November 2012 Blog Posts (36)

Road to the Rose Bowl!!

It is less than a month until the Canadian Cowgirl horses leave for sunny California!  The journey is expected to take 4-5 days depending on the weather, so hopefully the weather gods are looking in our favour.  It takes a lot of planning to organize a trip like this.  If you think it's difficult getting one horse and rider ready for a show, try 18 horses and 22 women ready!  But it will all be worth it! 


Thanks to all that have helped us raise the funds to help get us to…


Added by cdn_cowgirl on November 30, 2012 at 9:49am — No Comments

Discipline: Writing and Riding.

This week I was talking to a writer-friend about how he approached a new project and he offered to share his writing discipline.

Discipline is a word that can make a person seize up with negative anticipation; it’s a punishment or correction. The visual that comes to mind for me is an angry parent dragging a little kid by the arm.



Added by Anna Blake on November 30, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

Take a Bow

Take a Bow

This is all about “capturing a behavior” with clicker training. We can train a horse to do anything with the aid of a clicker. When we saw Cole stretch one morning, we thought it was so cute that we clicked and treated him for it.

I don’t know when we clicked him for it the first time, but every time we saw him do it, we clicked again. Sometimes it would be days even weeks between clicks. Last month, it seemed to be getting more frequent. We noticed he was most… Continue

Added by Judi Daly on November 29, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Cole Keeps Thinks Interesting

Cole Keeps Thinks Interesting

Kevin and I had the opportunity to take our horses on a long ride on Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, Ellen had to work, so we went without her. I took Cole Train, and of course, Kevin took Starry.

Life hasn’t been very cooperative, so this was only the third long ride of the year. Cole is faster than Starry over the long run, so just like in the past, we lost them a few times as we trotted along. Kevin warned me this might happen, so that I… Continue

Added by Judi Daly on November 28, 2012 at 2:14pm — No Comments

Ranger and the River

Ranger and the River

Seems like I have written about this, before. If it sounds familiar, it probably is because it is.

Ranger was sound enough to go on his first trail ride in a couple of months. Hurray! We decided that he should go with Cruiser. Wow, was he excited. He pranced and danced and looked like he was a whole hand taller as Ellen led him down the driveway and down the hill to the mounting block by the river crossing.

Ranger decided he was going to… Continue

Added by Judi Daly on November 27, 2012 at 9:01am — No Comments

Christmas time

Can anybody post some holiday themed or wintery pictures to share?  I love the snowy pictures.  I will post one myself very shortly. Snow is rare in my part of the united states and it makes for such beautiful pictures.

Added by Kate Green on November 26, 2012 at 11:49pm — 1 Comment

I wish I could ride.

When I was about 6 years old, my cousin moved to Kentucky. She started riding by the time we went up to visit for the first time. I was 7 when I got to ride one of their horses, Freckles. I always liked horses, but riding Freckles made me love them. It made me feel so happy being up in that saddle. Feeling his every mood. Ever since that experience, I always wanted a horse. When I was.. eh, I'd say about 8, my cousin was in town and she made me a Barnmice account. I was so into it.…


Added by Lauren Cala on November 26, 2012 at 8:12pm — No Comments

Error Free Horse Training

You likely have a list of a few things you’d like to delete from your horse’s repertoire. From rooting the reins out of your hands to biting at the lead shank to slipping a trot step into a flying change.

“In almost all training, situations, the most effective way to “delete” behaviours is to prevent them from being expressed.” Dr Andrew Mclean,…


Added by Lindsay Grice on November 26, 2012 at 7:54pm — 1 Comment

Will This Soap Opera Ever End?

I approached Friday’s ride with eagerness because I had not been able to ride Mia the previous two weeks.  Normally I LOVE riding Mia, but ever since Quizzy entered the picture a month ago Mia has not been the same horse.  Debbie had Quizzy checked over by the vet, including palpating the ovaries, and the vet found nothing wrong with Quizzy and she told Debbie just to feed Quizzy more Regumate to try and cycle her out of her hormone driven manias.  Apparently the previous…


Added by Jackie Cochran on November 25, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Horsey Christmas Card

Hey bloggers,

Hope everyone is getting ready for the holiday season since Christmas is exactly one month away! This week's blog is going to be based on one way of getting into the Christmas spirit, which is making your own homemade Christmas cards featuring you and your horse(s). Christmas cards are a great way to show your love, and to show your family and friends that you are thinking of them during the holiday season. It is also special to send homemade Christmas cards because they…


Added by carmen griscti on November 25, 2012 at 12:53pm — No Comments

I need helpers for my work White Horse Coaching, Equine Facilitated Learning and Coaching

Do you think horses are healers? Have you experienced their intuitive sensitivity? If you are inspired by the unique and amazing ability of horses to teach and heal humans; if you would be honored and happy to witness horses facilitating a person's insight and immediate learning - I need you to assist me for short periods of time.

