character and defeat. I have heard my father say countless times, “People will always rise to the level of their own incompetence.”

lucilesfoodThe lobster roll and lobster bisque at Lucile's took me back to the Northeast.

The National Reined Cow Horse Association Celebration of Champions kicked off today in Fort Worth, Texas, with the Peptoboonsmal Cow Horse Classic Derby, and I wanted to share with you my experience at a nearby restaurant called Lucile’s Stateside Bistro.

Feb
09

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A mecate http://bit.ly/mecates is a rein made of a single piece of rope, usually twisted horse hair or nylon. It is used on hackamores (bosals) and snaffles and is attached in a specific manner to each. The knot used to attach the mecate to a hackamore is also used to adjust the size of the hackamore noseband by taking more or less wraps of the mecate around the base of the noseband just in front of the heel knot. Mecates are attached to snaffle bits with slobber straps http://bit.ly/slobberstraps.

Feb
07

TPTavern ExteriorThe T&P Tavern boasts the biggest dining patio in Fort Worth, at 5,000 square feet.

The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Winter Meeting kicks off tomorrow and after finding out the meeting was at the Sheraton Fort Worth Downtown Hotel, I was excited I’d be able to tell you about a casual and historic tavern .2 miles away.

Feb
01

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"Some legends are told. Some are wood or stone. Third Cutting is a legend of flesh and blood who's story is still being told."

–Shane D. Plummer

Jan
27

Happy New Year!

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January has been a month of organizing and preparing for the New Year. We take this time to get ready by organizing our paper books, renewing all of our memberships and making sure all of our paperwork is in order.

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If you ride a cutter you may already be using this technique to shorten your reins in the herd. If you watch cutting events you’ve seen riders clutch their reins in one hand as they’re separating the cow they want to cut. Do you wonder what they’re doing with their hand? In this video Matt Budge of Matt Budge Performance Horses shows us how to shorten and lengthen our reins http://bit.ly/2reins instantly with only one hand.

Jan
19

Reflection and the Future

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Isn’t it just awesome that foaling coincides with the New Year! God truly does love horses; gestation is 11 months and breeding season starts the first week of February. Coincidence? Nope, God is a horseman, for sure!

Jan
12

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Tiedown straps are used to connect nosebands, headsetters, and various other pieces of equipment to the cinch. If a tiedown is used without a tiedown hobble your horse can accidentally step on or across the tiedown http://bit.ly/2jJaO80 if he lowers his head. We’ve all had that unexpected experience of a horse lowering his head at lightning speed to grab at a green patch of grass! When this happens and your horse steps on or across the tiedown it can’t raise its head. Since he can’t lift his head he may panic and rear and this can cause a wreck.

Dec
29

Happy New Year

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Dec
29

Secrets to Bosalita Use

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Maintaining a soft mouth in a horse is every horseman’s and horsewoman’s goal. Once a horse is ready to transition from a hackamore or snaffle into a bit with shanks the 2 Rein Outfit http://bit.ly/2hKiFxt can be used.

Dec
15

Quality Time of Year

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Hi All!

What a year it has been! We had an incredible NRHA Futurity with all three of my Pale Face Dunnit colts making the top 10, along with my wife's horse winning almost $50,000 in the Non-Pro. Many more of his foals showed well and had combined earnings of almost $188,000 at the Futurity!! This was a huge accomplishment as we bred, raised and trained all of the ones we showed. I want to take this opportunity to thank my family, staff and customers for all of your support. Without you, I would not be where I am.

DMT SnaffleBridle “Do you want a snaffle bridle http://bit.ly/2eDPn5J that will fit your smaller colts correctly” asks Dennis Moreland Tack? Do you like to use only dense, tight fibered leather equipment on your horses so your signals run smoothly through the leather to the horse?

Dec
14

Watching Others Succeed

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Gratification can come in many ways. I think for most folks, it is the simple things that bring the most joy. Last week, during the NCHA Futurity, I made a trip over to the Quarter Horse News office to visit with the fine folks at Equi-Stat. I’m a stat junkie; numbers influence every decision I make. When it comes to breeding, I make my mating selections based off performance-based results. I have studied “The Master of Matings,” the great breeder Federico Tesio, and he was self-proclaimed “statistician breeder.” Not to get off course here, as I can when it comes to talking about breeding, but I love stats!

Dec
09

SF03 ShooflyGreetingCardsI was surprised and thrilled at Fran’s gesture to thank me with these two Shoofly greeting cards.

It’s a busy season here at the Cowboy Publishing Group offices in Fort Worth, Texas. At Quarter Horse News we’re busy with Futurity season coverage and year-end marketing pushes. It’s been more than a few weeks since I’ve been able to continue my year-long journey through the art here in the office, but something lovely came to me a few weeks and I thought I’d share.

sdpLive Quarter Horse News was live on Facebook with Shane Plummer of SDP Buffalo Ranch. You can see the whole exclusive conversation here!

Dec
01

DMT LOGO Have you checked your latigo for wear and tear lately? If it’s time to purchase a new latigo http://bit.ly/2dHjuYn you may want to attach it to your saddle dee with the same knot custom saddle makers use! This video will show you how.

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If you’re having any kind of resistance issues with your horse the first thing to do is get your horse’s mouth and teeth checked says Dennis Moreland Tack. Dental care is imperative for top performance as well as the health and comfort of your horse. Horses need routine dental care every 6 months. More frequently if an issue arises. It goes without saying that a horse with pain in its mouth is likely to have resistance issues.

Nov
17

2017 Stallion Roster

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