New Year-New Opportunities

Steve_Chex_Your_SixThe next Cow Horse Clinic at Circle C Arena in Pleasant Plains will be on  February 7, starting at 9:00. We are continuing our Building Your Cow Horse Fundamentals series. We will focus on trail class and Ranch Riding. As part of the Trail, we will have a roping clinic- since roping a dummy is a requirement in ranch trail. As always, we will work on getting your horse soft, responsive and engaged. We will also work on using your body correctly to set up maneuvers. For more information contact me – cowboyjones90@gmail.com or Alice Singleton- alisin88@gmail.com. Cost is $75.00 and lunch will be provided.  Circle C Arena is an enclosed arena, therefore, comfortable riding protected from wind, rain and though not toasty- warmer than outside.

These clinics will assist you in getting your horse softer and quieter, but also build rider confidence. Your horse and horsemanship will improve, whether you ever compete or not. Plus, we have Fun!

The safest and most enjoyable horse is a broke one!

Communication is one of the big keys in horsemanship. Communicating with the horse is more than just getting progressively firmer until they do what you want. Communication is about preparing the horse and learning ways to make the right thing obvious so he’ll understand what you’re trying to convey to him. It’s about learning how to listen to your horse. It’s about improving your own feel and timing. It’s about trying to look at things from the horse’s perspective, and presenting your idea in a manner that makes sense to him. There is a big difference between a horse moving to avoid pressure, and a horse that is following a feel, seeking the release. Evading pressure is avoidance, and creates resistance. A horse that is following a feel and searching for a release is a horse that is thinking, and is much more likely to be supple and soft.

 

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New Year-New Opportunities

DSCN0059My first Clinic of 2015 will be at Circle C Arena in Pleasant Plains on January 3, starting at 9:00. We are continuing our Building Your Cow Horse Fundamentals series. We will focus on trail class and reining basics. As part of the Trail, we will have a roping clinic- since roping a dummy is a requirement in ranch trail. As always, we will work on getting your horse soft, responsive and engaged. We will also work on using your body correctly to set up maneuvers. For more information contact me – cowboyjones90@gmail.com or Alice Singleton- alisin88@gmail.com. Cost is $75.00 and lunch will be provided.  Circle C Arena is an enclosed arena, therefore, comfortable riding protected from wind, rain and though not toasty- warmer than outside.

These clinics will assist you in getting your horse softer and quieter, but also build rider confidence. Your horse and horsemanship will improve, whether you ever compete or not. Plus, we have Fun!

The safest and most enjoyable horse is a broke one!

I hate the word “broke” when referring to training horses. I do not want a “broke” horse, I want a “fixed” horse. However, that word is entrenched in the horse world vocabulary and must be defined. I define broke as a relaxed horse that responds to subtle cues, has a willing attitude, and trusts my judgment. Furthermore, the broke horse allows you to move any body part, at any gait without resistance. How do we get these characteristics in our horses? It starts with clear, consistent communication with the horse, combined with building a foundation of training successes that build upon one another. The job of the trainer is to simply indicate the desired maneuver and allow the horse to perform in its own natural balanced and stylish manner. To achieve this objective, the trainer communicates with subtle aids from the hands, legs, body and voice, and allows the horse to complete the maneuvers on its own. Forcing a horse will result in loss of form, stiff unnatural action and confusion on the part of the horse. The desired result of any training program is a well-trained, responsive horse.

Upcoming Clinic Schedule

steve-jones1The Fall and Winter schedule for Clinics for Steve Jones Horsemanship is now being set for 2014 -2015. Upcoming clinics with contact information are as follows:

1. October 10 -Fundamentals of Ranch Horse Training.

Location: Terry Brumbelow Arena in Tull,Ar

Contact: Terry @ 501-860-3478

2. October 11-Ranch Horse Clinic

Location: Circle C Productions in Pleasant Plains, AR

This clinic will work on the elements of Ranch Horse Competition encompassed with out the cow. Steve Jones will be the clinician in these one day clinics. This will be the first in a series of five. Over the five classes, Steve plans to help participants with Horsemanship, Trail, Ranch Pleasure and Ranch Riding. This could be beneficial to anyone with an interest in becoming involved in these competitions.

This cost will be $75 per participant. The participation will be limited to 12 riders. To confirm and hold your spot in this clinic please send your deposit of $25 to Alice Singleton. However, the check should be made out to Steve Jones Horsemanship.

