Be sure to check the flyer you receive when you enter the grounds of Horse Progress Days to see how many other demonstrations have been added to the event.
C and C Horsemanship
Chad Wenger and his wife Christina are the sources of the C and C in their business title. They live just outside of Kidron, Ohio. They have been in the business of training western saddle horses for about seven years now. Chad’s basic equine education came from Ken McNabb from the state of Wyoming. C and C is a full time horse operation that works mainly with Quarter Horse and stock bred horses. They train a lot of their own horses, and also some from outside customers. The horses that have come to their farm for training have come from a variety of states including Ohio, of course, Michigan, West Virginia, Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, Alaska, and Wyoming. Horsemanship for Chad and Christina has to do with establishing as good a method of communication between horse and rider as is possible. Collected riding, keeping a soft mouth on the horse and/or softening the mouth of a hard mouthed horse is a big part of the goal. Communication between horse and rider, demonstrating a good outcome that is only possible when it begins from a foundation of mutual respect; this is a worthy goal for horses in any situation whether it is driving down the road or working in the fields.
Lost Mule Company
Leon Raber has a reputation as a mule man, but he works with horses too. All of his work is with riding, whether horses or mules. He has had customers come to him from a lot of different places to take advantage of his years of experience. He trains their animals so that they can use and enjoy them as they want to. This is his full time work. He also does some clinics so this will not be his “first rodeo.” His specialty is starting young colts, and this is what he will be demonstrating in his round pen seminar. He has competed in numerous training competitions, taking a young untrained mule and making a champion. Leon has a jack to breed some of his own mares and also some outside mares. His interest in horses is part of his earliest memories; he’s a natural. If you visit his farm you will find all kinds of riding horses and mules on hand, including a mustang or two. His place is just three miles north of Mount Hope.
Joe Bowman has a lot of experience when it comes to fitting a working horse with properly fitted working accessories; harness, bridle, collar. Any size horse or pony is not too much of a challenge. Joe has a self-described passion for properly fitted collars and harness; so much so that he keeps on hand in the shop a hame bending tool. If a horse develops sore shoulders after heavy work, maybe the collar isn’t fitting properly. But then again, if changing the collar doesn’t work, maybe the hames aren’t fitting the contours of the horse’s neck as well as they could. It could be that bending the hames to conform to the neck might solve the problem. This will be an interesting seminar. Joe will probably bring along his bending tool and if the situation warrants, he might even demonstrate it. A hame bending tool, it seems, is a very special piece. A quick search of the internet yielded many steel bending tools and machines, but no