I represent the Ontario Therapeutic Riding Association and we are in need of some borrowed horses for two competitions this summer. We have a regional show in the Hamilton area on June 20, 2009 and our Ontario Para Sport Games on July 25, 2009 in the Woodstock area where we have a rather urgent need for higher level horses. A few of our Advanced and Intermediate level riders find themselves without horses this summer for a variety of reasons and as such, we are looking… Continue
Added by Viki LaCombe on May 31, 2009 at 9:00pm —
Under saddle, disobedience from the horse can be caused by a number of factors, not necessarily just unwillingness to work. Here are a few points to consider:
The reason why horses are easy to train is because if you do things consistently they will pick it up; they are creatures of habit.
I am a great believer in giving a horse a pat as a reward for good work. However which method you use to praise your horse is not important, it is the consistency of… Continue
Added by Tim Stockdale on May 29, 2009 at 10:42am —
Riders often ask me, "How do I know it's the right time to start training something a bit harder?"
This is a big topic so I'm going to cover it over two blogs. In this blog, I'll give you a way to come up with a logical plan for introducing new work at Training Level. Next week, I'll show you to plan to move up to Second and Third Level. I'll also show you how you can use feedback from competition to help you decide whether or not you're ready to move up.
Added by Jane Savoie on May 29, 2009 at 10:30am —
We picked Louie up 2 weeks ago today. He is a 3 year old TB gelding who was starved so badly that he is the size of a yearling.
When we picked him up, I compared him to an autistic child. All he knew his entire life was abuse, neglect and starvation. He would not look at you and if you looked at him, he would turn away. Well, we finally got a halter on him 3 days ago. He is now being stalled during the heat and rain of the day. He likes having a stall! He has discovered treats and really… Continue
Added by Lori Tankel on May 29, 2009 at 9:30am —
Back in 1970, when I began riding seriously, my BHI (graduate of Morven Park) instructor introduced me to the concept of behind the bit quite early in my riding career. What she said: Continue
1) DON'T DO IT
2) It was a sign of bad horsemanship
3) Good riders NEVER rode behind the bit, at the top levels it JUST WASN'T DONE.
Almost 40 years later, everywhere I look, horses ridden behind the bit are EVERYWHERE, in all disciplines, winning top prizes, including medals at the…
Added by Jackie Cochran on May 28, 2009 at 9:00pm —
Since I leave tomorrow to move my stuff home from Uni. (summer vacation, yaaayyyy) I won’t have time to write a blog later this week. Nor will I have time to ride any for at least 3 days! *Sigh*
This week has been so much fun! Linda is still on sick leave but The Pony and I have been working harder than ever. (Or not) We’ve just been enjoying each others company and having fun. I’ve also been riding Bruvin (The 4 year old) a little. (that's him and me in the picture)… Continue
Added by Hannah on May 28, 2009 at 8:54am —
This Oscar Wilde quote is a brain twister. "Life is never fair, and perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not."
If you're like me, after reading the part of the quote, you mind might have jumped to a situation where you ended up with the short end of the stick. Not fair! But the second part of the quote brings on a new perspective. How many times have we been "lucky" even when we didn't deserve it. Life is not… Continue
Added by Karen Brenner on May 28, 2009 at 7:19am —
Over the past three months since starting this rider fitness blog, we have had some really great questions and photos submitted. We've covered topics from back strength to leg position and more.
Some of you may not realise that each week I select one reader's questions (pictures are great but not necessary), and provide feedback on fitness recommendations targeted to specific goals as a rider.
Because so few of you submit photos, I was starting to wonder if you either… Continue
Added by Heather Sansom at Equifitt.com on May 26, 2009 at 9:00pm —
Just a short blog since it's half term this week, so no riding for me. I miss it already and the week is not quite halfway through yet!
I thoroughly enjoyed my week last week.
How am I feeling in myself?
well, the pain was really bad Fri through Sunday and is up and down at the moment, but I am very tired and fatigued. I am taking it easy this week so I can enjoy my lesson next week!
I have been pottering about the house, since I am car-less this week, My… Continue
Added by Cat on May 26, 2009 at 9:02am —
Well first of all we were at the horse trough with Delaney and Ricky, Ricky thought it would be nice to
wipe his mouth on Delaney's shoulder, but Delaney didn't like the idea so he decided
to squeal like a girl, but it didn't sound like a squeal, it sounded sooooooo funny!!!!