To contact Alice : alisin88@gmail.com or 501-680-5125.

3. October 18- Western Horsemanship Fundamentals: Rider Development

Location: Diamond TR Ranch Pulaski/ Perry County line on Highway 10

Once the riders have learned to get their feet and hands independent and learn the rhythm of the horse, they will be functional riders. Ultimately riders need to learn the foot falls of the horse and the rhythm of the saddle resulting from those footfalls. Riders must develop their rhythm with the horse and get comfortable on the basic position to ultimately become advanced horsemen.In order for the rider to become a good horseman, and communicate with the horse, they must first learn to keep their legs off of the horse. Only when riders can keep their legs off the horse can they apply appropriate leg cues to the horse. We will accomplish this with a series of applied exercises.

Contact: Ray –  diamondtr.com or 501-580-4099

4. November 22-Ranch Horse Clinic

Location: Circle C Productions in Pleasant Plains, AR

This clinic will work on the elements of Ranch Horse Competition encompassed with out the cow. Steve Jones will be the clinician in these one day clinics. This will be the first in a series of five. Over the five classes, Steve plans to help participants with Horsemanship, Trail, Ranch Pleasure and Ranch Riding. This could be beneficial to anyone with an interest in becoming involved in these competitions.

This cost will be $75 per participant. The participation will be limited to 12 riders. To confirm and hold your spot in this clinic please send your deposit of $25 to Alice Singleton. However, the check should be made out to Steve Jones Horsemanship.

To contact Alice : alisin88@gmail.com or 501-680-5125.

5.December 6-Ranch Horse Clinic

Location: Circle C Productions in Pleasant Plains, AR

This clinic will work on the elements of Ranch Horse Competition encompassed with out the cow. Steve Jones will be the clinician in these one day clinics. This will be the first in a series of five. Over the five classes, Steve plans to help participants with Horsemanship, Trail, Ranch Pleasure and Ranch Riding. This could be beneficial to anyone with an interest in becoming involved in these competitions.

This cost will be $75 per participant. The participation will be limited to 12 riders. To confirm and hold your spot in this clinic please send your deposit of $25 to Alice Singleton. However, the check should be made out to Steve Jones Horsemanship.

To contact Alice : alisin88@gmail.com or 501-680-5125.

6.January 3,2015-Ranch Horse Clinic

Location: Circle C Productions in Pleasant Plains, AR

This clinic will work on the elements of Ranch Horse Competition encompassed with out the cow. Steve Jones will be the clinician in these one day clinics. This will be the first in a series of five. Over the five classes, Steve plans to help participants with Horsemanship, Trail, Ranch Pleasure and Ranch Riding. This could be beneficial to anyone with an interest in becoming involved in these competitions.

This cost will be $75 per participant. The participation will be limited to 12 riders. To confirm and hold your spot in this clinic please send your deposit of $25 to Alice Singleton. However, the check should be made out to Steve Jones Horsemanship.

To contact Alice : alisin88@gmail.com or 501-680.

7. February 7,2015-Ranch Horse Clinic

Location: Circle C Productions in Pleasant Plains, AR

This clinic will work on the elements of Ranch Horse Competition encompassed with out the cow. Steve Jones will be the clinician in these one day clinics. This will be the first in a series of five. Over the five classes, Steve plans to help participants with Horsemanship, Trail, Ranch Pleasure and Ranch Riding. This could be beneficial to anyone with an interest in becoming involved in these competitions.

This cost will be $75 per participant. The participation will be limited to 12 riders. To confirm and hold your spot in this clinic please send your deposit of $25 to Alice Singleton. However, the check should be made out to Steve Jones Horsemanship.

To contact Alice : alisin88@gmail.com or 501-680-5125.

8. March 7,2015-Ranch Horse Clinic

Location: Circle C Productions in Pleasant Plains, AR

This clinic will work on the elements of Ranch Horse Competition encompassed with out the cow. Steve Jones will be the clinician in these one day clinics. This will be the first in a series of five. Over the five classes, Steve plans to help participants with Horsemanship, Trail, Ranch Pleasure and Ranch Riding. This could be beneficial to anyone with an interest in becoming involved in these competitions.

