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A couple of us are curious about how many guys there are on here and what riding discipline they are interested in. How would you like to participate in a men only group on Barn Mice?Especially in…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by James ( Sandy) Dunlop Feb 4, 2013.


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A Bit About Me and my Horse(s)
I'm a retired university professor and graphic designer living in a small village (pop.309) in South Eastern Ontario.
I ride almost daily, weather permitting. I volunteer with the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society, and my horse is a wonderful 16 years old retrained standardbred. I ride only for pleasure although I have competed in the past.
Do you have any pets?
Other than my horse we have two new dogs (as of end of October) - Aurora, a beautiful orange belton English Setter, and Sophie, a Bichon Frisé/American Eskimo cross. Aurora will be three at Christmas, and Sophie five months old.

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At 12:25pm on January 9, 2013, Gary Glaser said…

Thank You John

If you ever have free time and would like to try something new please keep us in mind.

Again thank you and all the best in the saddle

At 11:31am on January 9, 2013, Christopher Koth said…

John, awesome to hear from you. The whether down your way certainly sounds challenging but how great to know you still persevere. Yes, the riding for me continues in ernest and I swear I learn every moment that I am on Winchester. Yes, he is a school horse, but he is a wise old man, and his challenges to me have been a great education in learning how to 'learn' with him.  I can't believe how much I enjoy this and live for the few precious moments I can get to the barn and we with my buddy.  I hope to make it down your way some time in the Spring in order to attend a conference.  I'll surely be checking out riding opportunities when I am there.   Best to you and yours for the new year John.   Chris

At 10:52am on January 9, 2013, Gary Glaser said…

Thank You for your reply John

I am sorry you feel you and your mount are too weathered, I myself ride a 25 year old and one of our latest members is a bit older than yourself and just purchased a 22 year old that is trained to cowboy shooting.  Also our president is in his 70’s and just last year trained a new young horse for this hobby.


All the best and if you or anyone you know would like to join in a saber charge, feel free to contact me.


Again Thank You


Gary Glaser

Mounted commander 9th NY Cavalry.

At 8:39am on January 9, 2013, Gary Glaser said…

I came across your page , and if you would like to try something different with your horse or any member of your stable I wanted to introduce myself and my hobby. My name is Gary Glaser and I am the mounted commander of the 9th New York Cavalry and live in Binbrook, Ont. I belong to a group of equine enthusiasts that enjoy living historians and American civil war, we are the 9th NY cavalry. The Ninth New York Cavalry has been reactivated by ain the portrayal of the life of the Federal Horse Soldier. As a group, we participate in living history encampments, re-enactments, and giving informative lectures throughout the year in both Ontario and the U.S. Visit use on the web .

I would like to forward you 2 you tube sites dealing with Civil War re enacting, , the first is well put together, and it is from this past year at a large event in Gettysburg, unfortunately none of our members were at this event, but do know a large number of the riders. The second one is a smaller event held at Upper Canada village, the 9th was the mounted cav. at this event, and this would be a typical small event . If you have any one in your stable that would interest in becoming involved in our group , do not hesitate to contact me at . We are not a stable and are not associated with any stable. We are a not for profit group. Thank You Gary Glaser

At 5:21pm on July 1, 2012, Christopher Koth said…

John, I just couldn't agree with you more!  Thanks for being a 'friend'. 



At 5:52pm on October 29, 2011, Christopher Hyams said…

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Hi Chris,
I am also glad we are in touch and I apologize that this message has been so long in coming. We just had my brother and his wife visiting from the UK so its been very hectic. Neither of them drives! No, not ever so they are completely dependent on us when they are here. It was a little easier when we lived in the city as they could take themselves out and about.

 Actually, I don;t blame them. When I'm in England, I won't drive, sure that I'd be ticketed or killed on the wrong side of the road. But I must tell you that I, too, have been doing a bit of motoring about. I logged 310 miles in order to ride and instruct at 3 locations since 4:30am yesterday. Which did permit me to avoid the Baseball madness transpiring 40 blocks from my house here in St Louis City. WHen I arrived home, my neighbors told me they were awake all night, not participating in, but listening to the street celebrations that continued after the game until dawn. Although I did sleep well, in a client's guest room 90 mile north, pretty well whooped at this moment. But already looking forward to tomorrow's rides.
The best day of their visit (for me) was when I took them with me to visit the stud farm where my horse was born. The farm is in a beautiful area and so the drive itself was quite lovely, and the farm is spectacular - gorgeous pastures and the largest barn I've ever been in. They breed Hanoverians and Standardbreds and we met a group of absolutely gorgeous yearlings, one of which is sold to the UK and soon be be shipped there. Hmmmm, I wonder what you would get by crossing a trotting Standardbred with Hanoverian with a recent dose of Thoroughbred? Seems that if you really knew both gene pools well, you could nick one amazing dressage horse. Or, more likely a complete dud. Another, who is most likely UK bound also was the richest possible liver chestnut - a colour I've never seen on a Standardbred. 60 years ago Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds were bred in the Foxhunting country in which I was raised. And the breeders would hunt both the Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds after racing them. The country had lots of "cut and come agains" (giant multiflora rose hedges that were pruned and tied to make thick, thorny walls. Before I rode, I used to bicycle out to"hilltop" during school holiddays. It was an amazing spectacle!The owners were very welcoming, toured us around and then invited us into the house for coffee and apple fritters. My brother was super impressed as such a visit would not have been so warm in the UK...oh, maybe times and manners have changed in England, but when, on the way to Badminton in the late 80's, I had my driver stop at Goodwood that I might glimpse the Dressage Courts and Racecourse, her stable worker put me on the phone to Lady March, who instructed her Course Keeper to open the gate for me, and to then direct me to her office for tea! It was as if I had simply arrived at the appointed time of an invitation previously accepted. You bet I took another couple of hours to see Goodwood! I am next to raid my refrigerator, and don a cassock for a costume cocktail party which precedes the outbreak of Halloween street party tonight. Costume judging accompanied by live bands on a stage spanning an intersection two blocks from here.

