Does your horse walk off when you try to get on?

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Good video for Apple Jacks.  Looks like we are going to work on standing still while mounting.

9 Things You Need to Know if You Want to Ride Horses

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Post by a fellow blogger.  I think most of my students can relate to this.

9 Things You Need to Know if You Want to Ride Horses.

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Another horse lesson that can be used in life.  I love the parallels.

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Thought of the day

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“You don’t break horses… You come to an understanding with them” ~ Phil WestYou don't break horsesFunny that I came across this picture today after my plog from a few days ago.  The originator of this quote works with wild horses, so I would say he might know what he is talking about.

Chex’s first trail ride


This week during our regularly scheduled Saturday morning trail ride Rachael decided to take Chex on his first trail ride since joining the farm.


He was joined by Apple, Cuervo and Nash.


Chex’s mom joined us on Nash.  Her first time on him.

The weather was good to us.  It wasn’t too hot and we stuck the the cut part of our neighboring fields.  The horse flys and bugs were out and bothering the horses despite being doused in fly spray2013-07-13_10-43-47_150

Training at the Farm

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Warlock who is now affectionately called Baby cause he is only 2 is going through training to be ridden.  (Why do we use the term break and broke?  I guess it goes back to when trainer did break the horses down to submission. This is not the type of training that goes on at the farm so I will stay away from those terms.)

Rachael has been working with Warlock and his dad Chex since they came to the farm at the beginning of March.  She has done wonders with them.  They now mind their manners are are coming along great with the riding aspect.  Rachael spent last summer as an apprentice to a Josh Lyon certified trainer and now she is doing it on her own.

In these pictures Baby has the saddle and Rachael on his back fro the first time ever.  He did so good! Was not upset, worried or nervous. His head was low and his ear were up.  I even caught him licking and chewing a few times which is a sign for horses thinking and processing.

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Getting your horse to respect your space

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I think Warlock should watch this. Just kidding he is still a baby and doesn’t understand.

Found this video through FB.