This story started at Victor Harbor riding club gymkhana:
There was a car show next to the riding club
grounds when we were doing the novelties. Stormy didn't like the music in the… Continue
Added by Kelly Smith on May 26, 2009 at 5:34am —
The Warmth Of A Horse
When your day seems out of balance
and so many things go wrong
When people fight around you
and the clock drags on so long
When some folks act like children
and fill you with remorse
Go out into your pasture and wrap
your arms around your horse.
His gentle breath enfolds you as he
watches with those eyes
He may not have a PhD but he
is,oh so wise!
His head rests on your shoulder
you hug him… Continue
Added by Kelly Smith on May 26, 2009 at 4:30am —
Yesterday I was riding Brasilia do Summerwind, a green 3 year old mare. After the ride, my husband John said “You know I watch her move under saddle and she moves exactly as she does when she is running at liberty in the pasture”. What a compliment! All the energy, enthusiasm and beauty
of a natural moving horse was still there! After basking in the praise (I assumed it was for me), we talked about how we had gotten there.
We believe it is the… Continue
Added by Lynn Kelley on May 25, 2009 at 4:17pm —
My three year old mustang is afraid of cars. Well to be more specific, he is scared of the noise they make going down the road (think tires on pavement). Right when the car gets past him, he turns and bolts (thats how we discovered his fear at least - plowed fields make for a soft landing!). He has never spooked like that before. Because of that reaction, I've been taking him out to eat grass by the side of the road and watch cars go by (its not constant). I can tell he would run if the halter… Continue
Added by Cindy Toth on May 25, 2009 at 12:24pm —
My PMU foal..well, not a foal anymore! Tucker, who is a Perch-QH turned 6 today! I adopted him when he was 6 months old! He has exceeded all of my expectations of him! He is stunning...he really draws attention, he is so beautiful! And jump? Oh, yeah! He is turning out to be quite the eventer! His first horse trial last month was a blast! He so throughly enjoyed the xc phase! We were 4th in BN out of 26!! How cool is that? He is a big puppy dog, wants to be the center of attention. I can't… Continue
Added by Lori Tankel on May 25, 2009 at 12:08pm —
Writing An Effective Online Job Posting
By Sarah Pratt
Many of us in the equine world have turned to the internet for any number of things; social networking, education, industry resources, show schedules and entry forms, news and employment – in fact some newspapers and even show guides are no longer printed old-fashioned paper, but, have become a successful online subscription instead.
Using the Internet to fulfill your hiring needs can… Continue
Added by Sarah at HorseJobs.ca on May 24, 2009 at 8:40pm —
We are down to the wire with just one week left of our fundraiser. Thank you to those of you who have already donated, we have raised $400 for Heart Land!
We at Heart Land are not above stooping to low levels to get your votes!
So, for everyone who donates $50, you will get an autographed photo of Calvin
Borel! And if you donate $100 or more, he will personalize it!
So stop what you are doing and… Continue
Added by Lori Tankel on May 24, 2009 at 8:05pm —
What a great week it was at Palgrave. Beautiful weather, great jumping
and lots of wonderful horses. Chris course designed 2 hunter rings all week. The show ran so well that the over 150 trips in each ring ended by 4 pm every day. Today he set a very interesting and challenging Equine Canada Medal for the 3'6" junior riders. Over 25 took part and many mastered the subtle tests he built into the track. We are… Continue
Added by Evie Frisque on May 24, 2009 at 7:30pm —
Lately I haven't been blogging much.
Had a period where we just tried to figure out how to practice the most effective way for our clinic next Saturday.
Well, to be honest, I am not sure if we will be ready to go there. You see, last Tuesday she had her hooves fixed, and had a huge bacterial infection in them. The barefoot trimmer had to dig a little to make it better, but unfortunately she was sore under her legs the day after. And she still is.…
Added by Kine R on May 24, 2009 at 12:00pm —
As I travel the world working with people and horses there are significant cultural differences between the various countries. However, it is always true that wherever I go - people are people and horses are horses. But then again there is the very real challenge of how often the time needed for translation of verbal languages takes us “out of the moment” with the horses.
Of course, that delay between a rider hearing what I have to say - and then translating my English into their own… Continue
Added by Chris Irwin on May 24, 2009 at 10:30am —
Anyone looking through a list of horses for sale needs to have a strong sense of what they are looking to buy. When buying horses in Texas, or anywhere else, most people are going to find right off the bat that they are not just looking for "a brown horse," they are going to be looking for horses that will serve a particular purpose.
When some people look to buy horses, it is because they have a ranch and they need to have a horse that will allow them to keep… Continue
Added by horsesforsale on May 24, 2009 at 6:35am —