This cost will be $75 per participant. The participation will be limited to 12 riders. To confirm and hold your spot in this clinic please send your deposit of $25 to Alice Singleton. However, the check should be made out to Steve Jones Horsemanship.

To contact Alice : alisin88@gmail.com or 501-680-5125.

If you would like to schedule a clinic or private lesson (small groups as well) feel free to contact me- cowboyjones90@gmail.com or 501-733-0016.

Building a Strong Training Foundation- for Horse and Rider

 

Communication is one of the big keys in horsemanship. Communication is about preparing the horse and learning ways to make the right thing obvious so he’ll understand what you’re trying to convey to him. It’s about learning how to listen to your horse. It’s about improving your own feel and timing. It’s about trying to look at things from the horse’s perspective, and presenting your idea in a manner that makes sense to him. There is a big difference between a horse moving to avoid pressure, and a horse that is following a feel, seeking the release. Evading pressure is avoidance, and creates resistance. A horse that is following a feel and searching for a release is a horse that is thinking, and is much more likely to be supple and soft.

1. Where do you start the communication with your horse? The answer is on the ground! Foundation in groundwork will help to build a secure, confident, relaxed, and supple horse. The human can establish himself in the leadership role.
2. The next step is to apply the groundwork training to the saddle. It is important that your cues be consistent or else the horse will become confused. Your hands have to be relatively in the same position as on the ground. This means low hands. Also, leg cues must correspond to the same pressure points as used on the ground.
3. The next principal in successful horsemanship is to apply the aids (pressure) and release immediately when the horse responds.
4. Give your horse a job to do. Allow him to build his trust and respect for you, while you develop your feel, timing, and balance. When a problem arises, you are in a better position to know how much to ask to solve the problem.

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Ranch Horses Returned to Bowling Green for the 10th Annual World Championship Show

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Summer means the world’s most versatile ranch horse is coming to Bowling Green, Kentucky! The 10th annual ARHA World Championship Show was held at the Western Kentucky Ag Expo Center, July 7- 12. The American Ranch Horse Association (ARHA) provided an opportunity for Ranch Horse fans and equine enthusiasts to watch hundreds of ARHA Ranch Horses from throughout the nation display their talent and versatility.

The six day event focused on open, amateur, youth and novice competition. Spectators saw Ranch Horses performing in classes ranging from cattle and performance classes to speed events and conformation. In keeping with the concept to promote the all-around versatile ranch horse ARHA will also held a Junior and a Senior Ranch Horse Challenge. This 5 -class event provided an opportunity to showcase the talents of our ranch horses.

The annual ARHA World Championship Show isn’t just about competition – Good Times, Great Friends & Excellent Horses is the real theme.

10441263_675685462484750_8071668611775628294_nI set certain goals for myself at the ARHA World Show. One was to ride within my abilities and the training of my horse. I got that accomplished. We competed well in the classes we were most prepared for and could have been better at others except for goal 4. Number two was to learn from watching, asking questions of others, and the experience of competing at that level. I feel good about # 2, check that one off the list. Number three was to have fun competing and enjoy the camaraderie of my friends. Blew that one out of the water! Number four was to control nerves, not make mental mistakes in the classes I was unsure about and stay controlled in execution of maneuvers. Number 4 was a glorious failure. Suffered major brain freeze, fought nerves like wrestling a grizzly bear and made too many mental mistakes. Add up the score and it’s a 75%, a passing grade. Not bad for my first major test on a national stage. Watch out next year!

Celebration of the Horse

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On May 31, 2014 Steve conducted a horsemanship clinic during Equine Quick Response’s Celebration of the Horse event in El Paso, Arkansas.  The event was held in the state of the art arena at the Crossroads Cowboy Church Two Bar Two arena.  The clinic kicked off the regional equine exhibition with 13 participants of a variety of riding levels.  The clinic subject was “From the Ground to the Saddle”, which focuses on rider/horse connection and communication.  Participants enjoyed group as well as individual instruction and work with their horses.  The event was enjoyed by all and was very successful!  It is always deeply rewarding to be a part of watching riders from a variety of riding levels, as well as horses from a variety of training levels, come together in a group training situation such as this and see all of them come away with something positive and valuable to their horse/human relationships.

In the photo: All 13 participants of the Steve Jones Horsemanship Clinic during Celebration of the Horse @ the Crossroads Cowboy Church/2 Bar 2 Arena, El Paso, AR. Great folks and horses!