Reminder – Ranchmanship Clinic

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This Clinic will combine elements of Western Trail, Reining and Ranch Pleasure. Everything we do on a horse’s back is predicated on getting control of the horses head, shoulders, ribs, and hip. We also want to develop forward motion and/or flow in circles and straight lines.  The basic maneuvers required of a horse are backing, stopping, guiding, turns, leads, lead changes, and roll backs.  All of these maneuvers are developed by being able to control a horse’s head, shoulders, and hip.  Horsemen simply use those controls with the pressure and release technique to encourage the horse to learn all of the essential elements of handling.

We will use a series of riding exercises designed to improve the training level of you and your horse.

Date:   April 16, 2016      Time:  9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Location:   Diamond TR Ranch, 46419 S Hwy 10, Perryville,   AR

Ranchmanship Clinic – April 16

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This Clinic will combine elements of Western Trail, Reining and Ranch Pleasure. Everything we do on a horse’s back is predicated on getting control of the horses head, shoulders, ribs, and hip. We also want to develop forward motion and/or flow in circles and straight lines.  The basic maneuvers required of a horse are backing, stopping, guiding, turns, leads, lead changes, and roll backs.  All of these maneuvers are developed by being able to control a horse’s head, shoulders, and hip.  Horsemen simply use those controls with the pressure and release technique to encourage the horse to learn all of the essential elements of handling.

We will use a series of riding exercises designed to improve the training level of you and your horse.

 

Date:   April 16, 2016      Time:  9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Location:   Diamond TR Ranch, 46419 S Hwy 10, Perryville,   AR

 

Planning for the New Year

IMG_0568Happy New Year to everyone! Is one of your new year resolutions to :

Improve Your Horsemanship? Improve your riding experiences? Get more out of your horse?  Fix a Horsemanship Problem? Learn something new?

Well, maybe I can help with a clinic for you and a few friends or Private lessons at your farm. I am scheduling clinics and lessons for 2016. Contact me and we can format a class to fit your goals.

If we consider horsemanship as a partnership between human and horse, then both parties have responsibility. If we have established the human as the leader, then what is the horse’s responsibility? The horse’s role is then to follow the leader. The horse also has a vested interest because he is the one that is expending the energy! The horse needs to be part of the training process. They are capable of many things athletically, but you must include them in the mental part of things as well. The horse must be rewarded for any success. This reward is comfort and safety. This principle results in the horse willing to keep trying and ultimately, searching for that particular movement (or lack of movement, in the case of stop) of feet and legs that results in release of pressure (stimuli).
Here is how we include the horse in the training process:
1. Listen to him. The horse will tell you what he’s thinking. He can communicate confusion, fear, understanding, excitement, or level of effort through his body language.

2. Build a basis for communication. Ray Hunt always said, “Reward the smallest change and the slightest try.”

3. Always be consistent in your cues. Start from the ground and then progress to the saddle with lateral and vertical flexion, control of the feet, and control the movement of the body. This will build a supple, willing horse, and give consistency to communication.

4. Expect and accept failure. Each cue is not going to be understood and executed. Therefore, failure becomes a “teachable moment” in which we can re-evaluate our communication. It is also an opportunity to back up and make sure the fundamental training steps have been learned.

5. Build a foundation for success. Everything we ask a horse to do, he already knows how to do. We are just asking him to do them exactly when we want him to do it. All a horse can do is move forward, backward, sideways, left, right and stop. Everything we ask is a combination of these maneuvers or change in speed. Start slow and build momentum. Allow the horse to buy into our system.

6. Wait on the horse. Sometimes the horse knows what we are asking him to do, but he is not confident of himself or natural instincts say there is potential danger. If we wait, let the horse try, and have success, then that builds confidence in the horse. Success will build success and give the horse confidence to try new challenges. He will also learn to trust you more in the process.

7. Challenge you and your horse. How do you know your horse is ready for a new challenge? Ask for it, and see what happens. Make sure your insecurities are not hindering your horse’s educational progress. Progress cannot be measured by always executing the past lessons. Add challenges to your routine that causes the horse to think. Horses become bored from monotonous routines.
Having clear communication and a horse that wants to work with you can only improve your performances. To gain and maintain top performances you need to regularly review your communication and the quality of your partnership by allowing the horse to think and participate in the process. Mistakes will be made, but this creates an opportunity to evaluate the process.

If you are going to teach a horse something and have a good relationship, you don’t make him learn it – you let him learn it.  –  Ray Hunt

Tune Up for Fall Trail Riding

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Trail riding through beautiful and/or unknown country is the quintessential horseback adventure. If you like trail riding, you may have pictured yourself leading a pack string through remote wilderness. Being prepared for your trial riding activities enhances the enjoyment. It is important to practice responsible habits that promote the health and well-being of self, others, and the horses.

My next Clinic at Diamond TR Ranch will focus on getting you better prepared for your next trail riding adventure.We start at 9:00 a.m. and conclude around 4:00 p.m. For details go to diamondtr.com for registration. Clinic will be on August 22, 2015, starting at 9:00 a.m. We will begin by challenging participants through a fun-filled obstacle course.

