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Downunder Horsemanship Method Ambassador by MIRIAM LUCERO


Rick Badousek Y


ou’re competing for the 2020 Arizona Horseman Chal- lenge & Expo. What does the competition consists of for those who have never attended or entered the contest?


The Arizona Horseman’s Challenge is Arizona’s Premier Colt Starting Competition. There are 5 trainers picking their horses from a herd of mustangs. The trainers can pick a horse that has already been selected by another trainer or may pick a horse from the herd that has not been selected. The trainers will then spend 2 hour session of time over 3 days to try to put the best foundation on the horse that will prepare them for continued training. All the training takes place at the same time in 5 side by side round pens so the audience can see the progress of all 5 trainers simultaneously. A panel of judges observe each training session and gives each trainer an individual score.


You train horses, would you share some of your techniques on training horses?


Probably the most important thing to know when training horses is to understand the way a horse thinks and perceives the world around him. To have a great partnership with your horse you need 3 elements, Trust,


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Respect and Communication. Whenever one of the elements is lacking the partnership ceases to exist. Without this knowledge, it doesn’t mat- ter what technique you use you will struggle with your horsemanship.


How and why did you start training horses? What is the best part of training horses?


When I was 6 my dad gave me my first horse. And that set me on a lifelong quest to be the best horseman I could be. I met Clinton Anderson in 2000, I really liked his method and started studying and training under him. I retired from the military in 2011 and made this my second career.


There is nothing better than having confidence with your horse and enjoying the time you spend with him. Sharing that sense of accom- plishment with others is rewarding.


Many of our readers are families, some are new to horses or use to ride and now are returning to horsemanship. Any advice on new ownership of horses, types of horses that would best suit their needs?


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