Well, this picture says it all.
The Pony (who looks really small in this picture
) finally got the beat right in the trot and I could ask her for more, and more and more until she understood what I was asking and stretched her little legs out as far as she could. Oh I love that pony so much!!
tjerna (the ponys name) S
Added by Hannah on November 30, 2009 at 5:48pm —
American consumers spent less money on Christmas trees in 2008 than they did the previous year, according to a recent consumer tracking poll released by the National Christmas Tree Association. Continue
Consumers here purchased 28.2 million farm-grown Christmas trees and 11.7 million artificial trees last year, according to the study. Both are declines from 2007, with the artificial tree category showing a decline of 35 percent, while real trees were down about 10 percent.
Added by bloglist on November 30, 2009 at 5:10pm —
November 29th Through December 5th
November 30, 1963
– Quarter Horse Jet Deck wins the Josie’s Bar Handicap. Jet Deck was the first Quarter Horse to earn over $200,000 during his racing career. Born in 1960, Jet Deck was first bred in 1965, and it was instantly apparent that he passed his talents as a racehorse on to his offspring. In 1969, the wins of Jet Deck’s offspring totaled
25 firsts, 14 seconds and 12 thirds in stakes races. Unfortunately, his career as a… Continue
Added by Paige Cerulli on November 30, 2009 at 8:30am —
Thank you for patiently waiting for me to post this week's to-do list. I'm just a little behind schedule!
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Added by Karen Brenner on November 29, 2009 at 6:58pm —
The past two weeks I have been reminded by the mares I ride that horses REALLY appreciate being comfortable. The past few months I have been using the Micklem multi-bridle with snaffle bits (Dr. Bristol egg-butt and today a copper roller eggbutt snaffle.) The mares I ride do appreciate the multi-bridle, though I have had to modify some things to keep them comfortable.
Two weeks ago I changed the reins I use with Mia. The old ones I use are well broken in and I have several newer… Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on November 29, 2009 at 6:07pm —
Tim was able to give me some very important considerations to keep in mind when you're walking a course. The key point is, 'know your horse.' Here are his tips:
1. Look at the course "through your horse's eyes." Specifically, walk the course thinking about your horse's eye line; you need to see the fences as he/she will see them. What's in the background that may take the horses eye off the fence? Is the fence big and bold, or does it blend in with the background? For example, are… Continue
Added by KatyM., Community News on November 28, 2009 at 7:00pm —
Well I really rode Pixie for the first time today. I've had her in the boarding barn since Canadian Thanksgiving weekend. I did groundwork for a week, then hired the girl that been training the ponies all summer. I must say Heather has done an excellent job with the boys and with Pixie. I had started both the boys over the past couple of winters but COLD weather after working outside all winter doesn't make me want to get on a green pony and time is just not there in the summer. Both boys w-t-c… Continue
Added by Diana on November 28, 2009 at 4:23pm —
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Mentor Platinum Coaching Club that would allow me to personally coach you from anywhere in the world, go to http://www.dressagementor.com/dm/platinum.html
There's no obligation to be put on the list to get more information.
Added by Jane Savoie on November 28, 2009 at 9:00am —
This week the big topic of conversation in the equestrian industry has been the FEI’s decision to allow horses to compete on small amounts of Bute and other anti-inflammatory drugs.
No matter where in the world you are the new regulations are being discussed, so rather than going into detail about it here, I recommend you check out the following links if you’d like to hear about some of the latest news surrounding the FEI’s decision:
Horse & Hound Online… Continue
Added by Chloé Sharrocks on November 27, 2009 at 4:12pm —
I need advice for my daughter and her horse. My daughter is 10 years old and very interested in riding, however she lacks confidence in riding. Her horse has come to figure this out. Cheyenne is a very sweet and gentle horse and a tad bit on the lazy side. I would like to find out information or suggestions on how to teach my daughter to win her horse's respect and have him respond to her commands. When she asks him to walk he refuses. He cocks his back leg and stands there no matter what… Continue
Added by Julie Goodnight on November 27, 2009 at 8:30am —
Lots of riders seem to be confused by the dressage term “long and low” . Some riders even think long and low is different from the stretchy circle in the dressage tests.
