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The Bar-D-Rockin-J Ranch is an authentic working cattle and guest ranch. That means that we are the real thing....we are genuine. No just "nose-to-tail" trail rides, golf, or tennis courts here. What we can promise you is a taste of real "ranch life" underneath the sky of Wyoming We move cattle on horseback. You can't imagine the difference in working on a cattle ranch from horseback, compared with just riding on trails. Imagine... trekking through deep pristine wilderness, the freedom of driving cattle under the never ending, big blue sky, the delicate whisper of the swaying aspen groves, the fresh scent of untouched sage brush, the rustle of a curious moose in the willows, the soothing sound of a fresh mountain stream flowing outside your cabin window, or the magical colors of a powerful sun setting over the horizon. Discover it all at the Bar-D-Rockin-J Ranch. We hope that you find the information you are looking for and that you will email or call us for additional information and availability. If it is a genuine Western cattle ranch experience that you are looking for, we are your place. Happy trails and we hope to see you soon!


One of the most important aspects of horsemanship is confidence – a confident rider and a confident horse.

But confidence is not something that automatically happens.

It must be built into the rider and also into the horse.

And usually, one is dependent upon the other.

A confident rider will cause the horse to be more confident.

A confident horse will cause the rider to be more confident.

There is an easy exercise I like to do that helps to accomplish both these goals.

One of the most important aspects of horsemanship is confidence –a confident rider and a confident horse.

But confidence is not something that automatically happens.

It must be built into the rider and also into the horse. And usually, one is dependent upon the other.

A confident rider will cause the horse to be more confident.

A confident horse will cause the rider to be more confident.

There is an easy exercise I like to do that helps to accomplish both these goals.

All you need is a round pen, a friend, and a flag.

Before you start do this with a rider on his back, make sure the horse will respond to the flag calmly and you can move him around with it.

If not, practice doing this first using the flag to ask him to go, stop, and turn.

Once that’s established, you will be on the horse, and your friend will be on the ground in the pen with you holding a lunge whip with a flag tied on the end.

The flagger controls the horse. The rider is simply a passenger. The reins are completely loose.

Have the flagger put just enough pressure on the horse to cause him to start walking around the pen.

As he moves out, concentrate on FEELING of your horse — pay attention to when each of his feet come off the ground and land.

See if you can determine when his right front foot leaves the ground – not by looking down at the foot, but by feeling it.

Now feel for when his right front foot lands. Do this for all four feet.

Use your hips and your seat to stay WITH the horse.

You will have to use your body and not your reins for balance — remember that your reins are still completely loose.

This may be all you do for the first day. Just get really good at feeling of his feet at a walk.

The next step will be to have your flagger step in and turn the horse into the pen (away from the flagger) and then walk off in the opposite direction.

Pay attention to feeling the horse’s movement when he turns and stay with him.

Then have the flagger turn the horse the other direction and walk off.

Spend some time switching directions over and over all the while working on keeping a balanced seat.

Then you want the horse to turn towards the inside of the pen (towards the flagger) and switch directions.

You may have to pick up the reins to get him started turning, but then let the flagger bring him on through the turn while you concentrate on feeling and staying with his movement.

If you are a beginner rider, you may work on this for several sessions.

If you are a more advanced rider, the next step would be to have the flagger move the horse up into a trot.

You may want to hang on to your catch rope, or even put a dog collar through the gullet and around the forks of your saddle to hang on to.

Remember — your reins are loose.

As your horse beings going at a trot, continue to feel his movement — stay with him.

Your body will liven up as the horse speeds up.

After you’re comfortable going around at a trot, ask your flagger to step in and turn him towards the pen (away from the flagger) to go the other direction.

Do this several times turning both right and left.

Now you want your horse to turn towards the inside of the pen (towards the flagger) when he switches directions.

If you have to get him started in the turn with your reins, make sure you have your flagger step in to complete the turn and your reins remain loose.

Alternate between a walk and a trot, and vary the intensity of the turns by asking the flagger to use more or less pressure.

Feel the horse as he walks, trots, stops, and turns.

The flagger controls the horse’s direction, speed, and the intensity of the turns.

Another advantage to this exercise is that it weans the horse into being able to handle some increased pressure and speed.

It not only builds your confidence as a rider, but builds confidence into the horse.

I always strongly advise that before anyone rides their horse outside of a round pen, arena, or enclosed area, they make sure that both the rider and the horse are confident in gaining speed and moving out.

That way, if something unexpected happens, the horse and the rider are much better prepared.

