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September 20

6 yr old gelding, snaffle bit trained, gentle, kind, willing, has been started on heading and heeling, has drug some calves and loaded trucks, no buck, no kick.  Seems to have a fear of young calves, he does not buck, he just wants to leave.  I have tried different things to help.  I have had no success.  I would appreciate some advice.  Thank you in advance. 

September 11

Got a question on a colt I started. This is the first colt that I've started from scratch trying to follow your program the best I can. So far, I've taken things really slow and I feel like I have a good handle on him at the walk/trot...good overall control at these gates, working off legs nicely and stops when I sit at these speeds. I've loped him around in the round pen and he does fine although his lope is pretty fast. When I go into my large arena (140/250) his loping gets a bit faster and out of control, and by out of control nothing really bad but he gets super fast and really loses his circle by drifting to the outside of the circle really bad and not wanting to respect the rein pressure and legs at this gate. (I'm using a snaffle with a broken dog bone in the middle)

So I'm a bit stuck on what to do here. Not sure if I missed something at the slower speeds or if there is something I can work on to try and help with this. We trot a lot of circles and he does well with that but loping not so much. If you have a video that addresses this maybe you can point me too it. Appreciate all your content and all I've learned so far.


September 21

Mr. Boatwright I just wanted to give you some feedback on the advice you gave me for my gelding on how to get his pole soft. My wife took this picture for me so I could share on his progress, I couldn’t get him to truly give me his face before i had got your opinion on the problem and struggled with him being super stiff to the right side I have been chipping away a little at the beginning and (if needed) through out my training sessions with him everytime I ride, and I am super pumped at how far he has come, and how soft he is from when we started. your recommended drills and the video you posted were very beneficial and impactful on my training and approach with him and, he has continuously been improving so thank you very much sir,


September 16


I am really wanting to understand bits and what to use when on my colts as they progress in training.   I am a firm believer in using my legs to ride them into the bit and keeping them soft. What bits in general do you recommend when transitioning out of the snaffle?  

Thank you! 

September 18

Calling all the ranch ropers! We're working to start up a Back-East Ranch Roping competition. If you're in the area come on out!

Man, August has been HOT!! Now we have storms rolling in supposed to drop 4.5" of rain, then cooling off next week.  What's the summer been like for y'all?

August 30
• Edited (Aug 30, 2023)

For those fellow B1 members in the Northeast Mr. Boatwright is going to be holding a series of clinics in Western Pennsylvania! We'll be hosting him at Bedford, PA for 2.5 days during which Mr. Boatwright will be holding 3 clinics. Check out the links below for more information!

10/13 Ranch Roping - 1:00PM-4:00PM (

10/14 Ranch Trail - 9:00AM-4:00PM (

10/15 Beginner Cow Horse - 9:00AM-4:00PM (

To register contact Lucas Truax

Call/text: 304-702-1740 Email: 

I've watched your video where you lay down Elvis. Are there any other videos in your library about laying a horse down?

August 26

Hey Mr. Boatwright, I've really been enjoying the videos but as you know here in Texas with Temps getting well into 100's it's a struggle to keep working in the summertime. Even at 6:00 in the morning it's HOT! But better than 2:00 in the afternoon. Anyway my question is not horse related but I couldn't help but notice your shirts that you where. I've struggled trying to find good performance western shirts that really keep you cool in my area. Can you tell me what brand and if could find them online?

I have an OTTB rescue & rehome business. Transitioning from English to Western style, different saddle, different EVERYTHING makes it challenging, but these athletes are eager to work. I am watching your videos and really appreciate the natural approach you take. I've watched just over 20 of your videos so far and still going. The most valuable for me (at this stage) is learning to soften up my 17.2 beasts to get them to respond with less force and more naturally because our communication is truly developing. I keep hearing you reference "the 5". I watched the 10 commandments videos - is there something on your 5 foundation I'm missing? Are the five part of your 10 commandments? 

I am honestly learning so much from your videos. Thank you, sir.