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I'm a father, son, brother, husband, and friend. I love to write and ride, and write about riding. I make radio and TV shows and write books for horse lovers like me. I love to learn. I hope you enjoy my work.
  • Spurs

    Recently Greg emailed the following question about spurs: “Why would a Natural Horseman need such a cruel aid??” Greg gets triple his money’s worth because I’m going to treat this as three questions instead of one. First, are...
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  • The Florida Cracker

    In coverage of the Florida GOP primary, I heard a commentator get his knickers in a knot over the term, “cracker.” You see, in some circles, calling a white person the “C” word is akin to calling a black person the “N”...
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  • Black Riders

    Black riders. Even typing those two words makes me feel a bit uneasy. It's a shame. We could talk all day about senior riders, or female riders or beginning riders or trail riders or gay riders. (Look up gay rodeo if you doubt me on that!) But introducing...
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  • Curiosity

    My home office looks out on our backyard. I have an unobstructed view of our two horses all day long. They can also see me. In fact, some days they get as close as they can and just stare at me for what seems like hours. If it’s feeding time, I...
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  • Rick's new book

    Whew! The new book is finally done and in the publisher's hands. It's very personal and has many behind-the-scenes stories. I also share much of what I've learned about handling, training, and caring for horses. I hope you like it!
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  • The Rearing Horse

    As I was wondering what I should explore this week, I got an email from Roberta asking about how to deal with a rearing horse. Great timing, Roberta! Actually, timing has a lot to do with successful horse handling in all its forms. When you apply pressure...
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  • Welcome to The Horse Show Blog!

    Hi and welcome to my blog! Let's talk. This is our chance to get to know one another. Rick Lamb Host The Horse Show
  • Party at Monty's

    Hi everyone, I'm new to blogging so I'm not sure exactly what I'm supposed to do. I guess just share thoughts with my friends. Anyway, that's how I'm approaching this. Somebody please tell me if that's not right! Diana and...
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  • Road to the Horse

    Two weeks from today I'll be in the arena at Road to the Horse, doing my thing: talking. I'll also be learning, watching these great trainers do what they do best. Tickets sold out several weeks ago, but you can still sign up for the live webcast...
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  • Spooky horse

    Barbara asks: I have a mustang/Morgan who is sweet, kind and respectful but a little fearful of things like smoking burn piles, moving noisy electric gates with plywood figures on them. He refuses to go past them unless lead. The real issue is my friend...
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  • From Nashville

    Hi everyone, Just a quick note today. I'm sitting in a Hampton Inn in Nashville finishing breakfast. In a couple hours I'll drive the 30 or so miles to Murfreesboro to setup for Road to the Horse. I'll also see my new book, Human to Horseman...
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  • Touching Your Horse

    With horses, there are a handful of things you can do that always help. They help to relax the horse, advance the relationship, and reinforce your leadership position. They help regain control and focus when things get muddled. And they help you get more...
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  • Be a reporter for The Horse Show!

    Okay, here’s your chance for that 15 minutes of fame. You – yes, YOU – can be a field reporter for The Horse Show. Call it a contributing editor on your resume. No special training or equipment are required. Just use your imagination...
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  • Riding Boots

    Woody asks on Facebook: What are your thoughts on laced boots vs pull on boots when riding in the arena or on the trail? Rick’s answer: Hi Woody. Choice of boot is largely personal preference. However, in competition, there are sometimes rules...
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  • Good pen. Bad pen.

    A few years ago, I witnessed a neighbor’s horse die from an injury sustained in an unsafe pen. (See “Death in the Alley” in Human to Horseman .) Ironically, the pen was designed very well, with an open feeling, good air circulation,...
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  • Chunking

    I was chunking before chunking was cool. Chunking is an instructional design practice that breaks content into small, focused, and easily-repeated chunks. I started chunking in 1999 with “The Horse Show Minute,” my daily radio feature and...
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  • Paying it Forward

    A few months ago I was looking for content for my TV show when a press release caught my eye. It came from friend and marketing guru, Julie Bryant. Not every compelling story makes a good TV episode, but this one seemed to have the necessary elements...
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  • Trailering

    Recently I had David Bodin, “the horse trailer guru,” on my radio show and it reminded me of a mishap in my trailering past. I suspect that you’ve done something similar if you’ve done much trailering. Usually this involves backing...
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  • Road to the Horse!

    Road to the Horse 2012 is two weeks away. I’m already hyperventilating! You’d think after hosting the "Super Bowl of colt starting" eight times, it would get easier. It doesn’t. But I do enjoy it more every year and I seem...
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  • Can every horse gait?

    Already I can hear the uproar from aficionados of our beloved gaited breeds. “No! A gaited horse is anatomically different from a non-gaited horse!” I agree that there are differences. However, I have also experienced firsthand an Appaloosa...
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  • Drinking from a Mud Puddle

    It’s a rainy day and I’m watching my horses drink from a mud puddle in their turnout area. They actually walked away from the fresh, clean water I gave them in order to drink from a mud puddle. What’s going on here? Times like this are...
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  • Forage is First

    If you’ve been following my TV show this season, you’ve seen Dr. Judy Reynolds of ADM Alliance Nutrition offer specific feeding recommendations for a wide range of horses. All recommendations have the same form: Feed your horse lots of forage...
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  • Facilitating Learning

    Although I often call myself an educator, it’s a lie. Okay, I’m being overly dramatic. It’s just not the most accurate way to describe what I do. I don’t educate people; I facilitate their learning. If you train horses or raise...
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  • Jogging in the Neighborhood

    A new favorite activity for my horses and me is jogging in the neighborhood. Actually, we jog for a while and walk for a while. It’s about a two-mile loop and they really seem to love it! The last quarter mile, I climb on one of them (with the aid...
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  • A Christmas Story

    I seldom pass on stories like this but today I'm making an exception. Keep the tissues handy. This story was sent to me by my old friend, Jonathan Abel. The author is unknown. A brother and sister had made their usual hurried, obligatory pre-Christmas...
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