All Blog Posts Tagged 'training' (229)

How we finally achived forward

Or playing with balls. But that seemed a little wrong.

This afternoon I got a chance to work Rusty. Yesterday I did not get a chance to work with him. We had a little weather related issue at the time I would have had a chance and I thought it might be best to abstain.…

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Added by Noche Miller on May 23, 2017 at 7:00pm — No Comments

First ride!

The wind was howling and the temp had gone from very comfortable all morning to nearly one hundred. It is still bone dry so the dust was kicking up everywhere.

We brought him in and saddled him, worked on a couple of little things that he has well down to get him paying attention and led him out to the pen we were using. No round penning or working him until he was paying attention (read dripping sweat and too tired to do anything) just a few cookies and simple cues and he was ready…

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Added by Noche Miller on May 10, 2017 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

What happened to my horse!

I was going to ride him, the weather was good, someone was home, the wind wasn’t howling and I had been working him regularly. The time was perfect.

I pulled him from their pen and he spooked his way through the gate. I saddled him and lead him to where I planned to ride him to start with some ground work. He took off running and bucking. Where was my horse? The one who responds willingly and happily, who doesn’t care about tarps and balls or anything else I could throw at…

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Added by Noche Miller on May 9, 2017 at 9:22pm — No Comments

Can it get any more fun than this?

My daughter chose a ball for us, pink and purple of course. We had been targeting a ball getting ready, now we had a ball specially for this, it had stopped snowing and I had a moment. He walked up to the ball and touched as soon as he got in the round pen. I clicked him but he didn’t want a treat, there was some grass. I guess that works. I left him to eat some grass so he wouldn’t be so desperate for it when we started working and got the rest of my stuff. When I came back we got down to…

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Added by Noche Miller on May 8, 2017 at 10:29pm — 1 Comment

Cllicker Training

Last time I thought about clicker training, it was all theoretical. I had done a little with a previous horse but that was short lived and I haven’t had an opportunity since then.

Now I am absorbed in the practice, the study and the art. Maybe not, but I am really fascinated. Every chance I have I watch videos and read up on it. Horse Tricks 101 and Hippologic…

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Added by Noche Miller on May 2, 2017 at 5:23pm — No Comments

Reading Whorls

When I go to buy a horse the first things I look at are head shape and placement of whorls.  In my experience with my own horses and way back when I was starting colts I have found that whorls and head shape are great indicators of personality. This isn’t completely hair brained. Various grates including Temple Grandon have studied it and apparently it holds true with dogs, cattle and even children. I’m going to have to look into that a little more.

Lets take a look at Rusty. The most…

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Added by Noche Miller on May 1, 2017 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments

Beginnings

I was whining to my mother about not having a horse to train. She had been looking at a nice little reining type quarter horse with a friend, why didn’t I get him she asked. I don’t want a quarter horse I whined.  You have Princess Onna, my daughters mare, why don’t you train on her? My mom is so patient and apparently I whine a lot because she just wasn’t what I wanted either she’s old and broke good enough. I wanted a nice young, unstarted, western bred Morgan. Not that I’m picky or…

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Added by Noche Miller on April 30, 2017 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Building Strength & Confidence on the Trail

As a mother of three (and grandmother, too) I know how important it is to build strength and confidence in your children. When my kids grew up in Germany, there were no ipods or tablets, and 'playing' meant running outside and getting knocked around a bit.

Today, my kids are strong and confident adults, who learned to ride a bike, swim, climb a tree, build sand castles, balance on climbing beams, build wood huts on 'adventure playgrounds', spend a (scary) night sleeping in their tree…

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Added by Stefanie Reinhold on February 27, 2017 at 5:34pm — No Comments

You’re a Timid Rider?

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What if it isn’t a bad thing?

I have a “big picture” thing I want to say and it’s going to take some explaining. Just food for thought, really, but there’s some defining of terms that has to happen first. Just for the purposes of this article, and with full knowledge that making generalizations is always a bad idea. Here…

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Added by Anna Blake on September 16, 2016 at 9:42am — No Comments

So You Bought a Pony for Christmas. Now What?

