Horse Conformation AnalysisSteps of Conformation Analysis: 1: BALANCE 2: STRUCTURAL CORRECTNESS 3: MUSCLING 4: BREED CHARACTERISTICS 5: SEX CHARACTERISTICS BALANCE: The ideal light horse will be balanced, as determined by dividing it into three sections. Draw imaginary lines separating the shoulder area, body and hindquarters. A horse can be divided equally only if it has a long, sloping shoulder; short back with…See More
"Had our regular monthly meeting last night. The topic was saddles. I began by teaching them about the tree and am building a saddle up from there. The kids will be creating a pretend custom saddle based on real measurements from their horse. Covered…"
------ SECONDARY CUES ------To most riders when cueing a horse you think of the three primary cues – hands, legs and seat. Those cues are important, but there are secondary cues that are just as important in horsemanship. The secondary cues include voice, breathing and eyes/head. Voice: The power of a voice cue comes from the volume and tempo not the actual word used. While some horses seem to recognize a certain word, they are actually reacting to the way the word sounds. They have no real…See More
"The trail ride went off without a hitch! I was a beautiful day for a ride and the kids and horses behaved really well. We rode the trails for about an hour and then headed back to the trail head. We all ate a picnic lunch and I asked the kids about…"
4H Equi-Spirit Horsemanship------ Seat & Body Position ------The single most important part of riding is a rider’s body position. A proper riding position will enable your horse to perform to its maximum ability. A poor riding position will hinder your horse’s performance and cause pain/injury to both the horse and the rider. Horses are incredibly strong and agile, but a rider out of balance will force a horse to change its own balance to compensate for the rider. This will cause a…See More
Our club just finished a series on bits and will be moving on to saddles. We are planning on going on a trail ride and picnic next weekend to celebrate this year's goal achieved and set goals for next year. The kids are also looking forward to participating in the county Share The Fun show. What is everybody else up to? I attached a couple of the handouts for the bit series. There are a couple more on mechanics of the bit and fitting the bit if anyone is interested.See More