Gentle horsemanship rooted in the West takes hold across the nation

San Diego Union-Tribune: Gentle horsemanship rooted in the West takes hold across the nation
By Tara Godvin | ASSOCIATED PRESS | July 9, 2004

ARTHUR, Neb. – With a well-trimmed mustache, crisp white shirt and worn leather chaps over jeans, Tim Schaack is easily pegged as a cowboy.

But as he calmly leads a young horse around a paddock of the Haythorn Ranch near Arthur, in Nebraska’s Panhandle, it becomes clear that the popular image of the Western horseman is due for revisions.

Gone are the days when the only way to get a horse to take a saddle was for a cocky, young man to jump on the animal’s back and hold on until the horse gave up.

“I feel I can get so much more from the horse the more … I understand about how his inner feelings are and how his mind works,” said Schaack, Haythorn’s horse trainer, who sees some 900 horses throughout the year.

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