I am a Life Coach and a Reiki Master and offer individuals and small groups mind-body coaching, creative…


Added by Mary Barrett on November 24, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

Thanksgiving with Family.

The holiday season is upon us. From Thanksgiving till the end of the year, we’re encouraged to celebrate the family, seen through Norman Rockwell eyes. Lots of us fit that mold. Our families come together, smile into the camera, and stay up late laughing.  Generations of women gather in kitchens and cook massive meals to the praise of the men folk.

But some of us didn’t come from warm families. Some of us had parents who didn’t really want kids after all. Some of us have lost loved…


Added by Anna Blake on November 23, 2012 at 8:55am — No Comments

Moving Horses

You can take the title of this blog as meaning either or both of two things:  horses that are moving (in which case the word “moving” is an adjective), or the things a person does to move a horse (in which case the word “moving” is a gerund).  The two things are related, which will turn out to be the theme of this blog.

This entry is the joint product of two people:  myself as the anatomist and biomechanics scientist, and my business partner Jo Belasco as professional trainer. Jo and…


Added by Understanding the Horse on November 22, 2012 at 4:12pm — No Comments

Learning How Horses Walk

Sometimes the best way to understand how your horse moves is to mindfully experience how your own body moves.  This is called experiential learning.  When I used to teach comparative anatomy and functional anatomy in the university, I always told my students that the number one tool we all have to understand how animals move is our own bodies.  See if you don’t discover something really cool about horse…


Added by Understanding the Horse on November 19, 2012 at 9:40am — No Comments

Christmas Horse Treats!

Hey bloggers,

Hope everyone is starting to get into the Christmas spirit, especially now with the Santa Claus Parade taking way in downtown Toronto. This week's blog is going to be featuring recipes for spoiling your horses with homemade treats this holiday season. Baking is one of the most fun traditional aspects of getting into the Christmas spirit, so why not bake some treats for your equine buddies. Some common ingredients you will need are: oats, molasses, flour, any type of…


Added by carmen griscti on November 18, 2012 at 4:48pm — No Comments

Questions you should ask BEFORE you get on that horse!

Last month we talked about the

questions that I ask every owner of a new horse coming into my barn.

Young or old, trained or untrained, it's essential to know as much about a new horse as possible.

This month I will talk about the

questions that I would ask BEFORE I (or one

of my staff) would get ON a new…

Added by Ruth Hogan Poulsen on November 18, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Warming Up Mick

Wednesday was nice, sunny, windy, and cold.  Mick had been out for an hour before being brought back in and even though he wears a warm blanket he was obviously stiff.  I massaged his loins with my roller ball hand massager, he enjoyed it but he was as stiff as always as we headed toward the ring.  When I mounted and we started walking his back did not “swing” and he was not too happy about having to move.

After a minute or two of just walking around I got to work on loosening…


Added by Jackie Cochran on November 18, 2012 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Mucking for Peace.

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I think we should nix all the others and celebrate Thanksgiving every month. I am fine with changing the meal sometimes, as long as the tradition of eating too much, sleeping, and saying thank you is still the order of the day. Got to love a holiday with such low expectations.

And I have so much to be grateful for. Today, as I took a deep breath, quieting outside distractions… I heard a still, small voice from very deep inside of me say, “I hate…


Added by Anna Blake on November 16, 2012 at 8:12am — No Comments

Gaits in Horses and Humans

In a very interesting conversation with a trainer whose observations are consistently brilliant, I realized that it’s hard for riders to see the similarities between human and horse gaits.  This is because the vertical position of a human’s torso, due to our being bipedal, changes the orientation of the arms or forelimbs, thereby obscuring their motion.  So I thought it might be useful and interesting to compare the motions of humans and horses, anatomically.…


Added by Understanding the Horse on November 15, 2012 at 12:41pm — No Comments

Understanding the Horse

It seems like such a straight-forward title, “Understanding the Horse.”  Yet if it was easy to do, we wouldn’t have a book, video, clinic, and training industry that’s worth billions of dollars annually.

Two aspects of understanding the horse are represented by the seminars I offer:  how horses stand and move, and how horses relate to humans through story. …


Added by Understanding the Horse on November 14, 2012 at 9:48am — No Comments

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