The importance of pressure and release, keeping your horse with you, preparing to mount, standing at the block, transferring your herd leader position from the ground to the saddle, "Hello, relax, wait, go forward" cues, disengaging the hindquarter.
Establishing your presence with your horse, Teaching your horse to yield, How to say “GO AWAY”, “MOVE”, and “WAIT”, how emotional intelligence improves your timing, how to present your requests effectively, yielding the hindquarter, yielding the front end, yielding back.
We finally had a new drill team workshop, to everyone's delight. Everyone in this group likes to trail ride and I use the drill team exercises to help them learn how to keep their horse's attention with the rider no matter the direction, speed or configuration of the group. It is fun and productive for all.
You may recognize Merra (Arabian) and Dawn (Morgan in this clip. The group consists of a 3yr. old, 2 4yr. olds, a 7, and an 11 year old.
Here's the final exercise, after a few practice runs:
Note: please click this update for the January schedule: UPDATE
The Goshen workshops went well when the weather held but it is getting
harder and harder to be consistent with the shorter days and colder
weather. I would like to start a training level group here at the ranch
where it would be more comfortable and consistant for learning. I will
set it up so that you would not have to transport your horse here. Each
week you would learn a concept and go home and apply it to your own
horses and situations. The following week we would review your
experience and build on it. This way your winter
season can be a preparation of the spring riding season and that fury
beast out in the pasture will be a partner who knows his job as opposed
to a 1000lb package that needs to be unwraped and assembled!Cost
would be $20.00 per session. The time can remain Friday at 4:30 or we
can arrange another time that will accommodate the group. If you are
interested in this program please, let me know and I will schedule the
You will also find attached a class list for the 2010 WINTER
HORSEMANSHIP COMPETITIONS. We have tentatively scheduled these for the
3rd Sunday of the month in January, February, and March. All classes
will have cash payback. There will be a seasons end high point award
for each class along with Grand and Reserve Champion Awards. Cost is
$125.00 per competition and includes a hot lunch. Spectators are
welcome. I encourage training level and beginning students to attend
these competitions. It's a great learning experience, lots of fun, and
the competitors love to be cheered along.
AND FINALLY! There will be a horsemanship workshop held Sunday morning October 25th. At this workshop
we will go over the criteria included in this newsletter. We will also
go over the HORSEMANSHIP COMPETITION class list and I will answer any
questions there are about it. A full packet including diagrams, release
forms, and entry forms will be available at that time. Please let me
know if you plan to attend unmounted or with your horse.
The November workshops will focus on long-lining and round-pen work. These two techniques add a new dimension to our work with our horses that can be useful and fun. Keeping our training interesting for ourselves and our horses is important!