All Blog Posts Tagged 'western' (203)

September 17 2010

Today was a beautiful day. I tried to work all my horses but only got a few done. Its all good though.


I did ground work with Fergie, (Painted Beauty), (my newest baby a 3 yo paint. The filly from my late paint mare, B (My Bayou Beauty). I got her completely green. So I am starting from scratch.)

I lunged Fergie in the arena with a western…


Added by Amanda Hoss on September 17, 2010 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Here's How To Have A Great Ride Everyday!

Hi Guys,

Attitude is a choice. You don't have to have a bad day. Here are 3 simple ways to insure that every ride you have with your horse is a great one!

1. Learn to see things in shades of grey.

Want to know how to have a great ride everyday? Stop expecting perfection. Don't look at training and competing in black or white terms. Instead, learn to see things in "shades of gray". The key to seeing shades of gray is to recognize…


Added by Jane Savoie on September 17, 2010 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

The Importance of Posting on the Correct Diagonal

Hi Julie,

Try to settle this discussion - please! Is posting on the correct "diagonal" only important in English riding? I always thought it was about the horse's balance in a bend....some say it's just not a "western thing"...and will post in a western saddle, but not with any regard for the diagonal???



You are correct that posting…


Added by Julie Goodnight on September 11, 2010 at 11:30pm — 10 Comments

Cider Forgives Me

This morning's weather was marvelous, just in the 60's F when I rode. No ice vest, no Cool Cap. It felt odd.


After my last ride on Cider two weeks ago I put a lot of thought into how I could improve things. The first thing I did was change from the Wellep Lever Cheek single jointed snaffle to the regular Wellep Full Cheek single jointed…


Added by Jackie Cochran on September 5, 2010 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Reprogramming Your Subconscious Mind to Overcome Fear

Hi Guys,

One of the biggest mistakes riders make when we're trying to overcome horseback riding fears is that we direct our efforts toward the conscious mind. You know--willpower, iron-jawed determination. The problem with that strategy is that you can only make short-term, temporary changes when you direct your efforts to your conscious mind. To make permanent changes, direct your efforts to the part of your brain that truly determines your actions--your subconscious mind.…


Added by Jane Savoie on September 3, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

Natural Horsemanship Solutions: Join Up

Join Up – get your horse to catch you!


Have you ever gone into the paddock to catch your horse and your horse keeps running away from you?

Do you ever head to the paddock…


Added by Lindsey Forkun on August 29, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

Natural Horsemanship Solutions: The Power of Non-Demanding Time

Please Like Me! The Power of Non-Demanding Time

Develop the Partnership you have always dreamed for!


You can force horses to do many things, but forcing a horse to like and trust you is impossible. A horse…


Added by Lindsey Forkun on August 27, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Help with Confidence


I have a 15-year old gelding – appaloosa/Clydesdale cross, Copper. My problem is that I am not confident enough to follow through with things that I ask him to do. This happens mainly when I ride him – he’s lazy and doesn't want to go, or doesn't want to go in the direction I want to go. That is partly because I don’t have a lot of experience with horses, but mostly because I saw Copper buck someone off that he didn't like, and I don’t want that to happen to me! I know that he…


Added by Julie Goodnight on August 27, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

Rhythm and Tempo: Which tempo is best for your horse?

Hi Guys,

First, let me define rhythm and tempo. I want to do this because lots of dressage riders use those terms interchangeably and they don't mean the same thing.

Rhythm - Regularity of the rhythm refers to the even spacing between each step in a stride of walk, trot or canter. Regular rhythm is a priority for all work--whether or not you're riding a pure dressage horse. Movements and exercises should never be done at the expense of rhythm. Rhythm should always stay…


Added by Jane Savoie on August 20, 2010 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Long way from home....

Sitting in a tent when it's -5 outside in the middle of summer with friends vomitting around you from altitude sickness at 10,000 feet. Long way from home.

