A lot of riders aren’t clear on the difference between flexion at the jaw and flexion at the poll, and how to ask for each of these positions.
Keep in mind that a horse can flex three ways–to the left, to the right, and “in”.
When a horse flexes to the left or right, he’s flexing at the poll. When he does this, you’ll just see his inside or outside eye or nostril. I call this position +1 or -1 because you’re bringing his head 1 inch to the inside or the outside of where… Continue
Added by Jane Savoie on July 10, 2009 at 12:57pm —
When a horse rushes he is running and using the rider’s hands as the fifth leg. In other words the rider is trying to support a horse that thinks that it is acceptable to lean on your hands, which it is not.
What the rider must do is to try and be soft in the contact. When the horse starts to go forward the rider needs to bring his body back slightly to let the horse know to readdress his balance, then take quite a strong half halt and soften as soon as the horse starts to respond.… Continue
Added by Tim Stockdale on July 10, 2009 at 12:54pm —
Oh what a difficult job! As we debated the merits of the fifty six wonderful entries in the Partnership and Courage competition we did consider taking the easy option and just pulling the winners names out of a hat! However that would not be fair to the truly exceptional entries…so here goes with our assessment and announcement of the winners:
This is a much more difficult form of expression than many people realize. Most people start by using a structured approach… Continue
Added by William Micklem on July 10, 2009 at 10:30am —
Will Rogers got it right in this quote, "Do the best you can, and don't take life too serious." Sometimes we forget to take time to enjoy life.
I couldn't be taking life too seriously when I chose to paint this picture of horse rumps, or when I named it "Butts and Bows" -- after that ole time tune, "Buttons and Bows." Do any of you remember that song?…
Added by Karen Brenner on July 10, 2009 at 6:04am —
Hello to everyone at Barnmice! I am delighted to be a part of this community and I hope everyone enjoys my blog! If you have any questions that you would like me to answer in an upcoming post, feel free to leave a comment on my page.
Choosing my horses.... how do I?
I get asked all the time and it is actually quite hard for me to answer as I really have not bought a horse in a very long time. As we breed horses at my property Kirby Park in Hahndorf South Australia, I… Continue
Added by Megan Jones on July 8, 2009 at 8:30am —
I've uploaded the last test ride, which a friend and I did on Sunday. Its the last leg of Ride Bare, 18 miles across Exmoor, and the next time I ride it will be with Sarah on our way home, I hope :-)
The video is here:
...and we are off next week! More news once we return :-)
Added by Nic Barker on July 8, 2009 at 7:58am —
Last July Debbie (my riding teacher) asked me to ride an Arab mare called Mia who had been abandoned at her stable. She (Mia) suffers from arthritis, and back then nobody was riding her, and as her arthritis got more painful she moved less and less. Debbie figured that I would be more patient with Mia than other riders, and being handicapped myself, that I would have more sympathy for her. Debbie just wanted to get the mare moving again, with a hope of working her up to a lesson horse. Debbie… Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on July 7, 2009 at 3:30pm —
Flies are very difficult to control because traditional methods only focus on the adult stage. This may bring a sudden “knock-down” effect, but it is normally short lived and soon after you have the same problem.
Biological control introduces natural enemies of flies that instinctively prey upon or parasitize them in their immature stages. The industry is heavily regulated, and any commercial products must be indigenous and not harmful to any other non-target organisms before being… Continue
Added by Frank Marchetti on July 6, 2009 at 2:37pm —
Watching a mare and foal running together is so fun! It's amazing how the little one can keep up with his or her galloping mother when only days old. The mare seems to encourage her youngster to stretch his/her legs and race through their new world. In this painting, a bay Andalusian mare and her foal are cantering in a grassy pasture.
What is your teaching method -- for teaching your horse, your students, kids or grandkids? I really… Continue
Added by Karen Brenner on July 4, 2009 at 7:39pm —
Truer words have never been spoken.
