Slate River Ranch mare named Pet Squirrel competing in the cutting pen
Cutting breeder Slate River Ranch’s leading money-earner is Pet Squirrel, who was ridden by Jim Vangilder to the Classic/ Challenge Non-Pro Championship during the 2008 NCHA Summer Spectacular. Photo by Ross Hecox

In Total Harmony: Slate River Ranch

The successful teamwork between Slate River Ranch owner Glade Knight and trainer John Mitchell has produced numerous champion cutting horses. A “magic cross” may produce a champion performer that will reward his or her breeder with a ranking among the industry leaders. When it comes to Glade Knight’s Slate River Ranch, which ranks among the […]
Kelly Moran sitting on stone during one of her travles

Gettin’ Personal With… Kelly Moran

This reiner from California has turned her passion for travel and photography into a way of life. Not all who wander are lost, and even though Kelly Moran might not know exactly where she will be heading months – or even years – from now, her love for travel has become a way of life. […]
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Treating Cryptorchids

As a follow-up to last month’s column about the condition of cryptorchidism in young stallions, this month we will look at your options for treatment. The saying goes that sometimes the cure can be worse than the disease, but I would say the opposite is the case for cryptorchidism. You may not have had the […]
horse standing on green shavings stall bedding

Stall Bedding Matters

Straw, shavings, paper – hemp? There are many horse bedding options available on the market today. Like many things in the Western performance industry, the type of bedding you choose for your horse’s stall is likely based in tradition — maybe your parents used it, or a favorite trainer. If you keep your horse elsewhere, […]
veterinarians castrating a cryptorchid horse

The World of Cryptorchids

I have a theory that states the size of a stallion’s testicles is inversely proportional to their “undesirable” behavior. Stated another way, the smaller the testicles, the more the attitude; the larger the testicles, the calmer-minded the stallion. Over 20 years of equine veterinary medicine, I have found this to be true of horses and […]
horse grazing in the pasture

The Scoop on Horse Poop

Monitoring your horse’s poop is not for the faint of heart, but it is a good way to find out what’s going on inside his body.  Handling horse poop may not sound appetizing to most people, but it’s part of Megan Petty, DVM’s, job at Tularosa Equine Clinic in Tularosa, New Mexico. Manure is a […]
donkeys tied to foal in pasture

Steady & Strong: Training with Donkeys

Life without mom can be a scary time for any foal. One minute she’s there for reassurance or food, but come weaning day, she’s out of their lives. At Sterling Ranch, weanlings have a little help making that transition. They’re accompanied every step of the way – actually connected to – a pair of steady, […]
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Frankly Speaking: Path of Change!

For some of you who care as deeply as I do for our horse and the industry that surrounds him, you look forward to learning about what positive changes may occur in this business. Some of you have made the effort to be proactive. You filed your thoughts and ideas in the form of rule […]
horses and guys

Cornbread Thinks: Welcome to Retail

In the car business, from time to time, an individual who had successfully climbed the ladder to a highly compensated level retired with a sizable piece of money. Some wanted to become dealers. Having worked with dealers for 20 years, they knew how stupid and inept dealers were, so this would be a piece of […]
Jimmy Bankston Cornbread

Cornbread Thinks: Keep the Money, Just Send Me to the Herd

There was a man showing at the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity by the grace of God. He insisted I include that in his story. After hearing it — and only part of it — I must agree. Showing in the Amateur, we noticed him because of his chaps first. They were black bat wings […]