Long and low is the SAME as what’s being asked for stretchy circles. The stretchy circles were added to the dressage tests to check that the horse’s connection was correct and that the rider wasn’t fudging things by fiddling with the reins.
To get correct long and low, your horse must be connected over his… Continue
Added by Jane Savoie on November 27, 2009 at 8:30am —
On the Bit 1.0
©Thomas Ritter 2009
I want to explore the notion of riding the horse “on the bit” in the next few entries. It is something that most riders struggle with for a long time. It is something that is considered to be of central importance in dressage. Yet, it is not as well defined as one should think. Opinions on what being on the bit is or looks like diverge. A posture that is considered to be on the bit by rider A may be considered to be above the bit by rider B.… Continue
Added by Thomas Ritter on November 27, 2009 at 8:30am —
This is an amazing true story about acceptance and lack of acceptance. It shows how wrong it is to assume all ‘difficult’ horses just need to be ridden more forward. It is wrong to assume that just because a horse is unwilling, napping, rearing or bucking that they are being naughty and need discipline. Indeed it is dangerous to assume this. A proportion will undoubtedly have this behaviour because of pain.
ONE LADY AND TWO HALF BROTHERS
As part of his… Continue
Added by William Micklem on November 27, 2009 at 4:00am —
I just posted a pic of Moshi starting the stretchy circle at http://www.facebook.com/horse.training?ref=ts
Added by Jane Savoie on November 26, 2009 at 9:58am —
What It Takes To Be A Jockey
By Frank Lovato Jr.
For many youngsters who feel the need for speed via horseback, the idea of becoming a thoroughbred jockey seems the perfect solution. I get so many kids each year that come to me looking for some sort of advice and direction into this career of being a… Continue
Added by Frankie & the Equicizer on November 25, 2009 at 8:30pm —
Royal Team Challenge
The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair introduced a new event to this year's Royal Horse Show; the Team Challenge was an action packed, international… Continue
Added by Jaye Tatone on November 25, 2009 at 4:00pm —
Since my last blog entry, I decided to follow up the Centered Riding clinic that inspired that blog, with some lessons in the process of becoming a Centered Riding instructor.
It's an interesting journey. If you've never read Sally Swift's book, Centered Riding, I highly recommend that you do: there are great illustrations and visuals in there which can really help you with awareness and posture while you are riding.
The Equifitt work I do most of the time is about building… Continue
Added by Heather Sansom at Equifitt.com on November 25, 2009 at 1:30pm —
U.S. news organizations say President Barack Obama plans to announce his new strategy for Afghanistan on Tuesday evening, during a prime-time television address. Continue
The reports say the president is most likely to back a plan to send between 30,000 and 35,000 additional U.S. troops to the country.
The top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan earlier this year told the president that up to 40,000 troops are needed to combat Taliban and al-Qaida militants in the region.…
Added by bloglist on November 25, 2009 at 12:29pm —
Tonight's episode is brought to you by the letter "D".
Seems I'm not the only fan of Sesame Street. Monday night, Sammie conjured up the above adjectives in our workout, reminding me of what used
to be one of my favorite childhood TV shows. I should have predicted the outcome. It was so predictable that it was practically scripted. But what seems patently… Continue
Added by saddlebroke on November 25, 2009 at 9:59am —
It's the winter that's always the hardest in this job. It's not even the cold and the rain and short dark days, it's the tiredness that comes with it. I feel shattered and organising everything so it runs more or less smoothly seems like a grand effort. It's even worse when one or two things crop up unexpected which means whatever managed to be painstakingly planned ends up upside down and inside out.
I spent last evening in Hampshire… Continue
Added by Wiola Grabowska on November 24, 2009 at 6:30pm —