"I want a pony for Christmas."  The phrase uttered by little girls everywhere and feared by parents across the world.  The "Christmas Pony" novelty has been mocked by TV and social media for years, but is it really as bad as the eBay commercial would have you believe?…

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Added by Texas Haynet on December 1, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments

A Sneak Peak into Down Under Horsemanship

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We spent this past Halloween weekend at Clinton Anderson's ranch in Stephenville, Tx for the first annual Ranch Rally.  For two days, Clinton took the crowd through various training exercises using different horses that ranged in both…
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Added by Texas Haynet on November 18, 2015 at 9:54am — No Comments

The Oakley Diaries - 25: Nice Problem to Have

Oakley rushed a fence.
He's never done that before.
Eeeeeeeeeeeee! <= squealing sound much like an excited 6-year-old.…
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Added by B. G. Hearns on August 9, 2015 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

How to Make Swimming With Your Horse a Success

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Do you plan to take your horse swimming this summer? Swimming with your horse is a fun summertime activity. These tips will help ensure that your experience is a success.

Make Sure Horses Are Allowed

When you’re planning your trip, check to make…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on July 6, 2015 at 7:17pm — No Comments

Buying the Right to Make a Correction.

She’s Tomboy. I don’t write about her often enough; she’s a little more serious than my corgi men. She’s a Briard, a French herding breed that has a very protective side. Tomboy appointed herself my personal bodyguard when she was a tiny pup and has…

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Added by Anna Blake on June 26, 2015 at 10:34am — No Comments

Cowboys, Dressage Queens, and Respect.

I got badmouthed by a cowboy recently. He dressed the part way too seriously.

It’s okay, in dressage we think of ourselves as eternal students. There isn’t a day that goes by that horses don’t teach me something. I…

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Added by Anna Blake on May 1, 2015 at 9:37am — No Comments

Restore your Self Belief when Things Go Wrong

When things go wrong in our horse work, our horsemanship, our riding.....we begin to blame ourselves; but we also take it further.  Sometimes we can blame ourselves so much when things go wrong that we stop trying, we stop searching for an answer, we stop attempting to move forward and begin to move backwards.

This does not just affect our relationship with our horses, it starts to creep into other areas of our lives, how we see ourselves, our social interactions, our careers…

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Added by Chanti Cleland on April 8, 2015 at 10:52am — No Comments

Affordable Ways to Rejuvenate Your Horse Show Wardrobe

As spring arrives, so does horse show season. While it would be great to buy yourself a new wardrobe each year to start the season off fresh, doing so probably isn’t practical. If your wardrobe from last year is looking a little drab, there are a number of ways you can spruce it up without spending a…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on March 25, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

The Oakley Diaries - 23: Taking Stock

I finally found a couple of free evenings and finished a sword-holder and stirrup lance-bucket, so I can now strap my repro 1908 British Cavalry Sabre onto my repro 1912 UP saddle and re-introduced Oakley to the sport of tent-pegging.

Last time we did this was over 2 years ago, and he was... skittish. He got terribly upset at the sound of the sword drawn from the scabbard, he was nervous about the sight of a drawn sabre, tried to escape from the waving pennant on the lance, and did…

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Added by B. G. Hearns on February 6, 2015 at 9:43pm — 1 Comment

Seeing Things Like Horses Do.

We see things differently than horses.  And like usual, I think we should try to be more like them.

To start, one of the easy ways to tell if a mammal is predator or prey is eye position. Predators, like us humans, have our eyes close together, aiding our depth perception and…

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Added by Anna Blake on January 23, 2015 at 8:50am — 2 Comments

How to Monitor a Horse Away in Training

When sending a horse away for training, that horse may be away for a few weeks or even a few months. And while you may have done your homework before sending your horse away for training, there’s still room for things to go wrong. Monitoring your horse when he’s not at home can be tricky, but it’s also important to ensure that he is safe and training is…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on January 21, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

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