May 2017 Blog Posts (13)

My New Wellep Full Cheek Double Jointed Snaffle

My New Wellep Full Cheek Double Jointed Snaffle

A few weeks ago, on Ebay, I found this listing for an “extremely rare” Wellep Full Cheek Double Jointed Snaffle. Yes, this bit IS extremely rare, I have been haunting Ebay for seven years, frequently checking for any Wellep bits for sale, and this was the first time I had seen a double jointed Wellep bit for…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on May 27, 2017 at 12:12pm — No Comments

My horse is bucking! -What to do? Part 2

Avoid it  - If I’m going to stir up a storm, I need to be able to ride through whatever horse’s response so that he doesn’t find bucking rewarding. So I might come at a training problem in another way vs attacking head on.

Examples – small wins vs epic wins. 3 % improvement. Aim to never have…

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Added by Lindsay Grice on May 26, 2017 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Playing games and riding

I’ve been taking the youngest out for rides on Coyote in the mornings while the oldest is at school. I’m glad he’s liking horses, I thought he’d be tractors and nothing else. One morning I went ahead and turned Rusty out in the yard to graze while we rode. We left him behind for the first part of our ride, fortunately he can’t really come with out through the corn field. But when we got back into the yard he started following us. I decided to have some fun with it and see what he would…

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Added by Noche Miller on May 24, 2017 at 7:00pm — No Comments

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

What is a buck ? Part 1

A behaviour expressed in variety shapes and sizes:

  • one buck or multiple.
  • a sharp kick out with one or both legs,
  • stationary, stalling, rocking, humping or while running.

A buck can also follow a flight incident like an exclamation mark on the tail end a…

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Added by Lindsay Grice on May 19, 2017 at 7:49pm — No Comments

I Compared My Most Secure Full Seat Riding Pants

I Compared My Most Secure Full Seat Riding Pants

In last weeks blog I told all of you about my experiment in using both my Corrector saddle pad and my Kerrits IceFil tights, and how my Pegasus Butterfly jumping saddle stopped shifting so much to the side. On Sunday morning it was a bit cool and a wind was blowing, so I decided to wear my FITS Performax full seat deer skin breeches instead,…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on May 13, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Survey on Steamed/Soaked hay for a Master's project

 Dear fellow horse enthusiast,

           Do you feed your horse steamed hay? Have you ever wondered what the benefits could be? This survey is being distributed to people within the equine industry in Ontario to understand the prevalence of the practice of steaming/soaking hay within the province. We currently know that…

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Added by Lindsay McDonald on May 11, 2017 at 12:23pm — 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

Signs of Progress

Signs of Progress

This has been an amazing week for my riding.  I finally managed to stabilize my new saddle so it stays centered on the horses’ backs, and I stopped slipping and sliding around in my saddle.  The horses were happier, Debbie, my riding teacher was amazed, and if I were not exhausted I would feel like I was in my twenties again.

Two lessons ago, Debbie was please with a lot of my riding and Bingo’s responses, but she was NOT pleased that I could not keep myself…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on May 6, 2017 at 12:47pm — No Comments

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

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