Confidence = Safety


A horse that has bad manners is not only annoying but potentially dangerous.

Plus if you ever want your horse to do anything correctly, they MUST have good manners and respect you first.

Here's a quick exercise you can do to to help establish some ground rules:
Everyone agrees that children should be taught good manners.

We teach them to say please, thank you, to share, and not interrupt others as soon as they’re old enough to talk and understand.

But horses should have good manners, too!

A disrespectful horse is as unpleasant as a disrespectful child, and since a horse is a 1,000 pound animal, it’s not only unpleasant, but DANGEROUS!

If your horse doesn’t have some manners and respect, this will hinder all that you ever try to do with him – both on the ground and under saddle.

You’re not doing your horse or yourself any favors by letting him push, shove, kick, and bully you or his pasture mates.

You’re simply letting him develop bad habits that will cause hardship for you and the horse down the road.

People are often amazed at the difference they see in their horse after working on a few simple exercises to change up some bad habits and adjust the horse’s way of thinking.

Maybe you have one horse in the herd who is dominant and always wants to rush through the gate ahead of the others.

Maybe you have a horse who is always running the other horses around the pasture and bullying them.

Or a horse that pushes on you when you are trying to pour his feed.

Or a horse that pins his ears and acts aggressive towards you or other horses.

This ONE exercise can work to change ALL of that around.

I have found that the best time to work on this is at feeding time.

The feed is like a magnet that draws the horse(s) in and also serves as their ‘reward’ for correct behavior.

Whether you are feeding your horses together, or feeding just one horse, you must have the attitude that the feed belongs to YOU and you decide if and when the horse gets to eat it.

There are two rules:

1. It’s YOUR feed
2. The horse must show manners and respect before he can eat

Basically, you take the role of the dominant horse.

To begin, get a lunge whip with a flag tied on the end.

Keep it with you any time you are feeding.

Even when you’re working on pouring the feed into the buckets before you’re ready to feed it, any aggressive behavior by the horse is met by pressure from the lunge whip/flag.

I am a big believer in keeping my horses in a herd environment — as similar to the way horses live in the wild as possible.

The dynamics of herd life provides many valuable lessons. So I usually feed my horses all together.

If you are also feeding more than one horse at a time, begin by making them all stay back away from you and the feeder(s) while you pour the feed in.

Any pushiness is met by resistance with the lunge whip/flag and the horse is made to move back.

Don’t let any horse come to the feed until he is standing submissively and quietly away from the feed with no signs of aggression – pinning ears, kicking, pushing, etc.

YOU decide when and who is allowed to come in to eat.

Any horse that displays aggressive behavior is made to move even further back away from the feed and other horses.

If they will all stand there together and eat, leave them alone.

All bullies, ear pinners, biters, or aggressors get immediately moved off the feed by the lunge whip/flag.

They will begin to figure out the reason they are being sent away from the feed, and since they WANT the feed, they will quickly comply.

A horse needs to learn how to hold himself back and wait.

If you are feeding just one horse, you still have the attitude that it’s YOUR feed.

If the horse is fed in a stall, make him go to the corner and stay there until you decide to let him approach the feed.

Again, any aggressive, pushy behavior is met with some pressure from the lunge whip/flag.

You may even let him take a few bites (bites of the feed, not of you — if he does it with manners) and then push him off the feed again just to reinforce the concept.

Then let him come back in to eat as long as he stays mannerly about it.

Use the same concept any time you are working with your horse.

Never let a horse rush through a gate, invade your personal space, or fail to show respect.

You must be mindful, consistent, and particular to develop these good habits.

These skills will translate into many other areas — either in a good way (if they have learned manners and respect) or a bad way (if they have not).

Getting these ground rules established can make a HUGE difference in your horse’s attitude and behavior.

Work to establish yourself as a fair and confident leader.

Your horse will willingly follow that leadership.


Trailer Loading A Stubborn Horse
Although most horses can be either forced or pushed enough to eventually load into a trailer, if they’re anxious and uncomfortable about being in there, they will most likely paw the floor, kick the walls, and rush backwards out of there as soon as they get the chance.

The goal is the make the trailer a ‘sweet spot’ – somewhere they WANT to be as opposed to somewhere they are FORCED to be. That makes all the difference.

You basically want the horse to be barn sour TO the trailer and love the idea of getting and being in there.

Before you even try to load a stubborn horse, you need PREPARE the horse to be loaded.

There are a couple simple exercises you can do that will break the elements of trailer loading/unloading down into small steps so that when it is time to load him, he’ll be more prepared.