It's kind of strange sometimes to think about my own past, horseman I've known, clinics I've participated in and watched. Ray Hunt was probably the most impressive. When I was in college, he was the "horse god". We all felt so privileged when he came to give us a free clinic. It was a packed house that evening. His books were required reading in our colt starting classes. Back then I didn't really understand everything he said. After… Continue
Added by Desirea Herrera on July 4, 2009 at 5:30pm —
Can you tell if your position is straight and centered on your dressage horse? Or are you collapsing at your waist and sitting crookedly?
Ask a ground person to stand behind your horse.
1. Is your seat in the center of the dressage saddle so that each seatbone is the same distance from the middle of the saddle?
2. Is the distance between your last rib and your belt equal on both sides?
3. Are your shoulders level (i.e. the same… Continue
Added by Jane Savoie on July 3, 2009 at 8:00pm —
Why did I choose Courage and partnership as my two themes? Winston Churchill can explain the former...."Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities, because it is the quality which guarantees all others." And Partnership? I believe the Power of Partnership is the key to fulfilling your potential and indeed in some cases to even go beyond what would appear to be possible.
To be either a good coach, student or rider you need to be a good team player because each is half of… Continue
Added by William Micklem on July 3, 2009 at 3:30am —
THE HUNTER RIDER: Is slightly anorexic and trying her best to achieve the
conformation of a 17-year-old male in case she ever has a clinic with
George Morris. Field marks include greeny-beige breeches and a baseball cap
when schooling or mud colored coat and hardhat with dangling chinstrap when
competing. Forks over about a grand a month to trainer for the privilege of
letting him/her 'tune' up the horse
, which… Continue
Added by Jill Williams Phinney on July 2, 2009 at 5:30pm —
A friendly reminder for our US clients:
Be Prepared for July 24 Federal Minimum Wage Increase
The federal minimum wage for covered nonexempt employees increases to $7.25 per hour effective July 24, 2009.
By law, you are required to post this new information.
Make sure your labor law postings are current.
For more information - please visit the FLSA webpage at http://www.dol.gov/esa/whd/flsa/
Added by Sarah at HorseJobs.ca on July 2, 2009 at 4:02pm —
You guys enjoyed the “ride on the bit” blog so much, I added a new one on position. http://dressagepositiontips.traffic4pros.com/
If you missed the “ride on the bit blog”, it’s at: http://rideonthebit.webjobdaddy.com
Added by Jane Savoie on July 2, 2009 at 8:39am —
Well I was just wondering if there is any particular breed of horse/pony that is best for begginer riders to own, because my parents talk about getting me a horse sometime after I'v had some more riding lessons, but I was just wondering what breed would be best if there is a best breed for begginer riders/ owners. And how many hands high is best for a 12 year old? And are geldings better for a first horse then mares, cuz mares can get grumpy. lol =D
Added by Nyree on July 2, 2009 at 7:28am —
Happy Canada Day to my friends
both big and small
to two leggers and four leggers
Canada loves them all
where else can we ride the prairies?
or through those mountains grand?
through the wooded wilderness
to Nova Scotia's sand?
So proud to be in Canada
My home away from home
always a new adventure
no matter where I… Continue
Added by Sarah at HorseJobs.ca on July 1, 2009 at 1:39pm —
Cancer June 21 - July 20
Happy Birthday to you dear Cancer. You are in for a wonderful year. Your way of dealing with your horse is magnificent and you will become the centre of attention this year in whatever discipline you chose to compete.The stressful situation which you found yourself in has evaporated.You will be favoured this year to travel quite a lot with your team, bringing home an armful of surprises. Pay attention to your horses' pastern and hoof this month to avoid long… Continue
Added by Barnmice Admin on July 1, 2009 at 12:00pm —
Riding your horse on the bit (and keeping him there!) can seem like one of the most daunting tasks for riders. So I’ve started a blog that is dedicated solely to this subject.
Check our my new blog with tips, tools, and photos to help you ride your horse on the bit.
Added by Jane Savoie on July 1, 2009 at 10:09am —