Participants will learn:

• Horsemanship skills for trail/wilderness trips
• Trailering tips
• Proper tack and adjustments
• Hobbling your horse
• Tying to picket line
• Introduction to packing techniques
• Introduction to Dutch oven cooking & meal planning

Building or Enhancing Your Horse’s Training Foundation

IMG_6723 HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC- August 1.
WHEN: Saturday, August 1st, 2015 Session 1 : 8:00 – 11:00 Session 2: 12:00 – 3:00
WHERE Faith, Hope, & Love Farms Little Rock: (I-530, take Pratt Rd. Exit) **covered arena
For more information or to reserve your spot, call 501-590-9442 Find us on facebook: Faith Hope Love Farms.

SESSION 1:LAYING THE FOUNDATION Focus of this session will be on developing a foundation for “green” , young, or newly trained horses.
SESSION 2: DEVELOPING WILLING HORSES Focus of this session will be on further developing timing and feel to build a strong partnership with your horse
COST: ONE SESSION $75

BOTH SESSIONS $125 PER HORSE/ RIDER

 

 

 

 

Continuing the Trek for Better Horsemanship

IMG_2034I returned home Saturday from the ARHA World Show in Bowling Green, KY. I did not accomplish much in terms of ribbons, buckles or World Titles. However, I did bring home additional horsemanship knowledge that will make me a better horseman and ultimately, a better competitor. When you ride with the best, you get better if you pay attention. I am grateful for the advice from those horsemen I truly respect at the World show. Most was unsolicited, showing their character, as well, as their knowledge. To those, Thank You! Started today on working for next year.

My next clinic will be at Diamond TR on July 25. We are continuing our Ground to Saddle series.We start at 9:00 a.m. and conclude around 4:00 p.m. For details go to diamondtr.com for registration or see entire curriculum for the Ground to Saddle Series. We are progressing into horsemanship applications for recreational trail riding. If you want a better trail horse; have thoughts of competing; want to have more confidence in your horse; or need to lay a better training foundation for your horse- these clinics can fit.

Ranch Horse versatility classes in breed sanctioned shows, ranch horse versatility associations and ranch rodeos have made the ranch horse popular again. Although associations have promoted versatility as a virtue, for many years specialization for competition has been the dominant force in horse competitions. That is changing with the ranch horse versatility classes and shows growing in popularity. Horses that can perform as western pleasure, trail, reining, roping, and cow horse are in demand. The word “ranch” draws people to participate in these events because of the romance of the Old West. Ranch Horse versatility events incorporates aspects of several show classes. As result, few horses and riders are equally experienced at all of them. I see this as an opportunity to improve our training and horsemanship skills for those interested in these events.
The ranch versatility horse must be safe to handle and ride. They must be quiet minded. The competitions demand the horse to shift gears mentally as well as physically. They must tolerate a certain amount of rider error as the rider becomes accustomed to new events. The ranch versatility horse must have a solid foundation in his training.
One of the secrets to having a well trained responsive horse is to make sure your horse is light and supple. Suppleness is when you ask a horse to give his head to one side or the other and he willingly gives to your hand by following the bit. There is no resistance. It also means that you can bend and position any part of the horse’s body to perform any desired maneuver. It’s sometimes called form to function. In fact, lightness and suppleness are the key ingredients to top performance. Without them your horse’s performance will never be better than mediocre. Suppleness is what allows us to position a horse’s body. Without proper suppleness and form, there is no way a horse can correctly perform any of the maneuvers expected of a ranch horse. If you want your horse to perform good stops, turns, lead changes etc. then having him supple is a must. A horse must also be light. He needs to willingly let us position his body quickly and without a struggle. Also, a horse will never perform as freely or as athletically as he is capable until he is light.

Scheduling Clinic Dates for Remainder of 2015

Advertisement Template 2If you would like for me to conduct a clinic at your arena, I am scheduling now for the remainder of 2015. First available dates will be mid-August at this time for Saturday dates. More options if a Tuesday or Thursday (day or evening) Clinic would work for you. Contact me with your ideas and needs- we will work something out.

Thoughts to Reflect:

1. Reward the Try, not the Result- keep the horse trying and results will come.

2. Horses need to respect your hands, not fear the bit.

3. No learning takes place without movement of the feet.

4. Set your horse up for Success.

5. If it ain’t working, try something else.

Getting out of your Comfort Zone

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The only way to get a horse to extremely high levels of competence and performance is to continually increase the expectation of your horse. Ultimately we want the horse to be able to complete all maneuvers on a relatively loose rein with relatively little pressure. In order to accomplish that, we have to increase our expectation.
The other concept associated with increasing our expectation of the horse is making the horse responsible. To make the horse responsible we give the horse the opportunity to make mistakes and then correct him. When we ask the horse to be responsible to hold a certain frame or to complete maneuvers with very little assistance then the horse may be confused at first. Ultimately, we have to keep increasing our expectations in order to see our horse advance.This will be the theme for the next of the Ground to Saddle Series at Diamond TR Ranch on June 27, 2015. We start at 9:00 a.m. and conclude around 4:00 p.m. For details go to diamondtr.com for registration or see entire curriculum for the Ground to Saddle Series.

 

Objectives of the clinic are:

a. Horse Control- soft feel, movement of hip and shoulder, stop on command
b. Relaxation- horse waits on rider cues with confidence and security
c. Safety with Objects- riding through an obstacle course at walk, trot and lope
d. Directional Control – walk and trot circles on loose rein
e. Correcting Training Problems (Finding the diseases and not treating the symptoms)