Added by Alanna McPartlin on May 9, 2013 at 1:56am —
Well, on Saturday my baby boy re-starts the starting process. I'm finding it quite disturbing. I have the best professional I know working with him (and I'm involved, even if it's only watching). So, I was pondering why this was bothering me. I think it's because right now he's just unlimited potential. Once he's started, reality kicks in. Of course I will love him no matter what happens. If he's not a dressage horse, so be it. If he's not a high level dressage horse, so be it. … Continue
Added by MagsNMe on May 8, 2013 at 9:37pm —
Two Man Sorting
Last Sunday, after a good ride on Saturday morning, we took the horses out for some two-man sorting at Rancho Rio Stables by the Kern River. In this iteration of calf work, the cattle are numbered zero to nine and there are two pens about 40 feet across with an opening between the two. The cows are settled into the far end of one pen. Our job is to go in and, once we cross into the occupied pen we are given a number, then we start with that cow and… Continue
Added by John Harrer on May 8, 2013 at 7:00pm —
The Joy of Compassionate, Successful Horsemanship
By: Franklin Levinson
“Was blind, but now I see.” These words from the last line of the wonderful hymn
Amazing Grace, usually find me misty eyed and full of emotion. Sometimes I am totally moved to a very cathartic release and a flood of tears upon… Continue
Added by Franklin Levinson on May 6, 2013 at 12:46pm —
When I decided to refocus my riding to dressage, I made a valiant effort to find someone to give me regular longe lessons. Shockingly, this was much more difficult than I had expected! I would hear things like, “you’ve been riding all your life, why do you need a longe lesson?”…
Added by Essential Equestrian on May 6, 2013 at 9:03am —
If you don’t currently exercise outside of riding, I highly recommend it. While I completely understand it is tough to imagine doing anything other than crash on the couch after a 12+ hour day, I’ve found that it has made a huge difference in my body control and body awareness while I’m riding.
As a groom or working student when you are lifting buckets,… Continue
Added by Essential Equestrian on May 5, 2013 at 9:44pm —
I hope you read this title, made a guffaw, and said, “What?! No ride is ever a bust!”
And, honestly, I agree with you. No ride is ever a bust, and it is the difficult ones that often teach us the most. This doesn’t change the fact that it is tough to… Continue
Added by Essential Equestrian on May 5, 2013 at 9:41pm —
A colleague of mine used to love the phrase “managing expectations.” I’ve found this mindset has uses in many areas of our lives, especially when teaching and training.
As riders, we must check our expectations at the door and “let the horse be your calendar,” as Charles de Kunffy says. As teachers, it is imperative to manage the expectations of our… Continue
Added by Essential Equestrian on May 5, 2013 at 9:30pm —
My Stubben Siegfried is Fixed, Hurray!
Last Tuesday I went down to the tack store to pick up my Stubben, all ready to ride with new front billet straps. It did not take very long for the local tack specialist to replace the billets and it just cost me $87.00 USD. Now I do not have to worry anymore about a billet strap breaking and I can relax and enjoy riding in my ancient 43 year old saddle. When I got it home I put on stirrups and stirrup leathers, my sheepskin seat… Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on May 5, 2013 at 1:57pm —
Today we want to say CONGRATULATIONS to Orb and trainer,
Shug McGaughey for their impressive win in the 2013 Kentucky Derby!
Orb splashed through the slop the Kentucky Derby, coming from way back in the pack and giving Hall of Fame trainer… Continue
Added by Danielle Zackery (Hoof-Ease) on May 4, 2013 at 7:45pm —
My names Bethany and well its been a while since I have written a blog... life just gets in the way sometimes you know? Anyway writing a blog hasn't been the only thing that I haven't done in a while.…
Added by Bethany Smith on May 3, 2013 at 9:18pm —
Tim and I would like to introduce our readers and
to 2 new members of the “WINNERS ON HOOF-EASE”. Memorys and Dreams and Carni; both trained by Jennifer Hayford-Quinones, had races today with come-from-behind . We would like to offer a heartfelt CONGRATULATIONS to all their connections! What a great day for… Continue
Added by Danielle Zackery (Hoof-Ease) on May 3, 2013 at 6:52pm —
Madam might be taking this writing partnership of ours a tad far. First she assigned me the job of publicist. That was fine until she informed Gabe and me that a Horse Opoly tournament with the local Belgian pulling horses did not comprise a proper book promotion. That’s when I suggested she might like to tackle this publicist task on her own since I was running low on tasteful ideas.
“Why, yes,” she agreed. “I’ll be happy to cook up a few events.”
Since then,… Continue
Added by Mary Farr on May 3, 2013 at 5:09pm —
A client and I went to see a horse this week. He belonged to her in the past, but I have known him through 5 owners, each time given up reluctantly. This horse is 10 years old. Our Boy is a sensitive, athletic horse, smart and honest. In other words, a wonderful…
Added by Anna Blake on May 3, 2013 at 8:31am —
When I was 10 I got Peppy as a Christmas gift. Shortly thereafter she was diagnosed with Laminitis. When I was 16, we had to euthanize her because the pain was past what she could handle. It broke my heart into tiny pieces to lose her. We were a great team in the show ring and together we won 27… Continue
Added by Danielle Zackery (Hoof-Ease) on May 2, 2013 at 7:47pm —
For the last two months I've been working out from 7:15 to 8:15 four times a week trying to get back into shape. I use a local physical therapy office that has a "health for life" program, so I am trained under the watchful eyes of trainers and PT's who have a real education in the mechanics of the body and will make sure (I hope) that I don't hurt myself. Why? So, when this time of the year came I would be ready to… Continue
Added by John Harrer on May 2, 2013 at 4:15pm —
We are pleased to have Dale Myler return to Baker's this spring for an educational seminar on bitting featuring the Myler Bits® line. Continue
Attendance is $10, and pre-registration is required to ensure your spot in the clinic. Your attendance fee will be reimbursed to you upon the purchase of a Myler bit. Included is an informative session and an opportunity for an open forum Q&A, as well as…
Added by carmen griscti on May 2, 2013 at 11:47am —
Kevin and I took Cole and Starry out for a ride last night. It was in the 70s, so we figured they would be on the quiet side, but we were wrong. Both were feeling good. We started out with some fine trotting. They were energetic, but behaving, so I was able to talk Kevin into doing some cantering—with me in the lead. That meant I could go fast!
We have a favorite stretch for cantering that is so good that we even call it “the canter stretch.” Cole really felt like cantering, so it… Continue
Added by Judi Daly on May 2, 2013 at 11:00am —
Anyone following the Kentucky Derby this year? I've really been enjoying the Kentucky Derby Photos that I've seen so far. Such great looking horses. Do you guys have any favorites?
Added by Melissa Sue on May 1, 2013 at 11:58am —
Mrs. Zackery’s Crash Course in Hoof Anomalies.
Below is the view of the foot most often seen by the bare foot trimmer. These are the structures and areas of the horse’s hoof anatomy that we most often directly affect, when trimming. Learn the names and proportions of each area of the hoof. It will help you trim correctly and also help you recognize a healthy foot.
Added by Danielle Zackery (Hoof-Ease) on April 30, 2013 at 10:06pm —