OH, frm Nancy's I posted to DressageUnderground this morning. Let me know what you think about it, if you will, John.
More later, Chris - duty calls...

At 5:47pm on October 7, 2011, Christopher Hyams said…

Hi, John.

You have opened many topics we may discuss, and while I have a few minutes between rides, start in.

It actually does surprise me that of 256 members of barnmice, only 7 joined your Men's group. But I am even more surprised that barnmice, an offshoot of Eurodressage, which touts a MILLION hits a day, has only 256 members. I would have thought more like 10% of that MILLION (if that is a real number) would be barnmice, and that 10% of barnmice would join a men's group. But I am also noticing that communication among my friends through other social networking channels has diminished recently. Instead they are simply posting photos, or GPS through those channels. Maybe they are texting each other, I am not, and I hope they are not. (Inspired by Steve Jobs, I am actually practicing my handwriting.)

I understand your frustration with being an only male in a 'barn aisle culture.' The stable in which my schoolmaster is kept has a barn aisle culture so offputting to me, I simply do not participate. I tend and exercise the horse daily, am focused on his well-being only, get in and out quickly. Visiting my clients as their instructor/rider/trainer at private and commercial equestrian facilities in this area, I arrive on time, provide services, and leave. No socializing. If someone wants to book my time, they can open an account.

I am not interested or involved local horse shows, in any way. My riding clients are adults, who like you, enjoy mature relationships with their horses and are rewarded by knowing they are progressing their own skills and horses' developments. We don't need ribbons, or the accompanying bullshit to know we are accomplished and are continuing to learn.  If my clients have competitive urges, I encourage them to be subjected only to highly qualified judges at venues of commensurate quality...which is to spend a LOT of money beyond a horses needs and an engaging training program for horse and rider.  You would probably think me, too, unfriendly, and unapproachable at a horse show. I am there only to earn my salt by serving my clients, that they achieve the highest possible test scores.

I envy you that you have time for trail riding. It is a pleasure, I agree. And I have been promising my schoolmaster a trailride soon. One morning I'll put him on the lorry and take him to a park. Unfortunately the yard in which he lives has no adjoining trails. He lives there because it is the nearest to my house in the city, and there is always good enough footing someplace onsite, either indoors or outdoors, so that I can exercise him before or after servicing a client site. He is an aged thoroughbred, whom I bought from his breeder after his racing phase, schooled for a year before showing him a short season of AA shows as a green hunter, then took another year to develop his dressage and cross-country abilities before completing 8 USEF Novice Horse Trials. And am now riding him only on the flat, and loving it. And he does, too, I am sure.

Gotta get going...rider ready for my attention. Glad we are in touch, Chris

At 6:19pm on October 6, 2011, Christopher Hyams said…
Thanks for your extension of friendship. ANd thanks for forming a men's group. I lookforward to knowing you. I've been playing with a blog that you may enjoy browsing. If you find anything there interesting enough, I'd love to see your comments there on
At 10:30am on August 12, 2010, OEF said…
Hi John - Thanks for joining the OEF group! Please feel free to use the group to ask questions, post comments, share ideas, etc.
At 2:20pm on May 22, 2010, Jackie Cochran said…
Hi John, Forward Seat was developed by Capt. Caprilli in the last decade of the nineteenth century. The main influence on greater equitation is that riders now get out of the saddle when their horses are jumping and try not to yank the horse in the mouth while jumping.
I wrote 4 blogs just on the FS, Oct. 11,2009 "The Forward Seat Position for Slow Equitation", Oct. 18, 2009,"The Forward Seat Position for Fast Equitation", Oct. 25, "The Forward Seat Position for Jumping", all from Vladimir Littauer's books, and on Nov. 1, 2009 "32 Faults to Avoid While Jumping" from Jane Dillon's "Form Over Fences". Most of my blogs are about riding FS because that is the most secure way for me to ride even if I can no longer go fast or jump.
To find them, go to my page, and under the box with my avatar and some other stuff you will see BLOGS (50), click on this to go to my blogs and keep on going back in time until you hit them.
Very few people ride in the FS system any more, if you are interested in more go to the site where there is more information.
Well, very few people ride forward seat EXCEPT in the air over jumps, even if current day riders ignore everything else in this excellent system of riding, they have never been able to deny that horses jump better when the rider gets off their back over the jump and when the rider allows them to stretch their head and neck as much as the horse needs to to jump safely.
Zuckie sounds delightful, but you already know that!!!

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