Make sure your horse respects your personal space. You can take a respect test to make sure he/she is doing that.
Next, set up a pallet with a piece of plywood on it and make sure you can send him over it. If he tries to duck off, redirect him until he will step on the pallet. If he goes on over it, send him again. The goal is to have him step up on the pallet, stop, and then step off the pallet calmly, slowly, and with confidence. See if you can have him take one step forward, one step back. One step up on the pallet, one step back off the pallet. Working on this will make all the difference when the horse gets to the trailer.
Put a halter and lead line on your horse. Hold the lead line in one hand and hold a lunge whip with a flag in the other hand.

What you’re going to do is basically play a game of hot and cold with the horse.

When first starting, give him time to inspect the trailer.

Make sure any front windows are open to make the trailer a little less claustrophobic.

Stand at the back of the trailer and begin by putting pressure on the lead line and encouraging him to take a step towards the inside of the trailer.

If his feet are locked or he is backing up, use the lunge whip and flag and tap him on the butt.

Repeat this until your horse takes just one step towards the trailer, and then immediately stop everything.

You may have to get firm and tap your horse pretty hard before he gets the idea (depending on how stubborn the horse is).

But the key to having success is NOT giving up when he’s NOT doing what you want.

Hang in there and be persistent until he takes that one step.

Now do the same thing and try to get him to take another step.

In the meantime, if your horse does anything to “inspect” the trailer (sniffs it, looks inside it, etc), you should consider that a positive change and immediately stop everything.

What we’re doing here is breaking everything down into very small steps. It’s not about getting in the trailer. It’s about learning that the trailer is ok to get in.

Now you can ask for one foot in trailer and then back him out.

Keep working on one step forward, one step back. One step forward, one step back.

After he’s good with that, ask for two front feet in — then back him out.

Remember, at some point he’ll need to know how to UNLOAD, so you might as well get him good at that, too.

If you get a foot in and he comes back out — GREAT!

Just make sure that AFTER he is out of the trailer, he runs into some pressure.

This gives you another opportunity to reassure him that getting in the trailer is a good deal.

He’s building his confidence which is exactly what you want.

The mistake people make is they see the horse put a foot or two in the trailer and then they rush up and try to get him loaded in there all of the sudden.

That makes the horse associate the trailer in a negative way instead of a positive way.

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Today’s Tip: Creating snappier, lighter responses from your horse comes down to the degree of pressure you apply and the timing in which you release. Remember that in advanced stages “pressure” may only be a change in your focus, posture or energy. Pressure motivates and the release teaches but if you always release completely when you get the result you want, you’re NOT refining, you’re still in teaching mode. Up the pressure if needed to get the response you want, then go back to the very subtle cue that you want that same response from. Repeat as necessary until your horse understands you want a quick, snappy response from a very SUBTLE suggestion.


Today’s Tip: Developing responsiveness, flexibility and shape is critical for barrel horses. However, don’t forget that many athletic maneuvers require straightness through the body. You don’t want a horse to be tense or stiff, but you don’t want a “wet noodle” either. Think of STRAIGHT as your horse’s “neutral.” Unless you specifically ask for bend or for a certain body part to yield, teach your horse to take responsibility for staying straight. This way, you’ll avoid having to constantly “chase body parts around” and fix positioning problems. Even experiment with straightness on a CIRCLE! Essentially your horse should go where you ask, at the speed you ask while maintaining straightness - unless you specify otherwise.

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Today’s Tip: This day and age, everyone is after “instant results.” Remember that a successful harvest requires us to first plant seeds and then cultivate them over time. We might not see the results right away, but when we commit to cultivating, it will pay off in the end and our results will be much greater than if we skipped over or put half-hearted effort into the process. Cultivating every day isn’t driven by what you can SEE necessarily, but by what you KNOW will result from patience and consistency. Trust the process!


Today’s Tip: Some barrel horses that “won’t” turn the first barrel, actually CAN’T. It’s not so much that the horse is choosing to do the wrong thing, but the way he is being asked often makes it impossible or very, very difficult. Rider position, the horse’s positioning, pain & discomfort, footfall/angle of the approach, the horse’s unbalanced emotions, general lack of education, suppleness & responsiveness, etc. are all ways that WE fail to prepare them. Your horse wants to do the right thing... if it’s not coming together smoothly, forcing the issue isn’t likely to create a long term solution. Put your detective hat on, take responsibility, and do ALL. YOU. CAN. to make the turn EASY!

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