With Dell having a mini mid season break I got offered a place on a budget…

Added by Oliver Lawrence on August 17, 2010 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Snaffle vs Curb Bits for Trail Horses

Hi Julie,

I came across a book recently that talked about the comfort snaffle. I was surprised to learn that snaffles are not exactly what they are supposed to be and some bits that I thought were snaffles (like the Tom Thumb) are not snaffles, nor are they mild. I have noticed at times some of our horses pulling on the reins and opening their mouths. From what I read it was saying that…


Added by Julie Goodnight on August 13, 2010 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Horse Play News Aug-Sept 2010

The Running Horse

A Bi-monthly Newsletter from Horse Play

Issue August-September 2010

Horse Play

EIN: 05-0506340




Message from Aidan – the Alpha Mare

Whew! Has it been hot, humid and buggy or what! Good weather for napping or just grazing – whichever. Haven’t been on the trail in…


Added by Horse Play on August 9, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

Solve Horseback Riding Fear With An Attitude Of Gratitude

It's completely reasonable that you might have some fear when horseback riding. After all, you’re dealing with a reactive (reactive means bolt, spin, buck, shy, or rear!) animal that outweighs you by a lot! But you can solve those horseback riding fears by adopting an attitude of gratitude.

The first thing you need to remember is that 99% of the things you fear never come to pass. So why waste all that energy worrying about things that will probably never happen. Mark…


Added by Jane Savoie on August 6, 2010 at 10:30am — 6 Comments

This Week in Horse History - August 2nd Through August 8th

This Week in Horse History - August 2nd Through August 8th

August 3rd, 1863 - Saratoga Racecourse opened in Saratoga Springs, New York. The opening meet was organized by John Morrisey, John Hunter, William Travers, and Leonard Jerome. Because it was so successful, it was repeated the following year, and was moved across a street so that the track could be…


Added by Paige Cerulli on August 2, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

Helping a Horse that Pulls on the Bit

Hi Julie

I have been riding for eight months at a stable and am taking classes once-twice a week as well as clinics. I bought a horse from the stables I go to; he is a twelve year old Arab and a very forgiving horse but in the last two months he has started to pull on the bit. I am finding this very, very frustrating. My teacher is a very good trainer as well as a teacher. Just this…


Added by Julie Goodnight on July 30, 2010 at 10:00am — No Comments

Saturday, July 24th


Today is July 24th, and i havent been on Barnmice for a REALLY long time. i'm quite happy that people are joining my group, Showing. Riders helping Riders is a great way to connect.

I'm leaving to go to a special English riding camp, and it'll be a lot of fun! I get to ride a different horse, but i dont know which one. I have been going to this camp since the summer of 2007, but usually i ride… Continue

Added by Shae-Lyn DeSousa on July 25, 2010 at 12:00am — No Comments

Strengthen Your Horse's Weaker Hind Leg

Hi Guys,

Your horse's weaker hind leg is the leg on his soft side. There's nothing wrong with your horse! Almost every horse has a weaker hind leg because few horses are ambidextrous. The weaker leg is the one on your horse's "soft" or hollow side. The stronger one is on his stiff side.

The weak hind leg doesn't step directly underneath your horse's body. Your horse displaces it slightly to the side to avoid carrying weight with it. On the other hand, the hind leg on…


Added by Jane Savoie on July 23, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

Natural Horsemanship Solutions: Would you Relax? Let’s enjoy the trail!

Would you Relax? Let’s enjoy the trail!

**Lindsey Forkun Equestrian advocates for you to wear a helmet



Added by Lindsey Forkun on July 23, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

In the Summertime

It's hot. BUT, we didn't let that stop us from riding. Saturday morning I had scheduled a second stack of alfalfa to be delivered. It was a good price and, while I may have an excess now, I won't have to worry about making time to go pick it up.

Hay stack

Most of the rest of the day was dedicated to doing chores. About 4:30 we convinced ourselves it had cooled down… Continue

Added by John Harrer on July 20, 2010 at 1:49pm — No Comments

Does Your Horse's Bit Fit Properly?

Does Your Horse's Bit Fit Properly?

Dear Julie,

How do you know when a bit is properly sitting in the horse's mouth? We have always heard that you look at the "wrinkles". However, this can be confusing to us.

Thank you,



This is a confusing issue to lots of people and one that almost always comes up in my clinics. It's an old-fashioned concept to say that the bit fits correctly when you see one or two wrinkles in the…


Added by Julie Goodnight on July 16, 2010 at 9:30am — No Comments

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